You all are going to HAVE to start sending me sarcasm and bead memes. I went to Google them for this blog and the first three rows that popped up were actually from this blog! Ha! I guess that means I have some sort of web presence, even if it IS as a snarky beader! You can send them to my email at email@example.com by the way!
So this week I have been taking it really easy and taking a LOT of naps because of this nasty MRSA infection that has caused a crater in my beading arm. LOTS of naps, because I gotta tell ya, fever and infection will flat wear you out! Besides, it’s rather painful to bead with this giant, antibiotic-resistant hole in my arm.
Anywho, I DID get one project finished, and I’m rather proud of getting it done, because it is one I have been putting off for quite a while. I’m not easily intimidated by beads or patterns, but the idea of one that has layers? Makes it sound like work! Beading is my LOVE, it’s not supposed to be WORK! Well, as it turned out, this pattern was something I absolutely LOVED, and not a thing like work at all!
This week I finally got around to doing Marcia Balonis’s“Dipped in Color” bracelet, and oh my gosh, where-have-I-been-and-why-have-I-been-putting-it-off-for-so-darn-long??? Seriously, it was so much fun to make! I mean, really, how many bead patterns have you read, where you literally laugh out loud reading the instructions? This lady knows how to write a tutorial for ME! I have to also mention that in addition to her being a member of the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad, she is also a a Starman Trendsetters designer, AND has her own blog, Baubles and Beads, and you can find her patterns on Etsy HERE. Ya think she’s a busy lady? Nahhhhhh
“Dipped in Color”
Although her pattern called for either 3 or 4mm round or firepolished beads or pinch beads on the outside, I decided to make use of those wonderful Chalk Blue and Aztec Gold Groovy Tiles I had purchased but didn’t quite know yet what to do with. The rest of the bracelet consists of Metallic Beige 3mm firepolished beads as a base, with Czech Bar Beads in Leather, Blue Metallic Suede Quadralentils, and 11/0 seed beads in Toho Grey Rainbow. That’s really all there was to it!
I have been getting a lot of emails asking about the written version of my “Penny Pincher” bracelet that Potomac Bead Company was kind enough to release on video last week. I did a kind of mini-survey in a couple of places on Facebook to see if there would be any interest, and well, apparently there is. So, I will be releasing a written tutorial for it within the next few days. The difference in the written tutorial and the video? The video uses a two-needle approach to make it, while the written version will only be using ONE!!!
SO, the FIRST twenty email subscribers to this blog to comment (before next week’s blog) something funny and snarky about beading (keep it clean folks – this is a PG-rated blog! lol) will get it absolutely, positively, 100% FREE! The rest of you will have to pay. Sorry, but it costs money to do all this stuff! Besides, a) I love hearing from you; and b) I need the material to use in a future blog. Ha!
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Hey everyone, SO sorry to be running late this week, but well, I was in the hospital with this crater thing on my arm, and what was thought to be a spider bite turned out to be a nasty infection that was REALLY resistant to the antibiotics – even the IV ones!
Anywho, y’all remember my “Penny Pincher” bracelet? You know, the one that was one of the winners of the Potomac Bead Company 2016 Design Challenge? You know, THIS one!
Well, a lot of you have been asking for a tutorial for it, and though I haven’t finished the written one yet, Potomac Bead Company has posted a VIDEO tutorial of it by Allie Buchman, which can be found HERE.
I absolutely ADORE the colors she chose, and though I used a one needle approach in making mine, she simplified it (yes it DOES simplify it!) by using a two needle approach. Also, if you want a ruffled look to the bracelet, add three o-beads instead of two on the outer edges!
Another thing, I want to apologize for my rant last week about what happened at the LBS where I live. Yes, she stole quite a bit of my things, but with the assistance of my local police department, I WAS able to retrieve SOME of it, though the more expensive items “could not be found.” So, I am out over $500 in tools and supplies. If you want to help me out here, I would definitely appreciate it, and you can do so by hitting that Paypal button on the side/top/bottom of the page.
