Tag Archives: Bead

It is still Christmas?

Beaded StarI have really got in to this beading lark. I love what you can do with twin beads and have even had a go at making my own pattern up – more on that later. This lovely pattern is one I found via pinterest (which, thanks to claireabellemakes I am slowly getting the hang of). I have made a little alteration to the original but it is mostly the same. It may be a little bit Christmassy but in my house Christmas goes on until the end of January 6th! Here is a little montage of pictures to show you how I made them

Maybe I should make more of these, ready for next Christmas whilst I am still in the mood?

Twin beads

My jewellery making has taken a bit of a back seat recently. I am hoping that this is all about to change. Last months challenge over at Spoilt Rotten beads involved the use of twin beads. These are beads that have 2 holes in them. This obviously opens a lot more options. The first piece I made was this bracelet:

Twin bangelI really like the construction of this bangle style bracelet. It look complicated but was relatively easy to do. You just had to find a rhythm.

The next piece I made took me nearly the whole month. It was made in sections:

These are then join together to make the item of jewellery.

These are then join together to make the item of jewellery.

What I really like about this design is the 3D nature of it. It was fairly fiddly at times but I am pleased with the finished bracelet.

I made a bracelet.

I made a bracelet.

3d twin braceletI think that it was worth the effort.

Once I had finished this I went into slight overdrive!

I think this looks very Egyptian.

I think this looks very Egyptian.

Although I made it as a bracelet I think it would look really lovely as a necklace. It is not at all hard and works up quite quickly.

egyptian BraceletYou may well notice that I have yet to add a clasp. I am waiting to go shopping to find the perfect one!

Finally, I have a WIP.


This is slightly more fiddly....

This is slightly more fiddly….

I am not sure on my colour choice but we shall see….I need to work on finding the correct technique!

Still one and a bit in one day beats a whole month!

A monthly jewellery challenge

Just a quick post today as I realised that I have not introduced you to a competition that I am running over at Spoilt Rotten Beads. The rules are simple. All you have to do is to create a piece of jewellery using these beads:

Lampwork Glass 15mm Bead - Pink and Blue

You then send a picture to this address:


BEFORE the 31st July when a winner shall be chosen who will then receive a £10 voucher to spend in the shop (or online). So if you make jewellery at all why not have a go? I shall be trying to (although will not be able to win the voucher!)

Should you require any more info you can read the full blog post about it here.

Good luck 🙂


Am I unfaithful?

This week has been one of those which I thought was going to be fairly quiet but actually turned out to be quite busy. Good busy that is. I have found a new obsession. Kumihimo. Kimihimo is a Japanese art that is used to make silk bands that they tie around their tunics. It is very similar to friendship bracelets if you have ever tried that. I made this one that has beads added in as an extra:

braceletWhen I saw the examples I have to say that I thought it looked as if it was going to be very complicated. Happily I was wrong. It honestly is not that complicated (I learnt in a couple of hours) and I have already plans for many more to be made. One of the reasons that I like it is because most of the jewellery that I have been making so far is not portable like knitting and crochet. This however is. Once you have the beads threaded on then you are able to get on with it, wherever you like. It is also fairly quick. I do have one dilemma with it: it is very similar to the beaded crochet ropes that I have made in the past. I love making these a lot but feel as if I am being somewhat unfaithful to the crochet.


A beaded crochet rope.

Kumihimo beaded bracelet.

Kumihimo beaded bracelet.

I think that you will agree that the first and last pictures are almost identical in structure. So where does  that leave me? Should I stay true to beaded crochet or allow myself to go with kumihimo?

To help me (or you) to decide I have done a comparison between the two:

Kumihimo                                                                                                                                                                    Beaded Crochet Ropes

You have to decide on the length of thread to cut before you start.                                            Is done on one length of thread so you work from the reel.

