This weather is terrible! But I guess being snowed in is a good excuse to get the kettle on, get your beads out and snuggle down on the sofa with a good project. Unless you are the unfortunate beader I met on facebook who has been snowed out of her studio!
I was lucky enough to have a workshop with the lovely and very talented Sabine Little on Monday. I spent a very chilly day learning how to make glass beads and I have to say that I am now hooked!
It was a close call me actually getting there however. Sabine lives in a picturesque village just north of Sheffield and it had snowed again earlier that morning. Needless to say the weather combined with my lack of directional skills meant I was quite late getting there! I’m waiting to see how my beads have turned out as they had to go in the kiln. Can’t wait! You can read more about my workshop experience with Sabine in a future issue of Bead.
I think I left Sheffield just in time as the weather has taken a massive turn for the worse. Sabine is now completely snowed in! I am now sat in my office back in Arundel watching the snow building up outside and thinking about getting home to the warm (and my beads!). I’ve got several beading pieces on the go at the moment including some new projects for Bead which I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into when I get home!
It’s been a busy month (as you can tell by my lack of blogging woops!) Issue 27 came out last week and is packed full of lots of fabulous projects, with a real variety in techniques - from chainmaille to polymer clay and of course the ever popular beadweaving projects. Fiona Abel-Smith’s beautiful ‘Four In One Necklace’ is our cover piece for this issue. It works perfectly with her dramatic handmade focal beads. I’ve already had comments about these and you can learn how to make them yourself in Issue 29!
Bead’s website has a fresh new look. You can now shop a lot more easily and there are lots of new beady products (just in time for Christmas!) If you missed the fab ‘Gone Beading’ bags at the Big Bead Show you can now get yours online.
Don’t forget to check out the current issue (27) for all the lowdown from The Big Bead Show as well as to see winning entries from the British Bead Awards.
Keep warm and keep beading!
X Chloe X