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Well, we celebrated Moms a couple of weeks ago, and now we have Dad’s Day rapidly coming upon us in just a couple of weeks. But what does a beadaholic do for that special Dad/Husband/Grandpa, etc.,? You know, the one who actually PAYS for our bead habits and puts up with our endless talk of spirals and peyote and Czechmates and Delicas? I mean who else would put up with (so lovingly, I might add! :D) all of the endless “honey, help me decide” questions about everything from color choices to stitch design? Oh, and did I forget to mention that we are honoring them for being the terrific husbands and fathers in our lives? Yeah, so there’s that teeny little detail!
We spend so much time designing and creating and stitching up such beautiful beaded wonders for women, that we barely give notice to the men. What’s a more perfect time than Father’s Day? So I went scouring around the net trying to find a few worthwhile pieces to give those great guys in our lives – something a little more wearable than say, the macaroni and fruit loops necklace that you probably got for Mother’s Day!
There’s just no denying though, men are the most difficult creatures on earth to (buy for/live with) bead jewelry for! I mean, there are always a few beaders lucky enough get away with using basic strung jewelry, but for those of us beadweavers, the choices are tough! You can always use larger beads like the 6/0 and 8/0 seed beads, but what for? It doesn’t have to always be jewelry! If your guy is a smoker, then you could always whip up a lighter cover in his favorite sports team colors or mascot, or (better) if he’s not, you could do the same thing for a pen cover for him.
Here are two that I pulled from Google images, the American flag for that All American guy in your life, and a dragon for your more err… rugged (?) types. These should both fit a standard Bic Lighter or similar.
Flag lighter cover
Dragon lighter cover
Another super cool thing you could do for your guy is a beaded business card holder. Sound hard? Susan Sassoon with SoSassySusanSassoon makes it easy with two great patterns over in her Etsy shop! Her Beaded business card holder with SuperDuos using 2-drop peyote is one that I have made as a gift for a friend who absolutely LOVES it, and her Bugle Business Card Holder Tutorial using 2/1 odd count peyote is another great one. The main difference between the two is the superduo one has a superduo hinge at the bottom, while the bugle one uses tile beads for a more squared off look.Both tutorials come with graphs for the examples shown, as well as blank pages for your to graph your own design!
Bugle Business Card Holder by SoSassySusanSassoon
Superduo Business Card Holder by SoSassySusanSassoon
Speaking of covering your guy’s stuff in beads: PLEASE do not try to bead any kind of “usable” equipment including (but not limited to!) golf clubs. tennis rackets, other sports equipment, and weightlifting gear. Pool cues are out too, except for maybe a teeny tiny band near the top of the cue, and ONLY if you clear it with him first, cuz believe me, pool cues are a very balanced piece of equipment. A big HUGE beading NO to ANY of his hand tools, knives and (do I really even NEED to say this?) guns! Besides the fact that they are very dangerous to non-experienced users, they have a LOT of incredibly precise adjustments, and just should NOT be messed with.
Here is a little something I did a few years ago (so please keep this in mind when viewing the awful pics). I got some stainless steel size 2 hex nuts. (You will need to ask specifically at your hardware store for stainless steel because most ordinary hex nuts are zinc based and that will cause an allergic ruckus.) Use some either 10 lb smoke Fireline or Wildfire thread OR some thin 49 strand beading wire and then simply peyote stitch a bracelet with the hex nuts. You will need the extra weight in the thread or beading wire to support the weight from the steel in the hex nuts. Be sure to use a strong snap clasp with wire guardians on each end so your thread does not break later.
So what ideas have you come up with for Father’s Day? I would love it if you would share them in the comment section below! And for those of you who have not signed up as email subscribers, you are about to miss out, because I will be releasing a FREE pattern using some of the new Czech beads in the next couple of weeks, here on my blog to my email subscribers ONLY! Once it posts to my wonderful subscribers, it will be taken down and posted on my website for sale for everyone.
It’s that time of year again. You know – the one where the weather is so unpredictable you don’t know whether to wear short sleeves with your boots and shorts, or long sleeves and pants with your flip-flops. Oh, wait – that’s only in Walmart…ha!
