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Welcome to My "Bea Lothrop Artistry" Web Site

My artistic career started at age five making mud 'pies', baking them in the sun and painting them pistachio green with stones and shells as embellishments! This was Mexico in the 50's -- steeped in color from the indigenous Indian textile hues; the painter Orozco's earth and jewel tone murals; Luis Barragan's clean lines and vivid color architecture; hot colors of Acapulco 's Pacific coast tropical flowers, birds and fish and the European influence of broad perspectives in building boulevards and glorious cathedrals that ignited my imagination for the rest of my life.


Two lifetimes passed as I followed a career in advertising in New York City followed by a career in the healing arts of Massage therapy and Healing Touch on the East End of Long Island. When not "working", I was developing my artistic skills in photography, ceramics, wool hooking, dyeing textiles and finally weaving with glass seed beads, which turned out to be my most satisfying passion.


Inspired to move to Western North Carolina in 2013, I landed in Weaverville where I have established my "Bees Crossing Studio". Here, I work on beading unique jewelry with glass seed beads. I participate in Weaverville's Art Safari twice a year and other venues.


When not creating, I am caring for "The Girls" (honeybee hives) on my hilltop and eradicating grass in as much land as I can manage, to establish as large a pollinator garden of flowers, shrubs and trees for our Native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds...as well as for "The Girls", of course!

"Cleopatra"

 Tri-color , light and dark gold metallic and maroon- lustered glass beads  make up a mesmerizing 'Twisted Herrinbone Stitch' necklace 27 inches long.  The gold plated toggle clasp is mounted on brushed gold end caps.

BUT....When I finished the hollow rope, I felt something was missing! 

Inspiration struck.....I remembered an Art Deco earring set gifted to me by my friend Martin from a thrift store for pets in Tom's River, New Jersey and Voila...the necklace was complete!

Now I am working on a bracelet to match with the other earring.  So wait a while:):)

Bea


Cleopatra"
$200.00

Entwined in Love

Two double, cranberry/gold, herringbone woven chains entwined together presenting a bold necklace. The end caps are also hand woven. The clasp is magnetized 24K gold plated Sterling Silver with a safety catch.

Entwined in Love
$275.00

India Chartreuse

Travelling in Southern India I found the brass pendants with an unknown semiprecious stone insert in each one. Once home and years later, the green and chartreuse glass beads together with memories of the incredibly colorful temples of India inspired my design for this necklace.


The necklace is 18 1/2 inches long with a gold plated slider clasp. I have a few extra pendants to make a matching pair of earings at request.

India Chartreuse
$80.00

Honey Magic Pins (each)

Each 'Sunflower' contains hundreds of Japanese seed beads and a honeybee charm.


The pins vary in gold and brown color patterns sparkling in the light and type of honeybee charm.


​Brooch diameter: 2 Inches


They can be used as pins on your vest, coat or blouse or they can be attached to a chain or beaded necklace to hang over your heart.

Honey Magic Pins (each)
$45.00

Turquoise Dream - Necklace

This necklace reminds me of American Indian designs and colors. The unique mottled turquoise colored Japanese seed beads are trully a special find. Bands of opaque translucent grey and true grey seed beads make the turquoise color stand out beautifully.

  • Sterling Silver Flower Design Clasp
Turquoise Dream - Necklace
$125.00

Protection & Happiness

Hand woven glass seed bead necklace symbolizing 'Protection' by the Eye of Horus symbol and 'Happiness' symbolized by the single golden leaf below.
Protection & Happiness
$125.00

'Talisman'

Glittering black Japanese triangle seed beads with tiny gold glass seed beads are woven to provide a lively twisting pattern.  Wear this incredibly smooth ,snakeskin-feel, woven  necklace day or night


Length: 22 inches long. Pewter end caps and silver plated toggle clasp.

Tuxedo
$85.00

Twisted Herringbone Necklaces

I so enjoy weaving 'twisted Herringbone' stitch ropes in a variety of colors. They are made up of four strands of round glass beads woven together to form a spiral. The three featured represent to me the Christmas season; the greens of Summer; and Lilac/silver for Spring. The circumference of each rope is approximately 24 to 25 inches. Around your neck they hang to approximately mid chest. Easy to put on over your head without a need for a clasp. Wear them with a suit or with jeans for fun!

