Monday, August 19, 2019

Book review: Two-Hole Bead Stitching


If you like working with shaped beads, then you are probably already a fan of Virginia Jensen's work and her books!  Stitching with Two-Hole Shaped Beads and Contemporary Cube Bead Designs are Kalmbach Media titles you might already be familiar with, and here is her latest: Two-Hole Bead StitchingJust like the others, this book has the fabulous photos and illustrations that Kalmbach is known for.  And it is full of the fabulous and fun designs that Virginia is known for!

Each chapter starts with a fairly simple piece and progresses through more intricate and challenging pieces.  I particularly liked some of the variations that could be made using the basic S-braid pattern.  The easy basic version is included in this book, along with lots of fabulous alternatives, using other shapes and mixtures. 


I have to be honest that I've not been very interested in shaped beads.  I love my regular seed beads, and for the most part, adding a few drops or daggers around the edges of my bead embroidery is just fine for me.  But recently I've been seeing more shaped beads being used even in embroidery.  Often then are woven together first and then stitched down to the foundation.  What makes this particularly appealing is that the neck straps of a large necklace or cuff can be completed very quickly.  Virginia has many many designs that would be beautiful on their own, but that I could also see being incorporated into embroidered pieces. 

I may just have to start buying a few of these beauties and fooling around with them! 


Other books I've reviewed that focus on shaped beads:
Learn to Use Two-Hole Beads
Stitching with Two-Hole Shaped Beads
Beautiful Designs with Super Duos and Twin Beads
Great Designs for Shaped Beads
Contemporary Cube Bead Designs



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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bead embroidered pendant redo!

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Sometimes you just have to let a project sit for awhile, and sometimes you need to get advice from your friends!  I had pretty much decided to just keep the pendant that I showed you last time because I was unhappy with the wonky back stitched lines around the onyx donuts.  But thanks to an online friend, Shayne M's suggestion, I stitched peyote "bezels" around each, and it hid the uneven line enough to make me happy!  Thank you, Shayne :-)

Here's what it used to look like:




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Friday, August 09, 2019

Fuchsia + onyx bead embroidered pendant


I had another beautiful set of polymer clay and resin focals by Mary Anne Williams Knapp, and although I like the asymmetrical design of this piece very much, I'm a bit disappointed with one aspect of it.  Can you see the problem?  The onyx donuts did not sit flush, and so they shifted around after the piece was stitched together.  Until that time, the surrounding rows of back stitch were nice circles, but stitching everything together caused them to shift and warp slightly.  What I should have done was to either build a clay base for them or sink them into a thicker felt foundation.  By the time the shifting occurred, it was too late.

Oh well, I'll just have to keep this one!  I don't see pieces that I'm not satisfied with.

You can find information on the open-hole triangular bail at the link.  Further instruction on making bead embroidered pieces can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter is free to download.


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Thursday, August 08, 2019

Book review: Bead Stitching Handbook


You know those super-clear instructions that you get from Bead & Button magazine (or from any Kalmbach publication, for that matter)?  Well, here is the handbook that you've been waiting for, that puts all the instructions for all of the stitches in one spot: Bead Stitching Handbook by the editors of B&B!  Here's a list of the stitch instructions that are included:
Peyote, netting, ladder, brick, square, herringbone, right-angle weave, crossweave, fringe, bead embroidery, spirals & helixes, chenille, chevron, St Petersburg chain, loomwork, and bead crochet.  Wow!  All the fundamentals in one handy book.

The book also includes the variations of each stitch, so for example, you'll get instructions for flat, circular, and tubular, plus how to increase and decrease.  AND it also covers special tasks the stitch is really useful for, like creating bezels with peyote stitch, stitching two-drop, diagonal, Dutch and Cellini spirals, etc.  There are tips included for using shaped beads with certain stitches too.  

Bead Stitching Handbook has 20 projects included, but it would be worth it even without them!


