Pentagon Bangle Finished
posted on Thursday, 28 June 2012
I think I have now beaded all my projects for the book- phew.
posted on Friday, 29 June 2012
My copy of the latest issue of Beads & Beyond arrived today containing not just my 'Spicy Spirals' project but also an extract from Beaded Bugs.
posted on Thursday, 28 June 2012
I think I have now beaded all my projects for the book- phew.
posted on Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Normally when I have one of those days it makes me want to stay in bed and hide but today was ONE OF THOSE DAYS. One filled with so much awesome the 24 hours could barely keep it in.
posted on Tuesday, 26 June 2012
It may look as though not much is going on with the book but I can assure you that behind the scenes wheels are spinning, photos are developing (or doing whatever digital photos do), beads are...
posted on Monday, 25 June 2012
Back home and busy working away on my pentagon bangle (which will be a project in Contemporary Geometric Beadwork) and also pondering my knitting.
posted on Saturday, 23 June 2012
About once a year I convince myself that if I just try again I'll be able to knit. Yesterday was that day.
posted on Friday, 22 June 2012
Yesterday I flew to Belfast, Northern Ireland for 2 days of teaching at the Lovely Glen Gallery Crafts.
posted on Thursday, 21 June 2012
Phew newsletter written and on its way and 5 new materials packs addd to my kits page- it's been a busy few days!
posted on Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Today is similar to yesterday with emails, photos and kit packing and planning.
posted on Tuesday, 19 June 2012
I'm busy today taking photos and writing my newsletter all ready to launch 4 new materials kits (4!) in the next couple of days.
posted on Monday, 18 June 2012
I'm back home, back to work and back to answering the hundreds of emails which have accumulated over the past week.
posted on Sunday, 17 June 2012
Today is my parents' actual wedding anniversary and with a lot of us recovering from last night (my main injuries are a sore throat from laughing so much and torn shoulders and some sort of burst...
posted on Saturday, 16 June 2012
This weekend is my parents' Ruby wedding anniversary so a trip over to France to celebrate it with them was in order.
posted on Friday, 15 June 2012
Today is my last day in Torquay, and my last day on a course with Frances Pickering.
posted on Thursday, 14 June 2012
Six hours of stitching until the early hours of today and I'm much happier with my cover.
posted on Wednesday, 13 June 2012
After sitting in my room for many hours last night drawing onto my cover I'm much happier with it as I head to class this morning.
posted on Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Today is the first day of my course with the lovely and talented Frances Pickering and we dive right in.
posted on Monday, 11 June 2012
I'm off to Torquay today to do a 4-day course with Frances Pickering on making a paper and fabric book.
posted on Sunday, 10 June 2012
A lot of cocktail people hate maraschino cherries but I adore them.
posted on Saturday, 09 June 2012
Back to beading today and unfortunately that means back to undoing work, being unhappy with work, being unsure about colour choices and the million other things which run through my head when working.
posted on Friday, 08 June 2012
Today I'm back to beading as well as writing up instructions for 2 projects.
posted on Thursday, 07 June 2012
Today my kit search brings me upon a kaleidoscope kit I bought recently in Cornwall.
posted on Wednesday, 06 June 2012
Today my hands just aren't playing ball and so beading is out of the question.
posted on Tuesday, 05 June 2012
Despite having many, many other things to finish beading I have a really strong urge to start something new and different today so out come my seed beads and my bicone crystals and I start playing...
posted on Monday, 04 June 2012
Todays visit to Southwold restored my faith in humanity and all that's good in the World. As it always does.
posted on Sunday, 03 June 2012
So, not only did I not realise that THIS weekend was the Queen's Jubilee (thus people I love would have extra days off which they could spend with ME and thus leaving it very late to book anywhere to...
posted on Friday, 01 June 2012
My new necklace for Beads & Beyond magazine is all done and the step-by-step pics all taken and on their way to the publisher.
posted on Thursday, 31 May 2012
My ankle braces have arrived and whilst I'm happy to notice a difference when wearing them, I am feeling a distinct gloom with the whole idea of them and the fact London is rainy and dark again.
