Sunday, 29 January 2012

A return to jewellery-making!

Beads......I have been collecting them for years it seems. In fact, it is so long that I can now refer to some of them as vintage because they go back to the mid 1980s and earlier!

As a student I used to make jewellery for myself because it was more affordable and I could have something no-one else had, something different (a must for any art student!!!). The creations continued when I started work but instead I was making earrings for friends, and their friends, and as gifts.

Jewellery-wise everything went quiet in the 90/00s (marriage, mortgage, life etc) and then, in 2010, I started to look back through my 'stash' and it was like a trip down memory lane. Some items you really wouldn't go back to (eg, the fluorescent era!!) but most of the glass beads and findings etc have remained timeless and just need to be combined
in a more up-to-date way!

So, after a very long break I started making items again, and last November I joined Etsy! My pics show some of the earrings I have uploaded for sale and, to my amazement,  I have sold a pair already!

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Saturday, 28 January 2012


Welcome to the first item in my new blog!

This is a scarf I am (still) making from some lovely yarn bought online from Cornish Wools.

I have crocheted the individual pieces in a spiral pattern but reduced the chains in between so that it forms a cup shape rather than a flat circle. I think (hope) that this gives it more of an organic look, a bit like up-turned limpet shells. When I have made enough of them I intend to crochet all the pieces together randomly to continue the theme.

The amount of 'shells', so far, is what I have managed with one skein and it is excellent to work with.

Several month have gone by since I first published details of my creation on the Cornish Wools Facebook page but the article was then kindly mentioned in the Cornish Wools Blog!

Also, see their whole blog, and site, from the link in 'My Favourite Blogs'.

I hope to finish this scarf soon and will upload pics of the final item for you to see! :)