I am self taught with the help of a book - "Little Bead Boxes" by Julia S. Pretl. I made some modifications as some of her instructions just don't work for me, but once you figure out how to do them, the boxes are pretty easy.
helene, i'm sorry i didn't answer sooner...i didn't see your message. i start of row one by putting all beads from row one on the string. then bead one on the second row is square stitched onto that. i'm not sure if that makes any sense...i hope it does!
the Light house was one of my patterns...here is a link to see the real lighthouse, http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=677
I live not far from it,just down the road a piece. I see it almost every day . One day while driving thru Athens I just thought wow it is just a box...and I can do that... so I went home and figured out how large I wanted to make it and then got working on the pattern. I had to change it a little but not that much :) The piece is actually two boxes, both the roof and the 'light' top of the tower come off. They were made seperate then I stitched them together to have them stable. I need to make another one for as soon as I got this one done it was sold. I love making them in the shapes of 'homes' that are a bit out of the norm.