My last post about how to wire wrap a stone using a spiral cage proved to be super popular, so I’m back with another technique! This method creates a netted effect and is really great for crystal points, but also works well on smooth, tumbled stones and sea glass. Read more
These Air Dry Clay Beads are fun to make and fun to wear! I will show you how to shape three different beads, paint and finish, all ready to thread onto a necklace.
Is anyone else obsessed with The Great Pottery Throw Down? Its like the Bake Off, but with ceramics! I would highly recommend watching if you haven’t seen it, if only for judge Keith Brymer Jones getting so emotional over pots. This make is perfect if you are itching to get your hands dirty with some clay, but don’t have acess to a kiln, as I’m using air dry clay! And because its so easy to use, air dry clay can easily be used with kids, just bear in mind the beads will need a few hours to dry out before you can paint them. Read more
Use beads and wire to make this Crescent Moon Necklace!
I have a bit of a thing about symbols and signs; those images that seem universal, that we keep coming back to time and time again. The crescent moon is one of them that seems to be having something of a moment right now! You can use any type and colour of wire and whatever selection of beads you like. This project uses a wrapped wire loop, if you would like a reminder of how to make one, click over here first! Read more
Use wool roving to make a giant fluffy pom pom that can be made into a bag charm, key chain, a Christmas decoration or even for the top of your hat!
Giant fluffy pompoms are everywhere right now, from jewellery to bags. Because I make and teach needle felting, I have lots of wool roving (or unspun wool) and realised it would make great pom poms! If you have a large pom pom maker feel free to use it, however the roving is so chunky you don’t really need it! Read more
This Beaded Statement Collar Necklace uses wooden beads and thread to create a lightweight, dramatic piece of jewellery, perfect for adding a splash of colour to any outfit!
Everyone loved last Statement Summer Necklace so much that it is still one of my most visited post and has even been turned into a workshop! So I wanted to have a go at a contemporary take on another traditionally small beadweaving technique, this time it is netting! Netting is an ancient form of beadwork; the Egyptians used the technique to create shawls and even dresses! Read more
Take a plain old notebook, some embroidery thread and with some simple stitches create a unique design!
I had seen a lot of sunburst style mirrors around (like this one from The Forest & Co) and I really love the shape, but wanted to use it for something a bit different. Now I’m also obsessed with notebooks. I have sketchbooks, ones for business planning, for recording how I make my jewellery and ones for blog post ideas. I can never get enough. We hadn’t had any stitchy tutorials for a while so we ended up with a sunburst embroidered notebook! Read more
Use some gold faux leather to create bow tie accessories that can be added onto hairbands, bracelets or belts!
When I got my copy of the latest issue of Mollie Makes magazine, I was immediately in love with the cover gift of gold faux leather, and the idea of making bows out of them was just too tempting! Instead of using their tutorial to make the bows, I used a template I designed some time ago to make my own, as I had a very special use in mind for the bows. Read more
Don’t settle for the standard furry cat ears this Halloween, DIY your own stylish beaded cat ears headband instead!
When it comes to fancy dress parties, Halloween and New Years, I’m not great at coming up with costume ideas so I usually fall back on dressing up as a cat. It makes sense as the owner of two myself. Having made myself a felt pair a few years ago, I decided to upgrade to this far more elegant version. Read more
Make the perfect autumn bag charm using leather or suede offcuts to create cascade of falling leaves! Using metal eyelets adds a luxurious touch.
Brighten up your day with these glitter earrings, made from shrink plastic and nail varnish!
I don’t often paint my nails because with all the jewellery and crafting I do, a nice manicure doesn’t last more than half a day! But I still have some lovely colours of nail polish that I want to use, so why not on some jewellery? You can make any shape from the shrink plastic, but who doesn’t love a triangle? Read more