This blog post contains product samples from Trollbeads as well as purchased items.
This year’s winner of the People’s Bead competition is Amanda White of England. This is the second time she’s won, with the previous winning bead design being Tropical Travels. The winning bead this time is called Framed by Ivy and can encompass a round stone or a pearl. I also was able to fit a prism, and Laura (@evepink123) on Instagram was even able to fit two round stones! It is possible that my piece was bent slightly during shipping, so do take a look around on social media to see the way people and stores are using it.
First, a bit about Amanda, the designer, and the inspiration behind the bead.
Amanda was born in Buckinghamshire (United Kingdom) in 1976, the same year the Trollbeads story began. From a young age she developed an interest in drawing and painting. She sees creativity as a gift, a talent that she inherited from her mother. Amanda has studied Art & Design at University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her profession is Graphic Design, where she works as a Creative Artworker.
Her passions are nature, design and music. Amanda draws inspiration from her surroundings. It doesn’t matter if she is in a busy city or the open countryside; there is always something of interest. Her opinion is that a lifetime is not long enough to see and experience all of the beauty our planet has to offer. She enjoys long walks with her boyfriend and loves to explore new destinations and capture the memories with her camera. She has a particular fondness for mountains, lakes and rock pools.
Amanda is a previous winner of People’s Bead in 2015 with ‘Tropical Travels’. When contemplating a new design for People’s Bead 2020, Amanda once again returned to her love of nature. “This design was created during a time all nations were urged to stay apart in order to protect those we love. In troubled times I found my solace by walking through the woods and countryside. During each visit I passed ivy covered trees. I admire ivy for it’s determination, vigour and longevity. Against all odds the faithful ivy forms a strong bond which remains constant throughout the year. I wanted my design to symbolise the unity we share with those we love. The “Framed by Ivy” bead will encompass a precious gemstone or pearl.”
Framed by Ivy is $72 USD/ $83 CAD.
A forever love withstands the test of time, like the faithful Ivy its bond cannot be broken.
Let’s take a look at the piece in a video.
First I tried it on a bangle, as a bangle is what I wear most days. My bangle is a size Medium and it was a tight fit. If you buy a Framed by Ivy, I’d maybe ask the store if it will fit on whatever size bangle you want to wear it on, if that is a consideration for you.
I like how the vines are so graceful.
Next I tried Framed by Ivy on a Fantasy Necklace. I like how it looks here!
Lastly, I tried the bead on a chain bracelet with a Yellow Prism.
Here’s a video of the same bracelet. Please excuse the dry hands-I’ve been washing them a zillion times each day in kindergarten class.
A combo I’d really like to see is a bracelet with a Framed by Ivy-Trollbeads Anemone Pendant-Framed by Ivy. I think there will be many combinations that work with this lovely silver bead. Congratulations again to Amanda! I hope you enjoyed this quick look at Framed by Ivy.
It’s very pretty, and I can see why Amanda was chosen with the winning design. The charm adds a lot of depth to a bracelet / bangle and makes those beads even more beautiful. (Of course it helps if you are the one taking the photos, Martha as your photographs are ALWAYS stunning!)
Nicola, I very much agree that the charm adds some depth. Pieces like this always look so lovely with a solid colour in the middle, don’t they? I tried it with a small glass bead, but then it was too fussy for my taste. I like how Framed by Ivy makes that orange round bead look (can’t remember what it’s called). Thanks for reading!
Original, detailed and beautiful bead, while it does not pretend to be a central place on the bracelet, after all, the Anemone pendant (which I love very much) draws all the attention to itself. I was very pleased that this bead can be worn on a banglе otherwise I doubted, as it seems to be quite elongated. For myself, I decided to associate it with grapes.
Elena, I like your idea of adding some beads to make a grape theme. Amanda will be posting a picture of the gold version on Instagram so do take a look at that! She is @trollcharmed. Have a great weekend!
I really do like this, it is delicate but adds such lovely detailing to a bead combination 🥰
It is very delicate looking, isn’t it? It will be perfect for Hallowe’en and Canadian Thanksgiving, which is in a few weeks!
Martha- I taught kindergarten and can truly identify with the hand washing comment, and that was Pre-Covid times. Thanks for the ‘sizing’ tip about the bracelet with the add-on of the Framed by Ivy charm. Beautiful photos! I too like the idea of adding the Framed by Ivy and making a grape themed bracelet. Good idea.
Lisa, as I write this, I’m thinking I need to slather my hands with lotion, ha ha ha! I was just mentioning to Marisa that I think Framed by Ivy will be great for Hallowe’en and Thanksgiving but I also love that grapes idea.
I was on the fence about getting this bead, but after seeing all the lovely ways you used it, I think it’s going to be my next purchase.
I taught first grade for 35 years. Love the younger kids!
Have a great school year!
Wow, that’s amazing to have taught the same grade for that long, I love it! It is definitely a fun age group. In my city even the little ones have to wear masks, which brings along some challenges, as you can imagine. Glad you like the Framed by Ivy!