Wanting to share in the 'LOVE' that's spreading at #lovebeadlove, the fabulous new blog and brainchild of Marcia DeCoster, I made an L with our daughter Louise in mind. She is going to present us with our first grandchild in August and I cannot wait! Marcia has designed the letters that spell LOVE, in CRAW and embellished them beautifully; she shared the patterns for the letters and invited others to join the fun. I started making one in CRAW, but stopped [...]
Dear Beady Friends, Happy New Year to you all, Let's make 2017 the year to spread LOVE, in fact, more specifically Bead Love! No, I've not gone soppy, but we all share a love of beads, their wonderful colours and varieties, their interactions, their quirks, their thread paths, and their altogether beadiness, so please help to spread the word (literally) about your love for beads by going to a new weekly blog started up by Marcia DeCoster called . She has gathered [...]
This is it!!!!! Today's the day! Hubble Stitch 2 has been released to the world, and now all you avid Hubblers have the chance to try Wave Hubble stitch. I'm so excited and I can't wait to see all your horizontal Wave Hubble ropes - I've been waiting to share this technique since before I started writing Let's Hubble!, so that's almost 3 years! You can get your copy here.
I've just arrived back from a fab week teaching in the Les Carroz in the French Alps at The Alpine Experience, hosted by husband and wife team, Mark and Nadine. A whole week of beading - what more could your heart desire (except perhaps 2 weeks)! Hubble stitch was our agenda in as many different forms as we could possibly manage. Everyone worked really hard (well, I say worked but I really mean played) and produced lots of fabulous colourful [...]
Woohoo!!!!! WELL I NEVER!!! I have been contacted by the 'Crafts Beautiful' magazine to tell me that Let's Hubble! is 1 of 5 books that have been nominated for the best new craft book of 2016 category!!! I am honoured! Apparently the voting began on 16th September and closes on 6th January. If you are an avid Hubble stitch fan, please click on the "Vote for me" button to cast your vote!
Come and join me for lots of beady fun next June in Milwaukee at the Bead & Button Show; I'm teaching 4 designs - Leonora Necklace, Beatrice Cuff, The Enchanted Lake and Heqet Pendant plus two classes of Hubble Stitch! Click on the images below to go to the B&B site and book yourself a place!
Nefertiti's Treasure necklaces There's still time to treat yourself or make a present for that someone special, so I've dropped the price of the Nefertiti's Treasure necklace and Eclectica! patterns. Both are perfect for sparkly Christmas dos or even whilst wearing a pinnie, doing the turkey! I've also added 2 patterns - Crystal Finger Candy Rings and the Tsarina Reversible Lariat. I wrote the rings pattern back in 2005 and kept meaning to update the format, so finally I have! The [...]
Let's Hubble! and a pic of me on display at Sue's new office launch. I was so sad not to be able to attend the launch of my dear friend and publisher, Sue's new office in Bristol, for her company Sue Richardson Associates. I would have loved to be there and share the celebrations with her but things just got in the way. But she's sent me this image to show I had a presence at the party! Thanks Sue, I was [...]