Trollbeads Kit Event Now On!

Troll dreams are coming true at Tartooful at the moment, with a huge array of luscious glass unique kits now in stock – but only for one more day and then back they go to Denmark!  

If you haven’t yet had a chance to see these beauties do drop in.  We’ll be open on Monday the 11th of July for special hours:  Noon to Five pm pacific time.  Too tricky to schedule a visit in person?  No problem you can browse the photos that we posted on our Facebook page and pick your favourites  there…


Trollbeads Autumn 2015 Event at Tartooful 10-12 September, 2015!


We are excited to share with you the gorgeous new Trollbeads Autumn 2015 collection – and we’re throwing a party to celebrate!

Please Join us at Tartooful
10-12 September, 2015 from 10 – 6pm…

For a very special Trollbeads event, featuring the fabulous new Collection… as well as our extraordinary service, design consultations, trading with other collectors and tempting event pricing.

We look forward to seeing all of you there!  Can’t make it in person?  We’d love to offer you personal service by email or by telephone 604-924-0122 – or look up the collection in our online shop!


Trollbeads Inspiration: Perfectly Imperfect


IMG_8724Too often I see ladies who are frustrated with their Trollbeads.  They come to me and share their problem bracelets… they are locked in an uneasy struggle to create perfection.  For myself, I have no such lofty aspirations.  I try to make something beautiful, that gives me joy, but fully embrace the imperfections that are inevitable.


IMG_8727… “I think I’ll stick some gold right *here*”….

IMG_8721Consider a flower:  which is more delicious?  A perfect, trimmed, long stemmed red rosebud… or a messy, blowsy, tea rose, with every shade of yellow to pink and a couple of freckles along the way?  Give me the messy rose any day… The same is true with Trollbeads.  The beads with the strange little squiggle… the crooked leaf, the unusual tone on one side – those are all my favorites.  I adore the exceptional!


IMG_8723When I was a child, living in Turkey, I was told a wonderful thing by a carpet merchant… there is an old proverb in that part of the world that says “Only God is Perfect”.  No matter how gifted the weaver, you will never find an absolutely perfect carpet – because the weaver will have intentionally misplaced a stitch.

IMG_8725The purpose of this is to ensure that The Creator is not insulted by the attempt on the part of a mere human to imitate the divine.  Now I don’t think that I have to make an effort to ensure my compositions are not perfect… and I certainly will keep striving to create beautiful things.  However, it’s a gentle reminder that perfection is not a reasonable or even laudable goal.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Limited Edition Lucky Clasp”, “Blue Desert”, “Unique”, “Unique”, “Three Flowers”, “Engraved Poetic”, “Sea Anemone”, “Unique”, “Paradie Birds”, “Limited Edition Lucky Glass”, “Amethyst”, “Fountain of Life”, “Moon Ocean”, “Aurora Flower”, “Unique”, “Limited Edition Lucky Silver”, “Third Eye”, “Moonlight Bubbles”, “Purple Prism”.

In the end, it’s the inspired and perfectly imperfect that gives me the greatest satisfaction.  So go ahead, make something beautiful, quickly and with great joy.  Don’t fuss, don’t worry if it’s not “Perfect”… just enjoy the process and the beautiful reward of the result.




Trollbeads Inspiration: Watercolour Pink & Green


IMG_8568Often I find inspiration for a bracelet in the colours locked inside one tiny glass bead.  Today I was mesmerized by an exquisite, aqua and peach, water coloured unique.  The colours are so delicious, the and the shimmer of the light on the patterns simply magical.  The rest of the bracelet design came together in a flash!


IMG_8569It used to be quite tricky to find warm toned pink glass in the Trollbeads collection, but over the past year there have been a number of lovely new additions to the production collection.  The new warm pinks, such as “Desert Flower”, “Pink Petals” and “Engraved Romance”make it easier than ever to create a pink design that glows.

IMG_8567I also utilized some of the designs that have long been favorites… “Pink Gold” and both faceted and round “Rose Quartz” help to complete this design.  To complement the aqua green tones in our unique inspiration bead, I placed a beautiful “Amazonite” at the heart of the design.  Other touches of spring green are dotted about the bracelet…


IMG_8570I reached for one of the stars of the new Spring Collection, “Seabed”, and balanced it with “Desert Rose”,  another sparkling murano glass design on the opposite side of the bracelet.  A wonderfully budded unique gives textural interest, and seems to be echoed by the “Spiritual Adornment” nearby.  I found a delicate little iris patterned unique to balance the original inspiration unique, and completed the bracelet with a pair of prisms in perfect shades of pink and green.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Large Flower Lock”, “Green Prism”, “Unique Glass”, “Desert Rose”, “Spiritual Ornament”, “Engraved Romance”, “Seabed”, “Rose Quartz, round”, “Narcissus of December”, “Amazonite”, “Pink Petals”, “Spring Wave”, “Violet of February”, “Pink Gold”, “Unique”, Rose Quartz”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “Seabed”, “unique”, “Pink Prism”.



