YLI have introduced 4 new colours to their range of 100wt silk thread. We are only able to stock 3 – presumably at some point the 4th color will became available. But the 3 we have are very pretty shades of pink/red and fill a gap in the series. We have Deep Pink, Burgundy, and Rose.
This exhibition is spectacular! The Cheapside Hoard at the Museum of London. I read about it the last time I was in England but didn’t manage to get there. This time around my cousins wanted to go into town so we all went together and exhausted ourselves running around London. Actually, no exhaustion – it was lovely. The weather was good to us, and sitting in the top section of one of the new double decker buses meant we could see all the city architecture.
This salamander ornament is probably the highlight for me. Tiny and exquisite. I’m sure my cousin won’t mind me telling a story on him… he called me over to see this really cool green “caterpillar” not realising at first glance, it had feet!
Set in gold this hat ornament is made with cabochon emeralds and table-cut diamonds. Interesting bits of information – “Tudor and Jacobean hat jewels often expressed the sentiments or the sporting, spiritual and cultural interests of the wearer. The salamander had an emblematic significance since it was thought it could pass through fire without harm by exuding a milky substance which moistened its skin. Fashions in Renaissance jewellery were international and the salamander appears elsewhere, particularly in Spain and as here, in England.”
This emerald clock got me too. And my cousin, as he is an avid clock collector. A whole chunk of Columbian emerald crystal….Gosh, is all I can say. Here’s the nitty gritty – “The movement and dial plate are corroded and cannot be raised out of the setting. The dial plate is enamelled in translucent green and the circular gold suspension loop and button securing the movement at the base are set with small emeralds. The suspension loop is set in a white enamelled flower, c.1610. The main body of the case is cut from a single piece of emerald with a lid of facetted emerald. The catch for the lid consists of a gold pin set in the base which passes through a hole in a gold tube set in the lid. The watch has a gold dial overlaid with dark green enamel through which can be seen the engraved design of radiating lines.”
And how about this stunning scent bottle? From the Museum of London’s info – “Gold scent bottle enamelled white and set with opaline chalcedony plaques, rubies, spinels and diamonds, with a gold suspension chain. This richly decorated bottle was designed to contain perfume made from flower distillations and spices which were widely used to disguise unpleasant odours. One of Shakespeare’s sonnets refers to a bottle of this type and filled with ‘sumer’s distillation left/A liquid prisioner pent in walls of glass/Beauty’s effect with beauty were bereft.’”
At the exhibition you could open a little door in the wall and smell the scent they used to cover up all the pongs of the day. Don’t want to think about it!
I was very taken with the designs, especially the exceptionally long necklaces which could be translated into beadwork.
We were denuded of our handbags which had to be locked away before entering the dungeon-like exhibition space. All to get you in the mood I presume because the jewelry was displayed under lids of glass and wasn’t going anywhere.
The Museum provided a magnifying glass so you could examine the pieces close up. Sometimes I found myself peering at a dangling pendant, only to realise I was gazing straight into the enormous eyes of the exhibition goer on the other side of the display……
This gorgeous beast is looking for a new home. If you are a weaver, or an antique collector with an interest in eighteenth century artifacts, this loom dating back to 1704 is right up your street.
Yes, it can be disassembled, packed and transported – though you will need to organise the process.
The loom comes from Twente (in the east of the Netherlands) and is in good working order. It is in Zeeland at present.
Please get in touch with Annelies van de Velde on Tel: + 31 (0)630292805 (a Dutch mobile number). or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you know of anyone, or any institution who might be interested in this loom, please forward this information and let them know.
Absolutely brilliant work by Julia Gorina. These are such fabulous pieces of wearable art. And a combination of both my loves – fiber and beads. This lady has found her niche – which is a difficult thing to do in today’s crowded art and jewelry world.
Can you stand these little owl brooches? I want to reach into the monitor and stroke every one.
And carrying on the owl theme, how about these beauties?
Believe me, this lady creates more than owls. I picked these images as a series. But she designs humming birds, dragons, dolls, many, many lovely things.
