My student, Caroline, made a St Olave necklace for her daughter’s wedding, plus she adapted my Tatiana design and made a matching bracelet without the spikes. Proud mum Caroline has done a fabulous job! I’m delighted to have contributed a tiny part in her day – she looks radiant and so happy.
Dianne Clark has been very busy hubbling. She’s made these fabulous butterfly and houses motifs working in basic Hubble Stitch, plus linear and tubular bracelets in 2-drop Hubble. Her next project is to make a scarf in size 15s. I love how she’s embraced the stitch and is exploiting it to the max!
Helen Cordell was in my Beatrice Cuff class at The Great British Bead Show in Daventry, 2015, and she has sent me these pics of her gorgeous finished piece. Helen has combined matte silver/pewter size 15s with shiny silver Czech Charlottes and I think it’s created almost an antique look, which I absolutely love. This is a very challenging design and she’s done an excellent job with it.
Dianne Clark is one of my students from the Great Escapes weekend workshops but she recently bought a copy of Let’s Hubble and has been learning Hubble stitch. Dianne has not only got to grips with the basic stitch, but has also successfully explored working with the 2-drop version of it, manipulating the bead colours and embellishing it too! I love what you’ve done Dianne!
Barbara Burling-Perkins has made a fantastic version of the Lorenzo de Medici bracelet. She’s used Crystal CAL Chessboard crystals; this colour can present a problem when choosing beads to go with it, but clever Barbara has chosen an amazing colour scheme. I’ve seen her wearing it and I absolutely love it.
Bernice Perkins attended the Tatiana Bracelet workshop that I taught for the Bead Society of Great Britain, and this is her fabulous version. The rich purple colour of the amethyst rivolis, is complemented by the delicious purple iris Czech Charlottes, which show off lovely flecks of emerald green; and I love those mysterious lilac spikes. Congratulations Bernice, you completed it really quickly and you’ve done an excellent job.
Recently I taught my new workshop, the Heqet Pendant, at Stitchncraft. Chris Brown was one of my students there, and she sent me this picture of her fabulous version of Heqet. I love how the steely Delicas bring out the beautiful lilac/aquamarine colours of the crystal and the theme is continued into the fringe, finished off with those gorgeous drop beads. Well done Chris, it’s lovely and I hope you have great pleasure wearing it.
Lesley Morris is a member of the Priory Beaders and, following my Enchanted Lake workshop with them, has sent me an image of her finished piece. Leslie’s done an excellent job, I think it’s beautiful – and she’s really embraced all the colours in the Vitrail Medium crystal stone.
Torie bought my Nefertiti’s Treasure pattern and, together with her fella Scott, has made this gorgeous version, using a Swarovski ceramic blue Cosmic Ring. I asked her where she lived and how long she’d been beading and this is what she said:
“We are in Wisconsin. We actually just found a box of beads about a month ago and learned how to do some peyote stitch beads for our dreadlocks, winters here are cold and snowy and there is not much to do…so we wanted to try something more challenging. Looked around, and I fell in love with this pattern so we decided to try it out. I am pretty artsy though and have been crafting since I was little.”
I’m so impressed that they’ve managed to conquer this challenging piece in such little time – well done guys, seriously! You’ve done a fab job!
Maureen Harrison bought an Isabella necklace kit in Topaz. She had 2 crystals left over and worked the earrings to match. Then, because she was so pleased with them, Maureen contacted me for more crystals to make an entire Isabella jewellery set – a brooch and bracelet to accompany the necklace and earrings. I love her adaptation of Isabella to the Lorenzo design for the bracelet and brooch. They look fabulous Maureen, and I hope you have lots of pleasure wearing them!
I taught my Beaded Bottles workshop at a Great Escapes weekend, for the first time and was absolutely delighted with everyone’s results. Here’s Sharon’s beautiful, lavender and green themed Beaded Bottle, or rather, vase. I suggested everyone should bring smaller vessels to achieve faster results (meaning each row wouldn’t take too long), but Sharon brought along this large vase – a very ambitious project! However she persevered and should be very proud of it, as it’s so lovely.