You can move beads around when you have started.                                                                     You have to get it right from the start. No re-beading is possible

Fairly portable.                                                                                                                                          Very portable

Less fine work involved – you move the threads with your hands                                              You have to pick up small loops with a fine crochet hook

I suspect this is quicker than beaded crochet ropes

So what do you think? Maybe I should just go with whatever takes my fancy at the time and I am making a big deal out of nothing?

As always, on a Sunday, I am about to head over to Handmade Harbour to catch up with all the other talented blogs. Do come and have a look too 🙂

I hope you all have a great week and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my dilemma 🙂

A Mascot Project


Welcome to day 2.

Having now looked at the comments I see that I have 3 suggestions for a hybrid animal such as monkbee (very clever thanks to keepmeinstitchez for that amazing idea. I also have 3 for Peacock. I have to say that having had a look around other blogs the Peacock seems to be very rare – making me want to be one (I so like to be different!) Also it made me think that my love for sparkle and beads means I have to be a bit of a peacock? So I am going to announce my own little group: monkbeecock.  I like and I am happy with this. What the public wants it gets 🙂

So the project for today is:

Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies that house/animal.

Source: Eskimimi makes

Now me being so clever and creating a hybrid makes this task tricky. I cannot simply make a monkey or bee…. so let me see:

The House of the BEE

This project would have to be small to allow you to quickly move onto the next project that should catch your eye. For me this would be another piece of jewellery, including shiny, yummy beads. Something that you can complete in an evening. In addition a bee is very light, small and delicate (wings) Maybe I could do something along the lines of the wings? ….hmm, maybe a pendant made from thin wire, small hook with some tiny delicate beads…

The house of the MONKEY

This house requires me to try something new, that I haven’t tried before. Now this isn’t hard as I am just beginning a new project that involves short rows which i something I have not done before (although remarkably I have heard of them!) Unfortunately this project is not something that I can share with you.

To me a monkey represents cheeky, quick, happy and agile. So (can you hear my brain whirring?) ..I am thinking of a project that turns something on its head. A bit like the necklaces and bracelets that I made out of wire granny squares:

Granny Square Wire Necklace

This to me is a cheeky, fun and unexpected take on crochet. I shall have to have a bit of a think……maybe a granny square ear-ring ?????But that is a bit along the lines of done that before….I suppose that I could combine the projects – take a flower motive, make it out of wire as ear-rings. This would be turning a basic motive into something new and slightly unexpected, something I haven’t done before, delicate like the bee and linked to the bee through the flower idea. Also if I adapt it (as is my way) then it will be more monkey like as I shall be challenging myself.

The House of the Peacock

Well that is easy – sparkly wire and beads!

There, not so hard after all. I truly am a bit of them all after all 🙂 Do you agree or is there something I have over looked? What would you make in my situation?

Tomorrow we are moving away from the houses to something a bit different. Don’t forget my giveaway here. Happy making 🙂

A Win = Beaded Rope Number 2!

This week I realised that I had a won a giveaway competition over on the Make and Craft Blog. What did I win?

Seed Beads by Gutermann

One of these tubes of lovely beads 🙂

It arrived in the post a few days later – so full that the top wouldn’t fit and the beads were spread all over the bag. (Not that I am bothered – the more beads the better ;))

So what would I use them for?

That was easy really. Having completed my first beaded rope bracelet I was really keen to have another go. When  I posted a picture of my first go on my Facebook page Mary Anne and  Miss Beatrix suggested that I should use as many colours as possible. Well here it is.

A pretty rainbow of colours.

A pretty rainbow of colours.

I started off threading the beads on randomly but didn’t like the effect so ended up sorting them all into their colours. There were a lot of different colours so ended up making the decision to graduate the colours, going from lighter to darker.

The lighter end....

The lighter end….

....and the darker end.

….and the darker end.

To be honest I am not sure about the overall effect. I am, however pleased with the way I executed this.

What do you think?

What do you think? Spot any mistakes?

