National Beading Week in the UK

National Beading Week UKIt’s the first ever National Beading week in the UK, starting on Saturday, July 25th to August 2nd.

Jean Power is offering a secret bead along project. If you want to join in, sign up for her newsletter and you can get the pattern for free.

In June I bought some interesting rivolis at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee. And I’m using some equally interesting bead colours from my stash to go with them, so I am curious how this will all turn out. At the last count she had over 4000 people signed up to work on the project, along with a Facebook page to show how everyone is doing.

Very exciting – I’m there! Are you?

Bead Soup Blog Party – My Mix

Bead Soup Blog Party Mix
Bead Soup Blog Party Mix

Here is the mix I put together for the Bead Soup Blog Party.

The focal bead is a self supporting beaded star made with size 11 delicas and size 15 seed beads. Along with a matching clasp. The star was inspired by Jean Power’s technique of joining distorted squares. I added the bail so the star can be hung on a rope or chain.

Around the star are the co-ordinating delicas, seed beads and Swarovski crystals.

This package went off to Shirley Moore. Go and see her blog – Beads and Bread. She is sending me a package of Bead Soup in exchange.

Peyote Bracelet Cuff by Shirley Moore
Peyote Bracelet by Shirley Moore

Here is a peyote cuff she made – a Rainfall of Color.