“Modesty 1”

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Another bead embroidered pendant, “Modesty 1” seemed so sweet and contained that I kept thinking about virgin princesses with beautiful unicorns (and other such unusually pure things) and I had to put some sort of name to it that reflected my strange thoughts of purity  ;-).

modesty-1I created this in whites, golds and soft copper beads that swirl around an opaque white stone. A few pearls with a delicate pink tone help contain this centre focus, while a few strands of beads bind it in a protective embrace.

I really like this piece, it has a softness that sort of surprised me.

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Bracelets Galore!

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I have been needle weaving bracelets galore! I find this a relaxing and meditative activity not in part because every design I do is improvised and therefore completely unique. I invent them as I do them, which means sometimes I have to undo something that really isn’t working or drastically change the concept as I’m working on the bracelet.

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“Blues Weave”

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“Golden Tangerine”

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“Blue on Blue”

This makes it so much fun for me. I never know what’s going to happen or what the piece will look like until it is “finished”. You can be certain that every bracelet is one of a kind.

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“Seashore”, “Beaded Bead in Silver” and “Brown Ombre”

You can see in the photo above the ‘Beaded Bead” where I created a tube in circulat peyote stitch and then made a slightly larger and shorter one as a “bead” that was slid onto it. With some added beads onto the silver, smaller tube to prevent the large “bead” from sliding off, I then finished the piece with a beaded chain and loop closure. This was a design that created itself in a way as I had no idea of what it would look like until I had finished it. What a fun process!

Winter’s Edge 1

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This new pendant is big and beautiful, like winter! It’s called “Winter’s Edge 1″ and is a suede backed bead embroidery with an opaque white centre stone. It has delicate fringes and an overall swirl design that is reminiscent of an early snowfall. This beautiful pendant measures 13cm long by 6cm wide ( 5-1/2′ x 2-1/4”).

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Winter’s Edge 1

Naughty But Nice

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Here’s a pair of red and black pasties I made for a burlesque performer pal. Simple bead and sequin work. I used a dark mauve instead of black beads with black sequins – and in patterns that would have made sense to match the sequin colours – in order to lighten the look and tie the black and red together a bit more. I think it was successful! These pasties are constructed on a light buckram base for strength and backed with flexible glue, so that they are not too stiff or heavy. The backing also holds the double sided tape that keeps them attached really well, which is a very important aspect of this kind of adornment!

Red and Black Pasties for Amphora

Red and Black Pasties for Amphora

The pattern on these pasties is subtle – the performer told me what her act and costuming was going to be so I knew these would need to be interesting in action, not upon contemplation. They needed to catch light in a glimmering way, to be “just enough”, not overwhelming.

Sage Handbag with Pearly Beaded Applique

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I made this applique then found the perfect colour and size handbag to put it on.The soft green background made it hard to find just the right item to bring out the pastel colour.

When creating the applique, I wanted to experiment with a suspended pendant pearl and I think it turned out really well. The open section of the heart shape is a perfect place for a pearl!

It needed something to pull it and the bag together so I added a little spray of beaded fringe to the bottom of the heart.

Sage Heart Handbag

Sage Heart Handbag


Once the applique was on the bag, I thought it needed a little more to tie it to it’s background, so a few gold and amber crystals were added to the bag to keep the bling going!
Sage Heart Handbag

Sage Heart Handbag

Sand Coloured Cuff

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I called this piece “Sand Coloured” because the hues reminded me of a very close-up photo of beach sand, how it is so full of soft multi colours and water worn shapes. The main focus of the piece is the stone rectangles, perpendicular to the opened cuff, with backstitched beads and bugles flowing around the stones. The outside edge of the cuff itself has soft waves, spiral edged with more beads.

"Sand Colours" Cuff Closed

“Sand Colours” Cuff Closed

The cuff is backed with soft faux suede and closes with two snaps. The snaps keep it in place so nicely, not too tight but not wiggly. This is so comfortable to wear that I forget it is on – until I see it!

"Sand Colours" Cuff

“Sand Colours” Cuff

Sage Green Handbag with Heart Applique

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This is little handbag that I spiced up with a lovely applique. The appliques is on a very soft green satin background and is embellished with glass beads, sequins, faux pearls and amber crystals. A large teardrop pearl is suspended between the upper lobes of the heart on a beaded strand. A spray of fringe springs from the bottom tip of the heard. A sprinkling of a bronze and amber crystals surround the heart and tie the sage and soft greens together.

Sage Heart Handbag

Sage Heart Handbag