Thursday, October 27, 2016

Yay for Carol!

Carol Howard won a copy of the book Learn to Use Two-Hole Beads!  Congratulations!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fire Mountain Gems $1 sale

Below are a few products included in the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Dollar Sale, which features over 7,000 sale items marked down at incredible savings. Items include beads, finished jewelry, findings and more! The sale ends November 5, 2016.  The products listed below may contain affiliate links.

Vintage German Cabochons
Pkg of 12 

Retail Price: $2.66
Sale Price: $1.00

Flower and Steel Ring Kit

Retail Price: $5.99
Sale Price: $1.00

Czech Glass Flat Back Rounds
Pkg of 144 

Retail Price: $5.60
Sale Price: $1.00

Stretch Glass Bead Bracelets
Pkg of 5 

Retail Price: $3.95
Sale Price: $1.00

Swarovski Ceylon Topaz Faceted Beads, Pkg of 2 

Retail Price: $2.16
Sale Price: $1.00

Opaque Iris Green Glass Beads
15-inch Strand 

Retail Price: $3.55
Sale Price: $1.00

Multi-Gemstone and Round Glass Beads, 15-inch Strand 

Retail Price: $8.73
Sale Price: $0.75

Mother-of-Pearl Bead Mix
Pkg of (6) 14-inch Strands 

Retail Price: $14.59
Sale Price: $1.00

Monday, October 24, 2016

Bead embroidered ammonite pendant - part two

Last week, we left off with a bead embroidered ammonite pendant halfway finished!  This week, I want to show you how I edged and finished this particular piece.  It is different from the usual pendant, because the ammonite fossil is nestled down into a thick piece of wool felt.

5.  Here what I've done is to cut a piece of foundation fabric larger than the size of the felt.  I added one row of size 11/0 seed beads in back stitch around the whole piece, stitching through both the felt and the new foundation fabric (the dark fabric above).  It was a pain in the neck to do because of how thick the felt was, but it's only one row!

The next outline row was added in brick stitch, still with size 11/0 beads, anchoring the threads in between the beads in the previous back stitched row.  Follow that with a brick stitched row of size 8/0 seed beads, again anchoring around the threads of the previous row.

Clip the foundation fabric just a tiny bit beyond the outer edge of the last row of brick stitch.

6. Here's another shot just so you can see how the felt is sandwiched between the brick stitched seed beads on top and the foundation fabric underneath.


7. To do the edging, cut a piece of backing fabric exactly even with the top foundation fabric and stick them together with a piece of double-sided tape or a dab of glue.  Using size 8/0 seed beads, add edging brick stitch all around the edges, stitching through both pieces of fabric, and -- this is important! -- catching the threads running between the last row of brick stitch added in step 5.

I used size 11/0 seed beads to add a short stack stitch to each edging bead.

8. Add a square stitch bail to the back of your pendant, and you're all set to go!  I usually add 9 rows of size 11/0 seed beads.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!

Halloween Crafts and More!
Kick start your holiday crafting with a Fall Craft Fest - either virtual or real. Here are some Halloween and holiday craft ideas to get you started.

Stitching Injuries and the Tiny SAL
Connie's been on the "disabled list" due to a finger injury. Find out her sure-fire cure and get the latest info on the free Tiny SAL.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book review and giveaway: Learn to Use Two-Hole Beads

There's a lot to like in this new offering by Kalmbach.  Teresa Morse has written a new book called Learn to Use Two-Hole Beads, which has not only a really good basics section, but also some great projects to work through your new skills.  Just so you know upfront...the book concentrates on Super Duos and Twins, not on every shape of two-hole bead that there is.  Of these, Super Duos are preferred for their more regular quality.  

In the very beginning of the book is a preview of all the projects, twenty two in all, which is great for finding your next project quickly.  The basics section follows, and is essential, especially the techniques which show you how to organize the beads for a project, how to add and end threads, how to step up through two-hole beads, make beaded findings, and design with color.  

The project are divided by method of construction, design features, and materials.  The simplest are individual beaded motifs that are stitched separately and then joined into beautiful jewelry, moving through more complex designs until you are adding layers and texture!


Would you like a great book full of new projects?  Here's what you need to do...please read this carefully. Leave me a comment here and include your email address. If I don't see your email address, I will not contact you. No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person. You are welcome to spell it out if you'd prefer, for example, beadingarts at gmail dot com. If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice! Deadline: October 26, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

For the rest of October...

For two items featured on their site, Fire Mountain Gems will donate 100% of their sales to breast cancer research. That's how important this cause is to them!

Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1.5-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $11.46
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research

Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $6.21
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research
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