Wednesday, 29 October 2008


I spent a long time making a right-angle weave cuff today, using size 8 beads. Once the basic cuff was beaded, I overlaid size 11 beads in the squares created by the original weave. It should have looked stunning and original. Instead, I think I had the tension too tight as it looked like a rippled piece of fishing net! Not my finest hour in the beading world...

I bought some more velcro strips today though, so am going to make a few more jewellery rolls. I have thought of some extra bits I could add on to the basic design which will make the roll more secure for rings and ear-rings. I am looking forward to getting on with that. I also have lately developed a craving for making some more cards. I think I have overdosed on beads recently...

Still looking forward to the Big Bead Show on Saturday though!

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Right Angle Weave Bracelet

This bracelet is based on the choker I made for my course last week. I changed the beads and slightly amended the edging and it looks really pretty. I am going to put it in my Folksy shop.

Can You Tell What It Is Yet?

No? Phew! It is a Christmas present and I'm not getting as much of it done as I would like. Beads keep getting in the way!

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Friday, 24 October 2008

Russian Snake Stitch

This pattern is also from 'Bead and Button Volume 3'. It is a variation on Daisy Stitch. Really simple to work up and very delicate looking when finished. It is too 'pretty' for me, so is going in my shop!

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Thursday Night Project - Crafter...oo Forum

Edit: 24/10/08

Here is the finished article. It is a lovely design but I found the making of it too much like hard work and not enjoyable. I probably won't make another one!

This is a thread that is done every Thursday on Crafter...oo. We post pictures of any projects that are WIPs and we then have to post the finished picture at the end.

Here is my 'before' photo and a photo of the finished item, from the 'Bead & Button Volume 3' book which I am using.

Week 6 - C&G Course

Pearl and Seed Bead Choker:

This is the first piece that I would actually wear (from the course). The course specified one row of right-angle weave only, so that is all we had to make. I am going to make a cuff in several rows though as I think it will be stunning!

A Lariat for MIL's Birthday

This was made as a present for my mother-in-law. I took lots of jewellery to show her on Sunday and she liked the purple lariat I made in March or April. I asked her if she would like one and she specified blacks and pearls as a colour. I really hope she likes it! I wore it this morning (as I always road-test my pieces before giving them away - to make sure that there are no faults) and sold one to a friend! So wearing pieces CAN generate sales!

It is made from a simple rope/spiral stitch which is easy but time-consuming. The beads are size 9 seed beads.

Monday, 20 October 2008

It is my birthday and I got...

... THIS!!! So many yummy patterns to try out - I can't wait!

More Bracelets!

Both are the same pattern as the two bracelets below.

I've Been Tagged...

By PennyDog


1. Link to your tagger and list all these rules in your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.


1. I was kissed by Dale Winton when I made a pilot for 'The Other Half' (a gameshow a few years ago).
2. I was accepted to go on 'The Weakest Link' but could never make the dates they offered me.
3. I saw Rolf Harris at Heathrow airport and went red!
4. I used to be a Weight Watchers Leader.
5. I am a reformed chocoholic.
6. I have just lost 2 stone with WW.
7. My husband went to school with Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon. My only claim to fame is that the guy who speaks Russian in the programme 'Airport' went to my school!

I am tagging:

Incy Wincy
Over Milkwood
23 Beech Hill
Vintage Kitty Kat
I'm a Ginger Monkey
Maximum Rabbit Designs
Miaou Crafts

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Fancy Wave Facet Bead Bracelets

These bracelets are worked from a pattern in the latest copy of Bead Magazine. They were really easy and quick to make and I think they look really pretty. I changed the fastenings on each one so as not to have exact copies.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Peyote Stitch Mother of Pearl Pendant Necklace

This necklace went really well and I think it is stunning on. It is a choker length and I think that I am going to work up a few more for my Folksy shop...

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Monday, 13 October 2008

Two Jewellery Rolls

Same pattern as before but different fabrics. They are so simple to produce but look so lovely.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Beading Class - Daisy Beaders

This is what I made today...beaded beads. Not something I would make into a whole necklace, but beautiful nevertheless. Some of the samples were stunning!

I was happy with my humble offerings. We were all amazed that it took all day to make two beads!

Thursday, 9 October 2008

'Pandorion' Kit - Beaded Cabouchon

This is a kit I bought yesterday. I loved the Fluorite cabouchon but must admit to swapping the seed beads. The instructions are so clear - you can see that I managed to bead the stone easily. I am currently making the flowers to go around the edge and then need to make the necklace for it to hang from.

I am really impressed with the kit so far though! Pandorion is a shop in Colchester and sells loads of lovely beads. I am doing my C&G course there.

Edit 10/10/08:

The embellishments are added (apart from some fringing) and I am currently making the necklace section.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Week 4 - C & G Course

Daisy Flower Chain - samples and finished project. NOT my type of thing at all, although they make nice chains for children. The red chain can be wrapped twice around the wrist or worn as a choker necklace.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Peyote Stitch Necklace

I got this pattern from my 'Dare to Bead' book but was a little unadventurous with the colours. I love it though. It was easy(ish) but quite time consuming to make. I am going to make another one in earth tones and rose pink, which will still be my colours but a little more interesting to the eye. I was also impressed with myself that I managed to make the clasp too - something I have been wanting to learn for a while.