National Beading week 2017

Our time to celebrate all things beady and share the bead love. Each year I create a free pattern for the Beadworkers Guild with the hope that you will bead it to show and share it during their National Beading Week. This year’s design is inspired by these sweet little people beads used for a competition last year.

 

The Beady Peeps charm is so cute, it’s worked in albion stitch and, of course, a sparkly Swarovski rivoli.

I’ve shared more of the story here on the wonderful lovebeadlove blog page and I’ve included a pretty Magic Chain pattern for free. It’s very easy to do, and great fun too. We can’t wait to see your versions.

 

 

You can download the free Beady Peeps pattern here.

I’ve also made materials packs so if you love my vintage rainbow colours using the gorgeous Miyuki duracoat beads, Swarovski rivoli and rose gold coloured findings, grab yourself one quick, here.

 

If you want to join in more of the fun, get your local bead store or beading group involved, you can find out more by visiting the official National Beading Week website here to explore the options.

 

Albion Stitch colour candy!

Earlier this year I visited the Betchworth Beaders. It warms my heart to find people really enjoying my work, and it’s a pure delight when they wear their creations to my classes. Kate Sterling had been working through the designs in ‘Introducing Albion Stitch’ and brought her creations to show me. I just had to take a picture of this rich and fruity ‘Boiled Candy’ lariat. Designed to be reversible, as you can see from the book page. I’m tempted to get busy again with reds and purples! I also love that Kate added more texture with frosted drop beads. Definitely a mouthwatering mix.

Introducing Albion Stitch is published by Kalmbach books. It’s available in my book section here.

or you can order it directly from Kalmbach.

The book is also available as a German translation here from Creanon.

Variation inspiration… That Lariat

I love it when you show and share your variations of my tutorials.

My dear friend Caroline Hucklesby has been busy with the ‘That Lariat’ tutorial, take a look at this gorgeousness inspired by the Chinese puzzle variation.

I had instant necklace envy, so we snapped a quick picture during class, the hastily sourced crumpled paper background lending itself to the classic terracotta, ivory taupe and charcoal colours. Caroline used subtly dark AB finish crystals for just the right hint of glitter as the beading moves when worn. Love it!

The pattern for That Lariat is available to download here if you want to have a play; it includes a bracelet and several necklace variations. Stash wise, you will need 2x4mm peanut beads, seed beads in sizes 11 and 8 and lots of sparkly crystals in 2mm, 2.5mm or 3mm.

Still loving Lila

I went shopping, as you do, and decided what my new top needed was a set Lila bangles to match.
I was a bit short of time getting ready to head out to the Bead & Button show, so I modified Lila to a single row of flowers and decorated both edges with leaves, if you have the pattern you’ll see how easy this is to do. (Tempted? the pattern is here ).

I like this daintier variation, it sits well with the pattern on the shirt.

I sqweezed in time to make a matching Florabud bangle too.

I love this colourway so much! I thought you might like it too. I used Miyuki seed beads in:

  • 1233 opaque mustard
  • 4452 opaque banana
  • 2021 matt ivory
  • 4474 forest
  • 2031 sage green lustre
  • 401F matt black
  • 1051 silver

 

Bump in the Road

Time to share the Boho sparkle love with the release of Bump in the Road. 
This versatile beadwork design includes variations for bangles and bracelets, either worked straight or in Zen zig zags.

I had a lot of fun teaching this as a class, as long as you have mastered the basics of thread tension this is a quick and easy pattern to work up. All it needs are some 8mm chatons, you can use either Swarovski or Preciosa, some 3mm pearls plus a couple of colours of sizes 11 and 15 seed beads.

I’ve tried this design in all sorts of colour mixes from Silk bazaar jewel colours to cool neutrals and they all seem to work out just fine, and, look great worn with prints. So dive into your stash, pull out your favourites and see what happens. The pattern is here in the pdf store.

Lila and that jacket

Do you have that thing where you put away the winter clothes and review how many of last summer’s still fit? me too. I was busy wardrobe sorting and came across the ‘special few’ garments. These are things I love but keep for one day when. Call it spring fever but I decided t
o wear this vintage jacket instead of leaving it at the back of the wardrobe for another year. It was a revelation! I love wearing it, I feel taller and prettier and somehow more me.

It gave me the inspiration to make Lila in vibrant cheerful colours to match.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lila kits are here or you can find the pdf here.

Lilac inspiration

The year of garden inspiration continues.
May, my birthday month, brings the Lilac tree blooms,
huge cones of sweetly scented loveliness. I love this dark purple variety, and bring a few into the house each spring, their dark velvety purple is delicious. They are the inspiration behind my new Lila design, the simple flower shape clustered together was the perfect inspiration for a new beading idea.

 

 

 

 

Lila has two bangle designs (or bracelets for those of you who love a closer fit). Lila flower is a riot of leaves, flowers and colourful embellishment across a double row base. Lila stripe picks up the embellishment and runs with it to create cute arches over a single row base.

I’ve made kits in two colourways for Lila and they include enough beads for one of each Lila design. You can find the kits here.

If you prefer to just have the pattern, it’s in the pdf store here.

Spring shawl candy

 Tropical Flower is a shawl ring with definite impact!

The design is composed of several elements; a gorgeous crystal beaded flower, a beaded buckle and a scattering of simple leaves, giving you lots of room to make your own colourful variations.

It is gorgeous in summer tropical colours, yet looks great in softer blossom combinations too. It even looks good in more muted shades,  here it is at the centre of a statement necklace made for a Toho Challenge. 

I first created the Tropical flower for an article in the lovely German magazine Perlen Poesie, (issue 13, 2012). Since then I’ve worn and used mine so often I thought you’d enjoy the pattern revival too.

Use Tropical flower to glamorise your summer shawls, secure your sarong with style, or add it as a centre piece to your favourite lariat. I wear mine simply, threaded on to some size 8 beady crochet ropes.

Feeling tempted to gather together some sparkling supplies and start beading?

The pattern is in waiting for you in the pdf store here.