Portland Bead Society new website

For those of you in the know, I look after the Portland Bead Society website. As I am not a driver I try to volunteer for things which don’t involve the ubiquitous car. I’m a Brit, doncha know – and we avoid cars at all costs, probably because they DO cost. A lot.

Slight detour there (get it? Oh please, cars, detours? Never mind, forget I wrote it…). The point is, we had a committee meeting and disrupted everything. Well, we changed a few fings. So now we have a new SquareSpace theme and lots of lurvely white space for pictures.

The HomePage banner is a selection of beads from my stash. You can imagine how long it took  to put all those puppies back in their kennels. But it did give me a nice colour selection to work with at some future time.

And here it is – ta dah!

Portland Bead Society website

Portland Bead Society website

Have a wander around the site. We have plans………

H20h! by SAQA – exhibition at the National Quilt Museum

Fishing by Barbara Watler

Fishing by Barbara Watler

Isn’t this lovely. I could definitely have it in my house. And seriously folks, this IS a quilt.

Have a look at the rest of the pieces on the Studio Art Quilt Associates webpage.

The exhibition is all about water – duh. Can’t imagine why an exhibition called H20h! would have anything to do with water….

Past is Present by Linda Colsh

Past is Present by Linda Colsh

Another lovely piece.

Poisoning Flint by Mary Vaneecke

Poisoning Flint by Mary Vaneecke

Even I find this extraordinary – this is a quilt?

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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