Lazy Sunday Beading.

I’m at the age now where Saturday nights usually involve beading or crocheting in front of the TV, so staying out until 1.00 am was a shock to the system!

As a consequence, Sunday morning came quite late to our house. After raiding the fridge and making a nice comforting soup (carrot and butter bean), I decided to treat myself to some nice relaxing beading. I flicked through the magazines but everything I fancied making had supplies I was out of, or seemed too complicated for a lazy Sunday. Instead, I took a quick look through my bead stash and grabbed some 6mm glass pearls (I have a ridiculous amount of glass pearls), chose a few other pretties and sat down in front of the telly.

Here’s what I came up with, the Five Circles bracelet. It was a nice make, I think I’ll try a few other colour combos.

Happy beading!



Developing patience.

On seeing one of my bigger pieces, such as my 2014 Battle of the Beadsmith necklace above, non-beaders often say “you must have a lot of patience “. This always makes me giggle because I’m notoriously impatient, but my years of beading have taught me that cutting too many corners only leads to cheating myself.

I’ve read lots of useful and clever tips by great beaders over the years but I am often in such a hurry to complete a project that I ignore the good advice that would enhance my beading journey and I try to cheat. I’m working on this though and developing  my patience so that my beading experience is a more peaceful one less prone to random tantrums when things don’t go my way because I tried to cheat.

Here are some of the beady tips that I won’t be ignoring in the future:

  • Pre stretch thread where appropriate 
  • Switch to a smaller needle when beads are getting full of thread
  • Check all Superduos have two clear holes

Happy beading!


P.S. This post was inspired by today’s Daily Prompt


Welcome to my new blog! I thought it was about time to get back into blogging as I used to enjoy it so much.

As the title of the blog suggests, my name is Sarah and I’m a beader from South Wales, UK. I love seed beads and all the wonderful colours they come in, I enjoy making bead soup and using them in bead embroidery and I have recently completely fallen in love with the versatility of CRAW and the structures that can be created with it.

To kick off, here’s a pic of my Battle of the Beadsmith piece, Architecture Cuff: Atlantis. I had a right mare with this years BOTB design, my muse just was not cooperating at all. This was my 6th design attempt started just 2 weeks before the deadline! The bracelet base started with a vague notion of Celtic interlaced designs and I then incorporated ideas from my first craft of 3D decoupage to build up the layers.

I really loved making this piece and am looking forward to working with CRAW more in the future.

Happy beading!