Monday, August 06, 2018

Purple pearl spiral rope necklace - a beadweaving tutorial


It seems like each week that goes by, I end up liking the rope I finished more than the week before!  This time I'd have to say I like them about the same amount.  The chenille stitch necklace is still way up there for me, but it has a more casual vibe, whereas the one I made this week is all set for glamour.  Not over-the-top white tails glamour, but still...

You could easily change this one up to be more casual by subbing other beads for the pearls.  Feel free to change up the color too.  Here's the simple instructions:



1. Follow the instructions for the simple spiral stitch found at the link on my blog.  I used red size 6/0 seed beads for the core beads. 

2. The first few inches were stitched as follows: pick up 2 size 11/0 seed beads, 1 4mm pearl, and 2 more size 11/0 seed beads.  Work each loop over 4 core beads.  For the thicker middle section, simply substitute a 6mm pearl and work the rest the same. 


3. On each end, use the tail of the beading thread to stitch a loop of between 5 - 7 size 11/0 seed beads.  Use the instructions found on my herringbone necklace tutorial to finish the ends with a wire and cone



4. Add a clasp to one side and a chain, if necessary, to the other.  I needed to add the chain to this necklace, even though I haven't to the others in this series.  I like having the flexibility to change the length, but more importantly this time, I didn't have enough pearls to finish a longer rope!



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Friday, August 03, 2018

heART beats from other blogs!


Romantic Stroll earrings with video tutorial (shown above)

Make a flower pendant with paper quilling

Textured resin for earrings or pendants

Leather earrings from a cutting machine





Quilt Delivery  (shown above)
Tammy delivers her grandmother's finished quilt to her parents and enjoys some time with family in beautiful Cape Canaveral, Florida.

How Do You Recycle? (shown below)
Do you recycle?  Terry Jeanette aka the Tappingflamingo shows some creations she has made from old guitar strings!






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Monday, July 30, 2018

A chenille stitch rope necklace - a tutorial


For my next beadwoven rope project, I chose to use chenille stitch.  I haven't really used it a lot, but I knew that it worked up fairly quickly into a rope that held its shape with no need of a core, and yet was soft enough to curve nicely.

It turns out that it's just about the perfect stitch for a pretty rope!  I'll be doing this again for sure.

There are several places you can get instructions for chenille stitch if you are not already familiar with it.  The way you'll use your needle is similar to peyote stitch, but there are two different rows that will alternate with slightly different thread paths. I made a rope slightly larger than the one in the sample at the link above.  Here's how I did it:


1. I start with a core of 8 size 11/0 seed beads (color A - shiny black) and make a loop.  Tie it, leaving a tail of at least 8 inches.

2. Add 4 size 11/0 seed beads (color B - matte teal), one between each pair of As.  Step up through first B added.

3. Add 8 color As, two between each color B.  Step up through first A added.

4. Add one B between each pair of As, as in step 2.  Continue alternating the two rows.

5. At each end, add two small loops with seed beads (shown below).  Look at the instructions for my herringbone stitch rope from last week to see how these loops are used for finishing off the necklace.





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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Autumn or Fall? How about both!?



Here we are only HALF WAY through Summer, and already the Fall ads and clothes and colors and everything else are out in the stores and in front of my face constantly and I think I'm going to scream because life is going too fast...

Stop!

Ok, Fall is actually my favorite season, even if I can't remember whether to call it Fall or Autumn.  Which do you prefer?  I picked Autumn for my Pinterest board on Autumn Style - 2018, but I picked Fall for my crafty board called Fabulous Fall.  Because I like to have it both ways!



Don't forget to go follow my boards!  There's lots more over there :-)



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