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Bead Soup Blog Party 8 – What I Made

These pieces are designed for the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party 8 organised by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. The reveal day is here. And these are the 2 pieces I created around the bead soup sent by Sally Russick.

Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Sally sent a ceramic decorative ring made by Jenny Davies-Reazor and I made it the focal of this bracelet.

The bracelet includes a tube of SuperDuo two hole beads in a really pretty stone colour, I used all of them except one! The spotted tile beads came from the stash I won from a Bead & Button magazine competition. Using peyote stitch I incorporated some brown size 8/0 picasso seed beads to make the bracelet strip. The toggle is made with the last 6 tile beads. Seriously – there are none left!

This is what it looks like laid out flat:

Flat view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Here are views from the back and top:

Back view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Top view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Close-up of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet claspAnd a close-up of the clasp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bracelet is 8″ long from the tip of the toggle to the clasp, and is 1″ wide. It fits a wrist diameter of just over 7″.

She also sent a Swarovski crystal and sterling silver clasp and these shiny bronze coloured dagger beads. So I found a range of silver seed beads in different sizes and some Czech fire polish crystals and made a cubic right angle weave beaded bead necklace.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - cubic right angle weave bead stitch, made with seed beads, daggers and crystals

The necklace is designed around this Swarovski crystal and sterling silver clasp.

You can see the cubic right angle weave chain which is made with a spiral pattern of gunmetal and silver size 15/0 seed beads.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - closeup of Swarovski crystal and sterling silver clasp

Here’s a closeup of the crystals in the beaded chain.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - close up of chain

The beaded bead is made with six sections of embellished cubic right angle weave joined with dagger beads.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - close up of beaded bead

Extremely fiddly to make but worth the effort.

The necklace is 25″ long.

Go and see what Sally made out of the bead soup I sent her – The Studio Sublime.

To see more work from the many jewelry artists who joined in go to this list – Bead Soup Blog Party 8 participants.

And for fun, go see what we made for last year’s party.

Speaking with Color – Margie Deeb’s Bead & Button magazine competition

Bead and Button magazine April 2014 issue

It was very exciting to get an email from the editor of Bead & Button magazine letting me know my necklace was one of the pieces selected for Margie Deeb’s competition ‘Speaking with Color’. The winning photos are in the April 2014 issue.

Blue and copper snap clasp necklace. Beadweaving - glass spike bead, Swarovski crystals and pearls, and seed beads - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Instead of the necklace fastening at the back of the neck, a secret snap clasp is used inside the focal. This necklace is made with a Czech glass spike bead surrounded with seed beads and a tiny smattering of Swarovski 2mm crystals to catch the light.

The chain is a diamond shaped stitch using seed beads, delicas, and Swarovski pearls.

Here’s a full size picture of the necklace:

Blue and copper snap clasp necklace. Beadweaving - glass spike bead, Swarovski crystals and pearls, and seed beads - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

The chain is approximately 25 inches long.

Here’s the clasp unsnapped.

Blue and copper snap clasp necklace unsnapped focal - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

I was very pleased to receive a bag of beading goodies, a book from Margie Deeb, and a year’s subscription to Bead and Button magazine. So worth making the piece.

Pinecone brick stitch pendant necklace

I’m reposting this piece. Since I started this blog over a year ago my spam comments have been growing out of all proportions. I came back from a trip to find over 51,000 stupid comments from spam bots waiting for my mediation. Well guess where they all went – DELETE.

Okay, rant over. Here is one of the posts which received so much unwanted attention I had to take it down. Now I have turned off comments hopefully it can be part of my blog again.

Pinecone brick stitch pendant necklace - freshwater pearl, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Delicate pendant strung on a peyote rope. The pendant is stitched with a semi precious bead encircled with size 15, 11, and 8 seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. The necklace is fastened with a hand made toggle and clasp.

The peyote rope is approximately 23 inches long.

Pinecone dangle earrings made with a freshwater pearl, seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and a Czech druk glass bead. Brick stitch beadweaving.  Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

AND….. if you want to get all matchy matchy, there are earrings to go with the necklace.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – cubic right angle weave bracelet designed by Elizabeth Townes of BeadJeweled Inc

Breakfast at Tiffany's bracelet. Pattern by Elizabeth Townes. Cubic right angle weave, seed beads and fire polish crystals. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

There I was, sitting at one of my beading group meetings, next to Elizabeth Townes. She was assembling a thoroughly gorgeous bracelet which I immediately coveted. Um…. I said. Is this a pattern you’ve designed? Yes, says Liz. Um….. I say again. I am nothing if not eloquent. Would you like someone to test it for you? Absolutely, says Liz. When my daughter has done the layout printwork I’ll make up a kit. You can keep the bracelet when you’ve finished working through the pattern and given me notes.

Um…..I said. You see the pattern here?

So Liz did as she said, and I worked through and made notes on the pattern. And get to wear this very romantic bracelet practically every minute of the day. And if I didn’t worry about it catching on something during the night, I would wear it then.

Look how the crystals run along. They are stitched on top of cubic right angle weave components.

Full length view of Breakfast at Tiffany's bracelet. Pattern by Elizabeth Townes. Cubic right angle weave, seed beads and fire polish crystals. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Pretty eh? This one stays in my jewelry collection.

You can find kits and patterns at Elizabeth’s website – BeadJeweled Inc., along with books and a list of her workshops.

Free beading and quilting Christmas patterns

All Lit Up Earrings - free beadwork pattern from Fusion Beads

All Lit Up Earrings – free beadwork pattern from Fusion Beads

All Lit Up earrings from Fusion Beads. Very cute – done in fringe stitch, and pretty darn quickly too.

