Wednesday, 20 February 2019

'Enchantress' - a new bead embroidered piece

By the pricking of my thumbs something wicked this way comes...... well hopefully not to many pricked fingers or thumbs during the making of this, my latest bead emboidered piece. I have an idea in mind for a circular shape that suspends a large bead at the base.

I made a sketch and then set to work, first needle felting my base as a support for all the pretty bijouterie that I will weave into it. The back will be beaded over in peyote stitch instead of my usual leather backing. The needle felt will make it possible to make a seamless transition between the front and back. Creating needle felted supports for beadwork is an area I'm enjoying experimenting with at present.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Perfectly Peachy

Coral shades are going to be a feature in the clothes shops this year according to the fashion magazines. I decided to create a piece that would look great with anything peachy or coral and this is what I made.

Soft peach morganite stones with some amethyst and twists and twirls of silver wire. Morganite is said to calm an anxious mind and I certainly felt very Zen whilst making it!

Friday, 11 January 2019

Wild at Heart

What captivating, capricious and cunning little creatures beads are! Yes, I firmly believe they have minds of their own and conspire to be made into things whilst you think they are sitting innocently in your stash.

Having had a bit of winter sunshine in Tenerife, my imagination was full of exotic colours. On the plane on the way home I was mentally planning the piece I would make once all the Christmas mayhem was over and done with. So when the last bauble had gone back into the loft I headed to my bead collection to hunt out a sizzling cocktail of brightly coloured bijouterie. But the beads had other ideas. In amongst the exotic were soft pink pansies, muted silvery pearls and softly lustred drops. They remided me of the doodle I had done in an odd corner of my sketchbook just a few days before we flew to Tenerife.

 It was no good, I knew the idea wouldn’t let me alone until it was made real. So I gave in and this romantic wire wrapped filigree piece is the result.

No doubt I will be planning a soft pink piece at some stage and the lime green and orange beads will scupper my plans. Beads are clever like that!

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

A new twist

I've been meaning to get to grips with the wire coiling gizmo I bought ages ago and my latest wirework pendant has given me the perfect excuse to experiment. Having made the central pendant I felt it was just begging for some sort of twisty wirework in the chain.

Out came the gizmo and some fine wire. It took some tryouts before I perfected my technique, but I managed to make six intricate and pretty coiled beads from my Beadalon Artistic Wire - which is a joy to work with. Wireworkers are lucky to have the new softer German style wires to work with these days, it makes a really good alternative to sterling silver.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Blush blooms

There’s something rather appealing about a bundle of beads that someone else has selected. That’s why I like the monthly Acorn Club bead packs from Oak Tree Crafts. This month I got beads in blush pink and lime green. Just what I needed to shake me out of my colour comfort zone!

When I looked through my own collection I found some other pretty bijouterie to put with them. Silvery green lustred leaves, blush pink daggers and also some interesting spacer bars with two holes.

 A quick sketch helped to organise my thoughts about the bead embroidered necklace they would become and then I set to work to craft some flower shaped components. This one should keep me busy for some time!