A gem of a crystal – Emerald Cut

The Emerald Cut first appeared as a bead and pendant in 2016, the flat back version in 2017 and this year we’ve got the sew-on stone. Sew-on stones have 1.5mm holes at each end making them perfect for threading cords and adding jump rings. Heart shaped sew-on stones were ideal for bracelets but the beauty […]

Win tickets for the Knitting and Stitching Show in Edinburgh

The Knitting and Stitching Show is coming to Edinburgh for the second year at the end of April. It is a fantastic event, so if you have never been, do come along as there is so much to see and do. As well as the usual sales stalls there are fascinating things to see including the Textile Galleries,  Craft […]

Macramé meets Gender crystals

Swarovski gender symbols These new crystals from Swarovski seem to be a bit like marmite – you either love them or hate them. I personally love the shape of the crystals and find them very inspiring to work with. The macramé designs were commissioned by Swarovski to showcase innovative ways to attach the crystals. On the […]

Feeling the blues

Macramé is my favourite knotting technique and these two bracelets both use the basic square knot. All materials for these bracelets are available from I-Beads, one of my favourite online bead shops. Click the link to buy exactly what you need:  Arrow bracelet and  Chaton bracelet. You can make the bracelets using either 1mm leather or 1mm wax […]

Travel Age

My take on this fabulous Swarovski theme – ‘Offset by Crystal Copper, the simple beauty of blue-based hues offers refined simplicity in the modern romantic design direction’. The final piece finished in time for next week’s Swarovski Launch in London featuring the new cross tribe fancy stone and new royal green rivoli. I seem to have thrown so […]

Swarovski and macrame necklace

Simple style – it’s just four strands of rattail worked into a long braid of Square Knot macrame that is finished with ribbon crimps and a fastening. The Swarovski Fancy stones are wired together before being stitched to the macrame braid. This is featured in the new edition of Make and Sell Jewellery magazine

Macramé and Fancy Stone set

Macramé and Fancy Stone set So many people have been learning basic macramé knots to make Shamballa-style bracelets, so I’m sure this wide cuff bracelet and matching collar are well within their capabilities. Made using a basic flat knot, the new Swarovski Elements Mini-beads are added onto the outer cords to create a beautiful edging. The […]