Blog Archive » 2012 » April - June

Spicy Spirals

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.

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Pentagon Bangle Finished

I think I have now beaded all my projects for the book- phew.

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One Of Those Days

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.

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Always Onward

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...

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Knitting And Pentagoning

Back home and busy working away on my pentagon bangle (which will be a project in Contemporary Geometric Beadwork) and also pondering my knitting.

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Glen Gallery Crafts Day Two

About once a year I convince myself that if I just try again I'll be able to knit. Yesterday was that day.

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Glen Gallery Crafts Day One

Yesterday I flew to Belfast, Northern Ireland for 2 days of teaching at the Lovely Glen Gallery Crafts.

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New Materials Packs Available

Phew newsletter written and on its way and 5 new materials packs addd to my kits page- it's been a busy few days!

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More Kit Preparation

Today is similar to yesterday with emails, photos and kit packing and planning.

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Kit Preparation

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.

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The Work Of Frances Pickering

I'm back home, back to work and back to answering the hundreds of emails which have accumulated over the past week.

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40 Years Ago Today

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...

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Ruby Wedding Anniversary

This weekend is my parents' Ruby wedding anniversary so a trip over to France to celebrate it with them was in order.

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Frances Pickering Course 2012-Day 4

Today is my last day in Torquay, and my last day on a course with Frances Pickering.

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Frances Pickering Course 2012-Day 3

Six hours of stitching until the early hours of today and I'm much happier with my cover.

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Frances Pickering Course 2012-Day 2

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.

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Frances Pickering Course 2012-Day 1

Today is the first day of my course with the lovely and talented Frances Pickering and we dive right in.

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Rolling Onwards

I'm off to Torquay today to do a 4-day course with Frances Pickering on making a paper and fabric book.

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If Life Gives You Cherries...

A lot of cocktail people hate maraschino cherries but I adore them.

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The Reality Of Beading...

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.

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I Wish I was A Dalmation

Today I'm back to beading as well as writing up instructions for 2 projects.

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Kaleidoscope Kit

Today my kit search brings me upon a kaleidoscope kit I bought recently in Cornwall.

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Floral Fun

Today my hands just aren't playing ball and so beading is out of the question.

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Naughty New Project

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...

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Thank you Southwold!

Todays visit to Southwold restored my faith in humanity and all that's good in the World. As it always does.

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No Jubilee Spirit In Felixstowe

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...

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Dots All Done

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.

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Dots All Around

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.

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A Is For Another Apron

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.

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A Is For Apron, B Is For Beads, C Is For Copper

Back in my workroom and answering emails, opening the post and sending out kits today.

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Feathers And Fun

Yesterday was a lovely day with the Worcestershire beaders teaching my Geometric Stars.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 14

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.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 12

Another trip to St Ives today to see the tate and have a wander around.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 11

Today started well, with me treating myself to a podiatrist so my poor feet could become presentable for the summer.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 10

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.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 9

A quiet day with just some beading and reading the Sunday papers so here are some more photos I took on my walk yesterday.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 8

Today I went for my walk again and this time remembered to bring everything I need to take photos.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 7

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.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 6

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.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 5

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...

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Cornwall 2012-Day 4

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.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 3

I started today all fired up to bead but had to have a day off after beading too much recently has hurt my finger.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 2

One of the beading projects I have brought with me to Cornwall is a big, bold necklace with a dramatic geometric and crystal pendant.

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Cornwall 2012-Day 1

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.

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Back To Reality And Exciting Deliveries

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.

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Cairo-Returning Home

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.

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Cairo- Recovering From The Exhibition

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.

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Cairo- Day Of The Exhibiton

Today is busy from start to finish with the exhibition needing setting up and then the VIP opening taking place.

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Cairo- Getting Ready

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...

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Back To Egypt

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.

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Rick Rack Completed...

...and its already started drawing a crowd.

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Ribbons And Stars

My latest star is finished and, after a trip to my local bead shop, hanging from a colourful strap.

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Triangular Love

I guess you know by now I sometimes bead triangles. That and stars are the main things I guess I'm 'known' for.

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Keep It Simple Stupid

I read this quote today from Charles Mingus: "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity".

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Torquay Tour

A lovely day today teaching my Geometric Stars and getting to see all the colour combinations created.

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Trains And Rain

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...

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Mixing And Matching

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...

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Rick-Rack-A-Go-Go

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...

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New Projects And Products

I headed off to Dorset today to teach at my Jaipuir Jewels projects at StitchnCraft Beads.

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Bangles, Beads And Beginnings

My new bangle is done- how nice to finish a piece of beadwork in a few hours!

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Covering All Bases

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.

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Viajante times 17

Tonight is the real reason we're here- a 12-course tasting menu at Viajante.

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Busy Of Bethnal Green

After our meal last night we're staying in Bethnal Green at the jaw-droppingly awesome Town Hall Hotel.

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Spring Fling

The best thing about living in London is just how much there is always going on.

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In Print

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...

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Spiced Spirals

My latest piece for Beads & Beyond magazine is all done and ready to pop into the post.

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Lots Of Finishing

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.

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More Rivoli Delights

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.

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Workroom In Progress

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.

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This Week's Progress

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.

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Finally!

Another day, another project with a huge crystal, except this one works!

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Rick Rack

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.

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Trying Hard

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.

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More Herringbone Experimentation

I wrote yesterday about producing work to set criteria and here is another example of me doing that.

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The Art Of Not Making It Yourself

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...

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Coming Out Of Hiding

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.

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Herringbone Experiments

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...

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Paths And Remembrances

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.

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Some More Jaipur Jewels

I'm off teaching at Missenden Abbey next week and looking forward to a few days immersed in geometric beading.

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Back To The Hand...

...for now at least, though I have at least 6 other beading projects I want to get done by the end of April. Hmm...

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Always Progressing

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.

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