BEADS WITHOUT END
is a small women’s cooperative
founded in 1995 by Martha Forsyth and Pat Iverson

In 1994, on one of their many trips to Bulgaria, Martha and Pat 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!” Since we began experimenting with this technique in January of 1995, we have each made literally thousands of bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

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!

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


GO TO THE GALLERY
Some FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE CAN YOU SEE OUR WARES?
On the arms of happy customers throughout North America and abroad!

To buy them yourself:
We usually have our work available at the monthly dance parties of our Bulgarian band, ZDRAVETS
(Saturdays: Dec. 7, 2002; Jan. 11 (2003), Feb. 15, March 8, April 5, May 17, June 14 (admission $5)
at Church of Our Saviour, 21 Marathon St., Arlington, MA
or
Friday, December 13, 8:30-11 pm: Cambridge Folk Orchestra's
INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE PARTY and HOLIDAY BAZAAR
at St. John's Episcopal Church, 74 Pleasant St., Arlington, MA (admission $4)
or
Saturday, December 14, 8-11 pm: Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble's HOLIDAY PARTY
at Trinity Episcopal Church, Centre & Homer Sts., Newton, MA (admission $12)

Farther in the future (April 25-27, 2003): Come to the Craft Hall at the
New England Folk Festival, at the Natick High School (Natick, MA)
or
Contact us for a personal showing (in the Boston area):

Martha Forsyth & Pat Iverson
Beads Without End

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