Harlequin kits

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.

The kits are here

Want to use your own beads? You’ll need size 11 seed beads in 3 colours size 15 seeds to match your main colour and 3mm pearls.

The pdf is available here

Denim Harmony

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.

Find the new kits here.

Or if you’d prefer to find the blues in your bead stash, the pdf tutorial is here.

Back in stock

Bethany in platinum sold out so quickly, thank you! Just to let you know it’s now back in stock.

Heavenly Hepsibelle

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.

A feast of pearls

Bethany is here!

An Elizabethan inspired necklace which I adored teaching. Now the kits are released for everyone who couldn’t make it to a class. There are three colourways to choose from with a lavish abundance of Swarovski pearls.

I wear mine with a t-shirt, but Bethany can dress up or down to suit your mood. The kits are here.

If you are in need of just the pattern you can find it in the pdf store here.

Vintage purple

I have been having fun exploring the hoard in my bead cupboard and rediscovered some vintage glass crystals. I used one to make a bead embroidered pendant to go with a new dress. I had so much fun messing around with the beads so I’ve shared the full story on my Heatherbeads blog here just in case you’re tempted to mess around too. I’ve included a fun tip for how to back a clear focal stone.

I’m also parting with this hoard of vintage deliciousness, and have just a limited number of the very same clear purple crystals for sale in the supplies section here.


Thank you Crafts Beautiful

It’s fun being interviewed, some questions leave you thinking, long after you’ve come up with answers, I love the ‘What advice would you give to someone starting beading?’ in this interview.
Beginners, my advice is just start, fail, try again and enjoy each moment of learning. Every time you come back to the beads you will be a little more skilled, until suddenly those really complicated looking patterns won’t look so daunting. I’d also say, find other beaders, we are a huge and loving community and welcome beginners always. Ask, lots of questions, everyone has a tip to pass on, just like any craft.

Crafts Beautiful is a colourful magazine with a mix of crafts, papercrafting, sewing, knitting, crochet and jewellery making to try. They have a colourful craft filled website too. Aimed towards quick and fun makes with lots of seasonal ideas, hopefully I might just tempt someone to have a go with beads too.

Hot and cool

It’s hard to believe, as we steam through the hottest summer in a long time, that a few weeks ago it was Spring. My garden inspiration looks back at the Bluebells and Lily of the Valley. Pure colour candy, the photo is also a celebration of the delicate dimple vase in palest green. Designed and made by Justine Jenner who I met at the Selvedge show, drawn to her work for it’s clean simplicity and fresh colours. The leaf plate is a junk shop treasure in a buttery yellow.

For beads to match… I chose these Miyuki colours:

  • 378 olive lined crystal lustre
  • 3026 palest grey
  • 649 violet sliver lined alabaster
  • 4241 silver lined dark mint

For a pattern to bead…
Something quick and easy, to wear with cool linen:

Simple netted ropes from the Ambrosina pattern: if you want to add the beaded beads, you’ll need 4mm bicone crystals in lime or sand opal, 10mm and 8mm end caps plus some head pins.
The PDF for Ambrosina is here.