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Shows, Sales and Book Reviews

It has been a while since my last blog… sounds like I should be in a church doesn’t it?

I had been extra busy getting ready for the Big Bead Show at Sandown where I was selling my cabochons.  I had a fantastic time and it was amazing to be the other side of the stand for a change.  Friends new and old came along, as well as the Medway Beaders group I belong to.  It was a very long day but was worthwhile so I will definitely be repeating it.  I saw lots of familiar names, and now faces, in the Bead Show Awards and it was a thrill to realise I feel I “know” many of them through facebook and in person contact.


I hope to be at future bead shows and more news on that will follow once I have details confirmed.

I didn’t get too far along in the Battle of the BeadSmith 2013, but I haven’t let that get me down and I have signed up again for next year and had my place confirmed.  I am desperately trying to come up with an idea, but it alludes me right now, but I have lots of time to think but again just the 2-3 months to bead the final piece.

I also had a stall at Spitalfields Market this month on a Saturday (pic below), mum came along to help me out again, as she did for the Sandown show, honestly it wouldn’t be the same without her by my side helping out, thanks Mum xxx.  Although it was fun to peoplewatch the actual sales were slow and that made for a long day.  I have to decide if I will go back in December, I think I will wait on the weather nearer the time to help with that decision.  There were a lot of very similar, if not same, stalls there stocking the same things – mostly Chinese imports with bargain basement prices and for me with my  handmade, time intensive, labour of love work it was not a fair battle.


I have been asked by the fabulous Katie Dean to review her new books, and so my next blog will be about those.  I was fortunate enough to meet Katie in person at Sandown and to see her battle piece as well.   Katie bought one of my cabochons and I am nervously waiting to see what she does with it…   More on that can be found here on Katie’s blog.  http://beadflowers.co.uk/2013/10/a-quick-update/




Book Review Time – Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies

Hello everyone… it has been a busy few weeks with  lots happening.  I had a holiday, I had shoulder surgery and have been at home recovering.  Due to the surgery I haven’t been beading very much, and what I have done has taken 3 times longer than usual as I keep having to take breaks.

On the upside, I have finally gotten around to reading some of the books that Lark have kindly sent me to review 😉

The first one I am reviewing is Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies.

I did actually buy a copy of this before my review copy arrived and I actually made one of the designs from it too… I made Verticals – photo below.


Now onto the book.  I mostly enjoyed this book, the diagrams and photos are clear although at time the instructions are not so easy to follow for complete beginners.  Thankfully I could understand most of the designs, although I have only made the one.    I really like the way that chatons and rivolis are captured to show more of the crystals, although I have yet to try it out and see if secure.   I have found in the past that customers tend to fiddle a lot with their jewellery, and as such I am not sure whether this technique of holding in the crystals would stand up.  I will try to get my hands on some chatons to try it out, I think I would like to try the Three Crosses Necklace first – the simplicity and elegance of that particular design really appeals to me.

The book is a glorious riot of colour and beautiful beads and crystals and is lovely to read, there are a lot of tips and new techniques for me to try and I look forward to being able to get stuck back into it very soon.

You can buy your own copy of the book at Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabine-Lipperts-Beaded-Fantasies-Beadweaving/dp/145470246X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348157489&sr=8-1

Or if you pop along to my beady page on facebook –https://www.facebook.com/wingsmithsbeadedcreations and help me get up to 800 likes I am giving away this review copy to a random fan.  Get over there…

Latest news and makes

It has been a busy couple of weeks/months.  I have found time between the day job and the rest of life to get some beading done.  I have also decided to start making/selling glass cabochons through my Etsy shop and I am testing the water with a friend across the pond and also at ArtFest in Chatham this weekend.

