Saturday, 22 September 2018

A big blue bead

I love deep blue glass beads, they remind me of apothecary bottles. I fell in love with this large focal bead as soon as I saw it, but have been waiting for just the right beads to come along to team with it. At last I found them. Combined with sections of bead weaving they make a necklace that would look just lovely with a V neck top.



Now the desk is bare and tidy again – onwards to the next project, not sure what that will be, so an inspiration gathering walk is planned for later today.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Bees, buckwheat and beads

I find needle felting a wonderful way to make a foundation for bead embroidery. There is a real satisfaction in using a material that is 100% natural. What I never liked though was the foam you use as a base when prodding the fibres. I found it a bit ‘nails on blackboard’ if you see what I mean. But I received a new pad last week, made of hessian and filled with buckwheat. Much nicer and it came beautifully wrapped from the Felt Pixie, with some sample needles.


 I was inspired to make a necklace inspired by lavender and honey and spent an age ferreting in my bead collection to find beads to make the centrepiece. Then I came across this lovely handmade bead with a drizzle pattern on it. Perfect!