This was originally published on mrspicklefish.blogspot.com on 26th March 2014
Bowls full of beads.... or bowls made of beads. Either is good with me!
My slight obsession with beads means that I often buy beads when I don't actually *need* them. Well, who does actually need beads...???
So, I bought some big tubes of bead soup a while ago, I think I ended up with 6 tubes of 24g of miyuki bead soup - just size 11 beads... nothing fancy, but some gorgeous colours.
Quite often I sit down with some beads with no idea what the finished product will be and just 'doodle' with beads (or beadoodle, as I like to call it).
I didn't have a plan when I started off with this, but I ended up with a bowl, looking rather like this!
It's a little flexible, but holds its shape nicely, with a rolled-edge at the top for stability. It measures about 7.5cm across at the top.
The bowl is made using a mixture of peyote, netting and right-angle-weave - it's quite a multi-stitch project, but it has been great fun to make. So much fun in fact, that I made three!!
I'm not sure they actually have much of a practical purpose, due to the holes in them, they're not massively useful for storing beads... but they are quite handy for putting earrings in at the end of the day.
The earrings in this little bowl are made using bead quilling techniques - the pinky ones are designed by Kathy King, and the golden ones are my design - published in Bead magazine in December.
I plan to write a tutorial for making these cute little bowls... I'd love to hear what you think about them.