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 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 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 perhaps inspire you.

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.