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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

An open-centered triangular bail


Earlier this month, I showed you some beadwoven bails that I was working on to top off and embellish my bead embroidered pendants.  Well, I found another one that I like very much in Diane Fitzgerald's book Shaped Beadwork.  On page 33, Diane shows a double-layered triangle with an opening in the middle.  Instead of stitching the whole thing together around the edges, I stitched only the top edge.  Since the two layers are joined in the middle around the opening, that forms a nice little tube along the top for your necklace strap to go through.



I found through experimentation that the size of the entire triangle needs to be enlarged from Diane's instructions.  It's simple to do this, just adding as many more rounds as you like.  An alternative, which is what I did in the sample shown here, is to just peyote stitch increases along the top edge of one layer, and then zip it to the other side.  That keeps the entire bail smaller, but still accommodates the necklace.   
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Fuchsia swirls bead embroidered pendant

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I bought this set of polymer clay and resin cabochons from Mary Anne Williams Knapp at one of her online trunk shows.  There were so many different color possibilities that it took me awhile to decide. 

I don't usually sketch out a pattern for myself before I begin, but in this case, with all the spirals and interweaving, I needed to do that, but not with the chosen colors. I simply grabbed some different colored markers and sketched the pattern, keeping a chart of which color was used in which order.  Then it was much easier to recreate it in the colors I wanted without having to draw it on the foundation fabric, fumble around, or rip out sections.


If you want to learn how to make bead embroidered pieces, I show you how to do it with over-sized beads and lots of pictures in the free first chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  There are also free instructions there for back stitch, edging brick stitch, and more.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Green floral pendant with butterfly bail


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Once more, I've turned to my favorite metal clay artist, Jennifer West of Off the Grid Designs.  Jen made both the focal and the charm, which feature dandelion fluff.  I used one of the beadwoven butterfly bails that I stitched on vacation for this piece.

    

Further instruction on making bead embroidered pieces can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter is free to download.


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Monday, July 22, 2019

How to Make Pandora Style Beads with Resin



Here is a guest post from Resin Obsession!  They have all the materials you need for your resin projects.  The links throughout the tutorial are not affilate links, and I have not been paid to share this project with you.  

We’ve all seen Pandora beads. Trendy and stylish, these unique beads can be customized on bracelets or necklaces for endless combinations. They are beautiful and fun to collect. But did you know you can create your own? There’s something very satisfying about creating your own beautiful jewelry, and even more so when you get compliments on it! Here, we will give you all the details you need to know about making your own Pandora-style beads with resin. This project is also appropriate for beginners. New to making beads? Head over to our tutorials to learn more about how to make your own beads and other must-knows for beginners!

Tools you will need for this project:
  • Mixing cups
  • Rubber gloves
  • Stirring sticks or toothpicks
  • Bead mold
  • Clear resin epoxy and hardener
  • Dye, glitter, or metallic powder
  • Bead grommets

The majority of these supplies can be purchased online from arts and crafts suppliers and retailers or found at your local craft store.

Let’s get started!


Prepare Your Work Station
First, lay down some wax paper or plastic that will protect your work surface and allow for easy cleanup should a spill occur. The last thing you need is to be cleaning up a catastrophic resin spill on your dining room table!

Gather all of your supplies and place along the edges of your table within reach for easy access. Rubber gloves are important for protecting your hands from resin. You may also prefer to have a trashcan within close range for disposal when finished.

Mix the Resin
A superclear resin kit is an excellent choice for making beads. Though curing times vary amongst kits, most kits take 8 hours to cure though you can always wait the full 24 hours in non-peak curing conditions. When choosing a crystal clear resin, you may also decide to add colorants for a little extra color and flair!

You will need to measure and mix your hardener with your resin according to the kit directions. Be sure to scrape the sides of your cup as you are mixing, and carefully mix the two parts together to avoid bubbles.

Once you have finished mixing, pour the resin into the mold, and set aside, allowing the resin sit.

