Saturday, 30 October 2010

Introducing my latest addiction

Netting cuffs a-go-go. I can't stop making them. Just as well I have revived my Etsy shop

Sunday, 17 October 2010


A final word on my post of September 11th: 

The current issue of Beadwork magazine has a very useful article by Marlene Blessing giving all the key do's and dont's regarding the use of other people's work and projects printed in books and magazines.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

A Tall Story (boom boom!)

My favourite bead shop makes page 3 of today's Edinburgh Evening News.

From November 11th to December 4th Stockbridge, Edinburgh will enjoy the company of some 40 hand-decorated giraffes standing proud outside many of the area's independent retailers. And it's all for charity of course. I love my neighbourhood.

Photo "borrowed" from The Bead Shop's giraffe is the one in the middle

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Turned out nice again

I've finished the Fireworks Bracelet! I am rather pleased with it; for once it looks exactly as I planned. The pink hue of the base isn't ideal but I didn't have enough black cubes and I was too lazy to go and get any more

Now I'm off to buy the supplies for a second version. I suspect the colour selection process will take almost as long as the construction. I cannot make up my mind! Wouldn't it be nice to have a set of beading elves who could make up various colourways for me? I'd have black and crystal, gold and red (imagine the red bugle beads showing through the canopy of gold beads, like the red ground under a gilded picture frame), cobalt blue and ..... what? Dither, dither, dither...

Thursday, 7 October 2010

How could I forget?

I've been so wrapped up in 'stuff' that I forgot to report the good news that some of my jewellery is now available in the lovely Edinburgh shop, Concrete Wardrobe. Specifically a selection of Firecracker rings.

Everything in the shop is handmade by craftspeople either based in or having a connection with Scotland. The owners are makers themselves which makes them uniquely qualified to understand the needs of their craft suppliers and to be able to sell the virtues of handmade items to the shopping public.

I have been spurred on by this success to come up with a bracelet concept to match these rings. I think I've cracked it. BUT it uses about 6 - 7 packets of various shaped seed beads and almost 500 Czech firepolished beads. I've been lazy and used pink cubes as a base instead of black, which show more in the picture than they do on the wrist (I hope!). Commercially viable it is not. Fun to wear? Watch this space...