It’s been a negligently long time since my last post, but I haven’t forgotten about you, dear readers. I’m pleased to see that you haven’t forgotten about me either. My blog has been getting plenty of views in my absence, and my Facebook page has just reached 1000 likers! How exciting. Of course, such a milestone requires a celebration. Right now, I have a competition on Facebook to win my One-of-a-kind Clara necklace (pictured below). Not your thing? How about three tutorials of your choice from my store, instead? Head to Facebook and like my page, and the post containing the instructions and you’re in to win. Share the post too, if you’re so inclined, it’s not necessary to win, but it’s good Karma.
In other news, everyone is talking about Hubble Stitch! If you haven’t tried it, do it now. Right now. Drop everything and go for it. It’s so addictive and versatile. It was designed by Melanie de Miguel, who has this beautiful book detailing the technique and it’s many uses. Her biggest convert is the lovely Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, who also has a number of tutorials featuring The Hubble in her store Jewelry Tales. I made my own version of her Mermaid Bracelet. I didn’t have the 2mm crystals that her pattern called for, but I substituted 11/0 seed beads and it worked fine. Of course, the instructions were beautifully written and illustrated, as Cynthia’s work always is.
Mermaid Bracelet, Designed by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, beaded by Jenny Sangster
Who doesn’t love a good sale, huh? With Christmas quickly approaching, we could all use a good bargain, and what better gift than a unique one of a kind piece of jewellery! Every item (excluding tutorials) has been significantly reduced to clear the way for fresh stock in the New Year. Have a browse in store here.
Silver and Turquoise Mailye Necklace with Swarovski Crystals, on sale now!
Looking for something a bit more personal? Order a custom piece of jewellery in your (or your loved one’s) favourite colours. All custom orders received before December 1 will also receive a free mystery gift, but get in quick, numbers are strictly limited. To enquire, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or PM me on Facebook.
The free tutorial for the Hop-Scotch chain is available now. In the tutorial I use a combination of Superduos and Rizos, however Rizos can be replaced with Superduos if necessary, or both can be replaced with twins, as I’ve used in the necklace below. To get your tutorial, go to this link, add it to your cart and checkout as usual. Your payment of $0 will be accepted and your tutorial will be emailed to you within 24 hours. (EDIT: I have just learned that I can share the PDF to everyone though this link, no need to go through the purchase rigmarole). Share it, teach it, sell your wares if you wish. Please don’t sell copies of the pattern though, this is free for everybody to use.
I have also now completed my tutorial for The Orient Express, which is available here.
But it’s not all tutorials, I’m still enjoying making jewellery. This week I’m getting back to wirework, starting with my Flutter Away necklace. I’ve been dying to use one of my Ultra Swarovski Rivolis and this pink one makes me very happy.
It turns out, I quite enjoy writing tutorials, who would have thought? It’s nice to have something to work on during those evenings when the creative juices just aren’t flowing through my needles. I now have three tutorials in store, including one for my Rosetta bracelets pictured below. I have also added a link to the menu of this blog that goes directly to the Tutorials section of my store.
I’ve been having fun with two-holed beads this week. I’ve used Superduos in the past, but not a lot, so I decided that it’s high-time I got them out and played around. I came up with a design I call The Orient Express, which I then repeated using Tila’s and Rulla’s; my first time using these shapes. The tutorial for The Orient Express is coming soon.
Then I found a little packet of Rizo beads that Preciosa sent me as a freebie sometime last year and I came up with a cute little chain design that I call Hop-Scotch. It’s super easy and basically Right Angle Weave. Feel free to copy it if you can see the thread-path – I intend to release it as a free-tutorial for beginners.
I love Halloween, I love the crisp Autumn leaves, the beautiful colours that are all around us, the fresh pumpkin ready for harvest. I love the symbolism, a time to honor and reach out to our dearly departed, when the veils between our world and the next are like gossamer. I even love the novelties, the ghosts, witches and zombies. But what I really, really hate is that we celebrate it in spring. What. The. Hell? Ok, I get it, Halloween is a Northern hemisphere tradition, so we (or rather our purveyors of cheap sweets and Scream masks) jump on their pumpkin cart at join in their celebrations. But it’s all wrong! Halloween is meant to be seasonal! As in the season of Autumn. It is symbolic of the dying world slipping in to Winter. It should not be celebrated when lambs are prancing and birds are chirping, that’s Easter dammit!!
But one cannot fight the masses without looking like a lunatic, so I must accept it. I will give to those kids who come to my door each year, no costumes, plastic shopping bag thrust toward me and a mumble of “got any lollies?”. I will dress my kids up as dinosaurs and give them too much sugar and popcorn. While they eat, I will explain to them that they will not be knocking on strangers doors and asking for food while I still respect myself as a parent, miser that I am. I’ll introduce my darlings to the magical world of Tim Burton with a screening of Corpse Bride and all will be well. Then perhaps we’ll pick flowers and decorate eggs.
Anyway to show that I’m not a complete ghoul, I’m going to have yet another giveaway. I didn’t intend to do a Halloween giveaway, it didn’t occur to me until someone mentioned it last week. Why not, I thought, so I’ve been madly beading trying to get this beautiful netted necklace completed. Orange, purple and black always look fab together, Halloween or no Halloween. Enter using the rafflecopter app here. Entries are open worldwide.
School holidays are underway here, so things are predictably chaotic. When I get a moment between, “I’m hungry”, “I’m bored”, “He’s hurting me” and the classic, “MUUUUUUUUUUUUM!!!!”, I’m writing my first ever bracelet tutorial. It won’t be available for a while though, as I want to get several under my belt and refine my process before I offer them up for public scrutiny.
My first tutorial has a few different stitches in it: herringbone, brick, CRAW and peyote. When I got to the CRAW (Cubic Right-Angle Weave) part, I soon realised that the tutorial writing process was going to be extremely long if I showed everything from scratch, in every tutorial that featured this three-dimensional stitch. I’ve decided to write a separate instruction sheet for CRAW that will be available for free, and it will also be included in paid tutorial downloads that require it. As time goes on I will offer instructions for other stitches to supplement future tutorials.
To be taken to the PDF page for the CRAW tutorial, click the image below. There you can view, print or download the file to your computer.
I’ve got so many ideas spinning around in my head, it’s difficult to choose which one to do next. My brain is just a jumble of wire, rivoli, beads in a thousand different forms and thread-paths that may or may not work.
Inner turmoil aside, it’s sunny here, and warm. I’ve missed this kind of weather, every winter i forget about it’s existence and when it does show up, it always catches me by surprise. Despite the sudden urgency I feel to get into a less rounded shape, this weather has put me in a good mood. A giving mood. A giveaway mood. With the help of rafflecopter, I am running a giveaway in which the winner chooses ANY item from the Facebook Sale photo album. Isn’t that fabulous? From 12am Thursday 19 September (NZ time) you can enter using the “Giveaway” tab on the Jenny Sangster Jewellery Facebook page. This competition is open worldwide. Good Luck!