During the pandemic, I sought calm among various art and craft activities. As the months wore on, I turned to bead weaving more and more often. It takes careful attention to create these meticulous patterns—each little glass seed bead is grasped one at a time, counted, and woven into an interlocking pattern known as “peyote stitch,” for its Native American origins, or “brick stitch” more commonly. Some of my designs attracted a lot of attention, and encouraged me to take on commissions. As this Atelier project expands, I’ll share its evolutions here.