Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bracelet tutorials - complete!


For several weeks now, I've been collecting and organizing the bracelet tutorials that I've written over the years.  A very few bracelets have ended up in more than one category, but for the most part, I've tried to keep each tutorial in one category, whichever seemed the most appropriate.  I hope you enjoy them!


Wirework bracelets

Fiber bracelets

Beadweaving and stringing bracelets

Bead embroidery - part one

Bead embroidery - part two

Mixed media bracelets

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Bracelets projects galore! - mixed media

Here is the last post in my bracelet series.  Later this week, I will post a page with links to all of the other posts in this series, and from then on, you'll be able to find a link to them in the "Tutorials" tab at the top of the page.  It's been fun revisiting all these projects and planning new ones!




Always Time for Cats



My Hope for Breast Cancer



Cloth and Sparkle bracelet



Bezel Effects bracelet


Bead and button soft cuff



Double wrapped ribbon bracelet

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Jewel bead embroidery pendants - a tutorial




A couple of years ago, while visiting my daughter, I found an interesting necklace during one of our vintage and junk shop forays.  My best guess is that the necklace is from the 1980s...big, sparkly, and slightly over-the-top!  The resin "gems" are supposed to look like opals.  Sort of.  It was only $20 for all those potential cabochons!


The gems were all linked together, and it was extremely easy to unattach a few of them with a simple pair of pliers.  After stitching them down (around the prongs) to a piece of foundation material, I added a few rows of back stitch with size 11/0 seed beads, used edging brick stitch to attach a backing (as shown below), and added picots in size 15/0 seed beads around the raw edges.  The final step was to add a square stitch bail to the back so that they could be worn as pendants.

Each one took only an afternoon or an evening to complete!



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.

Another of my e-books, Arm Candy, goes into a lot of detail about how to attach just about any type of vintage jewelry piece into your mixed media bead embroidery.  Although the projects in it focus on bracelets, the general information is applicable to making pendants, necklaces, and earrings as well.


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bracelets projects galore! - bead embroidery, part two


Last week, I posted the first half of this list of bead embroidered bracelet tutorials from our archives.



Pretty As You Please bracelet





Candy wrapper bracelet   And another






Soft cuff bracelet





Gypsy Rose bracelet   Tutorial





Shibori ribbon bead embroidered bracelet





Mobius bracelet





Steampunk layered bracelet   Another similar bracelet


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Monday, March 06, 2017

Bracelets projects galore! - bead embroidery, part one


Here we are, back to bracelet projects!  I just didn't realize how many I had posted here since this blog began.  Over the last few weeks, I've posted round-ups of the tutorials we have here on wirework bracelets, fiber bracelets, and beadweaving/stringing bracelets.  So today, we will turn our attention to the first half of the bead embroidery tutorials in the archives.  Next week...part two!


Destiny, bead embroidered cuff




Ribbon cuff bracelet   Similar bracelet using a tape measure




Flat cuff bracelet




Peyote spiral ring bracelet




Bead embroidered bracelet with cabochons




Another flat cuff bracelet





Pleated silk shibori ribbon cuff


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Friday, March 03, 2017

heART beats from other blogs!


This week, I wanted to share links to various things that interest me regardless of whether or not they are art related!  Next week, I might have another surprise for you :-)

How to design a kit
Start by making it simple enough for a kid to follow the instructions!

The best non-stick pans
They may not be the ones you think!

Tilt Brush
If you haven't seen this yet...you must.

50 Apps to run your life
How to track absolutely everything.

Beautiful inspiring macros
Photos that will make you grab your camera.

Double alternating chain stitch
How to hand embroider this pretty stitch

How to screw up your guest blogging opportunities
Pretty much says it all!



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