posted on Tuesday, 29 May 2012
All my searching online for an apron the last few weeks got me thinking maybe I could make my own one. Then I remembered that I am completely incompetent at such things and perhaps I needed a lesson.
posted on Monday, 28 May 2012
Back in my workroom and answering emails, opening the post and sending out kits today.
posted on Sunday, 27 May 2012
Yesterday was a lovely day with the Worcestershire beaders teaching my Geometric Stars.
posted on Friday, 25 May 2012
After a day of beading away yesterday, today is our last day in Cornwall and the sun really has come out-just in time for us to leave anbd spend 4 hours in a non-sirconditioned car sitting in traffic.
posted on Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Another trip to St Ives today to see the tate and have a wander around.
posted on Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Today started well, with me treating myself to a podiatrist so my poor feet could become presentable for the summer.
posted on Monday, 21 May 2012
I wrote last year about my love for Porthleven so it's no surprise that top of my 'to-do list' for this holiday was a trip there.
posted on Sunday, 20 May 2012
A quiet day with just some beading and reading the Sunday papers so here are some more photos I took on my walk yesterday.
posted on Saturday, 19 May 2012
Today I went for my walk again and this time remembered to bring everything I need to take photos.
posted on Friday, 18 May 2012
I am not a natural-born photographer. The other day I went out, camera in hand, specifically to walk and take photos, and I left the battery plugged in at home in the charger.
posted on Thursday, 17 May 2012
Arrghh, I spoke too soon about my finger. It's nicely infected now but at least not so painful but I'm going to go slow on the beading just in case.
posted on Wednesday, 16 May 2012
More beading today, with lots of padded sticking tape acting as a temporary thimble to help my finger, and, after my prototype yesterday not working, I have decided to move onto something I know will...
posted on Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Back to beading today and I'm working on the clasp for my latest piece. I did plan to have a hidden clasp but have decided that it won't work.
posted on Monday, 14 May 2012
I started today all fired up to bead but had to have a day off after beading too much recently has hurt my finger.
posted on Sunday, 13 May 2012
One of the beading projects I have brought with me to Cornwall is a big, bold necklace with a dramatic geometric and crystal pendant.
posted on Saturday, 12 May 2012
Because there hasn't been nearly enough travelling in my life so far in 2012, I've headed out of London for 2 weeks to rest and recuperate in the hopefully very sunny Cornwall.
posted on Friday, 11 May 2012
Back to work today in my little workroom (oh how I missed it) and trying to find somewhere to store all the pieces that have begun arriving for the kit to accompany Contemporary Geometric Beadwork.
posted on Thursday, 10 May 2012
Today is my last day here and whilst it has gone far too quickly my body is crying out to return to a colder London.
posted on Wednesday, 09 May 2012
That's it, I'm done. The excessive heat (over 90 degress) the dust, the busyness and the late nights have worn me out. I wake up today knowing I am physically and mentally not up for anything.
posted on Tuesday, 08 May 2012
Today is busy from start to finish with the exhibition needing setting up and then the VIP opening taking place.
posted on Monday, 07 May 2012
Having flown so much this year and been in so many different time zones, and climates, my poor brain and body have given up trying to work out what day, time, month or season it is and instead are...
posted on Sunday, 06 May 2012
I'm heading back to Egypt today for the exhibition of work completed by all the students from the 4 different workshops organised by Azza Fahmy: Nubre.
posted on Saturday, 05 May 2012
...and its already started drawing a crowd.
posted on Friday, 04 May 2012
My latest star is finished and, after a trip to my local bead shop, hanging from a colourful strap.
posted on Thursday, 03 May 2012
I guess you know by now I sometimes bead triangles. That and stars are the main things I guess I'm 'known' for.
posted on Wednesday, 02 May 2012
I read this quote today from Charles Mingus: "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity".
posted on Tuesday, 01 May 2012
A lovely day today teaching my Geometric Stars and getting to see all the colour combinations created.
