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Playing with fire

25 May

I know that for a blog about jewellery there has been very very little jewellery discussed.

But fear not dear reader!

For the last eight weeks I have been attending a Glass Bead Making course at Fire Works on Upper Maudlin Street in Bristol.  The lovely Georgina has been guiding four complete beginners through the amazing world of lampwork beads.  And here are my creations:

Week 1

Week 1

Week 1: a bit hazelnut rather than round but not bad for a first go!

Week 2

Week 2

Week 2: Some shaping and adding a few more colours in.

Week 3

Week 3

Week 3: some organic shaping (much fun), some snails and some cone and bicones.

Week 4

Week 4

Week 4: DOTS, DOTS AND DOTS! And some snails just cos I love them!

Week 5

Week 5

Week 5: Ok so it doesn’t look much but the green line is stringer I pulled myself!

Week 6 - Part 1

Week 6 - Part 1

Week 6 - part 2

Week 6 - part 2

Week 6: Bubbles and flowers!

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7: Silver foil, wire and encasing.

Week 8 – Pic to follow

Week 8: Sugaring, squares and a general play about.

I have loved every single week of the class. Georgina has been such a laugh and has been a fantastic teacher!  The other 3 ladies were great fun and we learnt alot.  Georgina also always has a kick ass selection of tunes on too 🙂

I have decided not to get my own torch at the moment but to continue going to Fire Works and hiring studio time there.  Also means that I can continue asking an array of stupid and daft questions 🙂

Fire Works also has a lovely shop area full of delightful things like purses, bags, jewellery, pictures, cards, and notbooks etc.  Well worth a trip if you are in need of a lovely thing or a present for someone.  Hopefully someone will have popped in to get a present for me!

Note: days of twenty-somethingness remaining = 2


Knitting at The Wool Sanctuary

10 Dec

If you cast your mind back to November you might have noticed that in my post about Things I Plan To Make I mentioned that I was doing some knitting classes with Susie at The Wool Sanctuary in Weston-Super-Mare.

Well on Sat 28th November me and my knitting comrade, LB, headed off to learn to knit! The Learn To Knit 1 class covers:

  • Casting On
  • Cast ing Off
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Increase and Decrease
  • How to read a basic pattern.


I made a little square place mat/coaster using increasing and decreasing and then I did some homework on my moss stitch and made this pin cushion.



Finished the knitting! Now I just need to sew and stuff.


After loving every second of Learn to Knit 1 we could not wait for Learn to Knit 2!  Luckily we only had to wait a week and on Sat 5 December we headed off to Susie’s to learn:

  • Working with colour
  • Intarsia
  • Fairisle
  • Kntting with beads or sequins
  • How to follow a more complicated pattern.

After a bit of confusion (mostly due to the fact that I forgot how to count to five) and some abuse about my colour choices (personally I like fuchsia and burnt orange!) we managed to get the hang of it all 🙂

I will take some pics of my samplers once I have ironed them!

But spurred on from Susie I have embarked on making my own Knitted House Door Stop as featured in the title sequence of Kirstie’s Homemade Home.  So without fear I started!  Then I unraveled it all as it was pants!  Then I started again this time thinking about what I was going to do next!

Kit all ready to go!


Half a front door


The ground floor completed


Front of house FINISHED!


So now all I need to do is the roof, the back, 2 sides, the bottom and the roof overlay!


If you are really interested in my knitting and the progress of my house check me out on Ravelry.


And if you are thinking “I thought she was making those striped wrist warmers!”  I am!  I have the wool, I have the instructions!  What I don’t have is the skills to tackle the thumb gussets!!! (WOOP WOOP Ooo Err Missus!)


Hopefully between my Mum and Aunties they can sort my gussets out over Christmas!



Things I plan to make

17 Nov

I’ve been creating this post for a while now and it keeps getting more and more added to it as I find more things I fancy making!


So since I will soon have the space to make stuff I thought I would share my every growing list with you all!


Flower Garden Pillow

by Don’t Look Now!


Pyramid Doorstop

by Bake & Sew


Margaret Sling Bag

by Oh, Fransson!


Sweater Stocking

by The Longthread


Kidsilk Haze Humbug Handwarmers

by The Wool Sanctuary


Once I have got my ‘Studio’ set up (it’s really just going to be half a box room but I’m loving it none the less!) I will get the sewing machine out and get making!  The Humbug Handwarmers will have to wait until after I have completed The Wool Sanctuary’s 2 Learn to Knit classes in a couple of weeks!


I will, as always, report progress 🙂


Bigger is better – Discuss…

21 Sep

Last Thursday I attended the weekly Intermediate jewellery class at Shiney Company.  Amanda, one of the lovely owners, took us through the 2 hour class on how to make these beautiful Indian Summer earrings.

Indian Circles Earrings in Gold and Green tones
Normal: Indian Summer Earrings in Gold and Green tones

But me being me thought they would look better bigger!  So my ring stick was promptly swapped for a rolling pin! And here are the results!

Indian Circles Earrings in Gold and Silver
Bigger: Indian Summer Earrings in Gold and Silver

Personally I think they look great in both sizes!  I’ve been wearing the green smaller pair to work and will be rocking the bigger ones at the weekend!

What do you think?

If you are interested in making your own pair there is a tutorial available at the Shiney Company’s Shiney Lounge alongside loads of other bits and bobs too!

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