This morning I was icing cakes for my husband's birthday and my son-in-laws (more of those when the are finished) and I couldn't settle to anything this afternoon, although I did sit and do a little family history, but that sun looked so lovely that I sat in the garden with a few beads ........
I watched Sarah Millsop the other day and she demonstrated making little circles of beads. Well I didn't have any tigertail - I have wires and stretchy elastic but no tigertail! However, I thought what the heck - just play and get the feel of the idea. I also only have some cheap beads that I bought for card making a couple of years ago. So I relaxed in the sunshine and played - I was aiming for a bracelet - although once again I don't have any fastenings - so I ended up attaching one of those little clips for phone charms. (Well at least it meant I could fasten it - although the finished article is now attached to my handbag!)
So some tigertail is on my shopping list a.s.a.p ! I would also love a beading loom. (Rather fancy that large one from Beader's Companion - as I could also paint fusion it!) Some years ago (well actually from my teens) I had a beautiful antique beaded necklace that was a family heirloom, and was one of my favourite items. It was very long with a beautiful teardrop shape on the end. I don't know where it is - somewhere very safe? I do know the beads started to unravel and I repaired it once and then it came adrift from the teardrop shape. I would never have thrown it out intentionally, and I now know how it was made with a beading loom I would love to replicate it. (It will turn up then - cos that is somebody's law!) So I am going to be dropping some mega hints to the family as I have a birthday coming up soon! :).
I also fancy one of those large french knitting tools (http://www.ingrid-de-vane.co.uk/ ) to make some necklaces with ribbon. (my pal Sassie made me a ribbon necklace for Easter and that is rarely off my neck - so would love to make some more in different colours).
Hope my family read my blog LOL!