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Beads Without End

Martha Forsyth

Handmade jewelry, mostly


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art by somerville artistMarthaForsyth titledDesert diamonds
Desert diamonds spiral bead crochet bracelet ("average" size)
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Artist's Statement

Weather & Covid-19 restrictions permitting, Beads Without End studio will be open under a canopy in the driveway at 14 Gussie Terrace for your socially distanced shopping pleasure, BOTH Saturday And Sunday, May 6 and 7, noon-6pm.

A fascination with traditional singing led me to Bulgaria as a young woman. I developed a deep involvement with Things Bulgarian, did extensive research there (recording “old ladies singing old songs” - check out my blog at, helped to found Zdravets (“Boston's Friendly Neighborhood Bulgarian Band” (, and also became enamoured of textiles and jewelry.

In 1994, on one of our trips to Bulgaria together, Pat Iverson and I learned to do bead crochet, an art practiced extensively in parts of the country. Since then we have both become fanatic bead-crocheters, taking the technique to new dimensions and new heights. In 1995 we co-founded the cooperative “Beads Without End”. Publications featuring my beadwork include Carol Wilcox Wells's The Art and Elegance of Beadweaving, Interweave "Beadwork" magazine, and Lark’s 500 Beaded Objects. HOOP DANCING (a.k.a. hula hooping) is also a passion! “Big hoops, little hoops..,” available by special order, your choice of size and color. might even see some modular ORIGAMI!


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