Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage needles

Jeana Kimball's Foxglove Cottage betweens quilting needles size 11

I’m sad to learn Jean Lyle and her husband Bill have retired. This means my most favorite needles of all time are no longer available. There are still a few in stock but when they are gone – well…. you know the rest.

I did some research and have decided to offer Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage needles in their place. These needles also come from England; they are in a little plastic case. And there are 16 needles in each case.

We are starting off with the Betweens/Quilting needles in size 11 as we no longer have any of the smaller sized Jean Lyle quilting needles available.

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.

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 – what we got

The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party is in full swing and Sally Russick and I have already exchanged soup mixes. Lori Anderson paired up the seed beaders early on and we got a head start in mailing out our packages.

This is what I sent to Sally:

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 mix

  • 3 different sizes of seed beads in various shades of blue;
  • a lovely handmade copper clasp from Patricia Healey;
  • cloisonné enamel beads in medium blue;
  • swarovski pearls in dark lapis;
  • vintage beads in various sizes and shapes, chocolate and dark blue;
  • oval shaped striped glass beads in various browns;
  • press glass star beads in browns;
  • fire polish crystal rondelles in blue and crystal;

and a handmade focal bead – an earring design from Laura McCabe’s Masterclass book.

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 focal

When the box arrived from Sally I had to stop and admire how she wrapped the packages before I tore into them.

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 - bead soup package from Sally Russick

And look at the beautiful mix she sent me:

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 - bead soup mix from Sally Russick

  • 2 flip top tubes of size 11/0 seed beads in bronze and cream;
  • a flip top tube of ivory bugle beads;
  • a tube of SuperDuo two hole beads in a really pretty stone colour;
  • a tube each of lime and bronze delicas;
  • a string of small daggers in bronze;
  • 3mm Czech firepolish beads in a subtle teal;
  • a really pretty vintage Swarovski red crystal and silver clasp;
  • a spool of C-Lon beading thread which I have never used before so am excited to try;
  • a key hole polymer clay focal bead in dusty blue;
  • a ceramic decorative ring by Jenny Davies-Reazor;
  • and an organic bronze clay focal by Staci Louise Smith.

Holy C**p!

Well, that lot should keep me busy for a while…..

Gold and terracotta checker board bracelet

Here’s the second time around of a post which got badly hit by spam bots. Now I have switched off comments hopefully the little ****tards will leave my blog alone and drown themselves in a boiling hot bot lake somewhere in cyberspace. Humph….

Checker board bracelet in gold and terracotta cube beads. Square stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Gold and terracotta checker board bracelet, square stitched with a mixture of gold and terracotta cube beads. Putting light and dark colours next to each other like a checkerboard, and using metallic, matte and transparent lined beads gives a nice balanced texture to the bracelet.

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.