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A Message of Gratitude

I would like to take the time to thank everyone who has purchased my Harlequin tutorial. It has been the largest tutorial I have written and was a huge learning experience. I also want to thank everyone who gave me feedback, both complementary and constructive criticism. Some truly wonderful advice was received and changes were made accordingly, transforming it into something I feel very proud of. I’m also grateful to have received my first reviews on Etsy (5 stars – whoop whoop!). It has been wonderful to see photos of your own Harlequins – please keep sharing them!

Harlequin Bangle - Small Neon

Harlequin Bangle – Small Neon

Having worked almost exclusively with delicas for the last few months it’s been nice to just tinker with the bead stash again. I came up with these nifty little cubes.

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The kids pilfered the first four (not pictured), which I made while trying to perfect the final thread-path. Then the lure of the visible colour spectrum drew me in. I began weaving the indigo/violet cube, but realised that the violet wasn’t quite right. It was pale and silver lined, whereas the other colours are bright and opaque. I’ve ordered three different purples from The Bead Hold, just to be sure. I have a vague idea of where I’m going with this, but vague ideas are subject to change without notice. Time will tell.

Harlequin Tutorial

That’s right, I have finally finished the Harlequin tutorial! It’s 18 pages of detailed illustrations, photos and written instructions. This tutorial is very thorough and includes step-by-step instructions for the MRAW band and Exploding Round, and FOUR Miyuki Delica colour schemes (code numbers included) in three sizing options.

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You can find it in my Etsy store. I hope you enjoy it.

Summer Days

Hot lazy days are here again. Christmas is done and dusted, but the school holiday rages on. The nights are hot and sleepless and the days are warm and weary. One has a tendency to relax more than One should. There’s a million jobs that need doing because I procrastinated through spring. I only just today sorted out my linen cupboard and packed away the winter woolies.
Every day my goal has been to get some beading time in, but every day it’s a struggle to get more than half an hour in. Yesterday, in a fit of inspiration, I donned my headphones, put on a Algernon Blackwood audiobook, attached a new thread to my beadwork and promptly slipped into the dreamworld. My 7 year-old woke me up two hours later to tell me that my snoring was scaring her and that she had taken the remote control out of sleeping Daddy’s hand before he dropped it.

This morning I decided to go for a walk before it got too hot, so at 6.30am the girl-child and I visited some ducks and explored the cemetery. I was feeling quite smug with myself for out-witting the sun, for surely early exercise would give me the energy boost that would keep me going through the day.  But then l I got home and napped most of my morning away.  It’s now 2pm and I could quite easily go back to sleep.

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So progress for me has been characteristically slow this month, but I do have something to show for it. My Harlequin tutorial is finished! It’s available in my Etsy store now. Well, I thought it was finished, but then someone asked if there were sizing options. Whoops!! That was quite an oversight. So I am rectifying that, and anyone who has bought the tutorial, or buys the tutorial in the interim, will be contacted and emailed a new and improved copy with two more sizing options and colour ways. The patterns for the new sizes are complete, but I need to partially bead them to get an accurate measurement. Watch this space!


Harlequin: Cool

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It was a long haul but I finally finished my Cool version of the Harlequin armband. I’ve been making it so long, I was getting thoroughly sick of looking at it. But now it’s finished and it’s beaImage 01utiful once again.

I’m not exactly sure how long it took me to make. I always forget to keep track of the time, but it’s got 57 rows and each row takes somewhere around 25 minutes. That’s 1425 minutes (23 hours 45 mintues) not including time spent designing, adding thread or fixing errors. That’s probably a pretty conservative guess really, yesterday I used the same equation to work out how much longer I had to go until it was finished. My estimate was 4 hours, but it turned out to be 6 hours so I’m a little worse for wear today. But it’s finished. And it’s glorious.


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Pictured is my most recent completed piece, Harlequin. The complex pattern of overlapping diamonds reminded me of the bright colours and patterns of the harlequin stage costumes of yesteryear. It was inspired by the work of Kate McKinnon, author of Contemporary Geometric beadwork. After seeing a photo of it, Kate has asked that I send it Image 01to her in Arizona so that she can photograph it herself. She has also asked if I would make another similar piece, which is in progress now. I’m extremely flattered that Kate would request my work, as I never considered myself to be be of the same caliber of the amazing artists who have contributed to her first volume of CGB. Of course I am aware than not every photographed piece will make it to print, and mine may very well end up on the cutting room floor – but simply to be asked and to have my work admired by my peers (and a few idols) is enough to inflate my ego and have me strutting around the house like some kind of chunky Mick Jagger.

The new armband is of cooler hues and is looking fantastic so far, but the process is slow. The pattern is based on the same idea, but is entirely new. I only work at night due to being a busy stay at home mum, or as the internet would say, ‘SAHM’ (am I the only one who finds these acronyms irritating?). I usually manage between 3 and 4 hours of work a night, but I would happily bead 8 hours a day if I could. I’m not a patient person and to see my creation grow by mere millimeters is frustrating. But I keep going because I know how great it’s going to feel to see it finished.

These pieces won’t be available for sale for a while, but I am happy to do custom work for anyone who would like one. No two will be the same and there is a huge range of colour options available. If you would like a quote (with no obligation) for a Harlequin armband or any other jewellery email me at sales@jennysangster.co.nz