Welcome to November! Yup, Halloween is gone, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and then ta-da! HOLIDAYS!!! You know, those things that every artist madly scrambles for three or four months before, trying to get ready for and then completely over-makes enough inventory to last until next summer? That’s exactly what I usually do, but with my current orders I am trying to keep up with, I will be lucky to have anything red or green, blue or white, or whatever else color comes in between!
I have to tell you about the UH-mazing group of Ladies on Facebook. There is a public group called The Ladies Artisan Group. They are a multi-talented group of women who share their work in hopes of selling it, and I have got to tell you, they are one amazingly talented group. From watercolors to jewelry to glasswork, and everything in between, you will not find a more talented group of women. This month they had a contest to see which works would be on their cover/banner photo for the group and I was honored to have one of my works chosen to be one featured in the photo. You can find their group here. They are just an amazing group of ladies. The picture below is the one of mine that they included in their banner.
Another thing I got to celebrate this week was my page Becca’s Beaded Bangles on Facebook not only hit 1,000 likes, but went past it! I am beyond thrilled and honored to have so many of you kind people looking at and liking my page on Facebook and can not thank you enough! Everything I do is sewn one tiny little bead at a time, and I LOVE what I do, but you all make it so worth it. You ROCK!!! Thank you!!!
So, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am working on the new flat chenille stitch that came out in Beading Daily’s email this week. Regular chenille stitch is my go-to stitch for ropes and bracelets anyway, so I definitely wanted to give this a go. I am finding this just as easy, if not easier than regular chenille! You can find it on Beading Daily here, but I’m going to go ahead and give it to you right here on my blog!
This is from Diana Balogh:
For this pattern, Diana used size 15 seed beads (A) and size 11 seed beads (B), but you could use all size 11 seed beads for a different look.
Row 1: Add a stop bead to the end of a comfortable length of thread. String 8B More Help (Fig. 1, blue thread).
Row 2: String 1A, 1B, and 1A; pass back through the second-to-last B of Row 1. String 1A and pass back through the next 2B of Row 1; repeat. String 1A; pass back through the next B of Row 1 http://altinelbiseliadam.com/enduro-kosesi-ayakta-enduro-donusu/ (Fig. 2, red thread).
Row 3: String 1A and 1B; pass back through the last A of Row 2. String 2B and pass through the next A of the previous row; repeat twice. Weave through beads to exit from the last B added, toward the center of the work http://dentalspagurgaon.com/33674-dte73032-dating-a-christian-man-thats-abstinence.html (Fig. 2).
Row 4: String 1A and pass back through the next 2B of Row 3; repeat twice wikipedia reference (Fig. 3).
Row 5: String 2B and pass back through the next A of Row 4; repeat twice. String 2B; square-stitch to the adjacent 2B of Row 3, then exit through the first B of the 2B just added (Fig. 4).
Row 6: String 1A; pass through the next B of Row 5. String 1A and 1B; pass back through the first A of this row and the following 2B of Row 5. String 1A and pass back through the next 2B of Row 5; repeat twice (Fig. 5).
Rows 7 and on: Repeat Rows 2 – 6 to the desired length.
Here is my completed sample:
Thanks to Beading Daily for the diagrams and directions! I hope you find this as informative and fun as I have! I love this newer take on chenille stitch! It has great possibilities for things such as embellishing, using buttons as closures, and other things. I have a few ideas myself I can’t wait to try out!
I hope this week finds you happy, healthy, and full of candy, ha! As always, please leave me a comment and let me know what YOU are up to this week and what you would like to see from me in the future! Leave me a sarcasm meme and I will use it in a future blog! If you are new to my blog, don’t forget to sign up in that little box at the top/side to get my snarky sarcasm about beads and sometimes yarn directly in your email inbox!
Until next week, stay smart or stay smart sassy!