Monday, October 21, 2013

Gayetha Designs at Tasmanian Craft Fair

From Friday 1st November to Monday 4th November Gayetha Designs will once again be at the Tasmanian Craft Fair at Deloraine.

For sale will be many newly designed necklaces, earrings and bracelets and some new things such as beaded scarves and beaded Christmas decorations.

Have a look at some of our new designs here.

Come and see Max and me at Stall 116 in Venue 1, the nice hall near the bridge in Deloraine.  We will be there between 9am and 5pm daily.  The fair ends on Monday at 4pm.

The Tasmanian Craft Fair is very worthwhile visiting for anyone interested in craft and art and of course it will also be a great opportunity for people to buy unique and interesting Christmas presents.

The Gayetha Designs stall last year
For those who came to our stall last year, this year we are in the same venue, but just around the corner from our 2012 spot.

For some previews of new designs we will be selling have a look at

See you at Deloraine!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Snakes and Markets

So - what does one do with a pile of Japanese long magatama beads?   I had to buy them because they were so interesting, but somehow they didn't make their way into any of the beaded pieces that I was making.   Then I saw a pic of a brick-stitched bracelet, in one of the magazines, using them.

But brick stitch is a bit slow, and the beads are very unwieldy.   So they sat in my stash for some months while other projects took my fancy.

Then I had a bit of a breakthrough in managing to do some tubular crochet rope necklaces.   One could say I got a little obsessed with the technique for a while.    So, when I had a go at crocheting the long magatamas - suddenly I had this sinuous, scaly creature-like rope.   It just had to become a lovely slithery sssssnake.    The perfect gift for my dear friend Rosy for her birthday!  

I had such fun making this one, I had to make another!    So, ready for Christmas, Wayne's Sssssnake was hatched.

He is a bit less smooth - more like he has his hackles up.    Plus he has fangs to go with his red forked tongue!   A much more dangerous character.

And my other news - I have sent some more lovely lampwork pieces up to the Artisan Gallery and Wine Centre, north of Launceston in Tasmania.   If you are up that way drop in and check out the beautiful range of quality handcrafted artworks (and Tassie wine if you like that sort of thing).

This weekend - Sunday 13th January - I will have the Gayetha Designs range on display at the  

Kingston Beach Handmade Market

Come along and say hello!   Sadly there will be no snakes there, but lots of other fabulous glassy goodness that I have had a lot of fun making.  

For more information, and how to get there -

Friday, December 7, 2012

Gayetha Designs this weekend at Kingston Beach

This Sunday from 10am to 3pm a Kingston Beach Handmade Market will be held in and around the community hall at 20-24 Beach Road, Kingston Beach.

This is a new market that will take place on the second Sunday of each month.  Last month was the first time and it was a real success with a great variety of stalls all selling products handmade by the stallholder, food, music, a choir, and other entertainment.
Gayetha Designs will be there this Sunday with a stall in the hall.

On display will be Gaye's wonderful array of earrings, pendants and other affordable quality work.

The organisers are promising that there will be a wonderful mix of high quality handmade toys, jewellery, photography, hand spun wool, portraiture, body products, artwork, children’s clothing, jams and preserves, native plants, delicious food and much, much more… even treats for man’s best friend! Everything you need for a Happy Handmade Christmas! 

For more information about the Kingston Beach Handmade Market visit

See you there!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Gayetha Designs at the Tasmanian Craft Fair

