Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Babushka Free pattern

Babushka was designed as one of the projects for my Master The Right Angle Weave class in 2010. Enjoy

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The devil in the Photos

Laura McCabe  said the devil  is in the beads, most often so, but that devil can manifest in the photos of the beads too! I do love shiny beads. Unfortunately they can create problems for the photographer as I need detail and the bling outshines the beads. So back to the beading table to unbling the cross. Karen came out great and this is just one side of this beautiful pendant. The spikes are situated on different levels or angles and the center part is round. I have decided to list the patterns next week because hubby and I are going away for the weekend at Dikololo and we are looking forward to visit with the uncles and aunts.  I do not want to list without proper photos.

Busy Bee

This week was a very productive week, thanks to Hubby for cooking all the meals. I completed a new cross pattern that I for so long wanted to do and a new double sided pendant. Two beautiful designs that work up quick. The Karen Pendant ( named after my good friend Karen Hughes) is a double sided pendant and can double up as an eye catching Christmas ornament too! The Clementine Cross is now my flavor of the day - it is so beautiful and elegant, not too big and lightweight around my neck. I am wearing it all the time.
If all goes to plan, both patterns to be listed before Saturday.
I really tried to use beads and crystals that we all have in our bead stash. Both patterns use just a few grams of beads and you can easily get rid of those left over beads in both these projects.
Oh, yes the cross is double sided too.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Spike - The Cubic Right Angle Weave Bracelet

I am busy with a Spike necklace and earrings  and will post the photos as soon as I am finished. Just lengthen the pattern and voila! Beautiful adornment for the neck too. For the earrings shorten the pattern ( a lot).

Monday, 21 October 2013

The Spike

What a challenge to try and capture the true beauty of the 3D spikes around the bracelet. This is one of my all time favorite designs and something I'll personally will wear.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Pattern set available

It is a rainy Saturday evening here in Johannesburg. At long last Neema is available  - both patterns, the bracelet and the pendant, available at http://www.etsy.com/listing/166322013/circular-right-angle-weave-bracelet-and?ref=shop_home_active
I am looking forward to teaching my Master Right Angle Weave class at Judy's tomorrow. It is surprising what new ideas can jump out when the students start to play around with basic designs. Trust I can impress them just a little bit with theses latest designs.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Eezy peezy illustrations....

After doing thirty illustrations earlier this week I was so thrilled that the pattern is nearly ready for publication. But to my horror I forgot to press that all so elusive bottom - what is it called again? Oh, yes. The SAVE button. Save save save...... Well after redoing my hard work and adding a few new ones, this time I saved and saved and saved. The Neema is featuring more than forty illustrations and as you can imagine my hand and arm are by this time numb. If all goes to plan Neema will launch Saturday.
Take aways for the boys tonight and something sweet to comfort me.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The popular pendant

The design process comes easy when I focus on what I imagine the end result to be. But most often once I start to bead up the design the potential for other designs creep in.  That is the reason the Neema bracelet also developed into the Neema pendant. Do not be fooled to think they are exactly the same pattern, more likely the same technique but with very distinctive differences between them. And last night another bracelet came alive while testing the pendant pattern. Oh, that is why I love bead work so much!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Neema - The popular one

Neema - "The popular one". Right angle weave play time resulted in the Neema design. Many years ago I was asked to do an article and supply a pattern to a very popular South African magazine. The editor wanted a right angle weave bracelet pattern and while working on the design we jokingly decided to call it " Right angle weave  for idiots" . It later became very popular but just before the magazine was send off to the printers we decided to rather change the description to " Easy right angle weave stitch for all". Neema is written in such a manner that even a technically challenged right angle beader will be able to successfully complete the design. The illustrations really gave me some headaches. But persistence prevail  and I achieved my goal.
I have always admired Sabine Lippert's ( Try to be better) designs and learnt the joys of right angle weave stitch with Marcia De Coster's books and patterns.  This weekend I teach another Master The Right Angle Weave class and in preparation I have come up with a few new patterns. The Neema will be available at My Etsy and Artfire before the weekend. The pattern will consist of a bracelet and pendant design.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Two patterns to loop

Lupi De Lupe is now available in the Etsy  and Artfire Stores. The original pattern as well as the revised slimmer version. Two patterns to enjoy. http://RianaOlckers.artfire.com

Tuesday, 1 October 2013