Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Pattern Finds - Mad Rings 2 by Heather Collin and a Treat!

Happy Wednesday!

I'm excited to introduce a new feature to OTTBS, Pattern Finds. I love to search the web to find unusual beadwork patterns and tutorials from indie designers and thought that it would be fun to share them here with the hopes that it will inspire us all to try new designs and techniques, use up our bead stash and also promote the designers.

We are kicking the new feature off with a real treat from Heather Collin of Beading Patterns by Heather. The Mad Rings 2 pattern really drew my eye when I was browsing on Etsy! The beautiful, bright colours are bold and modern, the design is intricate and it's one heck of a statement ring! How could I not love it at first sight?

As a special treat for OTTBS readers Heather is offering a discount of 50% on the Mad Rings 2 Pattern! The discount code is TTBS2, thank you so much to Heather for making the 1st Pattern Finds extra special with her generosity!

Isn't it beautiful? Please go visit Heather's shop and have a look at all her beautiful patterns, but please remember that the discount code applies only to the Mad Rings 2 design and not any other patterns in the shop.

I will be starting my ring tonight! I recently bought some peacock style colours of delica's and have been looking for the right pattern for them, I think this will be perfect! There are 5 pages in the pattern which includes 2 designs. The pattern has full colour photograph, diagrams and graphs, step by step instructions and even blank graphs for you to chart your own design! The instructions are very clear and easy to read, though I must say that the diagrams are very good and I will probably go mostly by them.

I'm off to go start my ring! Thank you again to Heather for her generosity!

Update: I have just completed the 1st part of the basic design ring top and have to say how impressed I am! It is a well thought out pattern making the beading actually much easier than it looks and Heather has employed a very clever trick involving coloured headings so that once you have the 1st couple of rows started you just need to look at the colour of the header to see what colour is next. I can't wait to finish this one and move on to the more intricate pattern version!

Happy Beading!



Eleanor Snare said...

Ooh, I saw this and some of Heather's other pieces and absolutely loved it. I really enjoy beadwork projects that use traditional techniques in a modern way!

*trundles off to use discount code*


Anonymous said...

I'm loving the new Pattern Finds feature Sarah!

I've seen Heather's work often while browsing Etsy...fantastic! And how generous to offer a discount on this amazing design :D

Gemma said...

Wow! What a ring and fab offer too. Would love to see your finished ring when you're done Sarah

NEDbeads said...

Wonderful idea - and Heather's work rocks!! I found your blog through her FB post, and I'm so happy to be a new follower!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Always looking for the newest and brightest patterns, thank you!

Eva Maria Keiser said...

Fabulous colors! Thank you for sharing.
Eva Maria