Welcome to the debut newsletter from The Beaded Ewe. As promised, you’ll only see us popping up in your email once or twice a month. We prefer spending time at our work benches creating unique and beautiful things, or experimenting with new techniques, rather than composing tons of emails.
As valued subscribers, on the last Friday of each month, you will receive a preview of listings slated for the shop. If you see something you MUST have and want to get it before anyone else, respond to this email and we’ll make special arrangements. Keep in mind each piece is one of a kind (ooak). So many times inspiration grabs us and we follow the flow without stopping to measure or even think about making a duplicate. It goes something like this:
Eileen: This is beautiful. How did you do it?
Deb: Don’t know. I watched a tutorial, and it started out with a plan. The plan didn’t work. Had to adapt. The stone/wire/beads/wool told me what to do. This is what I got.
The last bit often entails ripping apart a piece several dozen times before it cooperates.
However, if you do see something you like, but want to have it modified (different colors, stones, metals, fibers) you can talk to us about a custom order. The final will be similar, but definitely not an exact replica.
Beach Baby Purple
After having made this in a blue version, we were asked if it could be done in purple. Creating this gave me an opportunity to incorporate my latest love; Kumihimo. The upper Kumi braid is sprinkled with white seed beads that look like little water droplets. The bottom half is mermaid glass and two ceramic turtles. The seahorse is gold colored brass wire, seed beads, and a matte amethyst bead at the center. This is one of those “I don’t know how I did it” things and making it for a second time had its challenges.
One plus when making Kumihimo, it’s easy to make more of a braid than you need and I was able to create a bracelet for this set.
Celestial Wave Traditional Mala
This mala embodies the love and protection of the angels. Meditating with this and calling on angelic energy is like surrounding yourself in the softest down blanket. The main beads are Angelite, Rose Quartz, and Fragrant Sandalwood (yes, it really does smell good!).
The large marker beads are Tensha beads that depict the famous Japanese painting “The Great Wave”. A silver Guru bead an Kumihimo tassel finish it off. Comes with or without hand-crafted wet felted bag.
Touch the Ground Traditional Mala
The creation of a gift for a dear friend inspired this grounding mala. The original necklace was comprised of the same beads; malachite, mahogany sandalwood, Baltic amber, bumblebee jasper, and a silky soft matte desert picture jasper oval pendant. When Jen put the necklace on for the first time she said, “I felt like I had been reset. It’s perfect.”
I expanded the pattern into this stunning mala for grounding meditations. Interestingly enough, the pattern and colors on the felted bag resembled a bumblebee jasper stone.
Although all our malas are hand knotted, the beads on this one wanted to swallow up the knots. Instead, I’ve used green seed beads. The tassel is Kumihimo wrapped with wire.
That’s all for now. Thank you all for your support and for subscribing. Stay in touch, we’ve got plenty more to come!