- I am a bit of a hippy at heart, although I am a bit to young to have been a flower child (I was a New Romantic as a teenager). I love the individuality and colourfulness of the arty, hippy style and like to express that love of colour in my jewellery and I seem to be increasingly drawn to nature as inspiration for my beadwork.
Monday, 8 April 2013
Those of you who also read the Operation Tackle That Bead Stash blog will be familiar with the Bead Book and Bounce that the lovely Clair from Obstinate Pursuit organises for us. This months reveal/review topic is Sabine Lipperts Beaded Fantasy book.
With a book shelf already groaning with beading books, I had resisted buying this one, but as I wanted to join in the BB&B, asked for it for Mothers Day. I am so glad I did! I love the selection of patterns and was pleased to see that as many of them use easily sourced "basics" like fire polished, 11's and pearls, I already had the stash to make several of the projects without ordering new beads.
It was hard to choose what to make first, but I settled on the Granada brooch, except I made a pendant instead. As others on the BB&B have mentioned, I did find a couple of the steps descriptions quite long and a bit difficult to follow at first, but after a couple of rereads, got them sorted and by the next day had a beautiful pendant.
I would recommend this book to other beaders, but probably not to very beginners, although I don't think you need too much experience to complete many of the patterns.
I love the book and hope Sabine brings out many more!
Monday, 25 March 2013
I was lucky enough to receive a challenge pack from the Bead Shop Liverpool which contained the most beautiful selection of mossy beads. I absolutely loved working with these and can't wait to wear this piece!
Thank you so much to Clair & Vicky!
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Since I decided to stop selling finished jewellery, I have felt a lot more freedom to just play when designing/making and instead of trying to make quick & easy things to list, am back to expanding my skills.
This necklace (which I'm actually calling Feathered Romance, though I do prefer it's original title!), was made for the OTTBS Monthly Moodboard Challenge. I don't usually do pastels, but the feather pendant by Blueberri Beads was so inspiring that the rest of the necklace pretty much decided what it wanted to be, without any help from me!
I enjoyed combining all the various stitches in this piece, bead embroidery, peyote, raw and St Petersburg. I think I'll be making more multi stitch pieces very soon!