posted on Monday, 30 April 2012
I headed off to Torquay today to teach at Fab beads/ Beads For Beauty and whilst the 2 hour delay on the trains, due to flooding, meant my 3 hours train trip turned into a five hours one and I got...
posted on Sunday, 29 April 2012
I'm still busy working on book projects, this time a new version of my Geometric Secret pendants which uses larger beads and an extended shape, with a new pattern, resulting in a bigger pendant with...
posted on Saturday, 28 April 2012
Back home and back to the book- if you want your order to come with extra swag, including some previews and extra instructions which are going to start winging their way soon, then you need to...
posted on Friday, 27 April 2012
I headed off to Dorset today to teach at my Jaipuir Jewels projects at StitchnCraft Beads.
posted on Wednesday, 25 April 2012
My new bangle is done- how nice to finish a piece of beadwork in a few hours!
posted on Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Work is progressing behind the scenes on Contemporary Geometric Beadwork and if you want your order to come with extra swag then you have only another 6 days to order.
posted on Sunday, 22 April 2012
Tonight is the real reason we're here- a 12-course tasting menu at Viajante.
posted on Saturday, 21 April 2012
After our meal last night we're staying in Bethnal Green at the jaw-droppingly awesome Town Hall Hotel.
posted on Friday, 20 April 2012
The best thing about living in London is just how much there is always going on.
posted on Thursday, 19 April 2012
Just as I get my new project for Beads & Beyond all done their latest issue, with another project of mine in it, pops through my letter box- and very excitingly they've managed to photograph my...
posted on Wednesday, 18 April 2012
My latest piece for Beads & Beyond magazine is all done and ready to pop into the post.
posted on Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Today I not only finished my work room (I'm still not able to sleep with excitement- I hope the joy of it never wears off) but also my beaded hand picture for the exhibition in Egypt.
posted on Monday, 16 April 2012
I have two rivoli classes coming up soon, one is a private class with a bead group, but the other is a weekend workshop open to all at Missenden in Buckinghamshire.
posted on Saturday, 14 April 2012
I have a confession, for many years now I have envied others for their workrooms. I have coveted their sheds and longingly craved one of my own.
posted on Friday, 13 April 2012
It's been a busy week here at Missenden which has flown by in a whirl of increasing and decreasing. Everyone has worked really hard and here are a few of the pieces they've made.
posted on Thursday, 12 April 2012
Another day, another project with a huge crystal, except this one works!
posted on Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Having decided to put yesterdays experiments to bed for a while I've moved onto something I've been itching to bead for a long time- a new Rick Rack bangle.
posted on Tuesday, 10 April 2012
I've travelled to Buckinghamshire for a few days to teach at the lovely Great Missenden. The theme of the week is Geometric Beadwork and I plan on working everyone hard.
posted on Sunday, 08 April 2012
I wrote yesterday about producing work to set criteria and here is another example of me doing that.
posted on Saturday, 07 April 2012
I have written before about my feelings on people using others to make their work and today the subject comes up again both with a trip to see an exhibition of Damien Hirst's work at the Tate Modern...
posted on Friday, 06 April 2012
I've had a few projects I've been working on recently which I have kept secret, but today I realised I can show you one of them.
posted on Thursday, 05 April 2012
I have had an idea in my mind for a herringhbone rope with a beaded clasp for quite a while now and whilst I have pondered and slept on the design, working out all the kinks and problems I can think...
posted on Wednesday, 04 April 2012
Recently I was talking with someone about wearing jewellery and how I'm generally comfortable wearing anything no matter how large or bold, except for one brooch I bought a few years ago.
posted on Tuesday, 03 April 2012
I'm off teaching at Missenden Abbey next week and looking forward to a few days immersed in geometric beading.
posted on Monday, 02 April 2012
...for now at least, though I have at least 6 other beading projects I want to get done by the end of April. Hmm...
posted on Sunday, 01 April 2012
I've been quiet recently on the subject of the new book we're working on but rest assured that behind the scenes I'm working away.