Monday, January 16, 2017

A simple spiral rope in blue - a tutorial



One of the first beadweaving stitches that many people learn to do is the simple spiral stitch.  It's a stitch that I find myself coming back to from time to time, trying new variations, or sometimes just enjoying the simple rhythm as a way to clear my mind in between larger projects.  Just before Christmas, I found myself with a free evening and no energy to start a large project, so out came the beads and in no time I had this pretty spiral rope.  Now to figure out what to do with it...  

I posted a hand-drawn tutorial years ago, and although it's a bit embarrassing in its simplicity, it still gives you the basic steps.  For my current spiral, I used size 6/0 seed beads for the core (shown in black on the illustrations) and 3mm druks surrounded on each side by two size 11/0 seed beads (shown in white).



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Step 2









Step 3











Step 4










Step 5
Repeat from Step 2

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bored By Back Stitch e-book has been relaunched!


Bored By Back Stitch has been re-launched as a single e-book rather than as three independent chapters.  Written over the course of two years, this is the work that probably moved my bead embroidery work along the furthest in terms of innovative combinations of stitches.  It's also the work of which I am probably most proud :-)

Bored By Back Stitch begins with twelve different motifs, stitched from what are usually regarded as beadweaving stitches rather than embroidery stitches.  From there we move into combining these stitches into ever-increasingly complex patterns, and we end with wonderful new materials that add surface interest to your bead embroidered pieces.

More information on this 298 page e-book can be found at the link above.  Information on all of my e-books is located at this link.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Pearl and crystal cuff bracelet - a tutorial


A couple of years ago, I made a cute little crocheted bracelet with the beads you see above and some C-Lon cord.  As it had started to look a little worse for the wear, I decided to repurpose the beads into a new bracelet.  You don't have to start with an already-existing bracelet if you don't want to...just grab the beads you like and some wire.  I used heavy 12 gauge wire for the cuff, and 22 gauge craft wire for the wrapping.



1. Cut a piece of heavy wire a bit larger than the proper size for your wrist.  Since you will be wrapping the beads around the cuff, you want to make sure that there will be enough room to accommodate them and not dig uncomfortably into your wrist.  Turn simple loops at each end, and string your beads onto the lightweight wire.  Do not cut this wire from the spool yet.  


2. Curve your cuff wire, anchor the lightweight wire by wrapping as many times as you like around one end, and loosely wrap the strand to the other end, repeating the anchoring wraps.  That is all.  Wasn't that easy??


Copyright 2017 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Fire Mountain Gems January White Sale!

6,000 items on the site are now on sale, up to 60% off!


Epoxy and Silver-Plated Brass Drops, Pkg of 120 

Retail Price: $22.57
Sale Price: $11.79

Gold-Finished Bird Focal
Pkg of 4 

Retail Price: $5.97
Sale Price: $2.42

Mother-of-Pearl Shell and Resin Beads, 15-inch Strand 

Retail Price: $6.84
Sale Price: $2.90

Sterling Silver and Enamel Charm
12x12 Trillium Flower 

Retail Price: $17.40
Sale Price: $8.76

Swarovski Bicone Beads
Pkg of 12 

Retail Price: $6.90
Sale Price: $5.88

Millefiori Glass Drop Mix
Pkg of 10 

Retail Price: $3.43
Sale Price: $1.34

Asfour Crystal 44x40mm
Faceted Teardrop Focal 

Retail Price: $11.46
Sale Price: $5.53

Heart Memory Board
17x16-1/2 inches

Retail Price: $15.97
Sale Price: $8.34

Magenta Zebra Wire
5-yard Spool 

Retail Price: $4.01
Sale Price: $2.93

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Wanna join in?


I play with fire, knives, and power tools to create objects of beauty which bring joy to people. Unfortunately, they also require a sacrifice of the blood of a non-virgin.

If you want to join in, leave a link to your blog post in the comments!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Coming soon...


Just as soon as I can shake off the last of the post-holiday lethargy, I'll be posting a tutorial for this bracelet.  And, as a preview of what's coming up, let me say that my next e-book is in the works, and it just MIGHT have something to do with bracelets...  :-)


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