Friday, September 22, 2017

Yay for Katelyn!!


Katelyn is the winner of a copy of The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry that Beading Arts was giving away.  Congratulations, Katelyn!

heART beats from other blogs!

A guide to all the Swarovski special effects

Using lampwork glass beads in your finished jewelry designs

Beaded alternating feather stitch tutorial

14 Quick bread recipes...from scones to muffins!

Swarovski assorted color packs by mood 

An interview with Carl Clasmeyer

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book reviews from Mixed Media Artist


I know that a lot of you enjoy more than one form of art making, so I thought I would get caught up here and share with you some wonderful books on collage, painting, and quilting that you might have missed on Mixed Media Artist blog.

Art Quilts International: Abstract and Geometric

Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting

Fire + Light: a method of painting for artists who love color 

Abstracts in Acrylic + Ink 

Digital Fiber Artist 

Artful Log Cabin Quilts

New York Beauties + Flying Geese 

Create Perfect Paintings 

The T-Shirt Quilt Book

Intuitive Color + Design 

Art Journey: Abstract Painting 

Storytelling Art Studio



Monday, September 18, 2017

A bead stitch combination to try - right-angle peyote


In the current issue of Bead&Button (October 2017), there is a stitch workshop article by Antonio Calles on a technique he calls right-angle peyote, because it combines the two stitches into a clever component that can be linked together to form all sorts of pretty designs.

You can find a couple of his projects and blank charts online (you must be a subscriber).  The basic component is easy to stitch, especially if you're familiar with both RAW and peyote.  If they are new to you, make sure you pick up a copy of B&B to get the instructions for the component!  To figure out the component and stitch together two of them as shown above took me less than 5 minutes.  It would have been less, but I changed my mind about one of the colors!

Friday, September 15, 2017

heART beats from other blogs!

A recipe for S'Mores cookies (because who doesn't like them?)

Making complex shapes with simple metal stamps

New colors in larger sizes of Czech round seed beads

An interview with Ann Martin, author of The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry

Gorgeous beaded quilts by Colette Dumont

Using a rock tumbler 

 Jewelry measuring chains...a cool tool

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book giveaway: The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry

Last week, I shared my review of Ann Martin's new book, The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry.  Well, today I am delighted to be able to offer up a copy for giveaway! Let me tantalize you with some images from the book that Ann shared with me...can you even believe they are made from paper??



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: September 21, 2016


Monday, September 11, 2017

Fierce - a Tribal Stripes bead embroidery tutorial

One of the best things about working with black and white beads in the new Jesse James Beads Tribal Stripes collection is that it gives you unlimited potential for mixing in other colors.  The Pantone color called Pink Yarrow is so hot right now, and I like it anyway, so that's the direction I went in stitching up this new pendant that I call Fierce!

Materials + Tools

Jesse James Beads
Tribal Stripes inspiration bead mix
Tribal Stripes mini bead mix

Fire Mountain Gems seed beads
Size 11/0:
Black matte
Fuchsia matte
Fuchsia Delicas

Size 8/0:
Color-lined hot pink

Size 15/0:

Beading needles
Nymo beading thread, black, size O
Foundation fabric, like ultra-suede
Double sided tape

1. Use a small piece of double sided tape to position your focal bead and stitch it down.

2. Stitch a row of back stitch around the bead with size 11/0 seed beads.  Keep an even number of beads on each side, not counting the corners.  Run your thread through all the stitches a second time to cinch them up, and tack down on the back of the foundation fabric.  Come up so that you have passed through a corner bead and one additional row bead.  Begin peyote stitch down to the next corner.


3. When you reach the next corner bead, skip it and add two seed beads over top of it.  Repeat around, adding two beads at each corner.  In the following rows, these two beads will be the base for a herringbone stitch, which will hug the corner.  I added several more rows to accommodate the depth of my bead, and in the final row I switched to size 15/0 seed beads, using size 11/0s only on the corners.  For the final row, I added a single bead at the top of the herringbone stitches just to finish them off.

4. Continue to add rows of back stitch working outward from the bezel in color combinations that please you.  Add some small focal beads for variety.

5. Add a couple more rows of back stitch, and cut out your pendant, leaving about 1/8 inch of foundation fabric.  Use double sided tape to attach backing fabric, and cut it even with the top.

6. Stitch around the outside through both pieces of fabric using edging brick stitch.


7. Add stack stitches to each edging stitch.

8. Add a square stitch bail to the back.  I usually use eleven rows with size 11/0 seed beads.


If you need more details for any of the instructions, step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including back stitch, edging brick stitch, and stack stitch can be found in the free first chapter of Every Bead Has a Story.  Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.

This post contains affiliate links.  I received the beads from Jesse James Beads free of charge in order to create several projects at no cost for you.  

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.

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