Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Chunky funky glass bead coils

I made these coils of beads yesterday, I think they look great as feature beads for leather necklaces!





My poor fingers were constantly being stabbed by wire and my thumbs are still numb with all the twisting, I think they were worth all my efforts, I will see how well they are received - first trip out will be this Friday for the annual McMillan Coffee morning!

I would like to thank you for respecting my copyright.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Knitting the night away!

Last night I held a knitted bracelet workshop.
Six eager ladies arrived clutching their knitting needles, well 5 actually as one lady forgot to bring hers, but not to worry I always carry spares.
As I showed examples of the finished bracelets and the materials to be used, there were comments like "but how do the beads fit on the needles?" and "I'm not going to leave with wire cut fingers am I?"
All was quickly revealed and soon the ladies were sat quietly concentrating on threading their beads onto the wire.


Next it was time to cast on, some ladies needed a gentle reminder on how to cast on but it was only a minor problem and soon they were all busy getting used to the feel of knitting with wire and adjusting their tension, some discovering that if they knit too loosely the needles will slide out of the stitches!
Not a huge problem though, as wire keeps it shape nicely so the needles can then slide back into the stitches just as easily!


Now this all looks very static, so to give you some idea of the frenzied work that was going on, I have a short video clip taken on my old camera, this is a first for this blog, it is quite shaky but I thought I share it with you any way!
video



The knitting continued as did the chatting and the two hours whizzed by, at the end of the workshop some wonderful bracelets had been made, with one lady opting to continue knitting hers into a choker, which she was going to finish off with some ribbon at home!





Monday, 5 September 2011

Name Necklaces

Name necklaces make lovely party gifts and as I make these to order, they are great if you need a gift for someone with an unusual name .
Below are a few examples.







If you would like to look at more examples or order place an order please visit my Name Necklace page .