Many thanks to the fabulous Bead Mavens for inviting me to be a guest on their fabulous new blog! This page is fast becoming a “go-to” site for all beaders interested in great design and the latest news in all things Beading. It’s an honor to be here, and it’s great to have the Bead Mavens back again!
I’m also glad to be back designing again after a summer-long hiatus from beadwork.Sometimes it really helps recharge the batteries to spend a little time doing other things. I find that I think about beadwork design almost constantly, even when I’m not actually at my work table with beads in hand. And my summer break was a good time to reflect on where I’ve been as a beader, and where I’ll head in the future.
|Kathryn Howard Necklace|
|Noughts and Crosses Bracelets|
During my “quiet time” this summer I also began to think about a future direction for my beadwork and found myself really going back to my roots as a beader. I’ve spent a good bit of time these past few years exploring dimensional and complex designs and I find that I’m yearning for simplicity. This week I worked up a new Tila bead design that fills this bill for me. The “Noughts and Crosses” bracelet can be made in under an hour but is nevertheless richly textured and has, I hope, a “more than meets the eye” quality. I chose really rich color palettes for this style, to act as a counterpoint to the simplicity of the design itself. I'll be working up tutorial for this fast and simple bracelet in the coming weeks.
I think simplicity in design can – and should – nevertheless be sophisticated and varied. Designwise, right now I’m heading back toward basic ropes, flat work, beaded beads worked up in deep, rich colors, suitable for daytime, night time, any time.
I’m glad to be back at my beading table, and thanks for having me here, Bead Mavens!