Trollbeads Inspiration: Dear Yellow


IMG_8575Dear Yellow,

I get it.  I really do… and I’m just sorry that I didn’t see how amazing you were earlier in my time as a Trollbeads collector.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s not like I haven’t fallen in love with the odd shade of yellow… (Remember that custard yellow baby nursery?  And then there was the short lived sunshine yellow kitchen?)

IMG_8574However, I think if I was honest I was just a little nervous of such a strong colour.  I do like my nice safe misty greys.  Not too long ago I came across an online photo of an incredible yellow bracelet.  It was Chinese Royal Yellow, and completely unapologetic about it.  None of this “Complementary colour”, “Blended in” nonsense… it was just pure, unadulterated and gorgeous… yellow.


IMG_8576What’s more, there was very little pattern on the beads themselves… no cute florals, animals, polka dots or stripes.  Very clean, modern and almost tribal in its aesthetic, it was powerfully beautiful.  It took my breath away, and made me begin to rethink yellow.  I’ve begun gathering big bold yellows and plan to place them together onto a bracelet design once I’ve found enough that I truly love.  Today I’m playing with a range of yellows that I found among Tartooful’s stock… including some surprising candidates, that I don’t usually think of as yellow… “Black Gold” in this case shows more gold than black… an extraordinarily light and bright “Luminous”, and even a “Blue Desert” that is really a “Yellow Desert”!


Clockwise from clasp:  “Freya Lock”, “Black Gold”, “Neverending”, “Silver Trace, Beige Blue” (retired), “Unique Amber”, “Live Love & Forgive”, “Dewdrops”, “Unique”, “Heart Conch”, “Orange Steel” (retired), “Transformation”, “Lucky Clover”, “Flowers on Indigo”, “Unique”, “Path of Life”, “Luminous”, “Trefoil Knot”, “Third Eye Chakra”, “Unique Amber”, “Midgard Serpent”, “Unique Amber”, “Blue Desert”, “Lucky Knot”, “Unique Amber”.

So.  Sorry Yellow, I won’t underestimate your allure ever again….



Trollbeads Inspiration: Graphic Silver


Today I thought I’d play with some of the fresh new silver designs that are intriguing so many of our collectors.


IMG_8385Three new designs of considerable size and unusual shape were released as part of the Spring 2015 collection.  “Flying Free”, “Wisest of Souls” and “Guardian of Sea” all have a flared, tubular form that feels clean, modern and yet somehow tribal.  At an accessible CAD$59 price point, these pieces may easily be combined to create a fresh composition with a strong silver element.

IMG_8386In this design I’ve selected “Flying Free” and “Guardian of Sea” for their complementary, flowing patterning.  I added two of our favorite silvers from the Autumn collection for a pleasing rhythm of spherical and tubular forms.  When playing the bracelet together I was happy to note that the round silvers fit beautifully into the flared ends of the tubular designs, and it would be very simple to build an all silver design that was based purely on that combination.


IMG_8383For colour I reached for some delightful uniques that recently arrived, and took the cue for my palette from them.  The result is a pleasing combination of slate blue, grey, oxblood, butterscotch and deep coral.  I so often find fabulous new colour combinations that I never would have imagined just by looking closely at a fantastic unique.  Even after years of composing bracelets, they still have surprises to offer me.

IMG_8384For grey elements I picked “Neptune’s Promise”, a lovely “Sapphire”, “Blue Desert” and a very colour saturated “Khaki Stripe”.

In the end, to create this design only took a few, well-chosen glass, so my only real challenge in creating this bracelet was winnowing down the possible choices and picking the beads that would create the most pleasing palette.


Clockwise from Clasp:  “Fish Lock”, “Lotus Top”, “Unique Amber”, “Blue Desert”, “Golden Cave”, “Spiritual Ornament”, “Sapphire”, “Flying Free”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Guardian of Sea”, “Neptune’s Promise”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “red Tigers Eye”, “Khaki Stripe”, “Golden Cave”, “Lotus Top”.





Trollbeads Inspiration: Like Honey for the Eyes


IMG_8151I fell in love with a grouping of ooey gooey caramel sweet beads today… they were lit up in a shaft of sunshine, and cast little pools of golden light on the table.

IMG_8153Although there is a blend of amber, clear, metallic and even opaque glass,

somehow it all feels cohesive.  The repetition of the “Luminous” bead helps to give a pleasing rhythm to the design, and it’s so interesting to see the variation from one example to another.  With honey amber, cherry red glass, cinnamon sparkle and rich butterscotch, this is an utterly delicious bracelet!


IMG_8151I wanted the attention to stay on the gorgeous blend of golden colour, so I kept the silvers very bold yet simple.  The lovely new “Path of Life” and “Large Berry” balance each other on either side of the bracelet design, and a pair of “Giant Lotus” frame the central grouping of beads.

