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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Beaded Bookmarks

The latest challenge has been the use of tiny seed beads and following a chart which produced these delightful bookmarks with a difference.  The stitch is called brick stitch and there are numerous tutorials on the net to show how to do this stitch.
The three with the beads at the end are sold but I have put the two with tassels up on my website at
Alternatively if you are interested in purchasing  a different colour please email me from the site.

Onward to my next project....

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Feeling Confident

Hooray the days are getting longer and I have seen signs of spring flowers peeking out of the ground.  Once again it has been a while but I am back having worked on perfecting my jewellery making skills.  I am finally feeling confident enough to try to sell some jewellery pieces online.  So much so I have started to create a website for that purpose, the details of which are in the side bar.  Here are a couple of samples:-

There is a full write up on these pieces on the website .  Still trying to work out the best way to photograph my jewellery to try and show as much detail as possible so any advice would be appreciated.

I am also actively promoting a fantastic jazz band from Bradford, West Yorkshire so please take a listen to their music and if you like what you hear please become a fan.  They are way too talented to go unnoticed.
My bed is calling so until next time stay safe.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jazz Night

Anyone in the Bradford, West Yorkshire or even further who likes jazz may like The hUigin Quintet a professional jazz quintet playing favorites from the Great American Songbook.  Click on their link in the side bar for sample songs and details of their public gigs.  If you like what you hear I hope you will consider becoming a fan. 

Working on some jewellery so hoping to post something very soon.  Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Time to update

Hello it has been a long time since I posted anything to the blog.  Let's say real life tends to get in the way and finding the time to post has been a challenge.  I have disbanded the knitting side of my crafts in order to concentrate of the jewellery making aspect mainly because I can make lots of pretty things in a fraction of the time.

Last Christmas was a good one with me as I was able to sell a few pieces so now I am going to start building that up again in the hope of being ready for this Christmas.  I know it still sounds a long way off but I would like to be prepared.

Here are some of my efforts over the last few months.

I used some oval shaped frosted beads separated with small clear beads and diamante inset finished off with a toggle fastening and matching ear rings. 

A closer look at the details.

I love the marble effect in this beads and the rings linking the bead to the ear wire is called a Byzantine Chain.  You can find a tutorial on how to make this here .  It wasn't easy to do at first as the rings are quite small and I kept dropping them but once I mastered I found that it was quite easy to do.  The earrings are finished off with sterling silver ear wires which hopefully shouldn't tarnish for a long while.

I hope to be posting on a more regular basis so until next time happy beading :)

Monday, February 09, 2009

Share The Music

Christmas and New Year well and truely over I should hopefully have more time to spend on
my knitting and jewellery making. In the meantime I have added a widget for my son's music
to try and spread the grooves. Hope some of you visiting the blog will share the widget.

Back soon.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The sun finally shone today

It's a miracle we actually had some sun today so I set about cutting the grass. We have had nothing but rain for what seems like forever.

I've also been busy again with making some more pieces of jewellery and even better still I have my first order. A colleague of mine is going to a wedding in October and would like me to make something for her. I was really surprised when she asked because I'm a long way from being an expert so I hope I can do her outfit some justice!

Here are my latest efforts.
I knotted the leather thong to hold the beads in place and the white and gold beads I recycled from an old trinket I had. I think it worked out well.
Not sure how well you can see this because it was hard to photograph but I used two pieces of wire and placed the beads on each wire using crimp beads to hold them into place. It's quite delicate and I think I might make a matching bracelet for this one. Here is a close up.
Hopefully I will be brave enough to put some on my baby knitwear site so that mums to be can treat themselves to a little gift as well as buying for baby. Watch this space.