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………

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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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.