Making the Resin Beads
Depending on the type of resin you have mixed, there are several different ways you can go about achieving the desired color and shape of your Pandora-style beads:
  • Clear Resin: Simply pour the clear resin into your bead mold. It can help to use a toothpick to guide the resin into the mold. Fill the mold completely for the best results.
  • Color with Neon Pigment: Bright neon beads are great for kids who love the brilliant effect of neon colors (or for those of us that are kids at heart!) Mix your neon pigment into the resin until it is well combined. Pour into the mold, following the same instructions outlined above in the “Clear Resin” section.
  • Metallic Powder: Mix your metallic powder into the resin and pour into the mold, following the same instructions outlined above in the “Clear Resin” section.
  • Chunky Glitter: Make your resin sparkle by mixing in glitter! In this method, mix your glitter into the resin, making sure the flecks are thoroughly mixed and suspended before pouring into the mold as outlined above.
  • Color with Transparent Pigment: Semi-transparent beads allow some light to pass through and look great when outside. Mix in the pigment and pour into the mold as outlined above.
  • Colored Alcohol Inks: In this method, first pour the clear resin into the mold as outlined above. Then add one or more alcohol inks in layers or spots to achieve your desired effect.

    Resin Bead Tips
    Once you’ve poured your resin into the mold, don’t forget to top it off completely! You can do this by placing your toothpick into the mold and dripping the resin mixture down the side of the toothpick. Once filled completely, just sit back, and let the beads cure. Once cured, gently twist and pull the beads free from the mold.

    If you end up with leftover resin, DO NOT dispose of it down your sinks or drains. The easiest option is to let it fully harden, and then dispose of it in the trash.

    Attach Grommets
    Once your beads have fully hardened and have been removed from the molds, you may notice that you have a little bit of a mess and overpoured on some beads. This can easily be corrected by sanding the beads down with fine-grit sandpaper and a little water.

    Once you have reached your desired smoothness, use a strong, clear adhesive to attach your chosen grommets to both sides of the beads. Try your best to use the right amount of adhesive so that is doesn’t overflow onto the bead surface. But don’t worry if this happens. A small amount of sanding with fine-grit sandpaper can help diminish the appearance of excess glue.

    Get Creative
    Once dried, you can use your Pandora-style beads to make bracelets, earrings, or wear as a pendant on a necklace. The combination possibilities are endless! You can even make beads that glow in the dark for the next nighttime party you attend! Add metal flakes of mock gold, silver, copper, and bronze for shine. Dry brightly colored flower petals and incorporate them into your beads for a colorful springtime look!

    Pandora-style beads make great gifts for any occasion, and making your own beads is a great project for beginners, so get your buddies involved and make it a fun group project!


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Raku bead embroidered pendant

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Once more, I have combined pieces by the talented Amy Mealey and Jennifer West!  I just love the look of raku and metal together, don't you?  I was tempted to use mostly turquoise colors again on this one, but I seem to be stitching a lot of those lately, so it seemed to be time for a change :-)

The focal is bezeled with peyote stitch and a final row of right angle weave (RAW).  The bail is one of the ones I stitched on vacation.  You can see more of them and get links to the instructions at the link above. 


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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Beadwoven bails for pendants


You know that most of the time, I like to just stitch a square stitch loop onto the back of my bead embroidered pendants, like the one shown below:


If it's set down low enough, it doesn't show on the front, and if you want it to show, you can set it up higher or even weave it off of the edging brick stitch row on your piece.  Instructions for stitching these can be found in chapter 3 of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  But today, I want to look at some other forms of bails!


While I was on vacation recently, I took along just enough beads to stitch up these triangular (and one cylindrical) bails.  Here are some sources for the instructions for these fancier bails:

How to make beaded beads with brick stitch

Shaped Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald (book review and link)
Page 20 - triangle
Page 25 - elongated triangle
Update: Page 33 - an open-centered triangle

Shaped Beadwork and Beyond by Diane Fitzgerald (book review and link)
Page 40 and 45 - butterfly triangle



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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Turquoise bead embroidered pendant

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I'm still besotted with the color turquoise, which seems to happen on a fairly regular basis, especially in the Summer!  The beautiful focal and the metal ring are the work of my friend Jennifer West.  The pretty raku bead just above the ring is by Amy Mealey.  I love Amy's and Jen's work together, and you might have noticed that I often combine them.   

