Monday, 4 April 2011

Fairground Frills (Post 38)

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Fairground Frills

Fairground Frills - based on (c) Fairground Attraction by Liz Reed
This week I thought I'd learn some beadweaving- and I have to admit it wasn't as easy as I had first thought!

Before Christmas I bought some great tutorials from Liz Reed of Crimson Moon and I finally got around to picking them up.

This pendant/or brooch is based on Brick Stitch.  Liz's tutorials are very detailed, with clear photo shots at each stage.

Yet, I still managed to go astray!

So, hand on heart, I can not give this pendant its true name, of 'Fairground Attraction' and instead have called it 'Fairground Frills' - because of adding too many beads, it has given it a very frilly edge.

Fairground Frills - based on (c) Fairground Attraction by Liz Reed

Not only did I add too many beads, I actually stitched them the wrong way round.  

I do like the result, but will need to make another one so that I can perfect the technique. 

I'm keeping this one to use as a 'benchmark' against future attempts.

I wonder if being left-handed played a part?

I think its important to acknowledge your mistakes and learn by them.  That's the only way that you can learn.  After all, practice makes perfect!

Those pesky little beads have certainly kept me busy this week.  I had hoped to have some poly clay lovelies ... but it just wasn't to be.

Next week, my aim is to do another pendant - this time correctly!  Plus, I would like to do some more poly clay goodies.

In the meantime, why not pop across to Handmade Monday and catch up on the week.

You may also like to visit Liz Reed at Crimson Moon - there's plenty to see and lots of links to interesting places. 

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  1. Looks like a lot of work in this one. great xx

  2. I think your pendant is beautiful, even if it wasn't quite as intended! Anyway, isn't it nice that it's a bit different from any others?! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

  3. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who sometimes has things turn out not quite the way planned! And I'm not even left handed! But I think it looks lovely! :)

  4. mistakes can sometimes be our friends, some of my best work has come about because of a mistake.

    Your pendant is lovely, reminds me of a Catherine Wheel

  5. I can picture a few feathers from the bottom in native Indian style. Pretty colors. Pattern beading is fun and I enjoy it, too.

  6. A pretty design and lovely colours, reminds me of native us indian dream catchers

  7. It is absolutely lovely, even if not exactly as intended. Sometimes these things can be happy accidents and we create something unexpected but stunning. Well done - it looks like a lot of work too!

    Thanks for taking part in Handmade Monday x

  8. I think the frill kinda makes it and the colours go really together. Thankyou so much for mentioning me on your blog. Just off to have a look at Crimson Moon. Just the name alone is very enticing. Hugs mrs a.

  9. I love the shades you've used. Very vibrant and summery. The design is fantastic, though I should imagine it's a tricky little thing to put together?

    Love it!

  10. Thanks everyone! And thanks to Liz Reed, Crimson Moon for the design and tutorial. I think it is very much like a dreamweaver - already the mind is working overtime. Beadweaving is so versatile. Not quick mind, but very therapeutic.

  11. Hi, thanks for your comment about my jewellery and pendant:-) I like your necklace too, it must have taken ages and you must have loads of patience! Well done!


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