Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day

Once again I've been neglecting my blog.  Not because I'm so busy, but because I sometimes think that what I have to say is too trivial for sharing.  I guess I need to get over that, but I've never been a great conversationalist.

Here in the US it's Independence Day or The Fourth of July.  Today for many will be a day of social gatherings, bar b ques, parades and fireworks.

I've created several bead patterns over the years dedicated to our patriotic holiday.  You can view them all in my pattern shop at BeadPatternsBoutique/patriotic jewelry .

Last year my then nine-year-old granddaughter had just gotten her ears pierced, so I made these Bunting and Fireworks earrings for her. 

Looking through my patterns I discovered the tutorial was still in draft mode, so it has never been published.  As a matter of fact, it's not finished.  I needed to tweak the "fireworks" part and just forgot about it.  

I'll try to get it finished for next year.
I hope all of you who celebrate this holiday have a great day and weekend.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Frustrated with Trial and Error Beadweaving

I haven't posted in 10 days and still I don't have a thing to show for that time.  Trial and error beadweaving seems to have become mostly error.  I'm in the process of starting one project over for the third time.

It uses size 15, 11, 8 seed beads and 3mm rounds.  I have relatively uniform 15's and 11's, but not only are the 8's not uniform, they are cylinders and much too wide to be considered 8's.  They just didn't work.  Too bad because I really liked the colorway.  Now I have to sort through and find coordinating beads of a different color way and see if that will work.  

It's one of those monday's every body moans about.  I keep telling myself "this too shall pass".  Maybe I'll believe it tomorrow. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Celebrate Spring

It's still wet here. The West Texas I'm used to has a day or two of clouds and possibly some precipitation, but a full week of same is not the norm and it has me all out of sorts.

I laid the CRAW/piggy wreath aside for now and did a few different experiment with piggy beads. The outcome was "Ostara", a celebration of spring.  I made the green and red one first, but when I finished the tutorial and made the second one to test it I wanted to further experiment with bead brands, sizes and styles. I used amber, green and brown which are more fall colors and don't necessarily go with the name, but it made a very pretty pendant

In the tutorial I included two ways to finish, earrings or pendant, plus a variation of bead sizes and brands and some tips and hints. Over-all I'm very pleased with the outcome and continue to celebrate spring even if it is miserable weather.

For your shopping convenience you can find the tutorial for Ostara in all three of my pattern stores.
Craftsy,  BeadPatternsBoutique and The Bead Coop .

Monday, April 27, 2015

Doodlin' With Piggy Beads

What can I say? It's been a blah week. Erratic weather changes stole my motivation. I got a good start on my piggy bead experiment, but I got so engrossed in the beading process that I got behind in the illustrations. Now I'm going to have to take part of the embellishment out because I can't tell exactly how I did the last row.

I'm not exactly fond of the amethyst colored piggy beads.  They look good in the picture with the light shining through them, but without direct light they're a rather gray purple.  

As I started with the embellishments I thought, done in Christmas colors, this design would make a pretty wreath ornament.  I've finally found a source of piggies that actually had a good assortment and have ordered five more colors.  The design still needs a little tweaking even on what I've already done.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Beading


Looking for something unique to bead for your spring wardrobe? Serendipity is worked in Right Angle Weave using size 11 seed beads, super duos and 3mm pearls or druks in your choice of colors.  The result is well worth the small cost ($6.50) of the pattern.

I'm in the process of making a wreath shape with piggy beads and CRAW stitch.  The CRAW rope circle didn't present any problems, but gitting the piggy flowers to sit on it like I want them to is proving to be quite a challenge.

The combination of fluctuating pressure systems and sitting at the beading table is really doing a number on my muscles, but I perservere! 


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