Let fire inspire

Captivated by the magic of working with glass, Rebecca Weddell creates beautiful and unique lampwork beads and offers a range of beadmaking courses.

Happy gift recipient!

Christa kindly sent me a picture of her mum Hilary wearing the glass bead pendant that she gave her for Christmas - I gather she’s pleased!

My mum absolutely loves her glass bead necklace! Thank you.

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Christa is an artist and illustrator, with a diverse range of work from on-the-spot watercolour portraits to military art.

Do have a look at her website - her work is breathtaking. I even her commissioned her to paint my portrait ‘in action’ for Mr LFI’s 50th birthday last year!

Crochet accessories

I know that beads can be used for all sorts of things, but I don’t often use my beads in things other than jewellery. However, I seem to have opened up a little sideline in crochet accessories!

In the run-up to Christmas I had been involved in a very exciting ‘Secret Santa’ project with my mates on #CraftBlogClub on Twitter, which saw me making some crochet stitch markers incorporating my lampwork beads. Thank you to Christine at www.craftyism.com for the inspiration!

You can read all about the Secret Santa shenanigans here.

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I had no idea that this little project of mine would result in an order from another crochet enthusiast! Sarah Skilton from Adventure Accessories has been kind enough to send me some pictures of hers in action!

The whole Secret Santa project made me want to start doing some crochet myself - I think it’s going to be quite some time before I get to Sarah’s standard!

The whole Secret Santa project made me want to start doing some crochet myself - I think it’s going to be quite some time before I get to Sarah’s standard!

Lonan's hard work

Theresa - whose work you have already met in the post below this one - came to me for an all-day one-to-course back in September, having never made lampwork glass beads before. Wanting to then consolidate what she had learned, at the beginning of October she came for a couple of hours of independent ‘torchtime’ at the Let Fire Inspire workshop, and practised shaping the glass in the flame and working with an assortment of stringers to make some bright dotty beads.

Theresa and her toddler grandson Lonan then had a brilliant time making this fabulous necklace - they’re both really pleased with it, and Theresa has kindly allowed me to use her photograph of it here.

Our next torchtime session is in the diary for next week - I can’t wait to see what Theresa makes!

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Theresa

One of my latest students, Theresa, who completed my all-day course last month, came back to the Let Fire Inspire workshop today for a couple of hours of torchtime. She’s set to be a regular visitor, and keenly embarked on a morning of ‘just making beads to get to know how the glass behaves’.

Her ‘Beads in the Wild’ are the ones she’d made on the day course. In fact she was wearing this necklace this morning - stunning sterling silver wirework, complete with spiralled endcaps and figure-of-eight links around the back, setting off her lampwork beads absolutely beautifully!

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The Workshop, 8 Village Works, London Road, East Hoathly
Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6QA
01825 840638

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