Really though, the kids are getting out of school and/or graduating and parents everywhere are hiding the breakables and taking out second mortgages to pay for summer childcare. My daughter is lucky though, She has me to watch my grandson all summer while he is out of school, even though my Doodlebug will continue on with her daycare. She is such an intelligent and bright little girl for her age (21 months) that she definitely needs to carry on with the preschool thing.
My Little Man is graduating from Kindergarten tomorrow, followed by a school sponsored field trip to the zoo for all the graduates and their parents and adult family members that are with them. I am “lucky” enough to get to go in early at 7:45 tomorrow morning to substitute in his class and get them ready and lined up for their graduation ceremony because his teacher is out for the remainder of the year with a sick child.
Mrs. Denise Whatley in the background, and My Little Man, Jackson in the foreground, working hard at school!
I would like to personally thank Denise Whatley for everything she has done to enrich Jackson’s Kindergarten experience and taking care of My Little Man this year. It has been a pleasure to serve as her “Room Gamma” and I have loved every second I spent with all of her students. Mrs. Whatley, we are all praying for you and your family here from the Scott and Whaley households, along with the MIB PTA! Take care and God Bless, and we will see you next school year!
So, how about a little bit of beading? LOL – I bet you thought I was never gonna get to the subject of beading! Well anyway, I have this little baggie slam full of 14mm rivoli crystals that I have just been itching to use in my beading, but every time I have tried to bezel the darn things, I have, to put it politely – royally screwed it up every.single.time.
I never could manage to get the right number of beads around the darn things to hold onto them. Either I had too many and it wouldn’t stay on, or not enough and I couldn’t get it to wrap around it at all once I started the second row of peyote. So it turns out not only was I not using the correct number of beads, but the wrong sizes on the rows too.
So anyways, I saw the Mandela on the cover of the latest B&B and just fell in love with the flowery look that the superduos were giving it, and thought, why not, just go for it! But, when I read up on it, I was thinking the whole time, there has GOT to be a way to do this without so freaking many thread passes back and forth and running in circles all over the place. Plus, I thought, with the rivolis I had on hand, I could do something cool and make it a stash buster project at the same time.
I started out with a basic rivoli peyote bezel. I then added 8/0 hex beads, superduos, firepolish beads, and these new really cool Czech lily petal beads I had just gotten. I never looked at B&B again until after I was done, and was really pleased with myself. I had managed to eliminate multiple thread passes, and completely changed thread paths for about 95% of it. Here is the result. I’m kinda pleased with myself, as it is the first time I have managed to master a rivoli bezel at all. I will be adding either a fold-over triangle or butterfly peyote bail to it.
First thing is you need to be using Delica beads if at all possible for your base row. I am providing this hand little chart of how many you need per rivoli courtesy of Bead and Button, and it is self-explanatory, with the exception of it doesn’t say that it http://theamericanexperiment.org/amoxil IS referring to 11/0 Delicas for the number of cylinders.
evecare capsules price 1. On about 2 yards of thread, pick up the correct number of beads to fit around the circumference of your crystal/stone and leave enough of a tail to weave back in later. Sew back through the first two or three beads to form a ring. (figure 1, a-b)
2. Pick up a delica and skip the next delica, sewing through the following delica (b-c) in the ring. Continue working tubular peyote to complete the round, stepping up at the end through the first delica bead added to that round. Those will be the ONLY rounds worked with the 11/0 Delica beads on this side of the bezel. (c-d)
3. Continue working tubular peyote for the next two rounds using 15/0 seed beads (d-e), keeping the tension tight to decrease the size of the ring around the crystal/stone.
