My Beadwork Blog and Gallery

Beading is a bit of an obsession. My beadwork blog is home to my thoughts on pieces I am working on, techniques I am learning, and my beading inspirations. I live in Bournemouth, Dorset and am mum to two gorgeous young children. I volunteer at both school and toddler group, and work part-time in online ad production. I try to fit in as much beading here and there as I can, for both relaxation, and to stretch and expand my creative side. I've learnt a variety of textile crafts over the years, but have always loved jewellery-making. I enjoy wirework, but beadweaving and bead embroidery have proved to be my favourite mediums, and it is these types of beadwork that I always seem to come back to. I love the colour and feel of beads, planning new projects, learning new techniques and of course, bead shopping! I read a wide variety of beading magazines and books, and apart from the occasional workshop, am primarily self-taught.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Lampwork Inspiration

"Cilla" by Helen Wyatt
I received this in the post this morning from my very talented lampworking friend Helen Wyatt!  She is a member of the FHF Team on Etsy and you can find her here.  My favourite colour is orange and this just leapt out at me, but it also has hints of pink, purple, peach and cream - a real festival of colour. Even though I've read lampworking tutorials I just can't quite get my head round how this was designed and made!
I hope I can do this justice,  I have a bead mix from Stitchncraft which has just been waiting in my stash for the right project. At the moment I am contemplating a spiral or textured rope with Cilla as the focal dangle with some mixed bead and crystal fringe. I am promising myself I have to finish one project before starting another, which I find hard sometimes, particularly with bigger projects, so this is just the inspiration I need.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jo,
    Thanks for featuring my bead on your blog, which is looking super professional by the way. You might wonder about how lampwork is done, but trust me, I think YOU are the clever one! Every time I attempt seed bead work I just end up in a massive tangle of thread and beads, so lampwork's easy by comparison! I hope your blog goes well and am really looking forward to seeing more of your work in due course. Love Helen x