Monthly Archives: March 2016

Fafnir’s Tail bracelet

Fafnir's Tail bracelet

This bracelet was made during the Portland Bead Society’s annual bead retreat in Cannon Beach, OR. Darlene Fordyce taught the workshop. This is a clever right angle weave design with the middle row of dagger beads set in the opposite direction to the two outside beads. When the bracelet is fastened the ‘dragon scales’ lift up and create a pleasing effect.

Much knashing of teeth went into the making of this – sometimes a pattern comes quickly and begins to make sense early. Other times, such as this, my brain goes into meltdown mode and it doesn’t matter how many times I repeat the section it won’t stick.

Fafnir's tail bracelet open

The button was a fortuitous find and works perfectly with the colour of the beads.

Sew Sampler monthly subscription quilting box

Sew Sampler Quilting Box monthly subscription

Sew Sampler Quilting Box monthly subscription

This looks interesting – the Sew Sampler monthly subscription quilting box from the Fat Quarter Shop. Each month you get 5 quilty related items such a fabric, notions, patterns, and thread. Plus a Block Recipe which, added to further boxes, eventually spins into a finished quilt. I love surprises! And this seems a nice way to get the creative juices flowing – sparking ideas for further quilts.

 

Beaded Horn of Plenty and necklace

Horn of Plenty basket containing necklace. Beadweaving - seed beads, fire polish crystals, delicas, Swarovski rivolis, and wirework. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
The initial design of this 3-D piece began at a Masterclass with Nancy Cain at the Milwaukee Bead and Button Show.

I got stuck on filling it with the conventional fruits and veggies. However, common sense prevailed and I made a delicate necklace for the bounty spilling out of a basket.

Horn of Plenty basket - peyote beadweaving. Made with seed beads and Swarovski glass pearls. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.The basket is shaped peyote using seed beads, pearls and coloured wirework.

Horn of Plenty necklace - beadweaving. Made with seed beads, drops, fire polish crystals, and Swarovski rivolis. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.The necklace is made with bezelled Swarovski crystals and a daisy chain fastened with a silver and Swarovski clasp.