The beads are a smaller size the ones I used previously so I had to use a much smaller hook (size 1) but still managed to get into the swing of it easily enough. My only mistake was to twist the odd bead somehow, can you spot any?

I can see how people can get hooked on making these – expect a few more popping up! Would any of you be interested in a tutorial so you can have a go? It is truly addictive and not that tricky, honest.

I hope that you all have headed over to Handmade Harbour this week to join in with the giveaways as part of the centenary celebrations for Handmade Monday. There have been some amazing things up for grabs so if you haven’t looked, I suggest that you go now!

I am now heading over to check the other blogs and catch up on what everyone else has been up to this week. Do come and join me 🙂

My Non-classic Beaded Rope Necklace

I know that in my last post I said that I would post a picture about my explorations with photography but I was wrong. Today is the first Handmade Monday of 2013 and so I needed to write about something I had made. I am sure that photography may count but I always err on the safe side :).

This Christmas I have been very fortunate to download several free e-books, many from the Crochet-me website. I think that they are there all the time but I only just found them. The one that really caught my eye was the Not So Classic Bead Rope. I have wanted to have a go at these for a long time and this week I decided to have a go.

Golden Ball - Crochet Silver Beaded Rope Necklace

Golden Ball – Crochet Silver Beaded Rope Necklace (Photo credit: ClearlyChosen)This is a classic design, pretty isn’t it?

On Thursday, I spent my Creatives Unite time (1 hour) threading hundreds of beads onto thread:

I should have measured it!

I should have measured it!

I then followed the really clear instructions to make my beaded rope. As I don’t have a mandrel I improvised and used a knitting needle. True to form I needed to go down a size as it became too tight!

The only other decision I had to make was how to finish it off as the instructions said to join the two ends together and I wanted to add a clasp in some way.

The beads are not all uniform size hence the name.

The beads are not all uniform size hence the name.

I love the colours - very spring like becasue spring is not far off (right?)

I love the colours – very spring like because spring is not far off (right?)

I am personally really pleased with the way that this turned out and am now keen to have a go at a more traditional one – just need to get the beads first.

Now, for the first time in 2013 I am heading over to Handmade Harbour to catch up with other wonderful crafty people. I have missed them all over the Christmas break.

Re-evaluating: Part 2

The last couple of weeks have been the sort when things ‘come together’. I have not done anything really amazing or different. It has just sort of happened.

The WI

Regular readers will be aware that I recently joined a ‘trendy’ WI (Woman’s Institute). On one of my many trips around the village I recently noticed a sign advertising the next meeting for the local WI here within the village. Normally I would have ignored it but the topic for this meeting was one that I have an interest in: Knitting with wire. How could I not go? For the first attempt I persuaded a friend to come with me. It was a cold night and when we got there found that it was a Weight Watchers meeting. Hmmm. Luckily my friend is very good natured and took no offense. The meeting was the next night.

The Local Meeting

Not wanting to hassle my friend again I went on my own the next night, reflecting that a year ago I would never have considered going to a meeting on my own. On arrival I was met by some lovely ladies and shown to a table ‘where the rowdy people sit!’ Unlike the meetings I attend in Cambridge they started the meeting singing the hymn Jerusalem (no I did not know the words). They then had an accounts summary like a more formal meeting.

The Knitting lady

She briefly introduced herself and showed us the three crafts we could do. I opted for the knitted bracelet.

This was done with very small seed beads and with needles larger than I would normally use.

This was done with very small seed beads and with needles larger than I would normally use.

It was really interesting how different each one turned out – the size of the beads make a huge difference. I had a really nice evening and may well go along to more of these local meetings in the future. Yes the age is older but they are all amazing women and being a smaller group you can develop relationships easier.


1 and 2: The first lesson I learnt was from the wire knitting lady. She spends her whole time going around meetings such as WI groups and leads sessions such as this. I found this really interesting and is definitely something that I could do. I also saw how she packaged the little kits that we used – again an idea that I could do very easily in order to sell them on line.