4. Position the rivoli in the center of the beadwork’s opening, or bezel cup. Weave back through your beadwork to the opposite side of it. Work one more round of tubular peyote with the 11/0 delicas and step up. Holding the rivoli crystal/stone in place inside the bezel cup, work two more rounds of tubular peyote with size 15/0 seed beads, keeping your tension very tight so that the bezel cup will shrink around the rivoli crystal/stone. Instead of stepping up at the end of the second row of 15/0’s (figure 2), weave in your thread and cut it. (Tutorial courtesy of Bead and Button)
You can also bezel these slick little devils using RAW, or Right Angle Weave. There is a great photo tutorial for that over at Beading Daily that includes photographs and step-by-step instructions. I also noticed over at Beading Daily that there is a tutorial for stitched bezels using Picots HERE, and Nathan Buchman over at Potomac Bead Company has a “super” tutorial using superduos HERE.
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Wowzers, what a week! I have been busier than a mosquito at a nudist colony this week! Three beaded ropes, a bracelet to finish the design on and bead up, photograph and submit to the Potomac Bead Company Design Challenge 2016, my daughter closed on her new house this week, my LBS is moving to their bigger and closer to me (yippeeee!!!) location (both of which I am helping to move!), and oh yeah, did I mention that I also got selected as PTA President at my grandson’s school for the upcoming year? Sheesh! And on top of all of that? I have about 12 new designs parked in my head that need to either be written out, beaded, or both, plus a few tutorials that need to be written on some things I have recently done! There are just not enough hours in a day, which is probably why I never sleep at night. Ha!
My latest entry in the Potomac Challenge was another bracelet, although I think it would make a lovely bangle without a clasp. I would like to introduce you to “Chih-Nu,” named after the Chinese Goddess of spinners, weavers and clouds. She rules over handicrafts, fire, and rain. It was made with faceted Rountrios in vintage copper, Rounduos in pastel turquoise, DiamonDuos in pastel dark coral, Potomac crystal rondelles in crystal AB, Miyuki 11/0 delicas in duracoat galvanized champagne, and Firepolished Chinese crystal rondelles in fire and ice. The closure is with a Potomac Czech Cup button in vintage copper and Miyuki 11/0 seed beads in brown iris.
So last week I showed off the jewelry I did for the wedding, including the Jill Wiseman bracelet, “Flower Power,” which is done in tubular netting. If you recall, I mentioned that I loved the stitch so much, it would be my “go-to” stitch whenever I needed a beaded rope for anything from now on, and it will be! But, who am I to hog all of the glory of that wonderful technique?? Not me! So, this morning I managed to put together a little photo tutorial of how to get going on your own tubular netted rope.
This is my first picture tutorial done on my own, so please bear with me! It was not easy balancing beads and thread, a needle, my phone (cuz that’s how I took the pictures) ,and keeping it steady so these pictures would not be blurry, a toddler (did I mention that my Doodlebug spent the night and she adores watching me bead!!!), and trying to get my thumb on the shutter button all at the same time!
One of the great things about tubular netting is the flexibility of the rope. It is super slinky and moves and drapes beautifully with or without a pendant. The only other rope stitch that even comes close to it is the Russian Spiral (which I will cover in a couple of weeks), but this is just super lightweight. The size of your rope is dictated strictly by the size of your beads. The bigger the bead, the fatter the rope. If you are making it for a pendant though, I recommend using 11/0 seed beads so the bail will go on smoothly without getting caught.
Basic Tubular Netting
Supplies: All you really need are two tubes of either 11/0 or 8/0 seed beads, your choice of beading thread (I used Wildfire here because that is my go-to for black beading thread), scissors or thread burner, needles (you can see I am using my ever trusty Tulip size 11 needles!), and a stop bead.
The tubes from your Tulip needles are great to re-use for beads!