IMG_8163I have found these big beautiful silvers most useful on bracelets, for framing centerpiece beads.  If the beads are very large one can put even just one bead between the silvers.  In a case such as this, where the beads are a more standard size, I spread the silvers a little wider, so one doesn’t drown the focal point beads.  I always prefer to cradle very clear beads in the “Giant Lotus”, to allow the light to go in and reflect back out again in a wonderfully glowing sort of a way…


Clockwise from clasp:  “Swan Lock”, “Luminous”, “Golden Cave”, “Large Berry”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Golden Hemanite”, “Giant Lotus”, “Unique Amber”, “Luminous”, “Unique Amber”, “Luminous”, “Unique Amber”, “Giant Lotus”, “Goldstone” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Path of Life”, “Golden Cave”, “Luminous”.




Trollbeads News: Mothers Day Treats


If you’re like me, various parts of your Trollbeads collection will travel with you – whether it’s for a teatime beading playdate with a girlfriend, or a longer journey, Trollbeads are just a part of my daily life and they are never far away.

IMG_5508The challenge has always been how to transport my little gems.  I needed something small and elegant… with pockets to divide up my treasures… that unobtrusively fit in my purse… and if it was pretty that would be a wonderful bonus.


Ta-dah!  Here’s that perfectly crafted little pouch we’ve all been craving.


IMG_5505Made of yummy lilac satin, with black lining and the silver Trollbeads insignia inside, this drawstring pouch is exactly the elegant solution I was seeking.  Inside you’ll find six side pockets that neatly stow a bracelet each – or could wrangle rings, chains, earring and so on.  That still leaves ample space in the center of the bag to carry extra beads or additional items.  Simple and smart, I love it.  It can be opened up partway to create a satin bowl to contain your beads, or it can be flattened completely to provide an instant work surface for beadplay.


Now here’s the catch.  Like all the most desirable Trollbeads, this one is only available in very limited numbers… and only for a limited time.  We’ve decided to make these treats available to our customers who purchase a minimum of $100 between now and Mother’s Day – but only while supplies last!  We have a precious few of these little treats, and we can’t get more.

Ring us at 604.924.0122 or email us at to reserve yours!





Trollbeads Inspiration: Pink Moss


pink-fernWhen on a recent dayhike we spotted these unusual mosses growing in a lush spot on the coastline… The photo doesn’t begin to fully capture the amazing range of colour!  Olive green, oxblood, vicuna, parchment and softest pink all combined to give an overall feathery, rosy haze.  Stunning!  I had to stop, take out the camera and try

pink-fern7to share it with you.

I am always playing with colour pairings for pink.  I love pink, but tend to wear it with neutrals such as olive or grey… or unexpected combinations such as acid green… so that it’s not so “little girl” and predictable.  Even in the garden I like to plant Lady’s Mantle underneath traditional,

pink-fern-clusterfeminine plants such as roses.  Its acid green flowers help to “cut” the sweetness of rosy pinks or purples, and give a little edge to the feel of the flower bed.  Here, the fascinating moss gives us a natural and soft palette, of palest pink, olive, copper and parchment.


pink-fern-scurvePink Moss


Clockwise from clasp:  “Lace Lock”, “Pink Prism”, “Blue Desert”, “Cherry Blossom”, “Golden Cave”, “Unique Amber”, “Desert Rose”, “Silver Whorl”, “Purple Flower Mosaic”, “Rose Quartz”, “Kaleidoscope”, “Labradorite”, “Purple Flower Mosaic”, “Large Berry”, “Magical Lamp”, “Unique Amber”, “Golden Cave”, “Flowers”, “Desert Rose”, “Grey Prism”.






Trollbeads Inspiration: Willow


willow5This bracelet’s light as air palette makes me think of Willow trees in early Spring.  As the light returns to us in the North a soft haze of green steals across the grey strands of the trees branches, giving it the illusion of a verdant glow.  As I write this, the day outside is clear and brilliant, and not only the willows are aglow, but all the other trees

willow2as well.  In trying to capture this mood… of white Spring light and tentative green growth… I reached for an array of whites and soft, sage green and grey neutrals that are calm and lovely together.


willow6This limited edition, “Christmas in Australia” bead hails from a few years ago, but is in pristine condition and looks as fresh in design as the moment it was launched.  The celadon green and oxblood accents are idea for this composition, and the little black dots in the center of each flower give the bracelet a little punch.

willow7“Magical Lamp”, from the Spring 2014 collection is one of our favorite new designs, as it blends effortlessly with our West Coast slates, silvers and greys.  Here the aqua highlights and olive background are just right among the other sage greens, and the rose gold shimmer gives a nice warmth to the design.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Freya Lock”, “grey Prism”, “Unique”, “White Paper Fold”, “Snake”, “Purple Flower Mosaic”, “White Stripe”, “Labradorite”, “Three Siblings”, “Magical Lamp”, “Diamond Bead, White”, “Magical Lamp”, “Smiling Cylinder”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Spirit Light”, “Inner Glow”, “Three in One”, “Christmas in Australia Limited Edition”, “Cozy”, “Unique”.

willow4You may have noticed the delicious little tassels on the clasp of a number of our bracelets recently… these are made by Tartooful’s own Melanie, from high quality semiprecious stones and sterling wire.  They easily attach to the Trollbracelet, clasp, or any other jewelry chain you might want to enhance.  She just dropped off an amazing new selection of these sparkling treats, so if you are in the neighborhood, be sure to drop by and take a peek!