Saturday, 24 March 2012

Caution, Excited Beader!

I am soooo excited! In a few days I'm heading off to Edinburgh to take a class at the Scottish Bead Shop in Haddington. Jo and I are flying up and spending time enjoying the hospitality of fellow beaders! Best of all there will be a group of 6 (maybe more) of us internet buddies taking the class. I must just be sure to bead at least as much as I chat. This is the Class project, and the teacher is the Great Huib Petersen, on his European tour! Can't wait, and probably won't sleep much from excitement

Another nice thing that happened this week, is that I was asked to test a tutorial for the lovely and extremely talented Nancy Dale of NEDBeads. It is a Right Angle Weave variation bracelet, and is embellished as you go. It uses the new Preciosa Twin beads (or as my friend Mary likes to call them 'otter snouts') as well as 4mm bicones, and is lovely to work. If you can't wait until this pattern is released, maybe you could try the 'Labyrinth' tutorial, which Nancy already sells on Etsy (click here!) which is a good warm up for the new design, using some similar ways of joining RAW units. Here is a pic of my (not quite complete) version of Labyrinth:

I wanted to tone it with the Cubic RAW necklace I made with some lovely picasso finish rondelles from Beads and Babble. I love the selection of beads in this shop, and just received an order of the new Czech spike beads to try Helena Tang's Points Boheme earrings. You can tell I am an Etsy Addict!


  1. HI:-)
    I've seen the art of $huib Petersen and I can say: it makes an impression,mostly the floral necklaces-perfectionism in every inch.
    As for NEEDBeads-there are only a few things I like.Some of them are simply not wearable-overembellished a little,but concerning techniques and colors also fantastic.
    Your CRAW complete is going to be very beautiful.
    Thank You for the nice comment.

  2. Thanks so much for the shout out, Catherine!! I don't blame you for being excited about seeing Huib - his work is amazing!!! :) And, I hope you all have the best time ever in Scotland!!! Huge hugs, lady! Thank you very much for testing my new bracelet, too!

  3. You are very welcome Nancy! I have enjoyed trying the pattern and like that it looks like so much more than simple units repeated, but that is the magic of beading for me! I guess there are different grades of beaders, as well as many styles and preferences, and these of yours are definitely MY 'cup of tea' xx

  4. Aww, thanks so much!!! xxxx :D

  5. Oh wow! Just saw the items Huib has with him for display on Stitchncraft Beads's Facebook! Amazing pieces, how will I ever concentrate on the project in hand?