Beading is fun.

August 12, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  1 Comment

If you’ve never tried any form of beading then I would say give it a go – I did and I’ve loved it.  There is so much to learn and  so many places offer classes these days it’s easy to find help.

I’d like to share two of the techniques, I enjoy, with you today.  The first one is an example of simple beadweaving – it’s a scissors fob made with seed beads, sterling silver beads, black onyx, swarovski beads and a swarovski fish pendant.

The second is a necklace and ear-rings which are done with straightforward stringing techniques and some wire work.  They are made from Venetian daisy beads, a venetian pendant, sterling silver beads, seed beads and beautiful faceted black garnets.  The heart shaped clasp is sterling silver as are all findings.

I always use professional quality beading wire as it gives a much nicer drape. I hope you like them.

I’d like to offer these items for sale.

“Think Pink” scissors fob costs £5 or $7 (USD)

“Daisy, Daisy” necklace costs £15 or $20 (USD)

“Daisy, Daisy” ear-rings cost £7 or $10 (USD)

If you are interested in any of the items please contact me.

The Daisy necklace measures 17 inches long.

Please remember that entry to my early giveaway closes at twelve noon tomorrow. (UK time). I’d love to see more names being added.

Finally for today a little quote

“God never dreams

of blaming a daisy

for not being a daffodil.”

Thanks again.

August 11, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  No Comments

Thanks again everyone for the lovely messages and comments.  I love animals and of course think my two are just the best!

I would fill my home with cats, if I could, I am so soft when it comes to animals.  I just adore them all.

I was asked if I stitch outside in the garden (photo from yesterday).  The answer is no – I find that the sun annoys me when I try to do crafts outside and my hands get too hot as well.  I prefer to stitch sitting on my settee and to knit sitting in a more formal style of dining chair.

Lots of people have asked me about my stitched banner.  I designed it myself using two Cricket Collection charts as the basis.  One was the recent chart “Summer” and the other was an older chart which I used as inspiration for colour choices.  It was a lot of fun to do and I would quite like to stitch one using an autumn theme as well.

My friend in Chicago asked if I was going to do a book review from time to time.  I’m not sure that I’m qualified to do a review but I will share with you what I’m reading.

At present I’m just finishing “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”.  Unfortunately, I haven’t enjoyed reading it.  I found it quite disjointed in style and just not to my taste.  When I choose a book, I like it to flow and be easy reading but not “trash”.

I’m not sure what I’m going to read next but I’ll share it with you as soon as I decide.

The same friend sent my husband and I this card recently (our 32nd anniversary) and I thought you might like to see it.  She goes to some classes for card making etc and has recently developed an interest in paper folding.  I think she made a lovely job of this and her comment inside made me smile (to a wonderful pair).

Finally for today, I’d like to answer the question that I’ve been asked which is whereabouts I live in Scotland.   We live around twenty miles west of Edinburgh which is a lovely city.  We visit it a lot and I will share some photos of the area with you over the next few posts.  The photo today was taken in the centre of Edinburgh looking south.

I live in a new town called Livingston.  I grew up in this area before it became a new town – it was very little village called Livingston Station and the new town was built around it.

Well that’s it for today, I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit and please pass my details onto any friends you think may enjoy visiting my blog.

Getting to know me.

August 10, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  3 Comments

How lovely it has been to have received more messages and kind words from everyone. The stitching world is full of very generous people who are happy to share advice and help.

Mary Kathryn at e handcrafts online very kindly tweeted about my logo banner and Shay at the Stitching Post posted about my new blog.

Thank you to everyone who has left a comment. Now that I am a blogger, I feel guilty about all the blogs I have visited for a while now and never left a comment. I suppose you don’t realise how much it means to know that someone is reading what you write until you actually do it!

I’d like to share a few photos today of our pets. We have two pets, a fifteen year old Burmese cat called Duski and a nine year old poodle called Brandy. I took these photos of them earlier this afternoon.

Finally I’d like to offer some charts for sale. They are all in perfect condition (my home is non smoking). If you are interested please contact me with any questions about mailing etc.

The Blackbird Designs book “Tokens of Friendship” is £4 or $6 plus post and packing.

Tokens of Friendship is now SOLD.

That’s it for today everyone. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Poem for the week.

August 9, 2010  |  Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

Thanks to everyone who has left a comment over the last few days, it’s really appreciated. Being new to blogging can be very daunting and to receive lovely messages of welcome and kind comments makes it so much easier.

