Paris handmade Pearl and Crystal Earrings on Silver

Monday, 29 August 2011


Just attempting to make some buttonholes, or boutonierre as they are otherwise known.  Crumbs they're not as simple as they look.  I think crocheting 9ct gold was slightly easier :?

still I'll soldier on and I will solve the issue, I'll post some pics as and when I think they're good enough.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Wow! A big welcome to all my new followers

Thank you to all of you who have decided to follow Purple Princess Designs, aka Purplepolly on

Here I will post news of new items, articles of interest and new design innovations, where possible, from stages such as London and Paris Fashion weeks.  If anyone has an idea for a blog, or would like to guest blog, please do feel free to contact me, I'm more than happy to accept suggestions and ideas.

Recently I have started a bead club in our local area, we are small, yet perfectly formed so far.  Our last session saw us beading in the most wonderful wooden structure in the garden with sunshine flooding through the 'windows'.  Some call it a gazebo, or a small summerhouse.  it's circular with built in bench seats and a huge round table in the middle, perfectly set for beading.  The windows are canvas and plastic 'roll uppable' shutters allowing for light to flood in, and yet keeping the rain well and truly out.  what a wonderful session, and some beautiful, yet simple articles made by the lovely beady ladies present.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

who thought you could crochet with wire?

Yes it's true, a couple of years ago, even a year ago I would not have thought it possible to be able to crochet with wire, and yet voila!  here I am crocheting, not only with wire, but also with 9ct gold wire! 

I attach a photo for your perusal.  As you can see the bracelet consists of Swarovski pearls and crystals, and diamante 'disco balls' for extra sparkle.  My bride was extremely happy with the result, as the powder almond and light creamrose pearls fitted perfectly with her theme, dress and tiara.  Personally I don't think this photo does it any where near the justice it deserves.  Let me know what you think.