Holly Wreath bracelet - free beadwork pattern from Fusion Beads

Holly Wreath bracelet – free beadwork pattern from Fusion Beads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And an elegant Holly Wreath bracelet, which will take from now until next Christmas to make. Oh well. Once it’s made, you have it forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorated Christmas Ornament - free Christmas pattern from Saliya

Decorated Christmas Ornament – free Christmas pattern from Saliya

Isn’t this pretty? I really like the colours in this Decorated Christmas ornament mini project from Saliya. Do several in red, silver, gold and blue. Lovely on the tree. Or as gifts.

12 Days of Christmas quilt - free pattern by Marcia Hohn

12 Days of Christmas quilt – free pattern by Marcia Hohn

 

 

 

 
This 12 days of Christmas Baltimore style quilt pattern by Marcia Hohn will keep you busy for a great deal longer than 12 days. But it’s so pretty it’s worth it. You will need to click through all the links on this page to get to each block pattern.

Quick Spiral Quilt Christmas Tree Skirt - free Christmas quilting pattern by Cheryl Phillips for Sulky

Quick Spiral Quilt Christmas Tree Skirt – free Christmas quilting pattern by Cheryl Phillips for Sulky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the very first quilted projects I worked on was a Christmas Tree Skirt so I have a soft heart for these patterns. Here is a Quick Spiral Quilt Christmas Tree Skirt – a free Christmas quilting pattern by Cheryl Phillips for Sulky. try it with different colours. Personally I find this version rather gloomy and would make it in brighter shades. But I like the pattern.

Christmas Star quilted table runner -  free Christmas quilting pattern from BellaOnline

Christmas Star quilted table runner – free Christmas quilting pattern from BellaOnline

 

 

 

And of course, you have to have a table runner. Well, my table runner isn’t on the table, it keeps getting used on the filing cabinet, or the printer table, or the drinks cabinet. The point is, it gets USED! So make yourself a Christmas Star Table Runner from Bella Online.

Passionflower pearl drop necklace

Passionflower brick stitch pendant necklace - freshwater pearl, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Delicate pendant strung on a peyote rope. The pendant is stitched with a semi precious bead encircled with size 15, 11, and 8 seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. The necklace is fastened with a hand made toggle and clasp.

The peyote rope is approximately 23 inches long.

Passionflower dangle earrings made with a freshwater pearl, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. Brick stitch beadweaving.  Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

AND….. if you want to get all matchy matchy, there are earrings to go with the necklace.

Little Owl Charm from Heather Kingsley-Heath

Some time ago I was invited by the Devine Ms M to join a local beading group. It’s HAYUGE fun and expands my knowledge and experience in all directions. And when I say all, I mean ‘all’. There’s nothing like a group of women of diverse ages and backgrounds to increase one’s awareness of the world, or of a particular subject.

The Divine Ms M generously gives us all a birthday gift when the moment arises. Last year she gave us our names woven into strips of peyote. I am ashamed to say mine is still ‘on the counter’, as one of my beading companions says. Right now I can spy it on my beading table awaiting its final metamorphosis into a piece of wearable jewelry.

Beaded Owl - pattern by Heather Kingsley-Heath

Beaded Owl – pattern by Heather Kingsley-Heath

This time around she found a pattern for the most yumalicious little owl pendant designed by Heather Kingsley-Heath. Each of us receives an owl stitched in our favorite colours as a birthday gift. When we saw the first one the rest of the group set up a cacophony of waaaahs. Translated: gimme, gimme, gimme, I WANT, I WANT. So embarrassing.  We loved the little owl.

And apparently I was the whiniest of them all. Oh dear!

But how could I not whine? It’s so cute.

If you want a little owl of your own, head over to Heather’s website and buy the kit. And maybe something else too – there’s a little bird pattern……

Beaded Owl tutorial by Rizzo Antonietta

Beaded Owl tutorial by Rizzo Antonietta

Here’s another little owl pattern if your single owl would like a companion. It’s a free step-by-step photo tutorial in pdf format, by Rizzo Antonietta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peyote Path Meets a Brick Wall by Marilyn Earhart

Peyote Path Meets a Brick Wall by Marilyn Earhart

And the Divine Ms M has a book out – Peyote Path Meets a Brick Wall.

Subterranean Spiral exhibiting in ‘Female Voices’

Subterranean Spiral - hybrid quilt by Rose Rushbrooke

Subterranean Spiral – hybrid quilt by Rose Rushbrooke

The hybrid quilt Subterranean Spiral is exhibiting in Female Voices: Fiber to inspire body, mind and spirit. The show is being sponsored by the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild, hosted and exhibited at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater and the Octagon Arts Center, Clearwater, Florida – February 22 – April 3, 2013. So you have a few more days to go see.

This is a sample quilt. I really wanted to work out a way to combine quilting and beadwork. It’s a small piece. Only 8 inches by 10 inches. It worked out to my satisfaction, ie. the end result pleased me and inspired me to go further with this idea.

The basic construction is in steps. First, the fractal design. I use Ultra Fractal to create a fractal image which is then printed out on my Epson Stylus Photo printer. In my more adventurous days the cotton fabric would be prepared, cut to size and ironed onto freezer paper. Things have gotten lazy around here and EQ prepared sheets of cotton came into the picture. Time saved and end result the same.

Then the quilt is sandwiched and hand quilted. I absolutely love my collection of variegated quilting cottons. Collected over many years. There’s always a suitable colour for each quilt. And I love defining shapes and lines on the fabric. It’s another level of design.

Green crystal circle beadwork embellishment

Green crystal circle beadwork embellishment

Thirdly, the beadwork embellishment. Which is easy in this case as many of the fractal parts are circular and lent themselves to circular components.

And voila, a cross over piece of textile beadwork.

Am working on another one already.