A beaded purse – 1st Panel

So one of the items on my never ending list was a panel on my beading loom. The loom was a birthday present a while back but it took me a year to get it all set up and actually make something. The first piece I made was a rectangle for my phone case with a simple harlequin pattern.


And then because I’m nothing if not ambitious, I decided to make an entire purse on my loom. I decide to do two large pannels and then a strip to form the sides which would be the same width as a zip. This will make a fairly blocky purse but its going to be more or less for decorative purposes only and it makes it easy to line.


I tend to stick to fairly abstract and geometric patterns when designing – mostly because I can’t really draw much else. I’m not a drawer, with pen and paper and then with the beading software, anything more complicated than straight lines is pretty complicated. But hey, there’s quite a lot you can do with straight lines.

purse second colour way Pattern for the purse side panel

I actually drew the pattern in shades of purple and blue. But I bought the pink and pale green beads in Japan a year ago, because I liked the colour combination. I was then looking for beads with a similar amount of sheen and it complimentary colours. So the dark red and dark green followed. And it took me a long time to choose the blue colour. I was considering other greens mostly but I like the contrast it adds. I drew it up in two colour schemes, the right one I beaded first. I can’t decide yet whether to do the second side in the same colour scheme or do it the right hand colour scheme.

IMAG0250Because I’m going to attach the panel to other pieces I haven’t worked in the ends I’ve just taped them up with sellotape. One of the only useful bits of information in the instructions for how to use the loom was to use selloptape to bind the threads and then use glue to stick the tape to the back of the piece. And seeing as weeaving in the ends is half the hassle of loom weaving then for pieces that are going to backed on to something else, then its good enough. I’ll decide what to do with the ends later on. But I think I’m going to leave it awhile before I start the next panel. I was definitely getting bored at the end and I’m not sure I’m in a place to do too many long projects at the moment. Some quick results would be nice. But its good to have finished this and I like the end result.


operationtacklethatbeadstash – June/July

I finally finished Junes tackle that bead stash project a couple of weeks ago. The theme was earthtones and as I said these are not colours I find particularly exciting. I eventually chose to do a five point star from ‘Shaped beadwork and beyond’ – Diane Fitzgerald, in a metallic green/brown, a light brown and a purple/grey colour. The final colours I like together but I’m not sure the strucutred lines that form, suit the natural tones. I’m also not that keen on the pattern, I increased the size, but its not as star shaped as the picture in the book suggests. From the pictures in the book, it looks like the spine beads would need to be a larger size to get the star shape.


I have attached the charm to a key ring. I would never wear it as a necklace and this way it becomes useful and I can put it in my gift box, for the next time I need a small present.

July’s challenge was ‘on the beach’. For me ‘on the beach’ brings pictures of rockpools, seashells, sea creatures and seaglass. Lots of my childhood holidays where spent trying to keep warm on british beaches, which combined with my absolute hatred of sand meant I spent a lot of time rock scrambling and trying to catch things in rockpools. On my recent holiday I actually collected quite a bit of seaglass to add to my collection. So one idea I had was trying to wire wrap the pieces and create a necklace – unfortunately I had no wire in my stash and I am trying to not buy things for this challenge


Then I started to think about the colours, blues, turquoise and greys which are much more my colors. I could make more or less anything with these beads but I’m a bit short on time and as you know I have a very long list.


And actually with my anxiety playing up, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting. I think if I had all the time I needed I’d like to have a go a free form peyote with the beach theme. It’s something I keep meaning to try but not sure what I’d make or use it for. I’m also not sure how I’d cope without having a plan/pattern to follow. Even as a child I used to plan how i’d string the beads for my necklaces so they’d be symmetrical. My mum says she had to show me how to do it when I was tiny because I kept getting upset. I guess somethings are just part of who we are.

Free Form Peyote Inspiration

Shortening the List

After writing my beginning the month list, I realised that it was growing at an unreasonable rate. So I spent some time this weekend finishing stuff off.


First I finished off my sunglasses case. This was simply a case of sewingup the sides. It’s a slightly odd shape but it fits my glasses in nicely and while it won’t stop them getting crushed, it will stop them getting scratched. I like the chevron pattern so much I’ve since started a scarf with it. Which probably negates having finished this, but oh well.


Then I had a go at finishing the zig zag necklace. As I mentioned before, it’s much floppier than I’d anticipated. So in order to make it a firmer, I used some metal earring rods (do they have a proper name?). They reach the length of the third zigzag. I used the invisible thread to tie the loop of the rod to the zigzag. This helps a bit but the middle loops are still floppy. For now I’ve added chain, it looks fine if you place it properly but I reckon after a while it will move and twist and be a random shape. I’ll wear it a couple of times and find out before I do anything.


An then I finally finished the june tacklethatbeadstash challenge. I had to do the second half, but it was much quicker now I understood the pattern. I’m not that happy with the final result. Its just not that impressive for the time it took. If I do it again I’ll play with changing the sizes of the spine beads. I’ll write about it properly in a separate post along with the july challenge.


A New Month

Its been a slow month, this month. I was away for a bit which didn’t help and I don’t think I’ve finished anything although I’ve started too many things.

Anywhere here goes:

  1. The blanket – I didn’t have time to buy any wool, so this is on the backburner for the moment.
  2. Beaded panel for a purse – I did a significant amount of this recently, It shouldn’t take too much longer to finish
  3. Fringed handbag – Again I’ve not touched this one, ah well
  4. The gold right angle weave zigzag – I’ve finished the bead weaving, but it needs putting on chain and possibly strengthening the zig zag’s
  5. The peyote triangle necklace for my sister – again I’ve not touched it
  6. A knitted case for my sunglasses – This one is so close to being finished, I just have to sew up the sides
  7. An embroidery kit to make a pin cushion – I started this on holiday but ended up doing very little
  8. A five point star in earth tones for operationtacklethatbeaadstash. I got half way through this, but I don’t really like the colour scheme. The July challenge looks much more inspiring though. I’ll do another post on my ideas in a couple of days

I didn’t finish anything over June but I did order lots of quilting supplies so that should be fun.