August 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
A short post to say: the other day in the mail I received a beautiful gift. I commented on Erin’s post about ‘What does live what you love mean to you?‘ over on her fabulous blog and my comment got chosen to receive one of her limited edition pendants as featured on the front of Stringing magazine.
I have no idea what I’m going to make with it. All I know is it is wonderful. Thank you Erin for such a generous gift!
Also, I have already sent my beads off for the Bead Soup Blog Party, and my partner Ana has sent hers. I will be going a lengthy post about both soups and Ana when they arrive – more exciting beady beadness!
August 1, 2011 § 1 Comment
Oh! What’s that?
On the right hand side there? That purple box thing…what is it?
I’ll stop being an idiot now. I’m getting far too excited but it’s because I’ve just signed up for my very first Bead Soup Blog Party run by the incredibly talented and also incredibly foolhardy Lori Anderson. If you click on the button it will take you to her blog page all about the Bead Soup.
The Bead Soup Blog Party runs twice a year and involves the following:
Sign up between August 1 – 3: you must have a blog to participate.
August 5: Lori partners everyone up with another beading blogger (see what I mean about foolhardy?)
By August 17: you send out a collection of bead soup to your partner, which must include a focal bead, a interesting clasp, and some coordinating beads
You then photograph your beads that you receive, make something, and then everyone reveals their fantastic makes a month later on September 17 and you take about a week to tour round all the blogs. I’m very excited because, at last count, there are 150 participants from across the world! I’m looking forward to reading new bead blogs and interacting with some new beaders – in fact, I may have already started putting together my bead soup (because I’m like that).
If you’d like to take part you still have another 2 days to sign up, so get on it.
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!
June 11, 2011 § 2 Comments
What I’m enjoying very much about this post is that, as I browse round the internet and the beady blogs I avidly read, I pick up on all these fantastic images, pieces, and ideas that often seem completely out of tune with each other. Then when I come to write the post, I see themes emerging! This week, it’s two complimentary colours: blue-greens and orangey-pinks.
Fantastic texture and colour in The Hare pendant by ktotten
Honey From the Bee’s Copper River earrings using vintage chain
Playful and bright enamelled and beaded ring from Fred Bean’s Nook
Amazingly blue Forget Me Not earrings from annabella1966 – wow
A shot of Something Sublime’s beautiful hoop and dangle earrings that you can learn how to make in her course
Singing Cat Studio’s detailed and regally-rich polymer clay pendant
Gaea’s combination of a Jade Scott boat pendant and silk ribbons. Very very envious!
Warm beadwoven pendant from La Bella Joya, whose Monday Musings post got me thinking
Jen Judd Rocks! at both jewellery and mixed media weaving, as you can see here -inspiring colours
So I’ve been thinking of the moody blues and passionate pinks this week! This weekend I’ve got a lot of university study to catch up on, but will also be going to a local sewing cafe and hopefully doing a bit of beading inspired by some of the colours and textures above. Have a great weekend and hope you enjoyed this week’s Stuff I Love!
June 4, 2011 § 2 Comments
Here’s a new weekly post that I will be putting up – Stuff I Love (on a Saturday!) I read lots of different jewellery, craft, and design blogs, so each Saturday I’ll post up some images and links of things that have caught my eye from the previous seven days. Sometimes there might be a theme, sometimes not: it just depends on my mood. Enjoy!
Andrew Thornton’s new Winged Heart Pendant design – love it!
Beads from TLS Clay Designs – reminds me of Hundertwasser’s work with their bold, colourful squares
One of the final pieces by Jen Judd Rocks! as part of the Artisan Clay Design Team – the simplicity and striking colour of this is fantastic
A house on a hill – tiny ceramic ring by Elukka (want!)
Simple but beautiful glass and metal necklace by Floridity
One of the great June palettes in the make-along over on La Bella Joya
Some luscious new earrings from Malin de Koning for Bead Table Wednesday
New critter beads by Tree Wings Studio. You can read about the process of making these cute-as-a-button beads on her blog.
That’s it for this week. I’m visiting my sister in Nottingham today and will be visiting another bead shop for a future Bead Shops of Britain post, hooray! What are you up to this weekend?
May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
These past few weeks have been crazy for giveaways! I can’t believe how many there are going on: could people be any more generous?
The latest one, and one that I would love to win, is over on La Bella Joya aka Marcie who runs a wonderful blog and Etsy shop all about bead embroidering and beadwork. I’ve found Marcie’s work to be inspirational and she’s offering up a giveaway of Sensational Bead Embroidery: 25 Inspiring Jewellery Projects by Sherry Serafini, which looks like a fantastic book.
Marcie has asked those who’d like to be entered into the giveaway to comment and answer the following question:
What you think about bead embroidery? Do you like the big collars that win awards? Do you like embroidery on clothing or handbags? Have you ever done bead embroidery or are you interested in starting?
I’ve already commented over on the blog but thought I would post my thoughts here too.
When I first started getting into jewellery making, every bead embroidery piece I would see I thought ‘Hmmm. Not for me.’ Maybe the pieces I saw were too traditional, or I was looking at the wrong blogs and magazines, but I just didn’t like them at all. Then, when I started experimenting myself, I realised that bead embroidery was not all over-the-top, frilly jewellery that didn’t look cool and modern. It was this:
Pines and Palms Pendant by La Bella Joya
Asteria Necklace by The Crimson Moon
All in a Row bracelet by Fred Bean’s Nook
And also this!
Mad Rings 2 pattern by Heather Collin (go buy this, I did and it’s ace!)
I enjoy that bead embroidery can be both traditional and floral and all those other things, and the same techniques can be used to create fresh, modern designs like the ones above. I know some of these are more beadwork than bead embroidery but for me they all come under the heading of ‘work using tiny wee beads’. I haven’t seen any bead embroidery on clothing or bags yet that I really like, but I think that this is more to do with my love of pattern: patterned cloth plus bead embroidery plus jewellery might be a bit much!
I’ve been working more with seed beads lately and will be showing some of the finished articles on Wednesday for the Bead Table Wednesday post – along with some more of my musings on the subject. Anyway, if you’re interested, rush over to Marcie’s blog and take part in the giveaway!