Folksy features

The nice people at Folksy have made me their featured shop this week. This means items on their front page (scattered about at the top, and then lots at the bottom), Facebook mentions and articles in the Folksy Blog. All rather lovely. Plus the Facebook mentions have stirred the interest of other beaders including my idol Jean Power, so I’ve even sold some tutorials. More lovely people – thank you all.

Size matters

I found some wonderfully wierd rondelles in my local bead shop.  They’re rondelles, but have a strange matt rubbery coating, rather like ‘soft touch’.  The colours are very vivid, and they make a lovely change from conventional crystals.  I’m using them for a bangle I’ve made before – Jean Power’s Affinity Bangle, but having made a couple of samples I can’t quite decide which size of seed beads to use.  She suggests 11s and 8s, so I started with those in a matte black using the fuschia rondelles.  But they seem a bit small, so I’ve also tried 8s and 6s in copper with the lime rondelles.  But they seem too big.  It could well be that  the colours and finishes are affecting the appearance – the matte black beads shrinking away and the coppers shining and seeming larger than life, but the trouble with beading is that it takes so long to complete a piece that you don’t want to spend time until you’re happy.  Dearest husband thinks stick with the black, which is good as I have the beads already (always helps), but the 8s and 6s will make a gloriously chunky piece (very Suzanne Golden).  Ah well, I need to knuckle down and get on with ‘Spring’ so I shall put them aside for now and get on.

Beady treat

yum yum
yum yum

A lovely surprise as I left the house earlier – the postman with Jean Power’s second Geometric Beadwork book. Her’s were the first project tutorials I bought when I started beading, and I’m still using many of them quite a few years later. The new book builds on the first and on those tutorials, but also includes some interesting variations – added fire polished or tilas for example. Even better, those and some others use size 10 rather than 11 delicas, so will be nice and quick to work up. Although I may need to do a little cheeky shopping………