Category Archives: Wyoming

The Winner of the Wyoming Jewelry Show!

Bethel Anthony won the “Beyond Sticks and Stones” jewelry show hosted by Works of Wyoming! She had some great jewelry entered, and she does very lovely beaded work in peyote stitch. This is her winning bracelet.

Winning bracelet in peyote stitch-by Bethel Anthony

Winning bracelet in peyote stitch-by Bethel Anthony

She graciously consented to an interview, so I hope you enjoy getting to know a little more about Bethel.

Had you previously done other art or crafts before you started beading?

Yes, I have always done some kind of craft. I grew up on a ranch and if we wanted something we usually made it. Cardboard boxes became doll houses, wood slats became stilts, etc. I learned to sew before I went to first grade. I have embroidered, done counted cross stitch, dabbled in polymer clay and scrapbooking. I find bead weaving to be the most satisfying of all.

What drew you to try beading?

I ordered a beaded banner kit and did it. You know the kind with the big plastic pony beads. When I did the second one, I thought, “I could do this with smaller beads and make a Christmas tree ornament.” That began my search for smaller beads that would work well. When I found cylinder beads and learned that what I had done on the banner was essentially peyote stitch, I started looking on the internet for peyote stitch designs.

With that my passion blossomed.

More of Bethel's bracelet

This view shows a little more of the pattern-by Bethel Anthony

What do you like about beading the best?

It satisfies my senses and my needs for order, control and color. Weaving the beads together is extremely calming to me. I love to sit down to a pattern and palette of beads and just get lost in the rhythm of picking up a bead and pulling the thread through.

Peyote stitch bead weaving using cylinder beads produces a feel like nothing else I have experienced. The delicate, yet sturdy fabric made of only beads and threads amazes me every time.

Looking at it makes me think of wonderful mosaic tiled artworks. I consider it painting with beads. There are so many beautiful colors and finishes to explore. Each bead makes a difference. Changing just a few colors creates a whole different mood of the piece. The possibilities are endless.

This is the reverse side with the sliding tube catch-by Bethel Anthony

This is the reverse side with the sliding tube catch-by Bethel Anthony

Where do you see yourself going with your beading in the future? What do you want to do?

I am currently creating and selling finished pieces and bead patterns. I want to continue doing both.

I hope to improve my designs and become more artistic with them. I want to design more functional items like boxes and card sleeves and needle cases. I have done a few of these, but I want to move beading to more than just jewelry. I want to make things that people can enjoy on a daily basis.

I really enjoy helping new beaders to learn beading as enjoyment. I hope to be able to continue doing that. I prefer one to one tutoring. There is no feeling like seeing someone suddenly “getting it”. That gives me great joy.

You can see additional work and her patterns at these places:

http://BethelWY.etsy.com

http://facebook.com/BethelsBeadwork

Congratulations, Bethel!

Spring in Wyoming

OK, I’m way behind! However, you’ve seen what winter looks like in Wyoming, now I’m going to be showing you what it looks like in the spring and summer.

Those rocky hills come alive with color in a crazy patchwork quilt of stonecrops. Purple, yellows pinks, red, blue and white. It’s a site for eyes that haven’t seen much of anything other than white for months.

These are Rocky Mountain evening primroses. They come in colors from white to fuschia, and they smell so sweet. In the evening, you can smell these and the rock and evening jasmine on the warm draughts of air as it flows through the draws.

We have fabulous sunsets and sunrises any time of the year, but we definitely get to enjoy them more in the summertime!

The winters in Wyoming are often horrid, but the summers are fabuously glorious! The temperature are usually in the mid-70’s to mid-80’s (Farenheit) for the daytime, 50’s and 60’s at night. Our annual heat wave usually comes the 2nd and 3rd week of August, where it might reach the high 90’s. The humidity is so low though most homes don’t have air conditioning. So if you bake your brains out where you are in the summertime, plan a trip to Wyoming and see some of the wonders here.

Since almost every event has to be held in the summer out of necessity, there’s rarely a time there isn’t something going on. There are woodchopper jamborees, mountain man gatherings, pow wows, fairs, festivals, street dances and music in the parks. You can see Yellowstone, Devil’s Tower, the Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, Frontier Days Rodeo (the Daddy of the them All), fabulous world class trout fishing, the Rise and Sinks Canyon at Lander–and the list goes on. Contact the Wyoming Tourism Board for their annual magazine that tells when the events are and plan ahead.

Copyright 2011 by Katherine Palochak

Spring? Maybe???

We had some warm Chinook winds last week and it melted/compacted a lot of snow. It’s the first time we’ve seen sagebrush and even some bare ground since early October.

Yesterday, we saw a flock of about a dozen male mountain bluebirds camped out in our trees. COLOR! These bluebirds are a bright cobalt blue with a rosy breast. Today, we have a flock of Savannah and sage sparrows picking through the tumbleweed seeds.

However, it did snow again last night, several inches. The wind is roaring, so the snow is drifting, and it looks like I’ll have to shovel out a path from the back door. Crum.

It’ll still snow for awhile, but the days are getting longer and generally warmer. Spring might be around the corner.

 Copyright 2011 by Katherine Palochak

Living in Wyoming

Our family lives in a remote area of Wyoming, using alternative energy, because we didn’t have an alternative since the nearest power lines are 15 miles away.

It snows a lot here, and frequently the only way into or out of our place is by skis, snowmobile or snowshoe. We can be snowbound for months at a time, up to 5-1/2 months. It allows for a lot of time to be creative.

The nearest grocery store, gas station, restaurant, postal service, library, or any other thing most people would consider to be normal, is 30 miles away.

When looking at various shades of white snow for a good deal of the year, I’m eager to use stones with lots of color and interesting patterns.

It’s always an adventure and frequently a challenge!

Copyright 2011 by Katherine Palochak