Monday, January 30, 2012

Dragonfly Star Tutorial

Good evening everyone! The Dragonfly Star Tutorial is finally finished. I had some unexpected time to work on it this evening and I think it is now as good as it is ever going to be. Have a look!

Favorite Hungarian Beadwork: Fianna Pendant

This is the Fianna Pendant by Ewa Kovács, a wonderfully talented Hungarian beader who graciously offers tons of awesome free patterns on her blog. The site is in both Hungarian and English, but the patterns are only in Hungarian. Luckily, her beautiful full color photos and helpful diagrams make following them easy even if you don’t speak the language. You can get this pattern here:

In case you are wondering, those are indeed Tila beads fanning out from the centers. I love tila beads, so it's probably no surprise that I found this design absolutely enchanting. The pattern wasn't too difficult but does require that you feel comfortable enough to bezel a rivoli with peyote stitch (since there are no instructions for that part). But the rest of the pattern is very straightforward and fairly simple. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Favorite Hungarian Beadwork: Flower Shield

This one is called Pajzsvirág Mintája (translation as best I can tell: Flower Shield). The pattern is by Krisztina Csapo and is available on her blog here: [Click on the word “innen” in the text below the first picture for the link to the Google Docs downloadable pdf] The pattern, like the site, is not in English, it’s in Hungarian.  However, I thought the diagrams were pretty easy to follow. 

This has become one of my favorite designs. The medallion is stable and feels durable without being too heavy. The materials are common and the color options are endless, making this one of my go-to patterns when I need to create an accompaniment for an outfit. :) I will say this: the pattern is physically challenging in terms of how tight some of the spaces are where you need to get a needle into. While it's small and looks fairly straight forward, I'd say this is an advanced pattern. Don't plan on doing them quickly until you've had lots of practice.

Favorite Hungarian Beadwork Project

Hello everyone! I haven't disappeared, I've just been busy with the holidays and the start of a new semester at school. The Dragonfly Star tutorial is taking a little more time than I expected, but I do hope to have it up soon. 

In the mean time, I thought I would share my latest obsession: Modern Hungarian beadwork design. The Hungarians are darned good at beading in the round and I have a few patterns, which I've found among some of the top Hungarian bead artists, that I can't seem to stop making. So I'll be posting a few photos over the next couple of weeks showcasing some of my favorite patterns and where you too can get your hands on them, in case you're thus inclined :)