Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dazzle-It Rings blog hop


A few weeks ago, my friend Carmi Cimicata proposed a blog hop that would focus on rings!  Since I've never made rings before, I figured why not?  It also gave me the chance to try out some products carried by John Bead, importers of many beads and components.  We were sent a selection of Czech glass seed beads, some Beadalon WildFire beading thread, and a booklet of beaded rings called Rings by Giovanna. [Note - here's a link to the entire blog hop list!!]


I chose to do a project that features the first bead weaving stitch I ever learned: square stitch.  I still love square stitch, with it's soothing rhythm and stiff structure.  I thought it might be the perfect stitch for making a ring, which needs to have some structure to it.

What I learned was that the beading thread matters too.  I did not like the WildFire at first.  I found it difficult to thread the needle, hard to coax the beads into place, and really a pain in the neck when you wanted to remove a bead.  But the more I worked with it, the more I saw the value.  Yes, you need to be really careful and try not to make mistakes (!!!), but the stiffer feel to the work, when that is important to you, is quite impressive.  I will definitely consider using it again when freestanding structure is an issue.

The ring designs in the booklet use variations on basic stitches, including square, peyote, herringbone, and RAW.  The photos and instructions are easy to follow.  I changed the design that I made.  It was supposed to have 3-bead picots on top and bottom.  I didn't want them on the bottom, because it would have forced the ring to ride too high on my finger.  Instead, I chose to use some of the larger beads that were sent and enhance the top edge more fully.  The gaps between the larger beads allow my fingers to slip right between them, making it very comfortable to wear.  I'm not showing you a picture of it on me, however, because I have the world's ugliest hands!!



7 comments:

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Nice job, Cyndi, and very good tips. Thank you.

I just got the "Dazzle It" book today. I've drooled over your bead weaving forever and have wanted to give it a whirl. The time has come!

Cyndi L said...

Eileen, I'm so glad you got your kit! Can't wait to see which one you pick :-)

Eileen Bergen said...

I did it, Cyndi! See my very first bead weaving project.

Of course I picked the easiest design, but I'm pleased ... that I could do it and that it's actually fun - sort of zen.

I used one of your tips. No scissors for Wildfire!!

Tammy said...

Of course, you figured out how to use the larger beads in your design, turned out great!

nancy lynn donaldson said...

I love it, so unique!

MarissaDW said...

I was trying incorporate the bigger beads. Very nice design.

Carmi Cimicata said...

Cyndi, your finished ring and photo will inspire lots of new beaders to make a ring! Thank you for being a part of our blog hop!

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