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A new red and gold and iris pendant inspired by Anglo Saxon Jewellery (see also the altered book post below), with some brooches made some time ago. The other images show a selection of bangles and bracelets, and a few necklaces.

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One reason why this blog had been sadly neglected was that I was challenged by a friend to alter a book, and that took a lot of research and experimenting. The book was a scholarly tome about Anglo-Saxon England in the 9th and 10th century. Of course I had to include some Anglo-Saxon jewellery – inspired by the article in The Beadworkers Guild Journal July 2017 on the Staffordshire hoard. The jewellery is in a niche formed by glueing the back section of pages of the book together and cutting the niche into the block. I decorated the front cover of the book with copper shim embossed with Celtic type patterns and Celtic patterned buttons, plus a rubbing of King Alfred taken from an embossed image on the original front cover of the book. The book is in an exhibition of altered books, organised by Sparks Artists, at the county museum in Aylesbury, Bucks until 14th February. The museum has done a splendid job in setting up the exhibition and lighting it beautifully.

Sorry the blog has been sadly neglected for a few months. I will show some seasonal makes here and then gradually add other new work completed in the missing months.

These Christmas tree decorations were inspired by the CGB pierced arrow design. After I finished them, I realised they would make good earrings so made a slightly smaller pair as earrings – now gone to a good home.


I love the colours in this chenille stitch rope, but I am not really happy with the pendant. At first I thought it was a brilliant idea to use netting to embellish the bezel as it echoed the pattern of the chenille stitch. But I have realised that the netting stitches are too crowded so the beads don’t sit correctly all the way round. Fortunately I designed the clasp and bail in such a way that I can remove the pendant easily as I wanted to be able to wear the rope on its own as well. If I can get another soft touch cabochon in this colour I will have another attempt at the pendant, but until then I will keep this one rather than undoing it so I can compare them.

I have made quite a few bangles and bracelets with tubular chenille stitch, and used it as a rope for necklaces, but have only just come across the idea of flat chenille stitch. The instructions I used were by Jean Cox on the Interweave website – thank-you Jean! This was just an experiment, but I was pleased with the result, so finished it off as a bracelet by adding a bezelled 8mm chaton¬†as a button for a clasp. (The button does not look quite right in the pictures because of the angle of the camera but it is in fact central on the bracelet.) A simple loop of beads at the other end goes round the button. I also added some edging beads as I don’t like to see the thread along the edges.

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