Category Archives: Beadwork

Teal Russian Spiral beaded necklace

Teal Russian Spiral beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

Teal Russian Spiral beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

This is one of my early experiments learning Russian spiral stitch. AND I had to design cages to hold in some pretty glass beads I had in my stash.

Clasp for Teal Russian spiral beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

The clasp is a toggle, a short shaped piece of the Russian spiral which goes through a loop of seed beads. Herringbone stitch divides the spiral from the clasp.

The necklace is just over 20″ long from toggle to loop.

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Lemon Zest Bracelet

Lemon Zest bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Lemon Zest bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Going through my bag of finished beadwork I found this cute, colourful bracelet. It was made for the annual My Lovely Beads Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest in 2013.

Lemon Zest bracelet laid flat.

Lemon Zest bracelet laid flat.

It is 7¾” long from end to end. It is fastened with a folding circle which slips through the end loop and then opens up to hold the bracelet together.

Made with seed beads and emerald glass crystals using cubic right angle weave and brick stitch.

Bead Storage

Beaders spend a great deal of time trying to organise and store their beads. Various companies have produced every kind of box, container, tray etc. Some of which I do use. However, I find the simplest solution is to put similar coloured and sized seed beads in the pockets of a see through over-the-door shoe rack. This way I can see what shades I am missing – ie. at the moment there’s a gap in neutral colours. I think when I go to bead trade shows or shops I get drawn into the ‘gimmee, gimmee bright colours’ and forget they really shine against a neutral.

On one side of the door I keep the size 11/0, 8/0 and 6/0 seed beads. On the other I put the size 15/0 which I often use and have many more than the larger sizes.

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

I’m not kidding – this system really works for me. I can stand in front of the rack and easily pick out the colours for a project. AND, I can make a note of missing colours. Aha – another good excuse to buy more beads!

Silver Bling Bracelet

Silver Bling Bracelet

Silver Bling Bracelet

I have a feeling I may have already posted this bracelet before I rewrote my website. So apologies if you’ve seen this before.

Of course, you can never get enough of a good thing!

This bling bracelet is made with seed beads and Swarovski crystals. Cubic right angle stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. The bracelet is 7¼” long from end to end.

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Portland Bead Society traveling exhibition – Inspired by Kandinsky’s “Blue Segment”

Portland Bead Society 2016 Portland Bead Society Traveling Library Display

Portland Bead Society 2016 Portland Bead Society Traveling Library Display

The Portland Bead Society has an annual challenge. Once all the pieces are in, judged, and awarded, then they go on display. This year the show is going to 8 libraries. Have a look at the slideshow of pieces entered.

Here is a description of the theme and a list of where the show will be displayed.