Saturday, 21 April 2012

Magpies and Peacocks


Sparkly things.  Just can’t resist them I’m afraid. 56 tubes of tiny Toho Triangle beads are my idea of heaven in a box! Better by far than chocolates and kind to the hips (if not the purse). As soon as I unpacked them, they suggested peacock feather colours to me.








I have a peacock feather pinned up above my beading desk, and have thought for some time that I would do a peacock inspired piece. I’ve sorted through my stash for possible accent and focal beads and have a rough watercolour sketch of what I have in mind. This will be my next piece when Clarice is done.

Below is a rough idea of what I intend to make.




















Clarice has more beading in than anything I have ever done before, and I realised that I would need to engineer the strap to include flexible pieces between the sections of bead embroidery. A square handmade clasp also suggests itself. Funny how things tell you how they want to go.  I’m on a mission to make my neckpieces sit comfortably on the wearer and curve to the contours of the neck. The picture shows the neckpiece partly done, with a watercolour sketch of how the beading will continue.


Have finally decided to treat myself to a proper state of the art craft light. My old anglepoise that I’ve had since art school has started to crackle and buzz. Technology has marched on so I am looking forward to getting the new one through the post next week. Better colour matching and less eye strain I hope. Work on my new and improved website still in progress, as ever not enough hours in the day. Have had to buckle down to some housework this morning as we have friends popping round tomorrow. I am planning an old fashioned afternoon tea and some craft related chatter with someone as passionate about stitching and all things crafty as I am. At least it’s raining and I can get on with beading without feeling guilty about the dandelions that seem to be everywhere just now.

6 comments:

Unknown said...

Your designs are absolutely beautiful and I'm soooo jealous of all those gorgeous toho triangles!

Valerie Jones said...

That's kind of you Paula, I'm my own worst critic and it was a confidence boost!

pat said...

Hi Valerie,Once more BEAUTIFUL work. Bravo!!

Valerie would like to ask a little question. When you work on a piece with many colours like you do do you bead with one colour.
White for example or do you change your colour with each different
coloured section of your piece.

I usually use Nymo D for my work but have ordered Fireline crystal 6LB to try. i usually buy from USA but it is long sometimes to arrive; Is their somewhere in UK that you could recommend for threads and findings,and seed beads.


Kindest regards

Pat

Valerie Jones said...

Hello Pat, many thanks for the compliment! When I am beading a piece with many colours I choose a neutral shade of Nymo – I often use grey. I bead many colours as I go, I don’t bead, say all the white, then all the orange. But I do tend to complete a smallish section at a time. There are 2 websites I get most of my materials from. The Bead Merchant is my absolute favourite. Here are the web adresses.
http://www.e-beads.co.uk/
http://www.beadmerchant.co.uk/
I also bought some fireline, but not got round to trying it out yet. Best wishes, Val

pat said...

Thank you Val for answering and explaining what you do as your choice of thread. Good idea to use grey . I was beading recently with blue Nymo and it was a rope with little white flowers and I found that the blue thread made my white a little dull,and so I changed the thread to white and then noticed that I could see the white thread in my spiral so I think now I shall try the pale grey like you . Thank you too so much for saying where you like to buy in UK. i live in France and not near any beading shops so I shall ckeck out your favourite places too.

Thanking you so much Val.

Kindest regards

Pat

pat said...

Visited Beadmerchant Val. Found it wonderful,will buy there too.

lovely little amulet patterns that i liked,must try to do one :-)

Kindest regards
Pat

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