Zulu beaded bracelet

Zulu beaded bracelet
Zulu beaded bracelet

Made at the Portland Bead Society annual retreat in Cannon Beach, OR. This was a workshop given by Karmen Schmidt – we chose our own beads. I went very classic with gold, cream and brown along with a simple button clasp.

The bracelet is 8 and a half inches long.

Emerald and Tangerine colorflow necklace

Emerald and Tangerine Colorflow necklace - triple spiral beadweaving. Made with glass seed beads. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Finally I got around to posting this ombre necklace. It’s been showing itself off at a summer exhibition and I’ve just got it home. In fact, I’ve got a pile of beadwork back so there will be more goodies posted over the next few weeks.

This was made for a pantone color competition. We were given a choice of 3 swatches – all of which were a bit weird. But I rather fancied the emerald, tangerine, and I think, linen swatches. It’s quite a task finding beads with colors which will flow into each other. And then working out how to actually fit them together so they do flow. It’s easy to make a stripe but to blend, not so much.

I used a triple spiral and it made a thick cord. I just kept going until I came back around to the color I started with. The necklace ended up being around 3 foot long. So you can wear it lots of different ways. I mostly wear it knotted as shown above but you could wear it lariat style:

Emerald and Tangerine Colorflow necklace - triple spiral beadweaving. Made with glass seed beads. Shown as lariat. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke..

Or wrap it around your neck a couple of times.

You can see the color flow better in this picture:

Emerald and Tangerine Colorflow necklace - triple spiral beadweaving. Made with glass seed beads. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

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.

Tropical Sunset pearl pendant necklace and earrings

Tropical Sunset brick stitch pendant necklace - freshwater pearl, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

When I arrived in Florida I remember being greeted with this incredible orange and blue sunset. This bright pendant is stitched with a Swarovksi glass pearl in petrol encircled with orange and yellow 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.

Tropical dangle earrings made with a freshwater pearl, seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and a Swarovski glass pearl. Brick stitch beadweaving

AND….. if you want to get all matchy matchy, there are earrings to go with the necklace.

Craftsy Right Angle Weave Online Class

For a long time most of my learning was via books, diagrams and instructions. But when I began beadweaving I discovered all the video tutorials out there. There’s no doubt if you combine book learning with actually seeing how something is done you can really expand your knowledge.

I find the best way to deal with online videos is to first watch it all the way through. You can’t get all the information in one fell swoop. Or at least it doesn’t work for me. My brain does an overview and then it can work on details! Continue reading “Craftsy Right Angle Weave Online Class”

Little Owl Charm from Heather Kingsley-Heath

Some time ago I was invited by the Devine Ms M to join a local beading group. It’s HAYUGE fun and expands my knowledge and experience in all directions. And when I say all, I mean ‘all’. There’s nothing like a group of women of diverse ages and backgrounds to increase one’s awareness of the world, or of a particular subject.

The Divine Ms M generously gives us all a birthday gift when the moment arises. Last year she gave us our names woven into strips of peyote. I am ashamed to say mine is still ‘on the counter’, as one of my beading companions says. Right now I can spy it on my beading table awaiting its final metamorphosis into a piece of wearable jewelry.

Beaded Owl - pattern by Heather Kingsley-Heath
Beaded Owl – pattern by Heather Kingsley-Heath

This time around she found a pattern for the most yumalicious little owl pendant designed by Heather Kingsley-Heath. Each of us receives an owl stitched in our favorite colours as a birthday gift. When we saw the first one the rest of the group set up a cacophony of waaaahs. Translated: gimme, gimme, gimme, I WANT, I WANT. So embarrassing.  We loved the little owl.

And apparently I was the whiniest of them all. Oh dear!

But how could I not whine? It’s so cute.

If you want a little owl of your own, head over to Heather’s website and buy the kit. And maybe something else too – there’s a little bird pattern……

Beaded Owl tutorial by Rizzo Antonietta
Beaded Owl tutorial by Rizzo Antonietta

Here’s another little owl pattern if your single owl would like a companion. It’s a free step-by-step photo tutorial in pdf format, by Rizzo Antonietta.









Peyote Path Meets a Brick Wall by Marilyn Earhart
Peyote Path Meets a Brick Wall by Marilyn Earhart

And the Divine Ms M has a book out – Peyote Path Meets a Brick Wall.

7th Bead Soup Blog Party – Reveal

A lovely assortment of soup mix from Shirley Moore – Bread and Beads blog. See the original boxed soup in an earlier post.

This is the first time I have taken part in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog party and I am sooooooo GLAD I did. She wants us to challenge and stretch our design selves and it sure worked. Learning new ways to use colour, specially colours I am not fond of, new stitch combinations, and new shapes.

