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?