Category Archives: Beadwork

Coral Pendant necklace

Coral Pendant beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

Coral Pendant beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

This pink/coral coloured pendant was lurking in my stash. There was a clever bail design I wanted to try out, a chain pattern which looked useful; so pendant, bail, and chain all came together nicely.

The chain is 24 inches long, made with glass seed beads, the bail incorporates Swarovski pearls and the pendant is pink glass and approximately 1 1/4 inches by 7/8 of an inch.

Beading Classes with Nancy Eha

I just got a note from the Houston Quilt Festival with a listing of beading classes they are offering. This is something which appeals as several of my quilts incorporate beading – eg. Sheep’s Eyes has quite a few bits of beading stitched into the design,

Detail of Sheep's Eyes by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of Sheep’s Eyes by Rose Rushbrooke

and so does River Fish.

Detail of River Fish by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of River Fish by Rose Rushbrooke

These are earlier examples of beading on my quilts. As I got more into beadwork itself I began adding more elaborate pieces of beadwork such as the bevelled ammonites in Pebble Plants,

Detail of Pebble Plants by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of Pebble Plants by Rose Rushbrooke

and the jewelry components in Subterranean Spiral.

Subterranean Spiral by Rose Rushbrooke

Subterranean Spiral by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of beaded component from Subterranean Spiral

Detail of beaded component from Subterranean Spiral

I did take a class with Nancy Eha a few years ago. It was the Beaded Kaleidoscopes which was quite clever as the design was elevated so the beads stood above the cloth.

Beaded Kaleidoscopes by Nancy Eha

Beaded Kaleidoscopes by Nancy Eha

This year she is offering a class on Beautifil Beaded Butterflies which looks like something which would work well for any beaded motif on a quilt.

Beautiful Beaded Butterflies, workshop by Nancy Eha

Beautiful Beaded Butterflies, workshop by Nancy Eha

Variation on the Pebble Bracelet beadwork pattern

Pebble Bracelet made by Teresa Sheldon

Pebble Bracelet made by Teresa Sheldon

This is a colour variation of the Pebble Bracelet pattern. Made by Teresa Sheldon in very cool jet picasso seed beads and red picasso finish fire polished crystals. Love the look.

Open Pebble Bracelet made by Teresa Sheldon

Open Pebble Bracelet made by Teresa Sheldon

Here it is laid out – the bracelet is made with separate beaded components woven together with a snap closure.

Close up of Pebble Bracelet components made by Teresa Sheldon

Close up of Pebble Bracelet components made by Teresa Sheldon

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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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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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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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Lavender Brick Stitch Pearl Pendant Necklace

Lavender brick stitch pearl pendant necklace - dyed freshwater pearls, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Lavender brick stitch pearl pendant necklace – dyed freshwater pearls, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals.

A delicate lavender coloured twisted peyote chain holds a simple pendant with dangling dyed freshwater pearls. The pendant is made with seed beads, Swarovski pearls and crystals. The chain is approximately 26 inches long.

Want to Make a Beaded Dragon?

Big Beaded Dragon Tutorial by Viko Kecaa

Big Beaded Dragon Tutorial by Viko Kecaa

Unbelievable! I need to take a year off to put this together……

Go ahead – you want to make a Big Beaded Dragon?

Another dragon by Viko Kecaa

Another dragon by Viko Kecaa

Seriously – this is beautiful. And there are other creatures just as amazing. And tutorials. You could spend your life working on these fabulous works of art.

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