I love the library. But it also tends to drag me down a rabbit hole now and then, as it did this week with the book, Embellished Beadweaving by Laura McCabe. This is just a gorgeous book. She takes her designs from nature which is difficult to do with beadwork unless you are really talented.
I fell in love with her bracelet design based on a nudibranch. If you know me, you’ll know that I think nudibranchs are easily one of the most gorgeous group of creatures. The colors and shapes never cease to amaze me. I mean, honestly, just bing “nudibranch” and you’ll also be amazed. (yes, bing, not google). Here, I did it for you!
The base of the design is a basic spiral rope which I have never done. But Lauran’s written instructions and simple diagrams are perfect. I am really critical of instructions in books because I am self taught when it comes to all things bead weaving. The rope just magically spirals. This is just a little test strip, I’ll probably turn it into a simple bracelet but I have my eye on some dagger beads over at Fire Mountain Gems that I think I’ll order now that I know I can make this bracelet.
I really recommend having a look at Laura McCabe’s website for some inspiration. Her work is edgy and definitely one of a kind – I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Part of what makes her work stand out is her use of unusual materials and luckily for all of us, she has a shop for things like beetle wings and glass eyes! Her shop is actually really extensive and I can see coming back for supplies for some of my textile pieces.