I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am LOVING the cooler temperatures now that October has arrived! As I said in an Dearlier post, you will be seeing a lot of pinks and purples this month from me due to Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness month being in October.
But when two causes are so close to your personally, how do you choose? I know there are a lot of other people who have experienced something similar to me and want to recognize both, so I decided that a good alternative would be to use the color lilac. It is the perfect balance between both pink and purple, without being too much of each.
This week’s featured piece is a bracelet design by Lisa Jordan for Starman Trendsetters called the Dagger Duo Bracelet. You can get these free patterns either from your local bead store, or many of the online bead suppliers. I got this particular one from Bello Modo. Usually, all that is required is a purchase from them, though they are free for the asking at your LBS. Although this pattern calls for using the 2.5 x 6 mini daggers, I substituted crystal drop beads I found in my stash. I also used lilac lustre superduos, copper lined pink opal 8/0 seed beads, and silver toggle clasp. It is stitched in RAW (right angle weave). For those of you who have not attempted RAW, or are intimidated by it, this bracelet is the perfect learning project for it. It is super easy, not to mention quick to complete.
I have a lot of fun with the Starman patterns. I can’t wait for the new ones to come out. For one thing, it gives me an excuse to order more beads, because you get these patterns free with a bead order from most suppliers. As if I needed an excuse to buy more beads!
I hope this week finds everyone well and busy. I know I’m busier than a one armed man in a paper hanging contest! It’s that time of year folks when all of us handmade artisans are at our busiest, trying to get our inventory stock levels up for the holidays, and for me, trying to keep up with the team themed jewelry orders. See, I do custom orders, not just on team themed items, but on just about anything beadwoven!
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Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!