I have made a few additions to my Etsy shop that fit with this theme! Helenium Flower was a bead embroidery design entered in to Nicole's Bead Backing competition. It is my go to beading foundation - no need to reach for the Sharpie pens and wait for the ink to dry. I started experimenting with tulip petal beads last summer to create a tulip inspired design. However in this design I have used them in the opposite orientation - giving a ruffled organic feel. The design is completed with a twist of Shibori ribbon.
The Argyle Bangle was first published in 'Quick and Easy Beadwork, 2015'. I love the variety of Argyle Patterns, and given my surname, it is quite apt that this was my first published design in print. I had a custom request for this tutorial - so I am offering the bangle design initially at a discounted price. I developed a series of designs in Spring 2014 around this theme - so there is more to come!
Memories of the Beach was my first design in 'Bead & Jewellery', issue 64, July 2015. I love collecting sea glass and shells on family outings to the beach. The texture of shells provides a contrast to glass tumbled and shaped by the sea. This is a great project for starting to work with wire. The gauge used is easy to manipulate and the organic nature of the design lends itself to flaws.