Step 1: On a comfortable length of thread, string your stop bead and leave about a six-inch tail to use for a clasp later. Then add 12 beads, alternating your two colors. For my beads, color A is the orange, and color B is the blue. (fig. 1)
Step 2: Bring your needle up through your 1st bead and through all your beads to form a tight circle. (fig. 2)
Step 3: Once your circle is formed, exit your needle from your 1st “B” bead. (fig. 3)
Step 4: Add three beads in this order: A-B-A. Skip one B bead and go through the next. Repeat this twice more around the round.(fig. 4)
Step 5: Step up to the next row after going through the last B bead by also going through the 1st A & B added this round. Your needle should now be exiting the 1st B bead added to the previous round completed. (fig. 5)
Step 6: Continue adding your three beads and skipping to every other B bead. The only time you will ever go through an A bead is during your step-up to the next row. Continue until desired length. (fig. 6)
This is what eight completed rows looks like. It took approximately six minutes to complete. (fig. 7)
Finishing Up: To finish up and seal off your ends so that you can attach your clasp, simply just only add your two A beads on the last row and do not add any more B beads. Pull tight and you will notice the lip of the tube will pull in slightly. This makes a nice end to a tube bead or a rope chain on a necklace or bracelet. If desired, you can continue adding rows and decreasing the number of beads to make it even more tapered.
That is really all there is to it. A lot of people use a dowel or rod inside their rope to get their first few rows going because it is a rather wonky, jumbled looking mess for about the first four or five rows as the tube begins to form (like Chenille stitch does). The first time I attempted it, I used a 3 mm or 3.5 mm crochet hook, depending on bead size. I have actually found it easier not to use it though, because it just gets in the way and slows you down.
Last week I made an enormous plea for your help in keeping this blog going by your donations via the Paypal donation button at the top of my blog. What I didn’t realize at the time, was that my WordPress theme had been updated by the server and that very much-needed Paypal donation button was gone! Thanks to a loyal, kind, and GENEROUS reader who pointed that out to me, it is back in place for those of you who would like to see me keep posting. I would also like to publicly thank Carol Carnes for donating the fees for my upcoming annual domain renewal. Without her folks, next week would have been my farewell post!
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Did ya miss me? Sorry about not posting last week, but as I mentioned previously, my Sis got married last weekend and I was out of town to participate in her taking of the vows, though I nearly missed the boat on that one, literally!
See, she got married on a freaking boat in the middle of the Mobile Bay here in Alabama, and I was running late getting there to begin with, cuz I overslept staying up trying to finish her jewelry. Then, the hubby and I got lost trying to find the boat landing! She was literally standing on the dock waving us on as we hauled our behinds down the stairs to the dock! Luckily, it turned out to be a beautiful day and I bawled throughout their vows…and I’m not a crier!
That’s me on the left – crying! My beautiful Sis, Abby Green-Catrett, is the one holding the flowers (in case ya missed it!), and her daughter Skylar between us.
So I promised you a pic of the wedding jewelry and here it is!
For the bride’s necklace, I did a six ladder herringbone rope in translucent seafoam with a matte AB smoky amethyst in 2 of the alternating ladders. The smoky amethyst has a real seashell hue to it, and the theme of the wedding was beach inspired. The herringbone was inspired by Jill Wiseman, and since I have been putting off for so darn long learning it, I used her tutorial for basic tubular herringbone, which can be found HERE.
Another technique I learned from Jill Wiseman for the wedding was tubular netting, which I used in the bride’s bracelet, Jill’s “Flower Power” bracelet. Tubular netting, if you haven’t tried it, is incredibly fast to work up, and is my new go-to stitch for beaded ropes when I need something quick for a beaded or bezeled pendant! You can find the pattern and instructions for this double wrap bracelet with a two button closure in Jill’s book, Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes: 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches. When you purchase from Jill Wiseman Designs (which is where my link takes you), Jill will personalize and autograph your copy (so mention in the comments of your checkout if you go by a different name, or if the book is for someone else) and you also get an exclusive necklace pattern as well!
The bride’s mother, sister, and daughter all wore the flat spirals that I made that I showed you in my last posting. So, when I say it was a wedding by Jill Wiseman, it was! I may have made the jewelry, but Jill either designed or inspired what I made! Thank you so much Jill! I also want to thank Jill for my endless bugging of her that I did in Facebook messenger and in her Facebook group, Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, which is a place where you can go and share your own work of Jill’s patterns, be inspired by others work, or get the latest on Jill’s furbabies, Winston and Abbey Rose. They are so adorable!
