Wednesday 23 March 2011

A dose of daisy medicine!

Unusually for me, I've had a couple of quiet weeks when I haven't done much beading, pattern writing or ... anything really.  I felt a little 'under the weather' and it felt like my usual drive had driven off and left me.  Even my normally over-active imagination went into hibernation and when I sat by my window in the evenings looking at the moon, instead of imagining fairies with beaded flowers in their hair skipping around in my moonlight garden ... I just saw the moon.  I think it was probably my body's way of telling me to take a little break though and so I am now more or less back to bouncy and have finally picked up my needle and thread again.  I hardly ever get chance to make the same thing twice and rarely make myself anything these days, so I started off gently by following my own instructions and made two of my Rivoli Daisies.

The first one (shown above) has a Montana blue Swarovski Rivoli for the centre and the beads are a mixture of galvanised Tohos and some delicious little Czech Charlottes I bought some time ago but hadn't got round to using.  Although the pattern shows a complete bracelet of daisies, I just wanted to make myself one flower to hang simply from a silver snake-chain and I must admit I am pretty pleased at the way this has turned out - the blue Rivoli looks like a mesmerizing bottomless pool at the centre of my sparkling daisy and I just want to dive into it ... see, my imagination is fully restored!

I went on to make another Rivoli Daisy as a gift for a friend and this one has a Sapphire Rivoli centre and the petals are made with silver lined crystal and transparent lustered cobalt beads.  It can be worn as either a pendant or a brooch and I think it will go perfectly with jeans and a t-shirt but equally well with something more dressy.  Isn't it great how we can make our own jewellery to match our outfits ... or even vice versa!

I think this is a perfect spring project as the individual daisies don't take too long to make, you don't need many different materials and the great range of Rivoli colours available means that you too can soon bring a touch of beady sunshine into your life.  Imagine the full bracelet (shown below) with each daisy made in a different colour or with all the same coloured petals but each one having a different coloured Rivoli centre!  The Rivoli Daisy (bracelet) tutorial is available to purchase via my website.

See you again soon!

Wednesday 9 March 2011

English Rose

Several months ago, I was asked to create a necklace project for the beautiful new German beadwork magazine Perlen Poesie -  'English Rose' is the result of my experiments and the instructions can be seen on page 58 of the latest issue of the magazine.  Once again, this is a necklace that can be worn in several ways as the 'rose' is removable and so you can change the colour of the flower, wear it high at the neck or lower down, knot or plait the stems or let them hang freely and cluster gently beneath the rose.  This is quite a difficult piece to photograph as it is very long, but the following picture shows the soft drape of the stems and leaves as they are held in place by the flower.

The next picture shows the 'Silver Shadow' version of the necklace and also highlights the silver spines on the leaves.

The following picture shows the 'Burgundy Bloom' version of the necklace and the strong red provides a real contrast to the pale pink version - change them to suit your mood or your outfit!

Another view of the true 'English Rose' version of the necklace, showing the rose worn high at the neck with the stems gently braided.

And finally (now that I have learnt how to make them!) a collage of the 'English Rose Collection'.

I hope that you like the new necklace and that you will enjoy making your own - as always, feel free to send me a picture of your own version and I will gladly add it to the 'Readers' Gallery' page on my website.  The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd stock this magazine or you can subscribe directly via this page of the magazine's website.