Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I first started making beaded jewellery when I found some beads for sale in a local wool shop.  My new hobby takes up most of my spare time but I still can’t resist buying knitting wool occasionally, especially with all the beautiful yarns that are available these days.


Knitting is something I have enjoyed ever since my mother taught me to knit when I was about six years old.

These days I tend to get bored with bigger garments and the finishing-off and sewing-up is not my strongest skill – hence my embarrassingly large collection of half-knitted or partially sewn-up jumpers.

Scarves are more successful as they don’t take as long to knit and the sewing-up is not a problem.

Last October, Mariel the proprietor of the PreHisto in Le Grand-Pressigny, was knitting a fabulous curly-wurly scarf in a plain grey colour.  The plain grey was not for me but the effect was wonderful.  The yarn is a sort of mesh tape. 


She showed me how to pick up the stitches and knit with the yarn but I could not quite grasp the technique.

Recently I managed to get hold of a ball of the yarn, which is called Can Can.  There are instructions on the ball-band but I was still flummoxed so I found this very helpful video on youtube.


It’s quite fiddly to knit but it grows very quickly so that’s ok.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


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I teamed this lovely purple polymer clay pendant with some metallic tube beads, Swarovski crystals and little pyrite beads.  The purple beading wire looked nice and bright.  I was quite glad when it didn’t sell at the Christmas market as I had my eye on it for myself but then I was equally glad when a friend bought it as a present for a relative.  I hope she liked it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


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Coral chips and black lava stone with silver bicones.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


For my stall at the Christmas market I made several sets comprising a bracelet and earrings to match a little hand-knitted scarf that would be worn as if it was a necklace.

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This one was in jolly colours with Swarovski crystals and bright pearls.  It didn’t sell but a friend bought the bracelet for herself later.  I still have the earrings and scarf so I will probably wear them myself as I love the colours.

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This one was in rose quartz and crystals to match a delicate pink scarf.  A friend bought the earrings at the market.

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This set sold as a complete set including the scarf.  I was pleased about that.