Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Recent publications: July 2014



Finding Style: How to Use Today’s Versatile Jewelry-Making Components by Irina Miech

The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, 2nd Edition: 15 New Projects, New Gallery - More than 700 Large Color... by Tammy Powley

The Visual Language of Wabanaki Art (American Heritage) by Jeanne Morningstar Kent

Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art) by Suzanne Ramljak

Sea Glass Jewelry: Create Beautiful and Unique Designs from Beach-Found Treasures by Lindsay Furber and Mary Beth Beuke

The Knotting & Braiding Bible: The Complete Guide to Creative Knotting Including Kumihimo, Macrame and Plaiting... by Dorothy Wood


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Bead quilt tutorial


I didn't really ever plan to write up a tutorial on this piece, but since it was featured in Chapter two of Bored By Back Stitch (page 32), I've gotten too many requests to ignore.

I know it's not technically a quilt, but that's what I'm going to call it since traditional quilts were the inspiration.  Please don't yell at me about it!



1. Cut a piece of fabric just slightly larger than your final desired measurement to account for shrinkage while beading.  Cut and iron a lightweight fusible interfacing to the back.



2. I started by measuring off the central square and stitching its outline in, of all things, BACK STITCH!  See, I don't hate back stitch...I just want variety.




3. Next I added back stitched lines off to each side of the central square.  These were filled first...




4. ...one by bead embroidered herringbone stitch, which was then topped off by another back stitch line.




5. ...and the other side by bead embroidered peyote stitch, which was also topped off.




6. The next block was filled in with bead embroidered right angle weave.  This block did not end up being the top, but at the time I wasn't sure.




7. Starting from the middle, I worked bead embroidered chevrons out towards each edge.  See how they are taller than the block outline?  No problem: just make the lines longer!  I added short stacks between each stitch, but I didn't fill the central holes so that the fabric color would shine through.




8. I added free-standing bead embroidered chevrons to each corner and filled them to round them out.  See how uneven and wonky some of the black lines are?  Not to fear.  The next step is to run thread back and forth through all of them, adding beads where needed and filling the holes completely with thread.  This acts to straighten out the lines.


9. With the lines as straight as I can get them, the quilt was finished off by stitching a blanket stich border with embroidery floss and beads, and then stitching it invisibly to a piece of mat board.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

heART beats from other blogs!



Charlene Sevier
Book Review: The Complete Photo Guide to Making Jewelry (2nd Edition)

Origami-Inspired Calling Card Holder Suits Gift or Credit Cards
This origami-inspired card holder had two large pockets on the inside and 2 "secret" pockets on the outside. It holds about 20 cards and fastens with an elastic ponytail holder.

Resin Crafts
What could be cooler than miniature people at the beach?

Art Bead Scene
Check out Ema's new favourite tool - her wood-forming block for making curved metal components!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Which fabric to choose for shibori flower project?


I want to make a non-wearable piece, just a pretty bead and embroidery picture, and I'm having trouble deciding which fabric should be the background.  I started out with a whole bunch of fabrics and narrowed down over a few hours.


The two contenders are both pieces of muslin that I free-style marbled years and years ago.  As you can see, the one above is subtle and doesn't interfere with the focal pieces.



BUT, the other has more of the colors of the flowers in it, and seems to be a slightly better match, although it is a busier pattern.  Which would you choose?



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Monday, July 21, 2014

Bead Journal Project: July 2014



I am very very excited about this new piece that I did for the Bead Journal Project this month!  I have been looking for other textiles that would give an organic look to my work like pleated shibori silk ribbon does, and I stumbled upon metal mesh ribbon.  Not that the two look alike, that's not what I mean.  I was looking for that organic quality that the silk has, and the metal mesh ribbon seemed to be a distinct possibility.  You can stretch it and bend it, pinch it and fold it, stick stuff inside it, and best of all...you can easily stitch through it.  So here is my first attempt, in all it's turquoise-y glory!

I need to thank Fire Mountain Gems for sending me the metal mesh ribbon to experiment with.  All of the beads and the ribbon that I used, except for the focals, can be found at the link above.




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Friday, July 18, 2014

heART beats from other blogs!



Carmi's Art/Life World
It is wonderful to see how a bit of fabric ribbon and a button can be featured into a new beaded cuff.

Resin Crafts Blog
There are inexpensive bamboo tiles that can easily be turned into wearable jewels with some simple resin application techniques.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi is head-over-heels in love with a new book on reclaiming and upcycling textiles!

Crafty Cupcake "Recipe" Calls for Styrofoam and Glue
Not only are they cute, these cupcakes are fun to make. They’re guaranteed to be sugar-free, gluten-free, calorie-free and cute as the dickens.

Back to Amigurumi
Crafty Princess is loving amigurumi again with this new project that was a tad challenging.


Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Beads from Beadandbuttoncompany.co.uk


I received a wonderful package of buttons and beads from Bead & Button Company, UK.  They are a leading shopping site in Great Britain, located in North Lancashire.


The soft colors of these buttons and the seed beads reminded me of a special piece of pleated silk shibori ribbon that I've been hording...time to break it out, I guess!  In a few weeks, I expect to have a project to show you.





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