This chain was made from a pattern in Bead & Button. I didn't want to make the whole lariat, so I made a short necklace and used one of Hollingdale Design's beads - the ones I had made for me - as a toggle. I think the colours of the lampwork bead complement the seed beads perfectly. I decided that it would be a shame to hide such a beautiful bead at the back of the neck and so made the toggle into a feature. I will wear it as a pendant at the front.
Finished on Sunday! The only problem is that one side is slightly thinner than the other - because I ran out of thread and started with the new thread from the wrong end. I only noticed when I had got to the end of the whole thing. Grrrrrr.
You might be able to see that I managed to add in the bridging beads and facets last night. I also made a start on one of the sides as I finally decided to make it into a full necklace. I haven't done any more though as Mum and I had a lovely day out.
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This is what I am currently working on - a necklace from an old copy of Bead magazine. It looked too hard and I put off making it for months, but I decided to have a go yesterday. I still have to finish the 'bridging' of the spirals to secure them and add facet beads in. Then I need to extend it slightly if I go for a bracelet, or a lot if I make it into a full necklace. I am undecided at the moment. I think that the design is very similar to the 'Ogalala' bracelets I made in May. However, the spirals are less lacy and more tight into each other so the end result is completely different.
This is exactly the same stitch as the previous set of jewellery. However, I swapped the size 6 beads for 3mm cube beads. I love the matte metallic look of the beads and the drop at the end of the toggle chain allows it to hang nicely on the wrist. I am thinking of making a berry version, using hex beads instead of the cubes...keep your eyes peeled!
I made a necklace months ago and my friend always said that she wanted it. She recently emailed me to ask me to make a matching bracelet. I managed to get two of the four different beads to match perfectly but the other two were slightly wrong and I could see that they were not exactly the same. So, because I didn't have another toggle to match the one on the necklace anyway, I decided to unpick it and start again. I have made the bracelet and the necklace is a WIP. Imagine the bracelet, exactly the same except a few inches longer.
Well, I agreed to have a table at a local school's Christmas fair. I roped Mum in to help with the selling and then realised that I don't have nearly enough stock. So, I have been a busy bee this evening - hence the unfinished TTNP. I am really looking forward to having an opportunity to hear the 'public's' view on my work as well as other crafters. Sometimes I do get wrapped up in what I like and forget that others have to like it too!
Nothing seemed to go right last night. I started several things and ended up cutting them up to salvage the beads! In the end, I decided to go with a simple tubular herringbone choker/double-wrap bracelet. It is still not finished but I am working hard on it. I went for golds and bronzes as I normally steer clear of gold beads and I wanted to do something different.
I need to start making loads more as I am doing a school Christmas fair on 5th December! Aaaarrrgh!
One of the ladies in my City and Guilds class had made another pair of last week's project earrings and was wearing them this week. I really liked them in a smaller version (although I would always wear the larger ones), so I decided to make a pair for my Folksy Shop. These ones use 5mm bugle beads and size 15 seed beads. I changed the ear-wire attachment loop to something a little more dangley.
I have always loved the softies made by LucyKate Crafts and wanted to try the pattern she had as a project in the first edition of 'Sew Hip' magazine. So, here it is. Obviously, I don't have the flair that she has for this kind of thing. Her projects seem to have a life of their own where my copy looks...well, lifeless. BUT, it was only my first attempt.
I bought these from Gill at Hollingdale Designs. They arrived in two days, wonderfully packaged, with two chocolates...(yum!)
How lovely are they??? The brown ones were made especially for me and when I looked at them on her site, I also fell in love with the turquoise ones. I will be spending a fair amount of time thinking about what to make with them, but will blog them when I have.