I taught the Morgan Le Fay design at Stitchncraft, and Jean Place and Pat Roome both made their own colour versions of it with stunning results. They brought the finished pieces along to the Byzantine Cross workshop at Stitchncraft in October. I love to see the finished pieces and I know this is a long project, thanks girls! I expect to see you wearing these at the supermarket as well as on the red carpet!
Nitty Chamcheon bought my Lorenzo de Medici Bracelet kit and not only completed the bracelet but, as she had some crystals left over, also made a pair of earrings to match and then had fun making a Lorenzo pendant, surrounding it with her own embellishments. She told me that she gave the pendant and earrings set to her daughter’s Thai dance teacher as a gift and was utterly delighted to see her wearing it at a Thai dance performance in front of the Thai Princess who happened to be visiting London! How exciting! Nitty should feel really proud of herself as she’s only been beading since February 2013, and these are really challenging projects!
Nitty Chamcheon has made her lovely version of the Byzantine Cross reversible by putting a different coloured rivoli on each side. She’s used dark bronze seed beads with a Swarovski Amethyst rivoli shown in the image left, and embellished it with pale lavender bicone crystals. She’s also added further embellishment at the tips of each of the beaded sectors, as I did on my turquoise version, using the size 15⁰ Czech Charlottes. On the reverse she’s used a rivoli in Light Siam.
This lovely Byzantine Cross was worked by Ann Hadlow. Ann has made the size 11⁰ version used bronze-coloured Miyuki seed beads and a Swarovski Rose rivoli. She’s embellished her cross with more pearls on the face and made a beautiful pearl, crystal and seed beed necklace for it.
Workshop in London – These images are from the Fan-tastic Variations workshop I taught for the Beadworkers Guild in 2009. The venue was in London at the Friends House, Euston Road. Everyone’s concentrating so hard! Beautiful work girls!
Fan-tastic Variations Workshop with the Busy Buzzy Beaders – Here’s an album of images I took at my Fan-tastic Variations workshop on 5th September, 2009 with the Busy Buzzy Beaders.
I’m always in awe of my students’ colour choices and combinations. Normally at the end of classes I am to be heard saying, “Now why didn’t I think of those colours together!”
Some of these wonderful pictures have been sent to me by students following a workshop. Others are pictures I’ve taken during our workshops.
It was a lovely surprise when Jenny Wilson showed me her fish “Titanic” at the GBBS (2009), which she made following my Gorgeous Giorgio instructions in the BWG Journal. She sent me this picture of him, used as a decoration on a birthday card. I love his colours and the way she’s adapted the pattern to suit a slightly different shaped stone donut. He looks rather like a puffer fish, I think. Apparently he got the name Titanic because he was named after a pet fish that sank to the bottom of the tank!
This is Allison Causey’s version of The Fantasy Garden Cuff from the workshop I taught at the 2007 GBBS. She’s called it Titchmarsh Cuff because it was inspired by one of Alan Titchmarsh’s garden designs. Allison also made the fused glass cabochon centrepiece of the cuff.
Another Fantasy Cuff, this time from Beth Jones. The cabochon was made by Elise Mann, and Beth has taken the beautiful colours in the cabochon and worked them into the ends for a lovely bronze foliage effect.
The first outing of the Fan-tastic Variations workshop was at the Friends House, Euston. Everyone put their pieces together to show the wonderful variety of effects their colour combinations produced making the Antoinette Pendant and Baroque Earrings in this stitch.
From my Posh Premier Bag workshop at the Essex Bead Fair.
Jenny Wilson came to my Fan-tastic Variations workshop at the Oxford Summer School and this is her version of the Lace Bracelet, it’s called Jonquil Satin. Jenny’s adapted the closing design to suit her needs, using her excellent beading skills.