Friday, 14 June 2013

Beads shoots and leaves

June really is a month of abundance, in the garden, in the kitchen, and this week also on my beading desk. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve sweet peas growing under the kitchen window. I’ve loved watching them grow from the first tiny tentative shoots. At the moment they seem to be putting on a real spurt. Several inches a day seem to have magically appeared overnight when I look each morning. I feel a bit like Jack with his magic beans!

I found a fabulous dichroic glass cabochon and sorted out a selection of beads and threads with a sweet pea inspired colour scheme. When faced with a selection of components and an idea that I want to realise it’s all too easy to procrastinate. But I decided that I needed to get stuck right in and express myself. Leap and the net will appear, I told myself. So I made a shape with wire that reminded me of the first tiny buds and the tendrils that are now coiling round the bamboo canes. This gave me the base for the macramé work round the stone and it is held firmly in place whilst allowing the maximum area of that lovely dichroic glass to show. Into the strap I wove little pod and leaf shaped elements and wire coils. I have finished it off with two wire coils with thread wrapping between them. I’m really into making my own jump rings to attach clasps. They are superior to shop bought, as I can work harden the wire to make them really strong.

Here is the link to buy the necklace online:
I’m going through a highly creative phase just now as ideas coming thick and fast. I blame all the locally grown asparagus I’m eating just now! Our post office is in the local Co-op and there is always a tempting pile of it that I just can’t resist. I bought a bunch to have for dinner this evening, also some lovely little Jersey Royal potatoes with fresh mint from the garden. A glass or two of some nice red wine is planned later as I'm celebrating my 40,000th view on my YouTube channel!
Are you local? This asparagus certainly is and hung around just long enough for a quick sketch. Yummy!
In between the beading projects I’m trying to find the time to sketch again. Even the most humble little patio like mine provides a wealth of inspiration.
Have a lovely weekend.

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