I’m sad to learn Jean Lyle and her husband Bill have retired. This means my most favorite needles of all time are no longer available. There are still a few in stock but when they are gone – well…. you know the rest.
I did some research and have decided to offer Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage needles in their place. These needles also come from England; they are in a little plastic case. And there are 16 needles in each case.
We are starting off with the Betweens/Quilting needles in size 11 as we no longer have any of the smaller sized Jean Lyle quilting needles available.
It was very exciting to get an email from the editor of Bead & Button magazine letting me know my necklace was one of the pieces selected for Margie Deeb’s competition ‘Speaking with Color’. The winning photos are in the April 2014 issue.
Instead of the necklace fastening at the back of the neck, a secret snap clasp is used inside the focal. This necklace is made with a Czech glass spike bead surrounded with seed beads and a tiny smattering of Swarovski 2mm crystals to catch the light.
The chain is a diamond shaped stitch using seed beads, delicas, and Swarovski pearls.
Here’s a full size picture of the necklace:
The chain is approximately 25 inches long.
Here’s the clasp unsnapped.
I was very pleased to receive a bag of beading goodies, a book from Margie Deeb, and a year’s subscription to Bead and Button magazine. So worth making the piece.
The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party is in full swing and Sally Russick and I have already exchanged soup mixes. Lori Anderson paired up the seed beaders early on and we got a head start in mailing out our packages.
This is what I sent to Sally:
- 3 different sizes of seed beads in various shades of blue;
- a lovely handmade copper clasp from Patricia Healey;
- cloisonné enamel beads in medium blue;
- swarovski pearls in dark lapis;
- vintage beads in various sizes and shapes, chocolate and dark blue;
- oval shaped striped glass beads in various browns;
- press glass star beads in browns;
- fire polish crystal rondelles in blue and crystal;
and a handmade focal bead – an earring design from Laura McCabe’s Masterclass book.
When the box arrived from Sally I had to stop and admire how she wrapped the packages before I tore into them.
And look at the beautiful mix she sent me:
- 2 flip top tubes of size 11/0 seed beads in bronze and cream;
- a flip top tube of ivory bugle beads;
- a tube of SuperDuo two hole beads in a really pretty stone colour;
- a tube each of lime and bronze delicas;
- a string of small daggers in bronze;
- 3mm Czech firepolish beads in a subtle teal;
- a really pretty vintage Swarovski red crystal and silver clasp;
- a spool of C-Lon beading thread which I have never used before so am excited to try;
- a key hole polymer clay focal bead in dusty blue;
- a ceramic decorative ring by Jenny Davies-Reazor;
- and an organic bronze clay focal by Staci Louise Smith.
Well, that lot should keep me busy for a while…..
Here’s the second time around of a post which got badly hit by spam bots. Now I have switched off comments hopefully the little ****tards will leave my blog alone and drown themselves in a boiling hot bot lake somewhere in cyberspace. Humph….
Gold and terracotta checker board bracelet, square stitched with a mixture of gold and terracotta cube beads. Putting light and dark colours next to each other like a checkerboard, and using metallic, matte and transparent lined beads gives a nice balanced texture to the bracelet.
I’m reposting this piece. Since I started this blog over a year ago my spam comments have been growing out of all proportions. I came back from a trip to find over 51,000 stupid comments from spam bots waiting for my mediation. Well guess where they all went – DELETE.
Okay, rant over. Here is one of the posts which received so much unwanted attention I had to take it down. Now I have turned off comments hopefully it can be part of my blog again.
Delicate pendant strung on a peyote rope. The pendant is stitched with a semi precious bead encircled with size 15, 11, and 8 seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. The necklace is fastened with a hand made toggle and clasp.
The peyote rope is approximately 23 inches long.
AND….. if you want to get all matchy matchy, there are earrings to go with the necklace.
The first applique travel set from Jeanne Sullivan. More is more.
English Garden Essentials, applique travel set JS2 containing 7 @ 2oo meter spools in:
- 241 Dull Gold
- 218 Chartreuse
- 259 Bitterroot
- 237 Caribbean Blue
- 204 Lavender
- 247 Grey Green
- 265 Dusty Plum Grey