Thursday, 15 November 2012

Sensational sunset - the view from the beading desk

I love watching the changing seasons through my window. It faces the setting sun and sometimes there is a really spectacular, if brief, lightshow. The streetlamps were just starting to come on the other evening when I snapped this rather fuzzy photo of the view from my beading window. In just a few seconds it had changed completely. However fleeting the impression, it can often spark an idea for beadwork.

I pulled out some threads, ribbons and beads, as well as a gorgeous handmade cabochon and laid them out to form an inspiration board.

Luckily, I keep all my sketchbooks, and looking back through them, I found an embroidery on silk of a sunset done a couple of years ago.  Wrapping threads around strips of card is a wonderful way to record colour juxtapositions.

The cabochon will look lovely on a painted silk background with a beaded bezel to hold it in place.

Working on one of my signature pieces.

Although the necklace is
fairly freeform in style, it needs to have balance.

This week I have been working on one of my signature pieces for a commission, it's along the lines of Persephone, but I find that she has taken on a life of her own. Working out the position of the flowers and leaves so that the piece looks balanced is an enjoyable challenge.

I'd like to get my two commissions finished before Christmas so that I can spend some time over the Christmas break updating the website so I'm trying to be a bit more focused. Last year I went on a time management course and it's high time I put into place some of the things I learned. It often seems to be 2oclock before I sit down at my desk to do some work and it simply won't do!


Unknown said...


I've just surfed through your blog and love how you begin with a project!

Greetings Bianc

Valerie Jones said...

Thank you Bianc, Starting out on a project is often the hardest part, as there are lots of things to decide about. Endless possibilities with beadwork! best wishes Val

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