|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:
See us in the Craft Hall at the New England Folk Festival
April 12-14, 2019, (early this year!) at the Mansfield High School (Mansfield, MA)
• or •
Come to Somerville Open Studios
at 14 Gussie Terrace, Somerville, MA, May 3-5, 2019,
Friday from 6 to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm
• or •
Come to Acton Open Studios •
at 237 Central Street, Acton, MA, October 19-20, 2019, from noon to 5pm
• If you can't come to any 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
Beads Without End
• Annual Events •
Sometimes we forget to update this page, but you can always check:
• New England Folk Festival in April (in the Craft Hall)
Sadly, the New England Folk Festival is cancelled in 2020 because of the novel Corona virus
See you in 2021 (at a new location).
• Somerville Open Studios (Somerville, MA) in May
(May 1-3, 2020), assuming it will go on as planned. Stay tuned as news develops.
Watch this space for possible cancellation.
• Acton Open Studios (Acton, MA) in October
(October 19-20, 2019)
with advance notice, we can bring our work to the
monthly Saturday night dance parties of our Bulgarian band, ZDRAVETS
Beads Without End