Here’s another new design, the Zahira necklace. It almost has a Greek feel too it, with the individual units reminding me of the Parthenon. I already had the name Zahira for it, so it’s stuck.
Made with Czechmates tile beads, it has a fairly wide foundation, in that there are two layers of SuperDuos and a layer of tiles, but the overall design is versatile enough to make a bib necklace, a full collar, or spread the units out a little. Because it is made with the foundation SuperDuos first, where and how you add the Tiles, pearls and remaining SuperDuos is entirely up to you.
We’re just edging into summer here, but I love these autumnal colours of reds, golds and coppers in the full necklace, and the blues and mint greens of the bib version brings to mind the deep blues and greens of the sea.
I also had a very pleasant surprise last week when one of my best customers, who runs a bead shop in Chesapeake, USA, bought my Luxor tutorial ready for her teaching program in the autumn. She always makes them up first and she sent me a photo of the result, laid over the printout of my tutorial, and I have to say, I love what she's done with it. I wanted to make a black and gold version but didn't get around to it, but this red and black is just perfect.
So there I was trying to get together some more designs using Kheops®Par Puca® beads, rummaging through my stash, when I noticed I had some Silky beads, Superduos and 'O' beads in the same colours, my favourite pastel mauve. Now I love black and purple, so I put together this bracelet using that very combination, with black Kheops®
I’ve had to use a two-needle method again. I’m not a big fan of two-needle beading, I find it confusing, but it’s worth it when you’re working on the entire length of the bracelet, and where the beads are such a shape that there is no way to anchor them or tie them securely using a single needle.
I made one with green and white, another colour combo I like, but this time I matched (almost) the Kheops and the Silkys, while the seed beads and SuperDuos are white. It gives a completely different look.
For the second new tutorial, I decided to use a similar pattern, but this time using Kheops and SuperDuos on opposite sides. This creates a more zig-zag feel to the bracelet, and to avoid waving, I used less 'O' beads. Again, different colour combinations created a different effect and I’m really pleased with both of these bracelet.
I’ve also been messing about with photography, finally finding a way of softening the focus in Gimp. So I’ve been out and about collecting flower photos to play with. Here’s some blossom I took last week, before I sprained the ligaments in my knee. Not bad for a point and shoot digital eh?
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.