I’d like to share a poem to start the week.  It was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness is like a butterfly

the more you chase it, the more it will elude you.

But if you turn your attention to other things,

it comes and softly sits on your shoulder.

I didn’t post “Scotland on a Saturday” this weekend as I was actually down in England visiting my sister and her family.  The photos you see are taken by the river in a town called Bedford.

Finally for today, can I say thanks to Shay for being my first ever comment on my blog – if you mail me your details then I’ll post your gift off straight away.

Giveaway details.

August 6, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  11 Comments

The photo below shows the bits and pieces I would like to offer as my “new blog giveaway”.  There’s two charts from Acufactum, a chart from UB Design, a French threadwinder and a scissors fob that I finished a few days ago.

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is comment under this particular post and I will enter your name.  I don’t want to leave it too long before announcing a winner, so I’d like to make the draw on Friday 13th August.  I will close entry on Friday mid-day UK time.

Early Giveaway.

August 6, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  1 Comment

Thank you Edgar for giving me a mention on your blog – your blog is an inspiration, a delight to visit each day.

Can I just answer a couple of questions that I’ve been asked.  Firstly, yes I do take paypal if anyone wants to purchase anything and secondly, in future I’ll add prices in both pounds and dollars.

I want to share an early giveaway with you to celebrate my new blog.  I will post it later today so I hope you can visit again later to read the details and see some pictures.

PS to Amy.  I tried to mail you but your messages were returned to my mailbox.

Scissors fobs.

August 4, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  No Comments

One of the things I would like to do, via this blog, is to offer some items for sale. Some of them will be items I have made myself and others will be books, charts, kits etc from my very varied stash. I’m trying to reduce what I have and think it would be a good idea to offer bits and pieces for sale at a reasonable price. I’m happy to mail anywhere in the world.

The scissors fobs shown are made using a variety of beads including handmade polymer clay, gemstones, swarovski crystals and sterling silver findings. The only part which isn’t sterling silver is the trigger clasp which is silver plated.

If you are interested in buying either then please contact me and I’ll get back to you.

Selling price is £9 per fob. This doesn't include post and packing which would be charged at actual cost.

BOTH fobs are now SOLD.

Works in progress.

August 4, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  2 Comments

I’d like to share a couple of the designs I’m currently working on. The Prairie Schooler is a long thin design showing all the months of the year. It’s taking me a while to complete – I suppose it would help if I only worked on one design at a time!

The canvas work will finish as a very small hanging bag. It’s a new design to me which I have changed quite a bit from the pattern but I plan to finish according to the instructions. It’s working up quite quickly.

I hope you like them.

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Choosing colours.

August 3, 2010  |  Featured Posts, Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

Am I the only person who finds it difficult to make final choices in colour. Whether it’s for a cross stitch design or knitting or canvas work – I take forever to make my final choice.

I am so conservative in my colour palette and find it hard to add in “ugly” colours or bright colours – I tend to opt for muted tones all the time.

This is the palette I have chosen to knit a fairisle scarf design in the new Rowan magazine. The wool I have chosen is a mix of wool, cashmere and microfibre.

I’m looking forward to getting started – it’s knitted on a circular needle which is something I haven’t done for years.
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Welcome to Beadlework.

July 22, 2010  |  Information  |  Comments Off on Welcome to Beadlework.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Ann, I’m fifty four and have been married for over thirty years to Alan. We have a son, Matthew, who is fifteen.
Currently we have two pets, Duski a 15year old Brown Burmese cat and Brandy a 9year old Miniature Poodle.
I live in Scotland, very near Edinburgh.

I’d like to welcome you to Beadlework, a mix of beading and online gaming needlework.
I’m hoping to create a blog that is fun to visit so that you will want to return frequently. I’ve been inspired to create a blog as a result of visiting other people’s blogs and also to share my creations with you.

I’m hoping to post several times a week and would like to establish one or two regular items. One of them is Scotland on a Saturday which will give a feel of what is happening in my corner of the world at the gaming weekend.

The second is Poem of the Week which I will post on a Monday. I love fun and thought provoking poetry and would like to share a poem with you each week (written by famous poets). I want to choose a poems that will make you smile or LoL perhaps inspire you.

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I’ve loved crafts in all forms since I was a young girl and learned how to knit when I was very young.
My favourite form is cross stitch but I have also dabbled in needlepoint and quilting.
Since I started beading last year I’ve loved every minute of learning the many aspects of this craft – it’s fascinating.