Then I finally found a tutorial for Pondo or African circle stitch that made sense to me and I was hooked on that for a while. The possibilities for designs are endless in the simple stitch and then there are all sorts of modifications you can make. To the right you see my "Pondo Ripples" design worked in patriotic red, white and blue. You can find the pattern for this at BeadPatternsBoutique
I've also written a tutorial for Basic Pondo. You'll find it here: http://www.bubblews.com/news/833090-pondo-basics or you can click on the "My Stitch Tutorials" tab at the top of the page and follow the link.