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.
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,
and so does River Fish.
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,
and the jewelry components in Subterranean Spiral.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
Here it is unsnapped.
The diamond shapes in the chain give it a nice textural effect. The necklace is 27 inches long from end to end when unsnapped.
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.
Unbelievable! I need to take a year off to put this together……
Go ahead – you want to make a Big Beaded Dragon?
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.
A beaded, knitted amulet bag, made with seed beads, cloisonné beads, and white pearl cotton.
Just over 17″ long. The bag is approximately 2½” by 2½” at the longest points.
These stone donuts are always so pretty. Add a simple spiral chain and a peyote bail and you have yourself a teal donut necklace.