The Hilzingen cuff was inspired by the landscape outside the window on a beading retreat in Germany. That, a pile of shapely Pip beads in silky finishes and a fun plan to use bigger than size 11 and 15 seed beads for a change.
The end result is a bangle cuff (or bracelet with a clasp) which snuggles against the wrist and is super comfortable to wear. You can use all sorts of accent beads other than Pips for the edging, petals, thorns, tulips, pressed leaves, lentils. Each will give a slightly different look.
My favourite is worked in dark metallic and matte Olivine with just a hint of sage and ginger.
So if you feel like a project in larger beads, you’ll need size 8 and 11 seed beads, Pip or other single hole accent beads, and, if you’re planning a bangle I recommend using the Sonoko beading thread to give it a touch of elasticity.
Beader’s are the ultimate Artificers aren’t we?, happy fashioning glittering piles of tiny glass beads into fanciful imagining. This pendant is a gathering of elements, square, triangle, circle and half moon bails. It began when I was experimenting with glass cabochons and little scraps of art work. I have worn my teal one so often it feels like an old friend, it fits right in on formal occasions, but looks equally at home with jeans and a jumper.
The kit comes in two colour ways; warm copper and pewter with pale coral accents, or dark bronze and duck egg blue with teal accents: both are available here.
For those wanting just the pattern (the design will work with most 30mm diameter cabochons), it’s available in the pdf store here.
It’s that time of year when Christmas isn’t quite as far away as you thought, and there’s beading to be done. I have three quick make projects that are perfect for parcel toppers, tree decorations and, if you have an office party to go to, festive earrings and pendants too. Each only uses a small amount of beads, crystals or pearls.
You are welcome to make and sell these designs at the Christmas bazaar, or to fundraise for your chosen charities.
I love this little Mistletoe design and make more each year in soft pale colours. Where there is Mistletoe there must be Holly too. Sparkly and spiky in silver lined beads.
Pinch me I’m Dreaming! A techniques based workshop that was great fun to teach and now available as a pdf.
The workshop was designed to detangle RAW from CRAW and MRAW using fun ropes, necklaces, bangles and bracelets worked in seed beads, pinch beads and crystals. Included is the ‘wear every day’ bangle; a favourite for trying out new colour combinations. It’s a sturdy yet flexible bangle that can be rolled on, so it can be made a little smaller than usual, which is easier to wear (if like me, you’re not a giant jangly bangle fan).
Hot off the bead mat and already being worn with a snuggly chunky knit jumper, this mix was inspired by deepest purply red onions.
Harlequin is a lariat for feeling joyful. Inspired by carnival costumes and full if brightly coloured beady patterns. It was such a fun workshop and now, in time honoured tradition, it is available for everyone who couldn’t make it to class. Not too complicated to bead if you have mastered thread tension… with a mix of patterned netting and embellished albion stitch.
Time to break out the trusty denim jacket because… denim is trending this autumn. To go with, I’ve created a new colourway for the Harmony bracelet; a perfect mix of blues, whether you’re a stone wash or deep dye denimista. Harmony is chunky enough to hold it’s own, but filled with delicate detail too.
Hepsibelle limited edition kits are nearly all gone! I really enjoyed collecting all the elements to make these special kits, from ordering the cabochons to be cut, to finding vintage glass beads in just the right colours; so it may be a while before I’ll amass enough for a new edition in new colours.
Meanwhile, if you’re a collector of beads yourself, and in search of a pattern to play with, the Hepsibelle tutorial is now available in the pdf store here.
You’ll need a 30×40 cabochon, seed beads in sizes 8, 11 and 15, 8mm chatons; then lots and lots of accent beads, crystals, drops, daggers, druks, pressed glass… the more the better. Hepsibelle is a versatile design, ready for you to add your own special mix of beads and colours. Send me a picture when you’re done, I’d love to see your creation.