Growing up, my house often sounded like a telegraph office, because my father was a Ham Radio Operator. Sometimes those crazy guys talked to each other, almost like regular people, but more often my Dad used Morse Code on a telegraph key. I loved the sound of it (he was very fast!), and the mystery of their conversations was too intriguing. So, I learned the code at a very young age. It was quite useful when passing notes in school (the teachers couldn’t read it), and it was a pretty good way to keep diary passages secret. I still use it, although my method is different.
Now I use beads instead of writing it out. The code consists of dots and dashes – Hams call them Dits and Dahs. A single seed bead makes a perfect Dit, and a bugle bead is a great Dah.
In the rather wild, handmade fiber book, above, I used Morse Code for all the messages.
All of the creamy, silk ribbons (above) are beaded in code.
In another fiber journal, I made a gallery of butterflies.
Several of them contain secret notes. (look closely, they’re secret)
Here are the alphabet and numbers in beaded Morse Code:
You can also find the code here.