Sunday, March 10, 2013

Show Me Sunday - Flower Beads with Rebecca of Songbead

How's March going for you all? As predicted, the sunshine hasn't been sustained here in Manchester, UK, but I am hopeful it will return. As long as it doesn't rain all the time, it's not so bad! And it means more time indoors, playing with beads....I can't really complain about that! Although it's less playing and more packing in the Songbead/Curious residence at the moment.....and I can't complain about that either! I had a bunch of new waxed linen cord arrive in the most lovely colours and so I've taken a little time to play with them, pairing it with my favourite art beads of course.

We had a couple of really lovely shares last week (don't forget to leave your favourites in the comments to see them featured next week!). Bee Tree by Me showed off one of her lovely blossom pendants that she's been working on recently:


And Jeannie Ducik shared her gorgeous Cherry Blossoms. Aren't they just the loveliest colours?  


I thought I'd mix it up a little this week - rather than sharing the usual treasury with you, I have created a few inspiration boards, featuring handmade flower beads and some beads and components that you could pair them with. I couldn't resist throwing in some of my own Curious czech glass into the mix of course....;-)



A lot of the shops I've included here are British - extra great if you're from the UK, but still easy to shop (given the wonder of etsy ;-)) at if you're from anywhere else on the globe!

And now for the Bead Blogger Links:

A Bead A Day 
While waiting on spring to arrive, how about entering to win a surprise bead giveaway? Stop by A Bead A Day! 

About.com Jewelry Making 
Yers, it is possible to craft a seed bead career. Find out how this designer did it.

Art Bead Scene 
Erin picks out some inspiring finds on Etsy for this month's Art Bead Scene Challenge. 

Beading Arts 
As a part of celebrating Seed Bead Month on Beading Arts, Cyndi shares her favorite seed bead suppliers and books! 

Carmi's Art/Life World 
You wouldn't think that quilling and fish leather would go together...but they do and create the loveliest flower rings! 

Resin Crafts! 
In a two part post Carmi explains how she made a vintage piece of trim a necklace component by encasing it in resin. 

Snap out of it, jean! There's beading to be done! 
Gestures of friendship: a complicated story of the travels of a Kelly Russell bead, halfway around the world 

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton 
Andrew has been participating in the Fusion Beads 30 Day Bead Challenge to celebrate National Craft Month! Here's a recap of the projects he made for the first seven days! 

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Rebecca is a Scottish jewellery designer, currently living in Manchester, England. You can read more about her and her work at her blog, songbeads.blogspot.com and see more of her jewellery at songbead.etsy.com. She also has a supplies shop at thecuriousbeadshop.etsy.com.

7 comments:

Ann Schroeder said...

What lovely groupings! I am inspired to go back to a flower and fruit bead bracelet design I had abandoned. Thank you.

Cinnamon Jewellery said...

Really lovely choices. Thanks for including my copper headpins too!

Hazel Ward said...

Some fabulous collections there (but then again, anything involving Czech glass is almost automatically fabulous)

Sharing flower beads:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/103544523/lakeside-polymer-clay-bead-set?ref=v1_other_2

https://www.etsy.com/listing/62664983/meadow-sweet-polymer-clay-pendant?

inlovewithsaturday said...

Lovely selection! I have a few flower beads I have made:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123854899/lampwork-tree-bead-now-all-the-fingers?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123020793/lampwork-focal-bead-poppy-field?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123115609/lampwork-bead-focal-lentil-before-there

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119730309/lampwork-goddess-focal-bead-mother-of?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123117576/lampwork-bead-focal-garden-the-weight-of?

Jeannie said...

Thanks for the shout out Rebecca. What a beautiful, unique collection. Looking at my Cherry Blossoms here has inspired me to make something with them.

maryharding said...

Lovely flower beads. Great theme for Sundays in March.
I have a flower to share:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/125693015/copper-button-and-4-copper-beads-flame?
It is made from copper and has a deep red flame patina.

Fallen Angel Brass said...

Love your pix! Thanks for mentioning us.
~ Karen & Tina