Saturday’s Stuff I Love
July 16, 2011 § 1 Comment
Just a small selection of Stuff I Love this Saturday, as I haven’t had much time to catch up on all the blog reading (there are so many!)
Turquoise glass and clay connector from Artisan Clay
Spiky lampworked glass ‘sea anemone’ beads by BatChen Designs
Beautiful pastel bracelet from For My Sweet Daughter for the Margie and Me Challenge
Rich and textured earrings from Kristi Bowman Design
Clasp by Melinda Orr that I am love with. The colours and textures are wonderful!
Ephydriad earrings by Fanciful Devices – bold and powerful.
Another thing I really love is represented by this picture:
I took this book out from our local library yesterday, expecting it to be fairly regular designs with maybe a few nice ones…and I was completely blown away! The designs are really modern and exciting, lots of interesting use of texture and scale, and the instructions are easy to follow. Turns out one of the authors is editorial director for Beadwork and Stringing magazines, the other a jewellery design and education co-ordinator for Soft Flex. So of course they’re going to be awesome!
The last thing I love this week is also represented by an image (of my own work!):
This piece has changed slightly from when you saw it as part of this week’s BTW. On Thursday I went to my first ever beading group in Skipton, North Yorkshire, which is about 30 minutes on the train from where I live. I was a bit nervous and arrived early, but all the group made me feel really welcome and were very enthusiastic about my work! They were all very adept at beadwork, working quickly and able to talk at the same time (which is quite hard when you’re concentrating and counting). It was good to hang out with people who understood my interest in the subject and also had enough technical knowledge to suggest new things I could do and ways to add to the piece. I will be embellishing this pendant/piece further in time for a handicrafts competition coming up very soon (next weekend!).
And very quickly, as they arrived this morning, UK beaders should check out Choosy Beads: fantastic beads, some lovely Czech glass, and best of all – I ordered yesterday lunch time and they arrived today! Woo! I’m off to Nottingham again today for another bead shop visit. Have a great weekend whatever you’re doing!