Jean Power is one of my most favourite beadwork artists - possibly number one. I love her use of geometry and the fact that her patterns are so easy to follow and cheap as chips to boot! For a long time I just drooled whenever I saw any of her pieces in magazines and then I found her website. Oh my! So much to choose from and so many colour ways to bead these wonderful objects.
I decided to start slowly and ordered her Rainbow Skulls pattern first and I made one each for my cousin and her daughter as phone dangles:
After finding the way Jean sets out her patterns to be so unbelievably simple and thoroughly easy to follow I decided to take the plunge and bought her Geometric Series Set - an absolute steal at only £24! Again, these patterns were so easy to follow that I started by making the Geometric 3-4-1 Triangle bracelet:
Mary Quant-esque to me so I made it up in contrasting black and white. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the finished piece any more as I made it as a gift for a friend but here it is in progress:
Geometric Stars necklace... Oh my goodness! For a collar that looks so difficult, the pattern is an absolute dream! Again, I'm an idiot because I forgot to take a picture of it before it became a Christmas present for a very dear friend but my Mum beaded it as well. Where hers is red and silver, mine was only silver:
Miriam Bangle and thought it was absolutely gorgeous. A while back I had made my Nanna a plain peyote rope necklace in silver with a line of red beads spiralling round it and thought I would see if I could make a version of this to go with it as a Christmas present this year. I bought myself a couple of Swarovski rivolis, some memory wire and (most importantly!) some remote control helicopter fuel line to keep the tube in shape.
@jeanpower) and she definitely kept my chin up with her encouragement. It took a while to finish (mainly because I kept drinking red wine rather than beading) but finish it I did and here it is!
In all, if you bead, I urge you to visit Jean's website and spent some time drooling over her work, read her blog and see all the pretties that she makes then order some of her patterns - they may look difficult but if you know the basics in peyote, you're already onto a winner! I know that me and my credit card are waiting with bated breath, ready to order when she releases her faux cro instructions!