Beautiful Buttons & Bulk Carrier Beads

Buttons – we have some beautiful new glass buttons to go with our existing glass buttons! The colours of these never fail to amaze me, and the myriad variations – well – as the resident photographer/database goddess – they make me crazy, but as a designer – they are wonderful. 😉 Ok – which one of these Lacy Flower Buttons do you love the most? I’m leaning the the fuchsia / verdigris – because of the contrast – but the others might be easier to integrate into a project. Or these magnificent peacock buttons! Or the Dragonflies? Because even if …

Bow & Cali

Not the latest music sensation, but two new shapes in shaped, multi-hole beads! The Bow Bead First up, the Bow bead – new from Preciosa, is large compared to other shaped-beads, and is a gently curved bar, with two holes. I’m quite excited about the design possibilities! If you click through to this article – you will see lots of glorious eye candy – some of which I guarantee you, will surprise you! See our website for lots of innovative ways to use this new shape, and a free pattern for the bracelet above! The Cali Bead The new Cali …

I have a morning ritual …

and it involves beads. On weekday mornings, I get up, and feed the dogs, and make myself a coffee, and go and sit with my beads. I have a bead-on-it board, on a little folding table, near a window. And spread out on the board, at any given time, is a selection of beads. I’m not making anything fancy – in fact – in the last six months, I’ve hardly done anything but stretchy elastic bracelets. I’m not making them for sale, I’m not making them for gifts. I’m not trying to build a reputation or promote my brand or …

Carrier Beads – we have ’em

Not a huge quantity in stock yet – but we do have more on the way. So, for now – snap these up while we have them! If you are thinking “WTF is a carrier bead?” (trust me, you are not alone on this) – then you have to look at this! The idea is to make an even-count peyote strip, 6 beads across and 50 rows long, using Delica 11/0s, and then wrap it around the bead and stitch the strip closed into a loop. Make a bunch, string them together as a bracelet or necklace – et voila! …