If you ever ask my good friend, Lis (simpleartsplanet.com) what presents to get me, she will most probably suggest bags! Yes, I love bags; big, medium, small, any size, any makes, you name it and I will have a use for it. My husband even suggested I should make bags instead of jewellery! Having said that, I don't really own many bags (seriously, I don't!).
Anyway, after 4 years of waiting, I bought my second sewing machine recently. I used to make small card /cheque book holders to sell at the Farmers Market in US and had fun sewing them. This time round, I am more ambitious and want to make bigger bags. I scouted through Etsy and came across a talented seller selling patterns.
Here is my finished clutch, using pattern from sewingwithme3. I modified the specifications a little and added my own touch of beads! I bead embroidered on the flower print and added a beaded ring. The finished clutch is very roomy and can hold my long wallet, phone, keys, etc.
With the success of this clutch, I bought more designer fabrics to embark on more clutches and other projects!
Beady Girl's jewellery is now selling at Sometimes, A Pop-Up Shop (Floreat Forum, Perth). Sometimes carries products designed and handcrafted by Australian artists. It is truly "An Australian Designer and Artists Affair".
By now, you would have guessed I simply LOVE turquoise and would work with anything turquoise. This long necklace is another of my creations using Turquoise Picasso seed beads, Turquoise glass rondelles, combined with metal beads and Butterscotch (sounds yummy, and the beads do look fantastic) rondelles. It was stitched in a combination of Herringbone and Spiral Rope techniques.
Due to the natural look of these seed beads, the necklace looks very organic and is a fun accessory to wear with casual outfits.
This is the new colourway for Bollywood Cuff, in Antique Metallic Bronze. The dark tone complements beautifully with earth tone outfits.
New stocks of Bollywood project kits (in Supra Gold, Supra Silver & Antique Bronze) will be available at Beads Cage, Centrepoint after 1 April.
For those who have completed this project before may notice that the clasp used in this bracelet is different from previous (Swarovski button). I have made two peyote stitched tubes and on the other end, two columns of squares are left blank for the clasp to go through. This gives the wearer the flexibility to choose a suitable length.
You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
This necklace was done with Tubular Netting, and luxuriously embellished with Green Opal glass beads and seed beads. I mixed up the topaz beige and supra gold seed beads in the stitches which in turn give a unique look to the piece. A twist in this project was making a double clasp for the necklace.
I recently borrowed and renewed twice on Margie Deeb's 'The Beader's Guide to Color' from the library. I thought it is an awesome book and would like to share with fellow beaders if you have not come across. Here's an excerpt from Amazon on the book description.
Demonstrating how color can be used to create unique and vibrant beadwork designs, this guide will interest beaders at all skill levels. Color is discussed in depth, including the basics of the color wheel, the psychological and symbolic associations of all the colors of the spectrum, plus whites, blacks, grays, metallics, and neutrals. Other essentials covered include blending techniques, how a bead's surface finish affects its color, and how color can be used to create and accentuate pattern, rhythm, and movement within a beadwork design. The more than 20 projects-each of which represents a specific color scheme or palette-include a discussion of the palette, multiple color illustrations, a beadwork pattern, and a listing of the beads required to complete that design.
Margie Deeb has a second book on 'The Beader's Color Palette' and I hope to get a chance to read this book as well. Product description from Amazon.
Capture the colors of the world with 220 distinctive palettes
* Priceless source of color inspiration
* Create 20 step-by-step projects
* Gallery of finished jewelry by the author and other artists
Confused by color? Don’t be. Get The Beader’s Color Palette, a priceless resource for beaders seeking inspiration for their jewelry designs. Author Margie Deeb presents 220 palettes inspired by five diverse themes, along with examples of finished jewelry and 20 step-by-step projects that interpret those themes. From the four elements (air, fire, water, and earth), to artists’ palettes (from ancient Egyptian through modern art), from world cultures (including Latin America, India and Tibet, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East) to environments (rainforests, the Southwest, the Mediterranean), to the natural world (marine life, birds, insects)--these palettes capture the essence of countless human experiences and dreams. Beginners will love the basics section on off-loom stitches, loom weaving, and stringing; more advanced beaders will be inspired to take on the wide world of beautiful color.
This is the first piece of jewellery I have completed since arriving in Perth. It is created with Peyote stitched rings with Swarovski crystal cosmic rings. I bought these cosmic rings on impulse and didn't know what to do with them afterwards. Since I am a "chunky jewellery" fanatic, I decided to turn it into a chained bracelet.
Here's wishing all my Chinese beaders a Happy Lunar New Year!
My beads are finally categorised and packed nicely into boxes, and ready for the movers come next week. Before I bid my goodbye, I would like to present my "last" piece of jewellery completed recently.
The design concept for this bracelet is not my original idea. There was a slight modification from one of Rachel Nelson's Seed Bead Fusion (book) projects. The technique used is similar but I changed the configuration of the pattern and turned it into a bracelet. I had also used a snap button for the closure so that when the two ends meet, the slinky bracelet looks seamless.
I really like the chunkiness of the bracelet and already thought of a few variations that can be applied to change its look. But this shall wait.
With this piece, I would like to thank you for the support and appreciation of Beady Girl. I look forward to my new beading adventure in Australia.