Monday 31 October 2011

October Moodboard - And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone who joined in with our October Moodboard. I'm pleased to tell you that we've broken our record with a fantastic 27 submissions so it looks like you all had a blast with our colour scheme of red, white and aqua! Just before I show you all the wonderful creations that were submitted, let's have a recap of the lovely mosaic that Clare put together...

Left: Heart Mobile. Right, top to bottom: Blanket-WIP, aqua and red buttons2, Gathering materials

And here's what everyone made...



Cathy Cohen


Lynsey Brooks

Kitty Ballistic




Chris Maj

Julie Bell

Evelyn Shelby

Carolyn Lawson



And here's the latest submissions...

Dorisanne made a beautiful necklace using chain, glass beads and beaded beads which she made herself following my mini bead tutorial...

Jane Turnbull made a gorgeous pair of earrings from seed beads using the beginning of Teresa Meister's Floral Chandelier pattern from Beadwork Oct/Nov 10...

Tiia Nurmi made a pretty slave bracelet using seed beads (a bit naughty as the challenge was to use all three colours!)...

Lynsey Brooks submitted another piece, this time she created a gorgeous peyote cuff with polymer clay flowers...

Tracy made a lovely asymmetric necklace using a mix of beads including wire mesh, clay, vintage and agate...

Catherine made a beautiful necklace strung with seed beads, crystals and a lampwork heart...

Jet Kosanke created some fabulous right angle weave 'biscuits' which she combined with peyote and foiled glass beads to make a bracelet... well as a lovely pendant using Gwen Fisher's Super RAW...

Carrie made a lovely bracelet and earrings set...

Gaynor made a gorgeous bracelet with turquoise chunks...

And Dee made a lovely necklace, bracelet and earrings set...

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

Lesley! Congratulations Lesley, you're the winner of the amazing bead collection from Yashma Creations!

I hope you've all enjoyed this months colour challenge, don't forget to pop back tomorrow for the start of the November moodboard challenge :)

Saturday 29 October 2011

Earring Reveal 5

For our earring reveal today, we have these 2 beautiful pairs made by Kim for Aster.
The daytime earrings are raw with Swarovski bicones and the night earrings are bezelled rivoli's embellished with bicones and beetle wings.

Happy beading,


Friday 28 October 2011

Stashbusting Beadalong Progress 2

Welcome to update 2 of the stashbusting beadalong and I am happy to have some great progress to share with you! Poor Gloria has been sick this week so has no progress but will be back with us soon and we have a new participant joining us!

Cathy says "The "3 Strand Ndebele Bracelet" is another fascinating design by Laura McCabe. The herringbone variations caught my eye, and it looked like a project I could do successfully. I've had the kit for awhile, but it's been languishing in my stash - maybe it's all the 15°s!"

Catherine - "Not so much, but made another flower, and did the join with 2 of the
first flowers. Starting to look like a bracelet now!"

Jo says "This week I have mostly been distracted by CRAW but I did manage to get some of my project done. I bezelled the two points and have joined the rivoli's and added one point to the top. It looks a bit like a Portuguese Man O War at the moment as you have to keep all the threads attached until the end as they are used to join and embellish the components. It's been a bit tricky making sure that all the joining tabs are in the right place but overall this kit has been pretty straight forward so far!"

I have been having fun making the pagoda embellisments, they are addictive! I have 7 on mine and left off the drops. I am now ready to start on the strap, I think I will using mainly 11's though, I have pretty much had enough of 15's already!

Happy beading!


Thursday 27 October 2011

Pattern Finds - Perfect Evening Earrings

Our last pattern finds for this month is the tutorial for these very beautiful earrings by Nancy Dale (NEDBeads on Etsy). Nancy is an active member of our Facebook Group and is currently converting people to cubic raw! These stunners are made using peyote stitch though. I really must treat myself to a pair of rivolis!

As always, click on the pic to be taken to the listing.

Happy Beading!


Wednesday 26 October 2011

Earring Reveal 4

Lots of lovely earrings have been landing through the letter boxes this week! We have another 6 pairs to drool over today!

First up from Catherine to Clare,
OTTBS swap 'Day'

OTTBS swap 'Night'

Next from Rachel to Vickie,
Vickie punk swap

These beauties are from a pattern by Nancy Dale (NEDBeads on Etsy)
Vickie punk swap

And from Vickie to Rachel,
Day earrings for Rachel Butler

Evening earrings for Rachel Butler

Aren't they all gorgeous?

Happy beading,


Monday 24 October 2011

October Moodboard - Weekly Update 3

Welcome to the last update for October, next Monday's post will be our round-up and winner announcement! But there's still plenty of time to join in, just see the original post for details and get beading :) Now, onto this week's submissions...

Carol made a gorgeous Concave Quad beaded bead pendant from a pattern by Glendale MacNaughtin of Dax Designs...

Anna made a beautiful ring in circular brick stitch using seed beads and glass pearls...

Chris Maj made a gorgeous spiral rope necklace with a removable pendant featuring a rococo silver stamping piece...

Julie Bell made a gorgeous RAW bracelet embellished with Czech seed beads, mother of pearl, coral and turquoise heishi. Inspired by the 60's and the Southwest USA, she's named it Mod West...

Evelyn Shelby made a pretty and very clever interchangeable necklace and earrings set using twisted rectangles, twisted bugle beads, seed beads and pearls...

Carolyn Lawson made a lovely two-strand necklace and earrings set using rondelles, fire polished rounds, diamond shaped white opal beads and gold seed beads...

Liz (that's me!) made a Union Jack bracelet in peyote stitch using Delicas and waxed cotton cord...

...and a beaded bead using seed beads...

And finally, Sarah made gorgeous triangle earrings using Delicas and crystals...