Pebble Bracelet in Gold

Pebble Bracelet in Gold by Rose Rushbrooke

Pebble Bracelet in Gold by Rose Rushbrooke

I always make several versions of my bead patterns. This is a shiny gold option made from the Pebble Bracelet pattern. This one is made with gold coloured seed beads, and amethyst and gold coloured fire polished crystals.

If you would like to make this bracelet – in whatever colours you chose – go buy the pattern.

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My first gemstone tree

Gemstone tree by Rose Rushbrooke

Gemstone tree by Rose Rushbrooke

When I lived in Florida I was part of a beading group which met every Thursday. It was my first experience working with beads – and being with others who beaded and shared their talent.

Jerri Heer, along with all the other amazing work she produces, teaches how to make gemstone trees. I bought one of her smaller kits to try my hand.

I chose gold wire and amethyst gemstones. The package was a brilliant surprise – it contained just about everything I needed to make the gemstone tree, including a twisting tool, toothpicks, wire, gemstones and a lovely stone base. The only thing I had to supply was patience, and glue!

Gemstone tree by Rose Rushbrooke

Gemstone tree by Rose Rushbrooke

This encourages me to continue on and make a larger gemstone tree for a complicated piece I am working on…….

If you would like to make your own tree, Jerri Heer not only has the kit but she has an excellent tutorial video available for free on her Etsy site Nature’s Arts.

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Video about the Studio Art Quilt Associates

Video about SAQA

Video about SAQA

The professional group I’ve belonged to for 20 years or so has produced a video about the association. This film includes member interviews PLUS beautiful artwork. Find out more about SAQA’s history and how the members get inspired to create.

You can view it on Vimeo – Stitching Together a Global Community

Beaded Bead Necklace

Beaded bead necklace. Beadweaving - seed beads, pearls, tila beads, and semi precious rounds.

Beaded bead necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

Back in 2012 Beadwork magazine celebrated their 15th anniversary by presenting a challenge. They offered 4 months of beaded bead patterns and we had to come up with our own colour choices and design a piece of jewelry using the beads. The original piece I created was VASTLY too complicated and was basically a mash up of a needlecase necklace and this beaded bead necklace.

Eventually the penny dropped and I realised I needed to simplify the necklace – which I did – and it’s a better piece for the reduction.

Made with seed beads, pearls, tila beads, and semi precious rounds. The chain is in herringbone stitch and woven with cobalt delicas. I love the contrast of the bright blue with the warm browns and creams of the beads.

Here are close ups of the individual beads:

Beadweaving - seed beads and semi precious rounds. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Beaded bead 4 by Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 3 - seed beads, pearls, and semi precious rounds. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 3 by Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 2 - seed and tila beads. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 2 by Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 1 - seed beads and a crystal center. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 1 by Rose Rushbrooke

I didn’t win a place, not surprisingly seeing as the original necklace was totally over-worked, but in its simpler version I bet I would have!

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Margaret Scoville Challenge 2017

Every year the Portland Bead Society holds a retreat. Usually at Cannon Beach in Oregon. We also have a bead challenge.

Orange You Blue by Rose Rushbrooke

Orange You Blue by Rose Rushbrooke

Last year I entered my Orange You Blue necklace. This year I entered a piece I like so much I’m going to work on it some more and you’ll just have to wait until it’s finished before I put it online (PS. I did win second place!).

Here are a couple of beaded goodies I particularly liked. And if you would like to see more you can go to the Portland Bead Society Artists page and have an idea of what we get up to.

Turtle by Pamela Jensen

Turtle by Pamela Jensen

The Animal Within by Linda Olsen

The Animal Within by Linda Olsen

Rabbit by Anna Chase

Rabbit by Anna Chase

I particularly like this rabbit necklace by Anna Chase. It’s very subtle and needs looking at. She made the brown shaded polymer beads herself.

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YLI Soft Touch 60 weight cotton thread, 1000 yard spools

YLI Soft Touch 60 weight cotton thread, 1000 yard spool, 229-01-GRY Grey.YLI Soft Touch 60 weight cotton thread, 1000 yard spool, 229-01-WHT White.YLI Soft Touch 60 weight cotton thread, 1000 yard spool, 229-01-NAT Natural.

I’ve used the smaller spools of Soft Touch for hand appliqué but it’s nice to have a larger spool of thread when using it on a sewing machine. You can get some really flat seams when piecing. Here you have a good range of neutrals – Grey, White, and Natural.

Plus it’s great in the bobbin.

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Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

I love unexpected surprises when I wear jewelry and having the clasp in front is fun. This Burgundy and olive necklace has a spiky focal made with a glass spike, seed beads and Swarovski crystals. It’s fastened with a snap clasp.

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace unsnapped. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace unsnapped by Rose Rushbrooke

Here it is unsnapped.

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace showing chain. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace showing chain.

The diamond shapes in the chain give it a nice textural effect. The necklace is 27 inches long from end to end when unsnapped.

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