|In 1994, on one of their many trips to Bulgaria, Martha Forsyth and Pat Iverson
learned a technique of crocheting with beads to produce bracelets and necklaces similar to those shown here. The bracelets seem snug as you
RO-O-O-LL them over your hand, but then they sit smoothly on your arm Look, Ma, no clasp! In 1995 we formed a small collective
called Beads Without End, and were soon joined by Kathryn Black.|
The work is exacting: hundreds of tiny glass seed beads are strung one-by-one on strong synthetic thread and crocheted into a flexible fabric tube, leaving a bead in every stitch. The ends are then sewn together in an invisible seam. A skilled maker may spend five or six happy hours creating a single bracelet!
Since we began experimenting with this technique, we have each made literally thousands of bracelets, necklaces and earrings. But somehow the ideas keep crowding upon us, and there are always more bracelets (and necklaces) that just have to be made...beads without end....
Sensuously supple rivers of seed beads crocheted into an endless spiral.... Bracelets that roll on, without the need of a partner to fasten them for you, and then stay comfortably in place instead of flopping around on your arm or hurting when you twist.... Endlessly changing patterns in luscious colors, always something new....
The New England Folk Almanac, Vol. 7, No. 3, December 1997
Opportunities to buy them yourself this Fall:
• Come to Acton Open Studios •
at 237 Central Street, Acton, MA, October 18-19, 2014, from noon to 5pm
We willl have our bracelets and earrings at the dance parties of our Bulgarian band, ZDRAVETS
at Grace Episcopal Church, Newton Corner, MA
• If you can't come to either of these events, •
Contact us for a PERSONAL SHOWING,
or about having a “HOUSE PARTY” (in New England, or make us a good offer!):
Martha, Pat & Kathryn
• Annual Events •
Sometimes we forget to update this page, but you can always check:
• New England Folk Festival (Mansfield, MA) in April (in the Craft Hall)
Beads Without End