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Welcome back to another fun-filled week of snark, honorable mentions from the Challenge, some of my beadwork (yes, I have found some time to bead, despite everything that has been going on!), and a tutorial! This is going to be a long one, boys and girls, so grab on to your nearest glass of wine (or whatever else lifts your spirits) and hang on!
First, let me apologize about the tone of last week’s posting. I know it was down and depressing, and I apologize. Sometimes though, you just need an outlet for your emotions, and since my family was center stage in the cause of mine, it fell to writing about it here. Not fair to you. No more, I promise.
Believe it or not, I not only have been beading, but actually won a little something in a challenge myself. Bello Modo held their Crescent Design Challenge, where original submissions had to be made using the Czech mates Crescent beads as the primary design bead. I was proud that my design “Eclipse” was selected as one of their runner-ups. I am currently writing a tutorial to it, and it will be available for sale on my website in the next couple of weeks!
This week, I had a lot of fun trying out the new Es-O and Tipp beads I got from Potomac Bead Company in the “Tipp Topp” bracelet by Akke Jonhof. You can find the pattern in the April/May edition of Beadwork Magazine. Did I follow the pattern as written? Well geez, do I ever??? Seriously though, the only changes I made, were in attaching the clasp. I used a 2-holed bar and a few seed beads before attaching my magnetic clasp instead of how Akke did it. I just liked the structure and strength of it a little better.
In my version I also played with some of the newer bead colors too. I used pastel light grey Tipp beads (though I have to warn you they are considerably darker than on the website photo), bordeaux Es-O beads, pastel light grey O-beads, and 6mm faceted rounds in white grey luster. As I mentioned before, I did use a couple of 2-hole bar bead in hematite on each end with some seed beads in silver lined grey to attach my magnetic clasp.
This week I bring you a tutorial for an easy beaded bezel for a cabochon, courtesy of Leslie Rogalski, Creative Director for the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad. Though this one is for a 24mm cabochon, it can easily be adapted for any size.
20 size 11 delica color B (violet sparkle lined DB-0610 shown)
40 – 2mm round or Firepolish crystals (jet sliperit shown)
1 – 6mm round or Firepolish crystal
Cord and clasp of choice
Fireline/Wildfire/One-G/KO Beading thread
Size 11 or 12 beading needle – (note: I personally recommend Tulip needles – Becca)
Scissors or a thread burner (note: I personally recommend the Berkley Hot Line Cutter – the tip is retractable, it comes with the batteries and an extra tip, can be found in most sporting goods stores in the fishing department, and costs less than $10!)
On a 1 yd (.9m) piece of thread pick up 1A and 1B ten times for a total of 20 beads. Sew through all the beads again and pull into a ring; leave slight ease in order to sew through these beads in subsequent steps. Knot tail to working thread. Exit the first A strung. Pick up 8A, 1 crystal, and 8A. Skip the B in the ring and sew through the next A, making a loop.
Repeat around the ring for ten loops. The last loop sews through the first A in the ring. Exit through the first 8A and the crystal in the first loop strung.
String 3 crystals. Sew through the crystal exited in the loop forming a loop of 4 crystals. Exit the crystal in the loop.
String 1A, 1B and 1A. Sew through the next loop’s crystal. Make sure the loop is flat, not twisted, before sewing through the crystal. Repeat Steps 3 and 4, pulling the beads close, to add 4-‐crystal loops at the top of each loop. Sew through the first loop’s crystal, and circle through the crystal picot to exit the top crystal. Make sure the three beads between crystals are pulled up snugly, without gaps. The beadwork will cup as you work.
Place cab face up in the beadwork. String 2A and pass through the top crystal in the next loop. Continue around the ring, pulling the beads snugly to capture the cab. Sew again through the circle just formed of A beads and crystals.
Sew through the beads to meet the tail on the underside, knot, weave in the ends, and trim.
Customize the size of the bail to fit over your rope or cord by adding or subtracting A and B beads in the next steps.String a stop bead on 18″ (46 cm) of thread. Leaving a 6″ (15 cm) tail sew through the second, third, and fourth A beads in one strand of one of the loops (counting from the front of the cab). String a 2mm crystal, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A a(or more for a larger bail space) and a 2mm crystal. String one 6mm round, a 2mm crystal, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A (or however many you just strung,) and a 2mm crystal. Sew through all the beads again one and a half times, to exit the 6mm bead. Remove the stop bead.
