I’m off to teach LilyBeth at Purley Beaders soon, and they have asked me to send you an open invitation.
The group are keen to find new members and meet on the third Wednesday of the month. So if you’re looking for a friendly group to bead with, join us for the day on February 22nd for just £20 for non members, £15 if you decide to join.
Purley Beaders meet at the United Reform Church Hall in Purley. The venue is an enchanting hall built in 1912 and filled with period stained glass and vintage detail, I love my visits to this architectural gem.
Email via my contact info if you’d like to know more and I’ll put you in touch with the organiser.
Wherever you are on the Valentine flutter scale, February is fast approaching. This year I decided to throw out the pink and go for rock chick red, and, a bit of attitude instead! My Tattoo heart design is a beady alternative to permanent skin ink and I’ll be hanging mine from the buckle of my biker jacket.
Full kits and materials packs (enough beads to make three hearts) are available here.
If you prefer to use your own beads and want the pdf you can find it here.
First design of 2017 is ‘That Lariat’ inspired by the lines and waves of the Pacific Ocean shoreline and the company of good friends who dabbled their toes in the sea with me last summer.
It’s an easy mix of stitches and bead types. Long and slinky with a subtle hint of glitter, it’s a wear it anywhere kind of design. The pattern also includes a cute triple tier bracelet and is available for download here.
A new woolly jumper needs a beaded necklace, right? How about this gorgeous dried foliage sprayed rosy coppery gold as inspiration. I love the touches of darkest chocolate purple.
Kelim beads are my go to project for playing with colour quickly, and I’m loving my new necklace.
The Kelim bead pattern is right here if you’re tempted to play too. If you’re stuck on picking out the colours, I used Miyuki size 11 seed beads in:
Galvanised Blush 1086, Opaque Beige 4455, and Brown Iris 458.
I used wooden beads, but it’s easy to use a roll of felt instead. Then all you need to do is thread your beaded beads on to a length of vintage finish chain.
On my table today is a dish of pine cones collected in our local woods, my favourite rosemary soap to give the air a fresh wintery scent and a Little Owl beaded in bronze and silver. I love how grown up and serious he looks.
Little Owl pattern is available to download here.
Happy New Year! Here’s to a 2017 filled with good things.
Here, it’s time to finish tidying up the workshop and relax with some easy beading.
I’m beading myself a new Midwinter bracelet in shades of blue to match a winter jumper and add a dash of sparkle, you can find the pattern here.
If you’re looking for a New Year project, there are lots in my beading books,have a browse here.
Christmas is nearly here! to celebrate I’ve popped the Holly and Mistletoe patterns into the pdf store.
These are quick make designs and the perfect little stash buster project. Both designs are copyright free, I donate the income to charity too. Find the pdf here.
As the year speeds towards Christmas I’ve been busy tidying up the workshop and organising myself ready for next year. I’ve posted the classes and links for the first half of the year here
I love the teaching part of what I do, it’s always fun to meet new beaders and travel to new venues, so please feel very welcome to come join us at a venue near you.
If getting to a workshop is tricky, don’t forget you can browse and download my patterns here.
There is something very satisfying about ‘sorting out’, although it has taken a bit longer than anticipated! The satisfying bit is when it’s done and everything looks neat again.
These are just a few of the boxes of beadwork samples I’ve had fun organising. Inside are lots of old favourites, samples from classes, new workshop pieces ready to go and even newer designs that need some more work… and now I can find them all!