Wednesday, 28 May 2008


I'm pleased with this (she types, smugly). It took days and numerous false starts, but represents one of the few projects that turned out how I wanted them to, although I hadn't anticipated the Egyptian quality at the outset.

This collar does also bring home the impractical route I have taken - low-cost materials (apart from the sterling silver findings), plus hours of beading time = higher price than most punters would expect to pay for seed bead jewellery. I blame eBay. Must find easier way to get rich quick......

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Whims and fancies

I have slowly and carefully (but not lovingly) unstitched the previous necklace. It would not do as I intended and so had to go. I will crack it and won't rest until I have. Meanwhile I rested my brain with a tried and tested Spiral necklace. I didn't think I'd like these colours, but I do. How fickle am I? Always the challenge to find bead combinations that don't glitter... Such a hard life.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Put out more flags

It seemed like such a good idea; a series of Delica squares linked by a strip of square stitch, all inspired by a design in Getting Started with Seed Beads. Almost finished after two days of stitching and I'm still not sure if it's going to work, but I can't stop now. If this doesn't work I am already thinking of other solutions.... gosh, is that the time?

Monday, 5 May 2008


At last the necklace is finished. Like any postponed task it was far less of a challenge than I had imagined. Although I did make it twice; the proportions were all wrong the first time.
Now what shall I make? Spring cleaning? Nah......

p.s. Look at the difference a camera (Canon A460) makes. The previous snap was taken on my Sony Ericsson K850i. No contest.