Monday 26 December 2011

This year's moodboards 4

More beautiful entries we've had for our moodboards this year...




Saturday 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all our readers! We hope you have a wonderful, peaceful and beady holiday season! With the big day nearly upon us here in the UK, I wanted to share with you these 3 beautiful ornaments that Gemma from our Facebook group beaded, aren't they gorgeous?

Happy beading!


Monday 19 December 2011

This year's moodboards 3

Another collection of my favourites from past moodboards...




Saturday 17 December 2011

Beadalong Progress - Week 8

Two beautiful completed projects to share with you this week!
Gloria has completed her fabulous necklace, "Finished at last! As I said in an earlier post; component based designs are difficult for me but I am happy that I finished this one. This will be winging its way into my sister’s xmas stocking – hope she likes it! Thanks for sticking with me."

Catherine has made her second gorgeous Stargazer Bracelet "I'm so pleased to say I completed the second version of 'Stargazer' by Laura McCabe in my own colours. This was begun at the class I took in September, and was put on hold while I made the kit version in blue/silver/purple. I opted to make a straight strip of units rather than the more complex initial version, as suggested by Jo Prowse. In the delicas and 15s I chose, all Miyuki brand, I found the units worked up very slightly smaller, so I needed a little more length at the end in the attaching loops of charlottes. It is a bit snugger fitting than the original, but very comfortable to wear."

Well done to everyone who completed their goals! I will try harder next time, I promise!

That's it for this beadalong but I'm sure that we will organise another sometime next year.

Happy beading,


Wednesday 14 December 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Not too long to go now before the festive season is upon us, so I thought I would share some beautiful ornaments that some of our Facebook group members have made.

Ruth made this beautiful snow globe,"a small snowglobe inspired piece, based on Judy Walkers beaded sphere (I modified the construction slightly) with a 3d penguin I found on the bead an button website."

Mary made these beautiful red and green sparklies,

Nancy sent in a picture of these beautiful ornaments that she made from patterns originally designed by Paula Adams and gifted to some very lucky friends!

I finally broke down after many years of refusing to make ornaments and beaded this simple netted cover. Once I worked out the bead counts, it was a lot of fun.

Happy beading!


Monday 12 December 2011

This year's moodboards 2

More gorgeous entries from this year's moodboards!




Friday 9 December 2011

Stashbusting Beadalong Progress Week 7

Some great progress this week from Cathy and Gloria!

Gloria says, "More progress made and this is turning into a labour of love for me. I really struggle with component based designs and this design has loads of components. As you can see I have now completed six (and a bit) lockets. They are quite fiddly to make but look good when completed. Stay with me guys – this is gonna get finished!"

Cathy has completed this beautiful set, "It's finished! Plus there were enough beads left over to make a set of earrings."

Happy beading,


Monday 5 December 2011

This year's moodboards 1

As promised, here are some of my favourites from this year's moodboard entries!




Friday 2 December 2011

Quickie Facebook Challenge

By popular demand we're having a quickie moodboard challenge for December! There's no prize this month and I won't be posting the usual weekly updates. It's all taking place on our Facebook group, all you need to do is post your photos on there for the rest of the group to see! Do join in with our busy and chatty group if you haven't already, it's a lot of fun :)

Just one image for this challenge, something warm to ward off the December chill...
Photo by Moyan Brenn

Wednesday 30 November 2011

November Moodboard - And the winner is...

We've done it again! Yes, we've beaten last month's record with a whopping 28 entries! Thanks to everyone who joined in with us for the November challenge and well done all of you on your amazing work :) As always here's a reminder of the challenge we set at the beginning on the month...

Clockwise from top-left: Poppies 5, Lemmie and Peggy Day, Ornaments 1, Red on Green.

And here's all the beautiful entries...


Mary Kearney













Mary Marshall

Dee (Wingsmith)

Liz (pattern is the bead base from Laura Shea's project in Bead & Button issue 106)






Kelly (using the Trillium pattern in Shaped Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald)

I'm using to randomly choose a name from the list and the beader who is in 1st position is...

Congratualions Carol, you're the winner of Helen's gorgeous set of lampwork beads!

We're taking a break from the Moodboard challenge in December and we'll be back with a brand new challenge on January 1st. Throughout December I'll be posting some of my favourite entries from the challenges we've had this year each Monday :)