I have been looking at the new Kheops Par Puca beads recently. I’ve seen some fascinating designs with them on Etsy and Facebook, but what prompted me to go an order them was a competition, run by The Beadsmith, on their facebook page, to show new designs using the Kheops beads.
So, while I’m waiting to hear about the book, and putting the brakes on it for a little while, and meaning to come up with some more new designs for tutorials, I ordered those little triangles, and waited with anticipation for them to arrive.
Kheops Par Puca are gorgeous little Czech glass beads in a triangle shape with two holes running through them. On one side, you can see both holes, and these hole exit one on each of the other two sides. This makes them a little bit challenging to work out designs that can use them and where the thread can run and so on. So I thought I’d start with a fairly simple bracelet. I got confused and had them all the wrong way round, but…I had got the ‘feel’ of them.
So I began with the same SuperDuo foundation as my Louisa necklace, and just worked from there. I produced a whole collar, but ran out of the Kheops, but decided to use the same design in a bib necklace. Here it is. I’m really pleased with it, and will be making one in black and gold once the next order of beads arrives.
So in the meantime, I have entered it into the competition, and it has been really well received. In 12 hours, 18 shares and dozens of ‘likes’ on it since it was added to The Beadsmith’s page. Even Ella Des, a fabulous designer who, although she doesn't know it, gave me so much inspiration in the early days, complimented it, and for me that is one hell of a compliment. Lots are asking for a tutorial, and it is in the pipeline, but for now I want to put more new designs out there in the competition. There will be one very soon though.
We have some rather wonderful spring weather going on right now. It really does cheer to soul to see the natural world waking me up again. I went for a walk a few days ago in the woods nearby, and found a carpet of wood anemones, and the bluebells beginning to flower already. Leaves are breaking open on the trees and insects are buzzing around. The sound of birdsong fills the air, with the summer migrants arriving, such as the Chiffchaff and blackcap all adding to the dawn chorus that is currently waking me up at about 4am.
I absolutely love recording the changes in the woods through the seasons, and it has long been my ambition to take a photo from the same spot on the first of each month, regardless of the weather. Always something happens to prevent me from doing so, but I will one day. However when I am in the woods, I usually try to take photos from the same spot, so I have built up a collection over the years. Just as well as some of the trees were badly damaged or even felled during the winter storms of 2013/14.
So what about the book? Not much to tell, except that it was presented at the London Book Fair last week, and was well received. That’s all we can say for now. I have been working up the projects ready for the word ‘go!’, or in preparation for a new batch of tutorials if the word is ‘no!’. Always have a plan B.
So I had a new pair of earrings ready for a new tutorial on the back of one of the projects, but unfortunately, (or fortunately), I’ve had to add them to the book now as a pendant I was working on just cannot be done without trying either other beads, which won’t fit with the chapter, or doing something that has already been done. So I’ve admitted defeat on that one, and will work on that design for a tutorial later. The earrings are gorgeous though, I’m really pleased with them.
I caught sight of a competition on facebook, using Kheops Par Puca beads. These are triangular two-holed beads, and I’ve not worked with them yet. I liked the idea of the competition though, because even if I don’t win, I gain much needed publicity for Iceni Bead Design…so I put in an order yesterday, and will be working with them when they arrive tomorrow. I WILL be able to show you the results as soon as I have them, and there will be tutorials to go with them.
I hope everyone had a happy Easter weekend. The weather here in Norwich wasn’t great but it stayed dry.
It’s lovely to hear the birds singing, waiting to hear the summer migrants come in. I’ve usually heard the chiffchaffs and blackcaps by now, but they seem to be late this year.
So, I finished the first section of the book, with some gorgeous projects, and I am so pleased. I only wish I could show them now, but all in good time. I promise, they are fantastic.
While I was waiting for my beads to arrive for the next section, especially lots of lovely sparkly rivolis, I was at a loose end. Keeping up the writing discipline, I kept working over the weekend, and soon found myself with a gorgeous pendant I almost gave up on. The Silky Moonlight Pendant.
As I was making this up, the beads kept twisting and bending and I was getting most frustrated with it, until I noticed the twists and bends were all in the same direction. I put the pendant down and took a step back…literally…and I liked it! It was even, shaped, had texture and gave the appearance of layers.
So after modifying the outlining 15° beads a bit, this is the result. I just love that purple with the lustered pink silky beads!
I made another in blue, and I’m equally pleased with this one, and so we have a new tutorial for you.
I said I had come up with a couple of designs for tutorials, besides the projects I’ve managed to put together for the book. I was really pleased with them all, especially these earrings. I worked these up quite by accident, in that I was working out how to capture a bead within a circle of seed beads without using brick stitch. I’d seen someone else do something similar around large pearls, and as I have a bunch of 10mm pearls waiting to be used up, I decided to experiment a little.
Now, I’ll confess at this point I was actually being distracted from working on the pendant. I’d made a sample which needed modifying, and while working on the drawings the moment of distraction came. So while the weather turned unusually wild outside, with gales, thunder, lightning and rain coming down so hard I couldn’t see across the road, I made the earrings up.
So, I began by making a circle of SuperDuos and seed beads, and worked from there. What pleased me most about these is the way the four points turn back slightly, almost gently hugging the pearl, so there’s great shape and form to the earrings too. With four points, what else could I call them but ‘Quattro’?
Then there is the Tudor Rose Pendant. I wanted to make a bezel around a rivoli with bi-bo beads (who on earth thought of that name?) I got that right first time, then it was just a case of building up the pendant, which actually looks a bit like a Tudor Rose. Now having been designed within a couple of days of the re-burial of Richard III, I thought it was appropriate (though I think I should have called it the Lancaster Rose). Lots of netting in this one, but I think it works well.
Another new design is a bracelet made with Silky beads and bicones with SuperDuos. A simple one here, though as with any Silky Bead design, you have to watch which way around your Silky beads are facing when you thread them. I won’t tell you the number of times I got that wrong. I really do need to order more bicones now, very short of any range of colours in those, but for now, I need to keep money back for ordering beads for the book projects.
Talking of which. I’ve almost completed the projects for the first section, including stage samples for photography. The sample spreads are almost done, and the synopsis has been corrected. I’m told the jacket for the book is fabulous. The actual words were ‘ …the jacket will blow your socks off, you’re gonna love it!’ Disappointingly when they sent the synopsis back to me for approval, all laid out…all I got was a black square where the jacket will be. It’s only a few days before the London Book Fair so they should be done any time now.
None of these new projects will be in the book, these are designs I came up with while designing the book projects, except the earrings. There are more to come too.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.