As well as making things with yarn and fabric I like to make jewellery, and have sold it in the past to friends and relatives, as well as on craft stalls. I've made such a lot of yarny things in the last couple of years that I don't make as much jewellery as I used to, but every once in a while I get my beads and pliers out and sit down for an afternoon's creating. This week the richness of the season's autumnal colours inspired me to make a necklace from some bright, firepolished glass beads.
I wanted to keep the colour selection as random as possible, so I threaded them onto a piece of tiger tail wire and finished it with a lobster clasp.
It's a simple make and the beads have a lustre to them which makes the glass catch the light.
I love the prettiness of them.
Still feeling inspired, I got my semi-precious beads out and made another simple item, a bracelet made from stones which reflect the colours of fallen leaves - agate, jade and jasper. I finished it off with a sweet silver clasp.
The stones give the bracelet a nice weight, and they feel cool to the touch. Some of them are clear while others have interesting streaks and patterns.
Here's another very easy autumnal bracelet which I made last year. It's made from wooden beads on elastic thread in bright, zingy shades of orange, yellow and purple. It reminds me of autumn flowers like chrysanthemums, and vegetables such as aubergines and pumpkins.
Happy colours, I think.
A few years ago I made this orange and antique silver bracelet from a very random collection of odd beads. I like the mix of large and small, clear and opaque, and the mix of materials. For the findings I used tiger tail wire and an antique-effect clasp.