My first beaded bead design 

Chloe’s disco bead workshop was the first time I had worked with superduo beads. I hadn’t considered using them before but they were really fun to play with and the workshop gave me the push I needed to design some of my own beads using superduo/twin beads.

In the first instance I tried making variations of Chloe’s disco beads. I had had the idea at the workshop and sat down when I got home with a supply of 2 hole beads and had a go. Yeah…they didn’t work, a definite reinforcement of the phrase  “it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

So it was time to try something of my own. I played around with various beads and threads until I saw the start of something I liked. I added to this design and tweaked until it worked and I made this lantern bead.

Now to work on variations of the design and see what can be done with them:)

Geeky Reorganising

There’s nothing like a good reorg of that craft room! I love it. Sometimes I get more excited about reorganising than creating. It helps when your other half gives you fantastic Star Wars storage pots for you to keep stuff in.

All done – sooo exciting!


Pawsome Tea Party

Last weekend Steph from The Bead Shop Nottingham hosted the most pawsome tea party to raise funds for the Cats Protection .

There was tea, cake, biscuits and kitty beading patterns! Steph had made some pawsome treats for people to buy.

Not being able to eat dairy, I contributed these vegan meerCAT sweets to the cause!

purchased the pattern for this lovely paw print bracelet.  I haven’t started it yet but will soon:) Whoop!

Chloe’s 10th Beady Birthday 

At the weekend I attended a fabulous workshop led by Chloe Menage of Pinkhot Jewellery. I first met Chloe when she was working at the Bead Shop in Nottingham. Chloe was setting up a new weekly Bead Group and I thought this would be an excellent way to meet and hang out with new beady friends. Oh my was I right:) I still go to the Bead Group today.

The weekend’s workshop was to mark Chloe’s 10th beading anniversary – when she started working at the Bead Shop in Nottingham. It was a make and take session and Chloe was teaching us how to make her disco beads.

Disco beads completed at the workshop

It was great fun to make the beads, chatter and drink tea with fellow beaders and of course catch up with Chloe. Now I just have to make these lovely disco beads into earrings.