In true Renaissance style the Luisa Earrings are ornate yet delicate. A beautiful crystal captured in fine filigree beadwork. The Luisa design works perfectly as a pendant too, so don't stop at the earrings make one to match! This is an intermediate level project for beaders comfortable with circular Peyote stitch and fringing. The earrings/pendant work up very quickly and so would make perfect gifts!Techniques used: Circular Peyote, Picots, Fringing.
If you’ve ever played with different sizes of bead in flat Peyote stitch you’ll know how curly things can get. One day whilst playing along these lines I was reminded of the characteristic swirls and curls of mathematical fractal patterns. I loved the idea of a pattern repeating, but getting smaller and smaller each time, so combining this with my passion for picots, I started to embellish the curvy peyote tubes I made. These hoop earrings are great for experimenting with both colour and bead sizes. The earrings work up really quickly and are also great for using up small amounts of leftover beads.Techniques used: Peyote (circular), Brick Stitch.
This is a necklace fit for a queen! Nefertiti's Treasure is an advanced project - the design is composed of a number of beaded elements, each of which can be worked independently and used in other beadwork. You will use many techniques to engineer this design, from setting the rivoli into the centre of the Cosmic Ring, working around the outside of the Cosmic Ring with precision, to the specially crafted bail and double layer rope!Techniques used:Linear and Tubular Peyote, Tubular Herringbone, Brick Stitch, Netting and Square Stitch.
The Pearl Button Lariat is composed of a whipped cord embellished with rich tassels at each end, dangles of various sizes along its length and pearl buttons, which in turn have been embellished. Made in soft pastel shades to complement the pretty pearl buttons, the lariat is an eye-catching piece. However it would look just as sensational if you choose to make one with brightly coloured buttons.Techniques used: Peyote, Herringbone, Netting, Fringing.
Bored with adorning Christmas baubles, I wanted to make my own beaded sphere and then embellish it. What better inspiration could there be than the fabulous Buckminster Fullerene molecular structures - each atom can be represented by a bead! There's enormous structural potential in this method of making spheres; you'll learn how the rings of 6 and 5 beads interplay to sculpt these interesting little orbs.
The embellishments are lots of fun too - stars, flowers and leaves, butterflies and caterpillars and even Escher-like lizards.Techniques used: Right Angle Weave
The St Olave Necklace comprises a lot of different components, each made using exciting techniques - secret beaded structural-engineering of curly hearts and intricate, filigree beadwork surrounding 10mm crystal rounds to make tiny, Victorian orbs. There are delicately suspended spike beads, an elegant, undulating, beaded rope, and don't forget the pretty Rivolis mounted in the hearts!If you love to experiment with beadwork then have fun exploring all of the components, as they can be used individually for your own designs. This is a stunning necklace that makes a very bold statement, and is exciting to wear!Techniques used: Tubular Herringbone, Peyote, Brick Stitch.
Beaded spikes dangle from sparkling rivolis that are trapped in filigree netting, exposing the pretty edges of the crystals, each one connected to the next by delicate trios of leaves guarding a tiny crystal. With the emphasis on delicate, this stunning bracelet is a joy to wear and invites a great deal of attention; you’ll want to make more than one, as they will be heirlooms.
If you love to experiment with beadwork then have fun exploring all of the components, as they can be used individually for your own designs. This is a stunning bracelet that has lots of movement, so it's fun to wear!Techniques used:Right Angle Weave, Herringbone, Ladder Stitch, Brick Stitch.
The Octopus' Garden bracelet is an opportunity for pure fun and fantasy, as well as a challenge to exploit most off-loom beading stitches. An Octopus sits and observes all whilst delicate moon jellies drift through the fronds of seaweed, brushing against the coral; starfish watch lazily as the anemone wafts its tentacles in the currents, and the naughty sea slug tries to take a pearl from a shell, guarded by the sentinel seahorse.Techniques used: Peyote (flat and circular), Brick Stitch, Netting, Herringbone, Ladder Stitch.
If you’ve ever picked up a rivoli that is beautiful on both sides, you’ll know it’s hard deciding which one to display in your beadwork, but the rivolis in the Tsarina Reversible Lariat can show off both of their pretty faces with the help of fine, filigree beading; they are all connected by delicate repeating units of seed beads and finished with beaded spike tips. Make it in your favourite shades and wear it loosely as a lariat, casually looped as a belt or wound around your wrist as a bracelet – you’re guaranteed to make more than one!Techniques used:
Right Angle Weave, Herringbone, Ladder Stitch, Brick Stitch and Peyote.
The Ziggy Cuff design was inspired by super-complex Buckminster Fullerene structures. This is RAW to the max! Work 5 or 6 beautiful hollow beaded shapes building them one onto the other, embellishing with "alien eyes" crystals and spiky claws along the way. The main clasp is magnetic but there is an additional subtle, safety clasp too!Make one unit on it's own and add a spike into each connector tube for a fabulous techno pendant.Techniques used: Right Angle Weave, Modified Brick Stitch, Netting.