Friday, April 29, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews Quick & Easy Stitched Jewelry, 20+ Projects to Make, by Cathy Jakicic--it's wonderful!

Wire Headpins How-To
Learn how to make these easy wire headpins that have three wire loops on the end.

Make Bulky Yarn Out of Medium Weight Yarn
Using worsted weight yarn and a spool knitter, you can make bulky yarn that you can then knit with. A great stash buster!

Dress Card for Mother's Day
If you have or know a model mom who does her very best for her kids and sets an example you admire, tell her with a "priceless" dress card like this.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Giveaway on EBEG blog

The Etsy Bead Embroidery Guild is active again, and they are kicking off the season with a giveaway!  Visit the link above and learn about the guild and the earrings that are the prize.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Recent publications: April

Quick & Easy Stitched Jewelry: 20+ Projects to Make by Cathy Jakicic

Metal Jewelry Made Easy: A Crafter's Guide to Fabricating Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets & More by Jan Loney and Mickey Baskett

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bali Hai - for sale

Bloodstone, fancy jasper, & Bali sterling silver

The next piece I have that is looking for its forever home is Bali Hai.

Bali Hai is a continuous strand of polished bloodstone nuggets, interspersed with small bloodstone spacers and larger rounds of fancy jasper.  The large Bali sterling silver beads are stunning with the deep greens and bronzes of the stones.  The handmade beaded necklace is 32 beautiful inches long.

Hit the button above, or leave me a comment if you are interested...comments are moderated, so it won't be posted :-)

Monday, April 25, 2016

How to stitch a Dutch spiral

Earrings made with Dutch spiral

The Dutch spiral is not so much a stitch as it is a series of stitches.  A combination of peyote and netting, the Dutch spiral is a soft, stretchy tube with beautiful drape.  Choose your thread color carefully and hold it firmly while working to help keep up the tension.

There are two parts to the spiral: the peyote section is sometimes collectively called the core beads, and the netting section is created by a loose length of seed beads and accent beads.  I suggest using differently shaped or colored beads for the core beads and the netting, at least until you're familiar with the sequence.  I really like Delicas for the way they fit together to make a nice tighter core section, and regular donut-shaped seed beads for the netting.

There are many different ways to do the Dutch spiral, but having tried quite a few of them, here is my take on the easiest way to get started.  Once you've mastered it, you can increase and decrease the netting portion to make pretty undulating shapes like in the earrings I made, shown above.

A simple Dutch spiral tube:

Row 1: Pick up a size 8/0 seed bead (8) and loop the thread through it again to form a stop bead, leaving a tail of at least 6-8".  Pick up 6 Delicas (D) and 3 size 11/0 seed beads (SB).  Stitch through the 8 to form a loop.

Row 2: Pick up an 8 and stitch through the 2nd D.  Pick up 1D and stitch through the 4th D.  Pick up 1D and stitch through the 6th D  Pick up 1D and 3SB, and stitch through the 8 added in this row.  Make sure these netting beads sit on top of the netting beads from Row 1.

Row 3: *Pick up an 8 and peyote stitch through the 1st raised D.  Pick up 1 D and peyote stitch through the 2nd raised D.  Pick up 1D and peyote stitch through the D added in the netting stitch of Row 2.*  Pick up 1D and 3SB, and stitch through the 8 added in this row.  Continue to make sure each new netting stitch sits on top of the netting stitch of the previous row.

Row 4 and following: Repeat *the peyote section* of Row 3.  The netting stitch for each new row can be continued like Row 3 for a symmetrical rope, or it can be altered, making it longer with more seed beads or additional embellishments.

Additional Tips:
Choose a thread color that won't stand out.  You can see in my sample that the white thread is quite visible in between some of the beads.  And my tension is fairly firm!  Hold onto the tail to help control tension.

To keep track of your beads, add the same type of bead you have just exited.

There is no peyote "step up".  Simply stitch through the 8/0 added earlier in the row and begin your next row.  Use the 8/0's to count the number of rows!

You will see the spiral begin to form by Row 5 or 6.

Weave your thread tails back into the beadwork when you are done.  Don't forget to undo the loop from the first stop bead!

Here are other spiral forms that I've featured over the years:
The simple spiral
Cellini spiral
The spiral square stitch
Indespiral by Aleta Ford Baker
Twisted ladder

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Friday, April 22, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews Jeweler's Enameling Workshop Techniques and Projects for Making Enameled Jewelry by Pauline Warg. Get the full basics on this wonderful technique and make something pretty!

Free Cat Trio Pattern
Like cats? Connie's got a free pattern that will be perfect for you!

'Ya Can't Please Everyone, So Ya Got to Please Yourself'
Don't compare your efforts with those of accomplished crafters and think you're not good enough. If you give up, you'll never get better. This is the voice of experience speaking.

Jewelry Creations Using Bead Box Bargain April 2016
I had a viewer ask me, "What do I make with the Bead Box Bargain shipment...well, here is what I made with the April 2016 goodies.

Crochet Designing
If you have the right tools and a little crochet knowledge, you can design your own crocheted afghan pretty easily.

Upcycled Recycling Box
Do you recycle in the bathroom? Many people don't, and it's often because there's no go place to put recyclables there. Here's an easy upcycled box to hold items for recycling in the bathroom or anywhere else.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Copper Canyon found a new home!

Copper Canyon: copper, turquoise, and coral


Hammered copper links form the focal points for this delicate but arresting necklace. Coral and turquoise, in both round bead and chip form, bring out the burnished beauty of the metal. Copper Canyon adjusts from 17 to 20 inches. The dangling beads give this fun necklace lots of movement.

Yay for Mary!

Congratulations to Mary Redman, who won a copy of Quick & Easy Stitched Jewelry!!
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