BCP 11 | Breaking the Rules with Nancy Cain

by Mandi Ainsworth on December 18, 2013


It feels great to be back on the mic! I am excited to share my Bead & Button classes and Jamberry Nails page with you. Thanks for your support!

In my interview with Nancy Cain, we discuss the breaking the rules, design process, and her class on Craftsy. I hope you enjoy the interview.

Manitou Incline Colorado

Nancy at the top of Manitou Incline Colorado

Show Notes

Northern Lights designed by Nancy Cain

Northern Lights designed by Nancy Cain

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Dragonfly designed by Nancy Cain

Dragonfly designed by Nancy Cain

Want to win a Dragonfly Kit or a Crafty class with Nancy? All you have to do is leave a comment below answering this question:

If you could create any animal with beads, what animal would you create, and what stitch do you visualize it in?

Be sure to answer both parts of the question and include your email address and which prize you would like to receive. I will select the winner next Wednesday.

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Doreen December 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

I think the dragonfly is awesome but way beyond me. I am just learning.

Beatrice Childress December 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

I would bead a parrot!He would be a Sun Conure like my bird Mikie!

Judy December 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

I would bead a turtle in bead embroidery

Dixie December 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

I would bead a butterfly. They are my symbol and the choices of colors and designs would be immense.

Patricia December 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

I would bead a colorful fish with brilliant neon beads so that it would look like one seen when snorkelling in Hawaii.

Mandi Ainsworth December 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

Great ideas so far and thanks for sharing, ladies! Remember to answer both parts of the question to be eligible :)

Patricia December 18, 2013 at 11:37 am

A colorful neon fishie like seen when snorkeling in Hawaii. Peyote and/or brick stitch would work well.

Lynne Norman December 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

I would bead a lizard – I love their sinuous bodies an I can imagine many different colour ways in greens and blues, some metallic because they would lend themselves to slithery movements. I would probably use peyote and herringbone in delica’s with embelishment.

Lois Prestia December 18, 2013 at 11:47 am

It would be a kitten because I’ve tried a kitten and failed. I’d like it to be in peyote but any stitch – RAW, brick, or lace – would be worth trying.

Carla December 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

I am fascinated with the butterfly life cycle. I would probably use peyote on the butterfly wings & tubular peyote for the body. Maybe even make a peyote stitched chrysalis also.

Abigail Engelking December 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I would create a open winged owl soaring down from my neck. In a necklace of course :) I would use several stitches probably peyote tubular and flat for the head and body, also brick stitch and fringe for the wings. I would wirework the claws and legs. Finally; use embellishment stitches for the eyes and beak.

Cheryl Hamilton December 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I would. Like to bead a little tortoise. I think the structure of the shell would be good done in hexagons of peyote with the limbs and head done in brick stitch or tubular peyote.
Being in Britain I love to follow USA beading
Love it.
Ps Unlikely but if I did win I would be quite happy with a downloadable pattern of the dragon fly which I would love to do in lovely torquoise colors
as well

Patricia December 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I like Cheryl’s idea of a little tortoise. One could really be creative. Patricia

Beatrice Childress December 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Well, I got so excited by this whole thread that I completely forgot about what sort of bead stitches I would use for my little beaded conjure! On giving it some thought, I really can,t decide. There are some really good ones that would lend themselves to a dimensional beaded object. Right now, my new favorite stitch is Herringbone or Ndebele, so I think that would be an interesting stitch to peruse, it really is a gorgeous stitch when worked in the round.

Elizabeth Stasny December 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Great podcast Mandi!! :)
I would like to learn how to do bead netting, and I wonder if there’s a way to do a Starfish or a Seahorse, or something from the sea, with a component of netting.

Jane Mahneke December 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I would like to bead a hummingbird and use primarily peyote stitch if possible since that is my favorite.

Renske December 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Mandi, I would like to bead a 3D spider, like the Red Velvet or the more colorful ones. I would like to do it in a combination of peyote, brick and square stitch.

Elizabeth December 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm

WoW! just lovely ♥

Jackie Severance December 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I would love to be able to bead a Wolf or a Bald Eagle using peyote(of course!),perhaps some Herringbone(for tail/or feathers and maybe some Modified Right Angle Weave(MRAW) for the base of the project to sit on.
I would love a chance to win the Dragonfly.
Merry Christmas! :)

AnnaPia-Sweden December 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Hi, first let me first excuse my bad english but I’m not having it as a native language ;-)
I have for a long time wanted to make a beetle with a “horn” (english word?), you know like a spike on the forhead as on a unicorn. I want it to be as like in a painting with a frame in 24K where the wings, eyes and “horn” pops out. It should be quit small to fit as a wearable pendant on a chain made of flat spiral with some kind of fringes to look like nature. The “painting” would be done in square stitch and with a close-up of a flower as a background to the beetle.
It’s way to advanced for me to figure out how to do the painting but in my mind it look amazing ;-)
Ps: love your artistery <3 Done a lot of beaded pens that everyone just love :-)

Gwen Bower December 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I would bead a peacock in it’s glorious colors using peyote and RAW stitch, other pattern stitches would be added also. Many seed beads of various size would be used. Swarvorski crystal beads would adorn the beautiful fanned tail A person never really know what will come to mind when getting creative. Happy beading

