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The only thing constant in life is change   ~ attributed in various forms to Greek thinker Heraclitus of Ephesus I have fought against...

Monday, February 18, 2019

Copper tusk bead embroidered pendant


The centerpiece of this pendant is a copper clay beauty that I bought from Jennifer West.  I have FIVE more of her pieces, so the metallic fun will continue! I'm planning on doing some more elaborate bezeling on some of the other pieces. 


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 my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.  Additional chapters focus on altered surfaces, dimensional beading, found objects and unusual materials, and integrating bead embroidery with other fiber arts.


Copyright 2019 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Turquoise bead embroidered pendant


This is the second painted glass cabochon that I bought from my friend Lea Avroch.  I highly recommend her work if you are looking for one-of-a-kind pieces to use in your bead embroidery, and no, she didn't pay me to say that :-)  I have some leather and leather-look necklaces on the way to use as neck straps for some of these pendants that I've been making.  I think I'm going to look into selling some of them, because they are starting to pile up!


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 my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.  Additional chapters focus on altered surfaces, dimensional beading, found objects and unusual materials, and integrating bead embroidery with other fiber arts.

Copyright 2019 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.


Monday, January 28, 2019

Blue bead embroidered pendant


I bought a couple of beautiful art glass cabochons from my friend Lea Avroch right before Christmas.  Now that the dust has settled from my retirement, I've had a chance to sit down and stitch up a bead embroidery setting for one of them.  Here's the back:

 

I used Russian spiral stitch around the cabochon, which is taught in my e-book Bored By Back Stitch.

Copyright 2019 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.
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