My first encounter with the BeadBookcame when I won a competition and one of my prizes were a free two year subscription of the magazine. The editor Christa van Rooyen wanted me to do a bracelet with pearls for them. Needless to say, this had been one of my most
popular designs I ever did. When I design and write a pattern, I try to write a project that can be completed by all skill levels.
first project I did for Threads&Crafts, a very long time ago . The stress nearly killed me, I was so nervous. Luckily, Annine van Rooyen, the editor, was a fantastic lady. She guided me through the process.
This is my eight piece set of decorations, made with love. Paula Adams is a star - I adore her creations. Thanks for sharing your patterns with us, Paula. The centre bell I designed, it did not come too easy, but Viola! I love it.
This year I designed and wrote instructions for Christmas Deco- rations for The BeadBook (two editions) and one for the Craftwise and completed a set of three ornaments for Barbara from Twines and Beads. So my festive spirit started early this year and now I am going to cross stitch Father Xmas Teddy Bears on Plastic canvas. Which I must admit I started in 2000, I completed two teddies, which hang from the tree every year - very lonely. If they are lucky, this year they will be three teddies...
Believe it or not, this started out as a raw bracelet and ended up as the necklace shown. I do not know what is going on in my creative side - never satisfied with the pattern. Combination of RAW and peyote and unknown new stitches. But I love the Rivoli's and it is not only because they are Purple. The bracelet pattern I bought at Perlenmuster.
Riebeeckrand 2009 Matric Farewell -My son Sias and his girlfriend, Hannelie looked very smart and enjoyed their evening with their classmates. Next year he is off to University to study law - how time passes us by....
It is bitterly cold here in Randfontein today - with icy winds - and a very sunny day? This two pictures shows my inheritance from my parents- a wheelbarrow and The Secretary. Who needs money, if you have flowers and a loyal companion My mother used to plant up the wheelbarrow with impatiens - they were so lovely! I am not good with stuff in pots, and this "Namakwalandse Daisies" are beautiful during our winter months.
I loved creating this necklace, this is one of my favourite projects.
Eva Keiser is one of the beader's that I really admire, and although I have not used the St Petersburg chain before, it was actually fun to make. (Bead and Button). Toho 1.5mm cubes, fire polished beads and cylinder beads were used in this porject.
I had not been too lazy the past week or two. I taught classes for 5 days this past week .Here are 4 projects I finished and I even wrote a few new patterns, no photo's yet. I taught a Russian Leaf workshop which the girls loved - the inspiration for the class came from the wonderful work of the Russian Bead Masters. I had to do a lot of research and I found a lot of new ideas and creative designs to use the diagonal weave with. Must admit, I love the workshops on a specific technique, the next one is in August on Beaded Beads. Thanks to all the creative people who share their work so readily with us.
Marcia De Coster asked us to explain why we love seed beads. The questions of eye sight, how long and my patience are well known to me. I taught my Master Peyote II Group yesterday and it was the ideal time to ask all the bead lovers why they prefer seeds. Pat said she loves to touch them and to just look at them, Barbara agreed and admitted the buys them, just to have them all, and me, well ,you all know my bead stash. Should I say anymore. I love that little objects so much, that I'd rather wear old clothing than be without the latest colours of seed beads. But most important of all, is what we can create with an ordinary little glass bead, a needle and a piece of thread. My creativity blooms when I have it between my fingers - and I can do it anywhere, you just need a bead tray and you can be arty and crafty. It is also a wonderful way to relief stress - most of the girls in my classes have very stressful day jobs. Throughout the years I have travelled the world and have met a lot of new friends - all because of a tiny seed bead. The photos show some of the work done by my students - most of them are today very good teachers themselves, bringing joy to others by means of a seed bead. Yesterday we also discussed the fact that we think beading releases something in your brain, that forces you to stay loyal for a lifetime. Believe it or not - even my Char is now beading - staying in during the afternoons to bead. The best is that I laugh a lot more, because I hear the best jokes in Gauteng!Thanks girls I love you all!!
This is old Jolly Jackie - what a pleasure to work on. That well known French song had been in my head the whole time that I worked on this piece. Thanks Vyolina - I re-designed the ring to be a bracelet. Today I am going to sit in front of the fireplace and bead, my hands are stiff from the cold.