Saturday, 27 April 2013

The 7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

The wonderfully talented Susanna from 

sent me these lovely things to work with all the way from Finland.

Susanna made the large beads herself, even the cute rabbit/hare. Also with the beads came the wonderful clasp which Susanna's friend Solen from made.

I am a textile designer who plays around with beads so naturally fabrics had to feature in it somewhere.

 Susannah's lovely beads
 A bracelet on memory wire with some more of my hand made beads
A key ring with another of Susanna's beads

I started off aging some fabrics with vegetable peelings, ( yes the pinky red on the fabric is beetroot!) found some shibori dyed fabric made for an earlier project and made some beads with them. I looked through my boxes for various treasures. I found an escutcheon from my sister Caroline, fur given by an elderly neighbour, a piece of driftwood from Cornwall, a piece of treasured Mother-of Pearl and lots of recycled beads. It was lovely playing around with the gathered bits and pieces and the project grew.
When I was finally finished I thought that maybe the amulet with the hare on it had grown a bit too big. Although the right size for me! When the reveal date was postponed I had  time to change it slightly and add to it. So off I went to the local Workaid charity shop and bought some leather and now I can wear the necklace and it can be transformed into a handbag too.
I hope Susanna I have done your wonderful beads justice and a big thank you to Lori and everyone who helped behind the scenes for making this possible for all of us. I had a lovely time making these.
If you want to see what the other participants have made please visit
and join the rest of the party

Marjolein X

Friday, 26 April 2013

I have been busy!

My last post just before Easter seems a long time ago now. If you have wondered why there has not been a reveal for the Bead Soup Blog Party, it had to be postponed until Saturday the 27th. In the meantime I am hard at work for the Bucks Open Studio event that is taking place in Buckinghamshire here in England in June. Last year I participated for the first time and we had lots of lovely visitors who were very complimentary and bought lots too. So while you are waiting for the reveal you can see a few of the bags I have been making for BOS

Photo's  4,5,6 and 7 are of the same bag and I think this is one of my favourites.

These will go for sale on the website soon. 
Hope you come back tomorrow
to see what I made with Susannah Lehto's beads.