Beading for Victory

5 Aug

For the last 5 years I have helped my Mum out at the Lunesdale Agricultural show, she’s the show secretary, so each year I’ve lent a hand with various little jobs and also acquired the role of steward for the mounted fancy dress (that’s kids and ponies in fancy dress to us muggles). It’s quite wonderfully refreshing really and a stark contrast to working in a city some 150 miles away. The first year I helped out I was told off by a 10 yr old boy for not knowing my sheep breeds (maybe I should have asked him if he could tell the difference between knitting and crochet). Being at the show each year I took the opportunity to enter some of my handmade items into the home industries competition.

Trophy image - Nettynot BlogHaving won several 1st, 2nd and 3rd prices for various items over the years, from pin cushions to knitted garments, hand felted items, cushions and jewellery, I very much wanted to win a trophy, but hadn’t held out much hope. Until last year, I won best exhibit in classes 1-5 with my bead woven star pendant (I was rather chuffed), you can also see my second prize winning bracelet on the right. It’s the only trophy I’ve ever won so I’ve enjoyed it sitting on my mantle piece for a year and there’s a part of my very happy that my name appears on the show’s website in the winners list 2014, sadly there’s no space to get your name engraved on the trophy (that really would have been the icing on the cake)!

This is the last year my Mum will be secretary and therefore I probably won’t be attending again. So my last opportunity to enter some creations. Several weeks ago I made a beaded bracelet with the intention of entering it in the home made jewellery category. It’s something I’ve wanted to make for while and this gave the the perfect opportunity to get on and do it. After doodling a few ideas while watch films recently I was eager to get started. I’ve already worn it loads, I purposefully went for colours I that would go with lots of things I wear. I’ve had lots of compliments too (thanks). Last week I decided to make another one, this time a thinner version based on the same design, swapping the blue for red, the subtle difference has made quite a difference to the finished look. I love this pattern and I’m already day dreaming of using it in some fairisle too.
Jewel loom bracelet - nettynot blogI do love a bit of beading on a loom and even more so now that I decided to buy a Jewel loom, they make life so much easier and the lovely ‘hide everything’ connector ends are brilliant, not only do they finish the bracelet neatly – I don’t have to sew in all the ends – whooh!

Finished handmade beadloom Bracelets - Nettynot Blog

I haven’t entered as many items as I have in previous years, life has been getting in the way and now I’ve achieved my dream of winning a trophy there’s less impetus. Despite having a dress to sew for a wedding I attended last weekend (blog will follow soon) and being in the middle of a (minor but ongoing) house disaster I have entered 3 other items too.
Superduo Necklace - Nettynot blogI made another piece of jewellery, a simple necklace with Superduo beads and Swarovski crystal, using peyote stitch in the round, joining the circles together as I went. I’m also entering the jumper I finished knitting earlier this year and a made a small patchwork pin cushion, not up to my usual standard of pin cushions but I really enjoyed making it so we’ll see what happens. Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading 🙂


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