A little Popotillo

Well.  I thought I should do a little slide show of a egg that I did some popotillo on.

In Mexico, straw mosaics are known as “popotillo art,” from the Spanish name for sacaton grass, Sporobolus, or popote de cambray. The art form has Precolumbian roots.   The grass is first hand-dyed.   Then the artist draws a design, which is then covered by a fine layer of “cera de Campeche,” a special type of beeswax. The straw is then cut down to workable sizes, sometimes as fine as a single millimeter in length. The artist then carefully presses the pieces of straw into the beeswax. When the design is finished, a fixative is applied to protect the finished work.

Popotillo  Beetle.


the wax
design on the egg with the wax added
now the cording has been added
the first color of popotillo straw is added
the beginning of the second color
the legs are now added
starting to finish the egg
finished egg, which will hang on a stand


There are many designs which can be used to make eggs or jewelry, as well as  serving trays, pictures and other objects..  Please feel free to ask me mre about this wonderful art form.




A few more things

   Had a few beautiful beads left from the Blog Hop and so I made a very simple necklace with them I still have a few more left and I want to make something with them,  but have not gotten to it yet.  Another good project for this week.

   I also made the second necklace which is a beautiful crystal slab and added the fringe and chain to it.  it is very simple but also very elegant.  I  think that is a nice addition to any outfit.

       I have several other necklaces and bracelets that I am working on and can not wait to finish them so that I can show them to you.  I hope that you will come and visit my page again.

Bead Peeps Swap ‘n’ Hop 2017 Reveal

  Today is the day that everyone gets to see what I have been very busy doing.    This year I was paired with the wonderfully talented   Palak Udeshi   from India and received from her some of the most beautiful beads.  I could not wait to get started in doing something with them.  And this is what I came up with.  Even the material for the cord is from her .   I had lots of fun coming up with this design and it was ever evolving  as I worked on itDSCN6827

    I also had a few beads left from what I sent her and I managed to get this done .


  follow the below links to see what other members of the swap did

Hope Smitherman

My goodies from my partner

DSCN6746I got the mail the other day and found a box of wonderful beads from my partner  She lives in India, and many of the beads were beads that can only be found there.   I have some wonderful ideas of what to do with all the goodies that she sent me.  I can not wait to get started and can not wait to show you the final project.  I may actually have several things that I do with all the goodies

Bead Cruise

 I spent a week on a bead cruise and it was wonderful   I got to take classes from artists that I had only heard about,  but never worked with.  I can tell you that they are crazy brilliant, funny women who I so enjoyed working with. 

Shelley Nybakke, Liisa Turunen, Amee K. Sweet-McNamara  along with Kinga Nichols and Sherry Sarafini   were our wonderful teachers and make and take girls.

the photo shows some of Liisa Turunens beautiful bead work.    I think I have fallen in love with her style.