3. I liked the effect of using larger needles.

My First Commission

Following the meeting I was wearing my bracelet at the Swish party I went to and a lovely lady actually asked me to make one for her friend! I was completely taken aback and quoted a silly price for it but still. She asked for purple and pearl beads:

party + submission 002These beads are slightly larger than the ones that I used originally but she still likes it (YAY).

Here you can see the difference created by using different sized beads.

Here you can see the difference created by using different sized beads.

Final lessons for this week:

This has all given me a bit of a lift in confidence. I do not have to constantly push the boundaries and make new, intricate and difficult things – sometimes simple is better (how could I forget that?). Have you ever got carried away by challenging yourself to difficult, complicated things all the time?  With this sale I have also madly been looking at how to package it, thinking of a logo (and name)….. the list feels endless. More on all that another time… (any tips VERY welcome.)

Now I am going to treat myself by heading over to Handmade Harbour and see what all those other wonderful crafters have been up to this week.

Beaded Flower Pattern (in wire)

At the WI last week another pattern that I had available was for this little flower:

I put it onto a hair grip but could be adapted for other things.

It is crocheted and this one is in very fine wire. It would work in thicker wire or another yarn. Many people seem to be interested in trying out crocheting with wire which is why I devised this pattern. I have sent some home with some people who were unable to have a go on the night and have vaguely wondered if it might be a  good idea to put some kits together to sell. What do you think – do you think that people would be interested?

Here is one that was completed on the night by someone:

This was done with a larger hook so came out a bit bigger but is really pretty.

The wire that I took with me was very fine and not good for beginner crocheters but they did still manage to complete something that was unique to them.

For those of you with a bit of wire stashed away somewhere (and I do know that you are out there) and fancy having a go here is the pattern that I came up with:

Wire, Beaded Crochet Flower

This is a flower that starts with a magic circle so it can be pulled tight. Dc’s and Tr’s are then worked around the ring.


All the stitches are in UK terms for conversion see here.

ss: slip stitch

ch: chain

dc: double treble

tr: treble

Thread 10 beads onto the wire.

Make a Magic ring by wrapping the wire around your finger. With your hook, pull the yarn through. For an excellent tutorial on how to do a magic ring see the stitchsharers post here.

Round 1: 1 ch, 19dc into loop. Ss to 2nd ch of 2 ch. Pull loop tight.

Round 2: 3ch, 1tr into next dc placing bead in the final pull through –(yarn around hook, through dc, yarn around hook, pull through dc, yarn around hook pull through 2 loops on hook, pull bead up, yarn around hook, pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook. The bead should be in place.)  *1tr into next dc, 1 tr into next dc with bead placed at the top. Repeat from * until all beads used. Ss into 3rd chain of initial 3ch. Cast off.

There should be a bead in every other treble around the top.

Finishing off: Weave in ends. Attach a hair piece or brooch back as desired.

If you try this I would love to see what you produce. Enjoy 🙂

A Productive Week.

Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my post from last week. You were all so positive and encouraging. THANK YOU. 🙂


This week I have had a good week on the crafting front. Mostly, I think because I gave myself permission to craft in the day – even making this a priority! I have achieved an awful lot – some of which I cannot share with you but some that I can 🙂

A Bracelet to go with the Earrings

The first thing I did was to devise a bracelet to go with these earrings from last week:

I used the same gauge wire, stones and method (knitting):

Someone on Craftsy mentioned that she had made one similar – great minds and all that :).

The Love knot

One of the projects that I have been working on involves the crochet stitch Solomon’s knot.


This necklace followed on very quickly afterwards.

Although the pictures do not really show this, they are both made using the same gauge of wire and beads.

So there you have it. My makes for this week. Three items of jewellery which, on past performance is good going for me. What have you been up to this week? As always I shall be popping over to Handmade Monday to see what all the lovely people over there have been up to  this week. Pour yourself a glass of wine and do come and join me.

Have a great week everyone. 🙂