Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Beaded Opulence: Gabriella {The Bead & Book Challenge}

Choosing the first project to work on for the The Bead & Book Challenge was massively difficult. I have some lovely books to choose from (each with many, many, lovely projects contained within their covers.) Eventually, I settled on The Gabriella Necklace from Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence.

I've had the book in my collection now for a while but, because of the complexity of the tutorials (which I wasn't confident enough to attempt when I first started beading) and the expense of the materials required for many of the bracelets and necklaces (it is, after all, opulent) I haven't tried any of the tutorials before now. Exactly why I wanted to start this challenge.

In between managing the house move, I'm making slow progress on the necklace focal and, although I'm so busy, I'm being encouraged along by the lovely ladies who have joined the challenge on Instagram and Facebook. It's already a fantastic, friendly little community and I know that I'll be finished by the end of the month! 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Home Sweet Home

It's been a little bit quieter than usual over the last week or so but I think that, once I explain, I'll be allowed the time I've needed to work on another, much more time consuming project! Four months after making an offer, we're finally in the new home. And, by in, I mean we have the keys! 

The next few weeks are likely to be busy with movers and builders, as we move two homes into one and make sure that this new one is watertight and warm. I'm obviously dreaming on ahead to the moment that I can start work on the craft room! It'll help to keep me sane while I deal with all of the dust!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Introduction To Beadwork: Ministry of Craft, Manchester

In 2016, I started teaching at the Ministry of Craft in Manchester. It's such a fun studio, full of some covetable items made by the tutors - including some of the cutest handmade undies! Oh, and there was biscuits! 

The best aspect of teaching though, was that several of the attendees were really very nervous about their ability to actual make something - especially when they saw the size of the Miyuki Seed Beads that we were using - but all they needed was some encouragement. Everyone left with a completed earring (or two) and the skills and confidence to finish their work by themselves. And happy customers make me happy! 

There's a few spots left for the next Introduction To Beadwork Class on Saturday 8th April and this includes everything that you need - tutorial, beading needle, thread, seed beads, findings and, most importantly, some bling in the form of Swarovski pearls or crystals. 

You'll learn how to bead 'weave' - using a specialist needle and thread to stitch lots of teeny, tiny seed beads to each other to form a new shape! You'll learn about the beads used in beadwork (including the sparkly ones) and, by the end of the class, will have conquered some of the basic beadwork stitches to create your own pendant and matching earrings. (Please note there will not be time to complete all of the items during the workshop but you will go away with the skills and materials to finish at home.)

Let me know if you decide to book, so that I can increase the biscuit order! x