Twisted Herringbone Necklaces
$45.00

'Waterways'

This scalloped style of beaded collar is originally a design from a tribe in South Africa.  I fell in love with the layer upon layer weaving which when executed in blues and silver gives the effect of moving ocean waves. 

The glass seed bead layers enhance each other for a glittering collar effect over turtleneck shirts, sweaters or beautiful bare skin.

​This collar is 18" long providing for a loose drape around your collar bone.

​The toggle clasp is sterling Silver.

Waterways
$85.00

Triad Necklace

This is a twisted Herringbone pattern necklace includes three 'gold sparkling' green glass beads for an everyday style. The gold and green glittering glass beads remind me of ancient Mediterranean jewelry colors.


A 25 inch circumference allows the necklace to drape to chest level. It easily fits over your head so no clasp is required.

Triad Necklace
$60.00

Crystal Crossings

Simple glitter of Czech crystals encased in a netting of chartreuse Toho seed beads. This choker catches daylight and evening lights to delight the eye. A magnetic closure makes it easy to put on and take off at the end of a perfect day.

Crystal Crossings
$98.00

'Waterfall' Scarf

"Waterfall is a blue 'netted' necklace following a pattern for ancient Japanese fishing nets. Each individual strand is connected every two inches to another strand and is comprised of  Miyuki cylinder glass Delica beads interspersed with larger translucent glass seed beads.  The long free standing fringes include small glass seed beads interspersed with Swarovski crystals and clear crystal pressed Czech glass drops. 

 There are a variety of ways to wear these draping necklaces. One option is like a knotted scarf. Another, is to simply drape the netted scarf around your neck allowing each side to show the netting and attaching the edge of each side with a unique brooch from your collection.

Another version, Which I call "Cranberry Fields" is pictured below showing alternative ways of wearing this "scarf" and close-up's of the beads



Netted Cranberry Scarf
$200.00

Minoan Crystals Necklace


Minoan Crystals Necklace
$100.00

Greenways Rainbow Trio

This set of necklace, bracelet and earrings is made with Toho Peridot Green-Gold Lined and Gold seed beads.


The necklace is a choker with peridot glass tear drops in each swag; the clasp a gold plated sterling slider. The post earrings and bracelet with a "tree of life" button closure complement the necklace.

Greenways Rainbow Trio
$150.00

Spring & Fall Leaves

Hand herringbone weaving with glass seed beads. Reversible necklace depicting Spring and Fall Leaf Triads.


A Carnelian carved flower covers the intersection of the three leaves. Simple gold plated clasp.

Spring & Fall Leaves
$185.00

Ruby Lariat

This Lariat following the 'St. Petersburg' pattern is made up of ruby red Myuki Delicas, Toho clear seed beads and Czech silver coated pressed glass beads for the entire center length of the lariat. The ruby fringe beads are also pressed glass. A very versatile necklace worn long, short or medium length.

Ruby Lariat
$145.00

Dragon Pearls

Vintage "Faux" glass teardrop pearls connected with golden seed beads and green turquoise beads.


The striking sterling silver clasp inlaid with carved jade makes a statement worn as a side of the necklace instead of at the back of the neck.


Dragon Pearls
$130.00

"Fire Tulips"

Reminding me of various Art Deco designs, this twisted 'herringbone' rope necklace ends in two tulip flower-like focal points fringed in tiny gold glass beads. The striking contrast of ruby red and matte black glass seed beads lends this 24 inch necklace a sense of power.  A toggle clasp attaches the delicately latticed vermeil caps.

"Fire Tulips"
$125.00

'Purple Dragon'

I have decided there is as many shades of 'purple' as there are stars in the sky! I found this out when I was requested to design a "purple" necklace for a friend. I decided to Google 'purple flowers'...! That did not help. So I played with my seed beads until I came up with a combination that spoke "purple to me". Halfway through the 'Twisted, Odd Count, Peyote' stitch tube weaving I suddenly felt  the need to add a focal point design which reminded me of American Indian Peyote beading. What fun to weave on the 'run'! 

My friend got a different purple creations mine.

The filigree end caps and toggle closure of this 22 inch tube necklace is made of Bali Silver.



​These are made with Delica beads and Japanese seed beads.

'Purple Dragon'
$180.00