I also received my first set of books to review from Lark Books and as I already have Beaded Fantasies by Sabine Lippert and Japanese Beadwork by Sonoko Nozue I am giving the new copies away on my business page – https://www.facebook.com/wingsmithsbeadedcreations – all you have to do is like my page, comment and share the status update regarding the giveaway.  Once I get to 800 likes I will pick two names at random to receive the books.  You can of course buy these books from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabine-Lipperts-Beaded-Fantasies-Beadweaving/dp/145470246X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340298827&sr=8-1 and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Japanese-Beadwork-Sonoko-Beadweaving-Master/dp/1454702788/ref=pd_sim_b_1


I made this using one of my new cabs the other week and it is fabulous, a peacock pendant with lots of lovely fringing with swarovski crystals.  I have only listed three cabs for now on my Etsy page – and they are seconds – I will have more listed after my craft fair this weekend. http://www.etsy.com/shop/WingSmith2010

I also had India at https://www.facebook.com/Indiv1dualDesigns make me some bespoke eye designs for my beading and these are the first three pendants I have finished using them.  The purple one was a gift to a friend who works very hard with school kids, who are challenging to say the least,  and I thought she deserved something special for her birthday.

I also made some more MotherShip pendants to sell at ArtFest, here is one of them:

Lastly I made a bracelet using a Bead Soup from Nancy Dale of http://www.etsy.com/shop/NEDbeads and although I failed to make a proper freeform bracelet, I did resist the urge to sort the beads out into colours and I made this three stranded bracelet – what do you think?

Beady Progress

Well, I’ve not had much time this week for beading so far 😦

On the upside, I have had 5 sales in one day at the Nucleus Gallery in Rochester, so that is fabulous news 🙂

I also spent a little money last week on some beady treats for myself…  I ordered a Jelly Bean bangle and a glass ring from Purple Cobwebs http://www.purplecobwebs.co.uk .  Amazing lampwork artist, and the jelly bean bangle is such a cool idea, I love my new bangle very much.  As for the ring, I don’t think that will taken off (except when I’m sleeping) for a very long time – It is stunning, gorgeous and I never knew glass could work as a ring but it really does.

I also got some crystal drops from a friend having a destash and some vintage crystals from Beading in the Rain on ebay.  All of which are earmarked for future projects.

The interesting thing is that hubby dearest presented me with a little envelope, with teeny tiny LEDs and said I wondered if you could use these in your jewellery?  I know have to rise to that challenge… beads that are lit from within maybe?  Only time will tell on that project.

On my bead mat this week is my Bead magazine annual competition/challenge entry, and my mothers day present for my mum.  Secret projects so I can’t share photos.  So instead I can show you a couple of photos of the items I sold this week.


Latest work and progress, valentines and muppets

Well, I have been trying to get more UFO’s finished up recently and am making progress on my Jean Power bangle kit with another 4 components made up.  I will share a photo once it is finished, hopefully very soon.

I also made a start on, and finished, my OTTBS theme piece which was Orchid.  I asked Debbie van Tonder to create a pattern based on a photo I found of an orchid which is usually only found in Crete.  I love the way it came out, thanks to Debbie for helping me with the pattern.  You can find Debbie’s designs at http://www.etsy.com/shop/FUNPATTERNDESIGNS.

I also managed to make a start on another Debbie design, Sugar Skull 3 which I was finding hard as it is odd count peyote, but I am getting there with the awkward end turn and am making progress.

I made a simple circuit board pendant at the weekend and posted on my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/listing/92849667/circuit-board-square-pendant, I love the way it has turned out and fortunately my hubby is a techie hoarder so I have lots of things I can cut up and resin seal and I bought some fab frames from  www.jasminstudiocrafts.com.

I am off out to celebrate valentines day soon in a strange way though – am going to see the muppets with my son at the cinema.  I am sure it will be great fun.  Photos below for the orchid and circuit board.  Enjoy

Work, Snow, Beading xxx

Well aside from the day job I’ve not been doing much else this week.  I did attend our first ever Medway Beaders group meeting last Sunday, and I hope that the attendance of the group continues and gets better as time goes on.

I have been busy this weekend though, taking in a hobbycraft show on Saturday at Bluewater, meals with family and of course finishing up with several cms of snow last night.

Seeing as I was snowbound today it was the perfect time to get some beading done.  I made a brooch using one of several czech glass buttons I bought from Button Odyssey on Etsy  http://www.etsy.com/shop/ButtonOdyssey –  the colours are gorgeous and the button is the star so I just beaded a simple frame for the button, added a brooch fixing to the back and voila.  I also beaded up a quick pair of earrings and took some more photos of finished pieces.  I need to get some nice daylight to redo many of my website photos, so fingers crossed that happens next weekend.

Here’s what I made this weekend.  Back to the day job tomorrow.




Crystal Earrings

Crystal Earrings