Sarcasm does a Free Tubular Chenille Tute!

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Every year without fail, my Mom and I used to go to the local Gem & Mineral Show here in Montgomery, AL to ooooh and ahhhh over all the gorgeous stones and be fascinated (well, I was, anyway) at the lapidary and flint knapping exhibitions. I never realized just how much of an impact it was making on me until I became a TOTAL rockhound, as far as collecting cabochons goes! Apparently, all those trips over the years with her made an impact on me! Now I can not seem to get enough of those beautiful stones that I now bead around and make into jewelry. It seems that a little knowledge seeped in over the years too, because as I started collecting these beauties, I could recognize on sight what they were and even some of the regions they originated from.

Well, this weekend was this year’s annual show, and I took my grandbabies with me. My five-year old grandson is an absolute shark fanatic, and has been since he was two. He can recognize a shark species just by looking at it, and some by their teeth. The look on his face today was absolutely priceless when he saw the Megalodon tooth that was practically bigger than his head! Besides all the cool cabochons, firepolished crystals, and tools I left with, I left with an ecstatic five-year old grandson with a paper bag FULL of shark teeth, many of which were fossils!

Montgomery Gem & Mineral Show 2015
Montgomery Gem & Mineral Show 2015

So the picture above is just some of the jewelry on display at this year’s show. The bracelet in the center, done by me, is done in Chenille stitch, but instead of seed beads, I used ALL magatamas – two colors. Chenille stitch is my go-to stitch whenever I need a beaded rope for a pendant, and is also my most popular selling bracelet. It can be done in a variety of beads and endless color combinations. However, doing one entirely in magatamas? That took time, patience, and a lot, and I do mean a LOT of profanity! Forget sarcasm, profanity was in order for this one! I still haven’t figured out why I named it “Tranquility” other than it just reminded me of the tranquil feel of the waves of the ocean (after I got it done). No, seriously, this is probably one of the prettiest Chenille stitch bracelets I have ever done, and I have done quite a few.

"Tranquility"
“Tranquility”

So here is an easy picture tutorial from Jean Campbell for tubular Chenille stitch that was published in Beadwork Magazine and also on Beading Daily. I hope you find it as easy to follow as I did!

Using approximately 3′ of Fireline or Wildfire, string 6A beads (shown in green in rounds 1 & 2)

Round 1:

Form a ladder stitch with your 6 strung beads and then ladder stitch your 1st and last beads together to form a ring.
Form a ladder stitch with your 6 strung beads and then ladder stitch your 1st and last beads together to form a ring.

Round 2:

String 1B and pass down the next A of the prev. round, then up through the following A; repeat twice. Step up through the 1st B added this round.
String 1B and pass down the next A of the prev. round, then up through the following A; repeat twice. Step up through the 1st B added this round.

Round 3:

String 2A, pass through the next B of the prev. round; repeat twice. Step up through the 1st A added this round.
String 2A, pass through the next B of the prev. round; repeat twice. Step up through the 1st A added this round.

Round 4:

String 1B, pass down through the next A of the prev. round, and up through the following A; repeat twice. Step up through the 1st B added this round.
String 1B, pass down through the next A of the prev. round, and up through the following A; repeat twice. Step up through the 1st B added this round.

Round 5 – repeat rounds 3 and 4 until desired length.

Final round – Always end with a round 3 repeat. Then without adding any beads, ladderstitch your threadpath so that your first and last rounds match.

So I know what I want for Christmas, and I DARE one of you to get it for me! My lovely advertiser, Amazon, has the coolest thing for a snarky person such as myself! I present to you the Sarcastic Ball! It basically says everything I already do, or when I need to think of something, I can just toss it! Please, please, please somebody get me this!

Sarcastic Ball
Sarcastic Ball

If one of you really gets me this, I swear I will remember you in my will! Of course that means I would have to have something to leave you…. Anyway, that wraps it up for this week folks. Please find that little email sign-up box on this page and fill it out, if you haven’t already. Just for doing so, you will be forever subscribed (until you opt out, but you won’t, you know you won’t) to my snarky (but witty!) and beady ramblings each and every single week! You could even leave me a comment below and that wouldn’t even hurt my sarcastic little feelings not one bit! Of course if you don’t, I might get snarkier on you next week! You all be good, Santa’s watching!

Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

11 thoughts on “Sarcasm does a Free Tubular Chenille Tute!”

  1. Adorable! I love that you took your grandson with you. I bet it was priceless when he saw that tooth! I know the feeling of cursing when beading, sometimes cursing is a necessity! I have never thought about using magatamas in chenille stitch! were they regular ones or the long ones? I love that your bracelet was showcased! How awesome!!!! Also, if I get you the ball and I am put in your will. Can I inherit your sarcastic creativity?? 😉

    • You are more than welcome to my sarcastic creativity, Tina, though I think you are pretty darn creative in your own right! The magatamas I used were the very 1st ones Miyuki came out with, so no, they were not the long ones, though I think I would have had an easier time with it if they had been! It’s just that the two colors I used were SO close, it really made it difficult on my old presbyopic eyes! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and now I’m headed over to yours!

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