Aurifil Mako Thread 80wt cotton thread, 300 yard spools

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We are trying out this new thread from Aurifil. It’s a very fine 80wt cotton thread on wooden spools – cool. So far customers have told me it’s great for hand appliqué and Aurifil recommend it for free motion quilting, machine embroidery, free motion couching, english paper piecing, and machine appliqué.. Hmmmm…….. I wonder if it will make me a cup of tea?

At the moment we are carrying a range of neutral colours but later we’ll add in some of the other brighter shades.

Portland Bead Society Retreat 2017

Day 1, Thursday: leave the house, husband driving, get to Tolovanna Inn at the south end of Cannon Beach. Pouring with rain – how unusual! Go and eat WAY too much supper at Mo’s.

Portland Bead Society Bead Retreat 2017
Portland Bead Society Bead Retreat 2017

Go back to hotel room, sleep.

Day 2, Friday: get up and get ready really fast. The line will be forming from outside the retreat room all the way down the stairs into the hotel lobby. 8 o’clock – sign in, grab bag and look for a seat. Find one next to Lori and her friend Elaine. Good choice.

Get things out of bag, set up table, yack to everyone in sight, eat excellent breakfast of half a bagel, cream cheese, hard boiled eggs, and tangerine (do this every single morning except the last when they had run out of the best poppy seed bagels and I had to have a plain one), walk around looking at vendor’s tables. Buy stuff. Yack to more people.

Start working on interesting bracelet pattern offered by Michelle at Village Beads. Go look at more vendor’s stuff. Yack.

Portland Bead Society Bead Retreat 2017
Portland Bead Society Bead Retreat 2017

Eat vast lunch – pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, and potato salad. Yum. Yack. Look at vendor’s stuff. Take a class about exploding triangles – beading can be quite entertaining. Yack some more. Go back to hotel room, eat and watch TV with husband. Husband has been fly fishing so there’s weird rubber stuff drying all over the room. No, we are not kinky.

Sleep.

Day 3, Saturday: get up and get ready fast. No line, but I want a poppy seed bagel etc. Eat. Start working on bracelet, yack. Look at vendor’s stuff. Yack some more. Eat excellent lunch of chef’s salad.

Take interesting class on 3-d beaded objects. Had to think………

Took class with Carol Perrenoud and Virginia Blakelock. Funny people. Funny class. Lovely bracelet.

Got back to room to find drying rubber stuff all over the place. We are not kinky (and even if we were, I wouldn’t tell you).

Portland Bead Society Bead Retreat 2017
Portland Bead Society Bead Retreat 2017

Day 4, Sunday: get up and get ready fast. No line, but I want a poppy seed bagel. NO POPPY SEED BAGEL. Had to accept plain.

Watched incredible hail storm.

Looked at all the pieces made for the bead challenge – the Animal Within. My piece had to be tweaked as a bit of it was misaligned. Difficult to do as no-one is supposed to know who made what. A sort of surreptitious sneak up to the table, a quick hand out and a little push. Made mental note of which pieces I liked and then back to the voting slip.

Ate excellent brunch. Baked beans, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and potatoes. Yes, I know there was healthy stuff like fruit but I’ve already eaten a tangerine…….

Won second place in competition. Cool!!

Tried not to look too monstrous while having endless pix taken.

Started packing up, yacked, looked at vendor’s stuff – paid vendor’s.

Took bags to front lobby of hotel and found husband waiting.

Left. Husband drove us to Camp 18. Ate. Drove on home.

Went to bed very tired and happy, ready to do it all again next year.

 

Johnny Was Revine Scarf

Johnny Was Revine silk scarf
Johnny Was Revine silk scarf

Little bit of fun – the Johnny Was Here website asked for a little bit of blurb to go with their new silk scarf design. I love the way they call me the country’s most famous quilter and then spell my name wrong!

Never mind, the scarf is very pretty and I’m happy to be associated with such a pretty accessory.

Pebble Bracelet – beading pattern available

Pebble Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke
Pebble Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

I am totally enamoured with the Picasso finish on many styles of beads. This bracelet uses seed beads and fire polish crystals. They are such lovely earthy colours and together they make a subtle statement. This bracelet is fastened with a snap clasp and is made with 8 components and 2 end circles for the snaps. I like working in components as it means you can take your work anywhere and make one piece at a time before putting it together.

If you would like to buy this pattern you can find it under Pebble Bracelet or the Pattern section of my beadwork website.

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Lavender Brick Stitch Pearl Pendant Necklace

Lavender brick stitch pearl pendant necklace - dyed freshwater pearls, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Lavender brick stitch pearl pendant necklace – dyed freshwater pearls, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals.

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.