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.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Bead Soup Spiral Rope is progressing!

I am getting through my spiral rope to go with my fabulous orange focal bead (see 'Lampwork Inspiration). I'm adding to it here and there when time allows so hopefully it should be finished in the not too distant future. I've found spiral ropes with same size or just 2 colours of beads work up quickly. This is going more slowly as the beads need to be selected differently on each loop so the sizes, colours and shapes both look and sit well together without being too regular. I experimented, and one larger bead per loop gave the spiral a more defined form than the completely random variety I started with, so I'm continuing with that. I just need to stay focused without straying towards cabachon work in the meantime!

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