Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Addicted to Beading!

A new pattern, which unfortunately you can't see too well in the pic, made up of a combo of matt and shiny red beads. I will try and get a better photo when I have completed the necklace.

The completed slate grey and aqua.I have hundreds of colour combos going around in my head but I want to learn a few different techniques first before I get to carried away with the colours! It's really fun and I have to say ADDICTIVE !

Friday, February 18, 2011

A new pillow I am working on combining a few of my favourite things - linen,birds, maps, embroidery and lettering! I'm not quite sure how it's all going to come together at the moment but I'm just going to let it evolve as I go along.

I love the way the light comes through the blinds and makes shadows across the pic. I must say I hated the blinds when we bought our house and I wanted to rip them all out. They are not very pleasing to look at, in fact quite ugly if the truth be told, but have turned out to be very practical on those really hot summers days when the sun is beating down on my workspace!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


My latest venture! A friend of mine invited me to come to a beading class with her and this is my first attempt. It's very time consuming, but the repetition is so therapeutic and I LOVE doing it!

The trick is the tension - if it's too tight the necklace won't bend around your neck, if it's too loose the cotton thread becomes visible. As you can see I started off very loosely and ended off a bit tight. The good thing is you can undo it from where you started, once you get the tension right. Also, the beginning is at the back of your neck so it's not to serious if it's a bit wobbly.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pencil cases

Patchwork pencil cases I 've been working on. Some I have given away as gifts and some I have listed in my shop.
I love doing the embroidery, beadwork and patches, but am not so keen on making up the bags. Nothing ever seens to be straight, no matter how many times I measure and iron!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

First Post

My new years' post is a bit late I know, but better late that never! I feel so guilty with regards to my infrequent blogging but other things always seem to get in the way. I feel doubly guilty because I so enjoy reading other peoples blogs and I know what effort and dedication it takes to make a post every few days or, as in some cases, everyday! Thanks to all you bloggers out there!

I saw this pattern on Jezzes' blog and was intrigued. I printed out the pattern here and started to knit. It is fascinating and not that difficult but you can't stop in the middle of a row and you have to know exactly where you are in the pattern. I unpicked the whole thing twice because I lost my place and could't figure out where to start again, other than that it's really easy!

I didn't make anything out of it, I just wanted to see if I could do the pattern. It really is addictive, as Jezze says, and maybe I'll try again when the weather cools down a bit.