Thursday, July 28, 2011

Aisling Necklace

I was visiting different websites awhile back and was admiring how a bracelet was constructed.  It was a way that I hadn't tried before.  I am so sorry that I cannot remember which website that it was because it was the inspiration for a few new designs for me.  What I created is in no way like the piece that I saw but it inspired me to play with my beads in a different way.  This necklace is one of the designs that came out that time of playing.

What I love about this necklace is its dimensionality.  It is hard to see in the pictures but the centers where the cream beads are along the chain and pendant are raised.  This makes for a very interesting weave.  The other aspect that I love is the sparkle from the pear teardrops.  I have been eyeing up all sorts of fun top-drilled teardrops at my local bead store to experiment with in this necklace.  Later this fall I will be teaching this necklace.  I can't wait to see what my students will come up with colorwise.

I had my husband snap a couple of pictures of me wearing the necklace.  (I should have chosen a better top to show it off)  I can tell that I will wear this a lot this winter with my higher necked shirts!!

I have finally been getting back on the designing bandwagon.  I went through quite a dry spell this year between our schedule and some other issues.  It feels so good to get the beads back in my hands and feel ideas happening.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at what I have been up to.

The pattern for this necklace is available at A Beadaful World and at NLP Bead Design.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cherish Bracelet

When I taught this class I purposely picked an odd collection of colors.  It wasn't though until they were together that you could see how they worked together.  In a lot of ways, this bracelet reminds me of a stained glass window with all its colors working together. (Click photo to enlarge)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Elpseth's Collar

As I have mentioned, my Elspeth's Collar was featured in the June/July Beadwork.  I had a lot of fun teaching the pattern at the Garden of Beadin'.  This is a very comfortable collar-style necklace to wear.  I made this one in class to demonstrate with.   I love browns and pinkish reds together.  It is very vintage looking.

 I hope you come back to see more designs reinvented with new and fresh colors!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Canterbury Bracelet

Here is another remake of a pattern I love. The Canterbury bracelet is such a delicate bracelet that works up in a short time frame.  These two soft purple bracelets were made during a class at the Garden of Beadin' a few months ago.  There are so many options available for this pattern by alternating different colors in the rows.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Magdala Bracelet

The second bracelet that was featured in the current issue of Beadwork is the Magdala bracelet.  I love the whimsical laciness of this bracelet.  The side remind me of fretwork on old Victorian houses.  There is a kit available for the blue version of this bracelet at A Beadaful World.

Later this month I will be teaching a companion necklace to this bracelet at The Bead Hive in Coopersburg.  I would love to have you join us.  You can go to the "Classes" tab at the top for the store's phone number and more information.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Radiance Bracelet

The latest issue of Beadwork is out.  I have two pieces that have been featured in this issue.  I will share them over two posts.  The first is the Radiance bracelet.  This is a component bracelet that comes together nicely.  It is full of sparkle!  I have kits available for the gray and blue versions shown below.  They are available at A Beadaful World.
Radiance Bracelet

I made a companion necklace to go with it. The pendant has a unique layering to the components.  The strap is a fun  lacy chain.  It is called Radiance as well.  The pattern is available at A Beadaful World or at NLP Bead Design