I have said it before, and no doubt I will say it again – BEADWORK IS THE MOST UN-DOING-EST CRAFT!.

Summertime Necklace

Summertime Necklace - beadwork, herringbone, peyote, square stitch, donut, magatamas.
Summertime Necklace
Pendant of Summertime Necklace
Pendant of Summertime Necklace

I can’t tell you how many times I reworked the pendant on this necklace. And I love the end result. Emerald green is the Pantone colour of the year but damn, it’s a strong colour to work with.

What do you do with a donut? They are just so round! After much scouring the internet, beading books, and magazines I discovered netting. OK – step 1, net the donut.

Got to do more than that. Mmmmmm…….

After many interations the focal donut bead became a netted flower with inside embellishments of emerald green silver lined magatamas. Never used those before. And a peyote bail to slip over the twisted herringbone chain.

Clasp for Summertime Necklace
Clasp for Summertime Necklace
Rope embellishment on Summertime Necklace
Rope embellishment on Summertime Necklace










Can you believe it? Shirley gave me EXACTLY the right number of emerald magatamas to include in the rope embellishments and to go around the toggle. How could she have known? Just love the way the toggle balances out the pendant.

The necklace is approximately 31 inches long from toggle to clasp. It’s a long rope and the pendant hangs quite low.

Purple Netting Necklace

Purple Netted Necklace
Purple Netted Necklace

Now purple is not a favorite colour of mine. I like its effect, its meaning and how it works with other colours. But I seldom if ever, wear it or use it in my decorations. So this box of purple/lavender shaded beads slightly floored me.

Pendant of Purple Netted Necklace
Pendant of Purple Netted Necklace

The look of netted beads appeals so here they are together in one hayuge lump as the focal point of this necklace. They feel substantial and weighty. To keep the netting going I used some peach pearls, jasper semi-gemstone beads and some of the soup seed beads. To continue the sides of the necklace I transitioned to tubular peyote and spiralled some size 8 seed beads around the core.

And then Shirley did it again. She read my mind and sent me EXACTLY the right amount of crackle lentil beads and 2 extra gemstones so I could string the rest of the necklace. Isn’t she brilliant!?

Clasp for Purple Netted Necklace
Clasp for Purple Netted Necklace

The clasp came with Shirley’s soup mix and is made by Sharyl’s Jewelry. The bright copper complements the purple/lavender, browns/creams theme of the necklace.

Look at that! One lavender pearl left to put onto the other side of the clasp.

Guess what? I’ll probably wear this as it looks so interesting.

Lavender Pearls Bracelet

Lavender Pearls bracelet
Lavender Pearls bracelet

This bracelet is a simple design – beaded components stitched onto a band. It is made from some of the extra beads in Shirley’s mix. Having already used the focal bead and clasp I wanted to make something else.

Lavender pearls bracelet open view
Lavender pearls bracelet open view

The band is done in peyote stitch using the twin beads from the soup mix, with size 15 seed beads filling in the gaps. I calculated how long the band needed to be and then stitched 4 rows.

Lavender pearls bracelet component
Lavender pearls bracelet component

Lavender glass beads are encircled with seed beads and tipped with fire polish beads – brick stitch around the center. The lavender pearls are in the mix too. So I was able to use two things from the soup.

The purple/violet colour family is out of my comfort zone. This really made me stretch my colour chops. But in the end the amber/peach glow around the lavender, along with a tiny accent of lime greens worked.

And I find I wear the bracelet a lot. I think it makes me happy!

All together this was a great experience. I made some pieces I would not have made otherwise. Used colour schemes I would not have thought of without this outside nudge, and came away with some great additions to my jewelry box.

The only thing which was a bit stressful was the timing. This blog post was written while I was in America. All the pieces had to be finished and photographed early as I left for England on March 27th. Yikes! It cut my time short by a few days.

So worth it.

Go here to see the list of the other 1st reveals – http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-first-reveal.html

Sheep’s Eyes Beaded Beads

Sheep's Eyes beaded beads
Sheep’s Eyes beaded beads

These beaded beads took a long time. Three is quite enough!

Sheep's Eyes fractal art quilt
Sheep’s Eyes fractal art quilt

They are inspired by the fractal quilt Sheep’s Eyes. The colours are pulled directly from the quilt and the circular theme fits round beads perfectly.

They are done in freeform peyote stitch around a 25mm wooden bead. I found all sorts of shapes I could use – seed beads of various sizes, crystals, and bugle beads.

I love trying anything once, and I loved the look of these beaded beads. But it was a bit mind boggling creeping around the bead finding suitable shapes and sizes to fit in the spaces.

Sheep's Eyes beaded beads - alternate view
Sheep’s Eyes beaded beads – alternate view

Here’s another view of the beads from a different angle. They are strung on a black leather cord – but a blue silk cord would look good too.