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.