Helen Clarence Designs - Handmade jewellery with individual elegance

Welcome…

I’ve been ‘beading’ – very much a verb, for 10 years. I now sell my designs in the made up form and also as patterns and kits but have been shy of ‘blogging’ – another new verb – but at last have taken the plunge.

I love texture in my work and use a variety of stitches, mainly peyote, netting, herringbone and right angle weave. As a trained embroiderer you would think that I would love bead embroidery but for some reason I just love off-loom bead weaving. I think it’s the idea of creating a fabric from nothing, just the beads and the thread.

I live in a very rural part of France and find my inspiration all around me; to love living here you have to love the countryside. I get excited about small things like the carpet of moss covering my local forest floor, tree stumps with mushrooms growing out of them; coloured beetles that make you wonder how on earth do they fly?;  to hummingbird moths and fuzzy caterpillars. What I see every day as I walk out with my Border collie dog keeps me coming back for more and wondering how will I find the time to recreate it all in beads?

I hope as I develop my blogging skills I’ll be able to share my enthusiasm for the visual world I live in, in both words and in beads!

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