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What is this?!

I have been working on something a little bit different and I am nearly ready to ‘unveil’ it! This is just a teaser because the interesting part is at either end of the braid, out of shot! I have been working in collaboration with a wonderful lampwork artist and I have pulled together some new […]

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to you all. It is never too late to make a quick piece of jewellery to suit the occasion. The spider web pendant is very quick to make, especially if you have already tried wire wrapping. ┬áThe spider bracelet is made using the Sitting Pretty tutorial. Alternatively a simple Round Braid or Half […]

Incy Wincy Spider

Kumihimo Spider Bracelet

There is more than just one spider climbing up this water spout! I couldn’t resist these little fellows and they work so well in the Sitting Pretty bracelet. I interspersed them with lilac crackle beads and used one of the beads to finish off the cone. The pattern is very versatile and the sides of […]

Getting Ready for Halloween

With Halloween coming up I thought this spider web design might be of interest. If you have ever made a tree of life wire pendant you will know that they are surprisingly easy to make and great fun. This design is made in much the same way and is not at all difficult. The key […]

I’ve gone digital!

I was contacted a while ago by the editor of Digital Beading Australia and asked to contribute a tutorial. We were still enjoying warm summer weather then and autumn was on its way, but I had to forget all of that and think up something light and fresh for the Australian spring. I had just […]

It is finally ready!

Blue Sitting Pretty Bracelet

My latest tutorial is finally ready to be published. I had hoped that it would be on the website a couple of weeks ago, but all sorts of things have come in my way. The good news is that it has just gone into the shop. I will be very interested to see how this […]

Black and Gold Contrast Bracelets

Black and Gold Feathers Bracelet

Here is another way of using the Feathers Tutorial. Contrasting bracelets look great worn together and can work well when the same beads are used for both bracelets and the cord is contrasted, as in this example. Alternatively, you can keep the cord the same and use contrasting beads. The clasps I have used are […]

A new look for the Feathers Tutorial

Feathers Kumihimo bracelet

The Feathers tutorial can be adapted to make these bracelets. An extra row of magatama beads is added in the centre of the braid on one side only. The advantage of this is that you can get the full magatama look, but use far fewer beads. In addition the bracelet sits beautifully on the wrist […]

Purple Feathers

kumihimo Feathers bracelet

There are few things more satisfying than finding just what you need in a forgotten corner of your crafting stash. I was sent an amazing array of magatama beads by the lovely Jamie North and couldn’t wait to get started on them. I wanted to make something to go with a particular top so I […]