Monday, February 27, 2017

Zig-zag bead bracelet - a tutorial


Becky Guzman has an article in the February 2017 issue of Bead&Button, which took me right back to Girl Scout camp!  Do you remember making chevron bracelets with some rawhide cording, large holed beads, and some soldered jump rings?  The ones Becky shows are much much prettier, but they're based on the same pattern that has been around forever.  Clever girl...she has created a chart will help you figure out all the sizes and counts for your beads, leather, and rings.  Buy this issue: you are going to want all of Becky's helpful tips, the chart, and all the variations that she comes up with!

I decided to experiment a little bit with some waxed linen cord instead of leather.  I had these cute little copper hex links that I used instead of jump rings, and I chose two colors of crow beads, making a double wrapped bracelet.  Although you can see the holes in the hex links quite easily in my photo, they are not very noticeable when the bracelet is being worn.  I used about 50" of cording, doubled, to make a bracelet this long.  It does take a bit more cording than you would initially think because of the zigging and zagging.


The cording is slipped through a button shank and folded in half.  Beads are added to alternating cords, with a ring added to both cords in between each bead.  That's it.  Just keep the tension consistent.  Tie a couple of knots at the end to create a slot for the button to slide through, and decorate the cord ends as you wish.



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Monday, February 20, 2017

Bracelets projects galore! - beadweaving and stringing

Here's the next installment in my round-up of bracelet projects that have been posted over the years.  Check this link for fiber bracelet projects, and this one for wirework bracelet projects.



Spiral herringbone bangle



A wire bracelet featuring beaded beads



Easy seed bead woven bracelet



Crystal bead bracelet



Cobalt and crystal bracelet



Black jasper and crystal bracelet




Zig-zag bead bracelet

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Monday, February 13, 2017

A charoite bead embroidered pendant - a tutorial


I bought this beautiful piece of charoite several years ago.  I quickly stitched it into a piece and then just as quickly took it back apart!  The original design was just too big and busy, and the stone got lost.  And so it sat in my pile of "I'll get to 'em laters".

This design came together very quickly once I had picked a palette.  It's hard to tell from the photograph, but the pinkish seed beads in the bezel match the lighter shade in the stone itself perfectly.

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.  The first chapter of Bored By Back Stitch covers how to convert beadweaving stitches to embroidery.  I've used the Russian spiral stitch to surround the bezeled stone.


1. It took several rows of peyote stitch (even count) with size 11/0 seed beads to reach the top of this stone.  I then added two rows with size 15/0 seed beads to cinch it in and hold the stone firmly.  I added one row of Russian spiral all the way around, skipping the corners, to begin surrounding the stone.  On the top, I've begun a second row of Russian spiral, anchoring it to the foundation fabric.




2. In the spaces left at the bottom, I stitched several stacks of accent beads.  These add some visual weight to the bottom of the pendant.




3. After adding a piece of backing fabric to cover all of the stitching, I stitched the edging with size 11/0 seed beads in edging brick stitch and added a row of picots with size 15/0 seed beads.




4. On the back, I added a bail stitched in square stitch.




5. Easy-peasy, quick and breezy!
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Monday, February 06, 2017

A spiral herringbone bangle - a tutorial



This pretty bangle bracelet simply couldn't be easier to make!  Find four colors of size 11/0 seed beads that you like together.  Use a bead tray with compartments to keep them separate, and get ready to stitch.  In only two hours of TV "watching," I had a new bracelet!


1. Cut a piece of heavy gauge wire (I used 12 gauge) a bit longer than you expect to need.  Leave a longish tail of thread, and start your bead weaving with a circular row of double ladder stitch in an even number.  Then begin to stitch spiral herringbone stitch around, stepping up at the end of each row.



2. I ended up with four colors, but one of them appeared alternately between each of the others.  You can choose your colors as you please, just make sure to keep an even number of beads in the row.



3. When you get the beadwork as long as needed, finish off with a double row of ladder stitch.  Trim the wire and stitch a size 6/0 seed bead topped with a size 11/0 onto the ends to cover the wires.


Finished!!

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Friday, February 03, 2017

heART beats from other blogs!



Here are some links I had stored in my blog-reader...not necessarily new, but still good!

How to frame bead embroidery
For those pieces that aren't to be worn!

Wire and scrapbook paper jewelry
Totally handmade!

Making jewelry using techniques taught in a tutorial
Oh, that sticky copyright thing...again!


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