Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Blue Esther's Garden

The weather people say that we will be having some warm weather this coming Easter weekend.  That must have been on my mind when I taught Esther's Garden Bracelet this past weekend at the Garden of Beadin' in Bartonsville.  I decided to make my teaching version with two shades of blue seed beads instead of the plethora of spring colors that are in the pattern (you can see original here).

When I got it home (because with teaching I don't finish in class, mine is for demonstrating purposes), I saw some lucite flowers on my beading table.  I decided that I would add those to the center instead of just the little seed beads accents.

I used two sizes, 6mm flowers and 7x12 mm flowers.  These I got from Shipwreck Beads.  I anchored the 7x12 mm flower with a cream colored 4 mm bead and a seed bead.  You can see in the bottom photo how I arranged the flowers with a small seed bead picot for accent in between.

Now I am already to get my spring/summer wardrobe out of the closet!!

Monday, March 22, 2010


It has been absolutely beautiful here the past week or so and this weekend was no exception.  I am just so ready for warm weather to be here!  It was so nice to be able to be outside without a coat and go for a bike ride with my family.  I know that things will start to turn green here soon as the buds are out on the trees.

I don't know about you but my jewelry tends to be seasonal.  There are some things that I wear with my fall/winter wardrobe and some that I wear with my spring/summer.  I thought I would share a few of my "spring/summer" wear with you.

This one is called Jelly Bean Pie.  Awhile back I participated in a Designer's Challenge where group members sent in names for a project and it was up to us to pick one and design a piece of jewelry for it.  This was one of those pieces.

It was really fun to take the name and see where it took you.

Here are two others from that challenge as well.

This one is called Waterfall Wonders. 

I love the way that it dangles and have so much free movement when worn.

Another from the challenge was this project called Indian Princess.  I combined different stitches for this project.  This one has a special place in my heart as it reminds me of when I was part of the YMCA's Indian Princess program with my dad.  I have such fond memories of the things that we did together as part of it.

Last but not least is a fun bracelet that I named after my niece, Esther's Garden Bracelet.  It is a fun, whimsical bracelet with lots of dangles.  I included a picture of how it looks when worn.  It is just one of those fun, easy projects that just reminds me of spring. 
Well I hope that these projects have given you some spring inspiration!!!

Have a wonderful day today!!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Magdala Necklace

The Magdala necklace is another in my experiments with right angle weave.  I love the combination of right angle weave with net weave.

This necklace is very versatile depending on the colors it is made in.  With the navy pearls, I think that it has a very dramatic look.  If you made it with a light pearl and a soft rose seed bead, it would have a soft feminine look.

One of my favorite things about beading is how when you make the same pattern in different colorways how different the results can be.  This is also one of my favorite parts of teaching.  At the store that I teach, everyone chooses their own colors for the same pattern and it is so fun at the end of the class to see the different variations of the same pattern.

Bead Happy! ~Nancy

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Having some fun

I love to teach.  There is something so fulfilling about seeing a student grasp a beading concept and just run with it.  I have had the privilege to teach at the Garden of Beadin' in Bartonsville for about 2 years or so now.  I truly enjoy it.  Many of my students I count as friends and I look forward to seeing them in class and hearing how things are going.  Here are a couple of the projects that we have done in the past couple months, these are the colorways that I did in the process of teaching the class.  I have to remember to take my camera with me to class next time to share their beautiful work with you as well.

Golden Shadow (I wanted a bracelet to wear with my Troika necklace):

Upsy Daisy:

Farfall-ing Bracelet:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bead Trends - Midnight Muse

I am so excited to share with you that one of my necklaces has been featured in this month's Bead Trends magazine.  This necklace is the necklace that I created for the Use the Muse Challenge II and then suspended the fabulous Lilly Pie donut muse from.  It was fun to mix up beadweaving with the ribbon and a beaded strand.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Farfall-ing Bracelet

My local bead store, the Garden of Beadin' in Bartonsville, PA, got these fabulous new beads in called "Farfalle" beads.  I love the shape of them.  They are butterfly shaped with a hole in the middle and they stack together to create dimension in your work.  I made up this fast and fun bracelet with them.
It has a wonderful weight to it when worn and it just sparkles!!  This is another one of those that I have already made several of in different color combinations.

If you are in the Northeast region, I will be teaching this bracelet this weekend (March 6) at the Garden of Beadin'.  You can call the store for more details at (570) 426-9168.