String a 2mm crystal, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A (or however many you just strung) and a 2mm crystal. Skip one strand and sew through the second and third A beads in the next strand of A beads. String a 2mm crystal, however many A and B beads you just strung) and a 2mm crystal. Sew through the 6mm bead and through all the beads in this step. Weave in the thread ends to secure and trim.
So, to wrap up the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Challenge Challenge Spring 2016, I wanted to bring you just a few more Honorable Mentions! These are a few that stood out to me and the judges as simply amazing for various reasons about to be explained.
CRAW, or in layman’s terms, Cubic Right Angle Weave, is as about as difficult a stitch as a beader will ever run across. It requires time, patience, and did I mention time and patience? Oh yeah, I think I did! Girija Kuppaswamy’s 21 inch version of Jill Wiseman’s CRAW rope tutorial, (yes – TWENTY-ONE INCHES!) obviously took a LOT of time and patience, and was simply beautiful too!
JR An Carol Carnes submitted a LOT of entries, but the one that really took my breath away was the Superduo bezel (tutorial by Allie Buchman of Potomac Bead Company), using the reversible angle and such vibrant shades of the Challenge colors!
JR An Carol Carnes – Allies Super Duo Bezel
Mary Kearney is someone I see in a lot of the beading groups on Facebook, as well as the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry monthly color challenges, and she certainly did not disappoint in my Challenge with her Jill Wiseman Cellini spiral, which used nearly every Challenge color there was to use! Simply a gorgeous piece of beadwork!
Mary Kearney Jill Wiseman Cellini Spiral
And then there was the one thing that surprised me in just how much I loved it, because I have never really been a fan of beaded beads. However, both of Sherry Palmer-Zieman’s entries, “Frill-Seeker,” a Trendsetters by Yumiko Watanabe, and Allie Buchman’s “Moon Lantern” bracelet both contained beaded beads, and I simply adored them!
Sherry Palmer-Zieman – Trendsetters by Yumiko Watanabe “Frill Seeker”
Going to wrap up this late edition of Sarcastic Beads and Yarn for the week, BUT, that does NOT mean I do not want to hear that little “ding” on my phone that means I have a comment from you fine folks! Also, if you read my plea for help last week, well, the song remains the same. I need all the help I can get with keeping this site up and running and there is a handy little Paypal donation button on the side if you would be so kind. I want to thank Sheila P. and Linda N. for helping me out with their kind generosity this past week, and Dorothy F. before that.
Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!
Coming Next Week: Spotlight on some cool bead artisansfrom around the globe!
After threading a stop bead, add five 8/0 beads and go back through the 1st for a circle. (Fig. 1)
Then string one 8/0 between each bead in the circle, forming a pentagon shape. (fig. 2). Add 2 superduos between each 8/0 (fig. 3). Between each pair of superduos insert one 8/0. (Fig. 4)
Going through the second hole of a superduo right after the 8/0, insert a pair of superduos in each pair in the previous round. (Fig. 5). Add two other superduos over each pair in the previous round, and two 11/0 to the sides of each 8/0 (fig. 6). Place a superduo over each pair in the previous round and three 11/0 on the sides, moving the thread through the beads inserted in order to merge the four included in previous round of 11/0. (fig. 7)
Insert three 11/0 on the sides of each superduo in the previous round (fig. 8), then two of the three pairs inserted (fig. 9) and finally into a last round insert one 8/0 among each pair of two of the previous round (fig. 10).
Add a jump ring to one 8/0 and attach to an ear wire. Congratulations, you are done! Enjoy!
Starfish Superduo Earrings
My friend Tina Pawass of Freebird’s Innovations tried out my pattern and turned it into a necklace and bracelet set!
Freebird’s Innovations version of “Starfish Superduo” earrings AND a necklace!