Nancy T. Ransom December 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I would love to have a beaded pig, with or without wings. I envision it done in peyote. Much. Like Ralondas fish. Tubular peyote around a wooden bead. Love to read all the possibilities!

kathryn cain December 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I would do a horse and asume peyote would be good start

Nancy G December 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm

I think it would be a hummingbird. We have several that we feed when they come up to our area in the summer and I have often thought God must have looked forward in time to our beautiful aria of colorful beads and smiled when he made the hummingbird. The colors are spectacular.
I would use peyote because like Nancy Cain it is my favorite stitch. I have for a very long time admired and wished for her Dragonfly. I find the curve of the wings so very fascinating. I had hoped to attend her recent classes at the Dallas bead society but was recovering from effects of Chemo which caused neuropothy in my hands and curtailed my beading until I was able to get results from Lyrica. I am beading again now and enjoying every minute of it. Thank you for such a wonderful interview with Nancy, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will listen to it several more times in the next several weeks.
Again, thank you.
Nancy G

Candy M December 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I would love to bead an elephant using mostly peyote but I’m not that skilled…yet :).

Anny December 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I would love to see a dragon or snake – using peyote stitch

Renske December 18, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Mandi as I’m reading through all the entries, I have to tell you, I visualize all these wonderful ideas. Other than my Red Velvet Spider, I love AnnaPia-Sweden’s idea of a horned beetle. I am from South Africa and we have those in our gardens and YES that would be amazing and then naturally peyote, square and brick stitch will be the stitching method. Anna-Pia you are so original!

Grace December 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

I would like to see a pegsus. They are rare and mystical. I think in a RAW and peyote would be great.

Nancy G December 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

I forgot to mention that I have purchased Nancy’s Craftsy video and it is wonderful – so very informative. Nancy is a great teacher. She not only want’s to teach you a project, she wants to give you the tools to grow in beading. If you haven’t gotten the video, go take a look at it.
I have never met Nancy and this is an unsolicited endorsement- I was just very impressed with the lessons and feel you would like them too.

Josefina December 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I would like to bead a lady bug and maybe with peyote stitch.

Ruth Bernstein December 20, 2013 at 1:40 am

I would make a dragonfly, a little larger than the one that you made, so I would have a pair, including the real (dead) one that gave itself to me. They would go with the many other dragonflys that I have collected to put on the headboard I am making in a many shades of red bedroom. I would make it of Swarovsky crystal beads using peyote stitch.

KJ December 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I would actually create something more stylized than accurate, I am thinking along the lines of totem representations- eagles, bears, wolves, foxes, buffalo.

Peyote is what I am most comfortable with. RAW never seems quite right but works so well. Herringbone is like silk. Square stitch and brick stitch I avoid.

Hmm… I think the kit.

Beyond that, the necklace is a stunner.

Grace December 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I know I have posted a response, but I would also like to se a Griffin done in a combination of Peyote, tubular peyote, and herringbone. The colors would be white or creams and earth tones. Again the creature is not a real animal but I have seen some beautiful art work of this animal.

Paulette P December 23, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I would like to make a beautiful she-dragon in bead embroidery. She’d be sitting on top of her pile of treasure with her wings outspread. That’s kind of how I visualize myself and my stash of shiny beads.

Casy Catalano December 24, 2013 at 9:54 am

I would bead a red tailed hawk. I would bead it in a 3D-type peyote stitch.

Clancy Cherry January 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

A jelly fish – brick stitch and peyote tentacles

Annelie Storbjörk January 7, 2014 at 5:05 am

Hi, thanks for your podcasts! Butterflies in all shapes, now learning MRAW would be a great start for the peyote and I also plan to make in albion stitch. Have the wonderful Craftsy class, learned so much, so I´d say the dragonflykit.

TmBJeweled January 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I am new to this blog. I love it already! I love dragonflies, so I would want to make either a dragonfly or a seahorse, and the stitch(es) I would like to use would be peyote, brick, ladder, or raw – any and all as needed. I am new to beading as well, but will try anything, and want to do it all until I find what my specialty is. Right now I am loving learning and love everything I do. Thank you so much for the Beaded Pens eBook! I can hardly wait to make my first beaded pen!

Grace January 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I am wondering when you are going to pick a winner. I posted in December. Was just wondering.

Mandi Ainsworth January 11, 2014 at 8:21 am

You are right Grace, I chose the winners and emailed them, but I did not post the winners! AnnaPia won the class and Jackie Severance won the dragonfly kit!

Thanks everyone, for your comments and participation :)

Linda January 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

I would try and create a Seahorse because they are just beyond beautiful creatures. My stitch would be the Peyote through different forms. I’m just learning this stitch and love it. If I was selected, I would go for the dragonfly kit as I live too far. Sincerely, Linda

Marilyn Solberg January 31, 2014 at 5:56 pm

A whitish silver ferret would be awesome done in Aiko or Delica beads
along with a few small crystals for the
eyes. They have beautiful coats & might need a slight mixture of 15.0s to embellish the coat (Think Mink).

shirley tyderkie April 6, 2014 at 10:04 am

I have a hard time choosing, I have dragonflies all over, not alive, and I also have dragons. Must be some connection. I would love to bead either one. My first choice for stitch would be peyote, as I love it, but I am not at all averse to other stitches, as needed.

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