We will be heading up to Deloraine early on Thursday morning to set up our stall at the yearly Tasmanian Craft Fair.   It will run for four days and is my major retail event for the year.   I have made lots of lampwork glass necklaces, pendants and earrings, but I have quite a bit of seed beadwork on offer this year too.  I have added a few other bits and pieces in, all beaded in some way, so that there will be a bit of variety, because strangely enough, not everyone wants to wear lampwork (although I really wish they would!)
One of the conditions of entry is that I must demonstrate my craft at the stall.   I wouldn't dare to take a propane/oxygen torch into the lovely hall where we will be though - I might burn the beautiful wooden floors!  Last year I demonstrated Tudor style (netting) beadweaving.  This year I have been having a lot of fun doing tubular crochet beaded ropes so I will demonstrate how to make them to any of interested passers-by.   Crochet tubes are really soft and amazingly flexible.  Very comfy to wear too.
You can do all sorts of patterns - subtle or bold, depending on your choice of beads.   They work up fairly quickly once you get the knack for it.  I have worked out a few tips for the technique which I needed to do so that it wouldn't take six months just to do only one.
 You can get lovely textures and interesting effects by using beads other than seed beads.
Another fun activity that I did over Tassie's long dark winter was to get my old knitting machine out and knit a few scarves in fine wool and cotton.   This one is in 4ply (fingering weight) merino and alpaca.  Naturally I had to add some beads!  So I will have a few of these at the Tasmanian Craft Fair as well. 

I had great intentions to have a lot of brooches too, but I only managed to keep one for the Fair - the others made wonderful presents.  Maybe next year....

I have been so busy in the last few weeks   I am looking forward to the excitement of having my pieces all out on show.  I plan to have a bit of a rest after that!

If you are able to get to the Tasmanian Craft Fair at Deloraine - come and see Gaye and Max in Venue 1, Stall 102.  Also in our venue there is Eraine's fantastic stall, More Than Skin Deep, with beautiful soap and skin care products that she makes herself.   Next to her will be Denise, Stitched By Me, who does the most amazing smocking.   And nearby is Bev with her beautiful bound books, BookSeed.   The rest of the Fair is packed with the products of hundreds of talented makers/designers.   It is a feast for people who appreciate handmade crafts.

The Tasmanian Craft Fair will open this Friday 9am (2 November) and continue until 4pm on Monday (5 November).  For more information visit

Friday, September 28, 2012

This Sunday we will be at Snug Market

This Sunday (30 September) Gayetha Designs will once again have a stall at the Snug market.

Snug Market is a community market and has a great variety of produce and crafts.  The food that is available for lunch is the creation of local master cook Toni of Honey Child Catering and is worth a visit in itself.  Snug Market is open from 10am to 2pm.

Coming from Hobart drive until you reach Snug Primary School halfway down Snug's main road, then turn left into Beach Road.  The market is held in the community hall, which is the last building on your left, nearest to the beach.

Go here for a review of this market.

Snug Market is held on the last Sunday of every month from 10 until 2.  A great day out!

Friday, September 21, 2012

New stock and new blog

Some web sites remain the same for ever and why would you go back to them once you have seen them a couple of times?

The latest update of the Gayetha Designs web site has a new banner intended to make it clear that all Gayetha Designs jewellery is handmade and quality.

There are a lot of new items in our online gallery AND you are looking at a completely new blog that looks much better than the previous one we had and has some interesting new features:

  • you can quickly find posts on subjects that interest you
  • you can subscribe to this blog, so you receive new posts automatically in your email
  • you can skip between web site and blog with ease

Enter your email address in the box in the right-hand column of the blog. When you receive an email with the title 'Feedburner Email Subscriptions', confirm that you would like to be kept up-to-date with new posts coming from the Gayetha Designs and, bingo, you will automatically receive them in your email from then on.

We hope you will enjoy this update.

On my work bench this week

On my work bench this week was a brooch.  It was my version of the Granada brooch pattern designed by Sabine Lippert.  I have made it with Tasmanian Stichtite in Serpentine olive toned beads. 

This is a beautiful pattern to make and Sabine’s new book Beaded Fantasies is an absolute treasure for any bead weaver.

And here is the end result.  I have made this for a friend who wants it as a gift for her mum.  I have made other ones with different beads and colours too.  I love this pattern.  I am having great fun playing with embellished right-angle weave lately.

(dated 29/08/2012 - transferred from previous Gayetha Designs blog)