Saturday, 9 August 2014

pellet beads

Good morning readers.  Today I've got a class at the Bead Shop Nottingham, and I realised I haven't shown pictures of what I made at my last class.

It was a class using pellet beads which are a new shaped bead from Preciosa.  We used them with twin beads.


My photos are pretty shocking I'm afraid, even with the lightbox.  This piece is so much more vibrant and pretty than this photo suggest!  We started by making the stars with a selection of twin beads, seed beads and pellet beads.  The plan was to make a pair of earrings, then a pendent.  Of course, I didn't want to make earrings so I made the necklace above with a lovely copper coloured pellet bead.



I then used blue beads to have a go at the bracelet that Steph had started as a class sample.  I was quite pleased that I actually got both pieces done in the class.  The only thing I haven't done is add a clasp to the bracelet, and writing this post now, I seem to remember that I still haven't done that!

I like working with the new shaped beads that seem to be popping up all over the place.  I bought some pips too, but haven't had a chance to play with them yet as the last week has been full of work and horrendous side effects from new medications, including an allergic reaction to one tablet that left me with what looks like a burn on my face.   

I also want to play with some O beads, but I haven't bought any yet until I use some of my existing stash!  Triangle seed beads are also on my list.  

What's no longer on my list is white chocolate as my lovely friend Margaret sent me the biggest bar of chocolate you have ever seen in your life!


Check out that big boy!  And no, it's no longer intact... She actually sent me this pretty little needle-book pattern that I'd admired on her blog and added the chocolate as a little extra.  Thank you Margaret, so very generous of you and very much appreciated.  Little gestures (or enormous gestures in this case!) like this are what makes the blogging community so special, arguments over Italian men notwithstanding.

13 comments:

Rachel said...

That is a huge block of chocolate - I hope it helps with bearing the allergic reaction!

Sandra :) said...

Cool new beads - I've never heard of any of them - the pips are particularly cute (and would make great watermelon seeds on an applique project, lol) :)

Shirlee Fassell said...

Great necklace . Thanks for the links for all the different types of beads as I was unfamiliar with them. Think I have to get me some O beads!

Pamela said...

What an interesting bead project!

Isn't Margaret sweet and generous? I've also stitch this - see my version of it - http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.jp/2013/08/pins-needles-finish.html?m=1

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Congratulations on your win. I thought Margaret must be from New Zealand because I recognise that chocolate. It's very yummy. Lucky for you that you can't just pop out and buy more because it is addictive.

Anita said...

Hi Wendy,
I love your beading and funny enough I have just decided to try some beading myself but with the perle cottons and wooden beads. Looks like fun.
Cheers, Anita.

Jane Galley said...

They're pretty. Hope you begin to feel better and enjoy playing with your new beads

Sarah in Stitches said...

So pretty! It sucks that your other bracelet broke in half while you were wearing it... Have you been able to fix it?

pennydog said...

Love the bracelet!!

Jo Ferguson said...

I'm a big fan of your beadwork. These two pieces are incredible. The necklace is exquisite and the bracelet is as yummy as the chocolate bar.

my way of... said...

Lovely necklace and bracelet !!

Angela FlowersMoore said...

Beautiful work. Maybe some day I will be this good.

Celtic Thistle said...

Love the bracelet, you need to get that clasp on it soon, so that you can be out there showing it off to all and sundry!

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