This piece is deceptively simple, with a few extra embellishments to make it special.  I stitched the bezel with size 11/0 seed beads in peyote stitch and topped it with size 15/0 seed beads in right angle weave.  Since the count worked out properly, I was able to go back and stitch small drops between each pair of "up" beads in the last size 11/0 row.  To continue that theme, I stitched a butterfly style bail and edged it with the same drops.  The beadwoven bail works best if stitched with Delicas or other cylindrical beads.  Fortunately for me, I had a pretty good match for the Czech seed beads! You can find instructions for making this bail in Diane Fitzgerald's wonderful book, Shaped Beadwork and Beyond (my review is at the link).  In fact, the blue star that you see on the cover is made from the links that fold to make the bail!



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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

By the sea, by the sea...a mermaid bead embroidered pendant

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Here is another mermaid focal that I fell in love with, made by my friend Sheri Mallery.  I decided that she would be the centerpiece of my next pendant.  I kept the back stitching fairly simple, just adding a few accent pearls and cup chain.  The bezel also has just a few small pearly embellishments.  But then I got to the fringe...!!

Pearls, dyed pearls, cup chain, fringe drops.  I feel like she's guarding her treasure!

My e-book Some Assembly Required covers many different styles of fringe and other beautiful finishing techniques.

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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Blue floral bead embroidered pendant

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SOLD!!

This new pendant combines a polymer clay focal by Shari Smith McDermott with a raku bead by Amy Mealey.  Shari's cabochons are black polymer clay that she paints.  The ones I bought have an iridescent sheen that is hard to appreciate in photos, while Amy's raku beads are the perfect accompaniments!

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.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Copper + green bead embroidered pendant

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I love these polymer clay and resin cabochons by Mary Anne Williams Knapp.  I buy them from her in her online trunk shows.  They are not terribly deep, so it doesn't take many rows to bezel them and get down to the fun parts of embellishing!  I used edging brick stitch all around the piece and then added small drop beads along the top and short stack stitches and dagger beads for fringe along the rest.

If you want to learn how to make bead embroidered pieces, I show you how to do it with over-sized beads and lots of pictures in the free first chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  There are also free instructions there for back stitch, edging brick stitch, and more.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Green bead embroidered pendant with a tree

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SOLD!!

I just can't get enough of these metal clay focals that my friend Jennifer West makes!  You can find beauties of your own by visiting Off the Grid Designs, or find Jennifer on facebook...she frequently sells through online trunk sales there.

Anyway, I had exactly ONE of these cute little mother-of-pearl leaves left from another project, and when my client said she liked earthy green tones, it just seemed perfect.  She is also petite, so I had to restrain myself from over-embellishing :-)


If you'd like to make one of these bead embroidered pieces, instruction can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter is free to download.


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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Floral swirl and ant bead embroidered pendant

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I'm still obsessed with raku and metal together.  This time, the raku focal takes center stage, another beauty that I bought from Amy Mealey of Xaz Bead Company.  Amy does trunk shows online, which you can learn about at the link. 

For the beadwork, I tried to pick up the flash colors in the raku piece.  It's hard to get photographs that do justice to these colors, as they shift so much depending upon the angle and the light.  The bezel top is finished in a twisted seed bead pattern.  The edges are all finished with edging brick stitch, stack stitches on the upper 3/4s, and strands of seed beads and two raku beads, leading to a sweet little ant charm made by my hero, Jennifer West.

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.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Blossoms of the Moonlit Waves

Blossoms of the Moonlit Waves

This is one of my favorite necklaces EV-AH, and I got to rock it out for Mother's Day!  It took a monstrously long time to make it, mostly because I wasn't sure what components I was going to need.  It was one of the bead embroidered necklace projects that moved me in the direction of working with components rather than as a solid collar style in the first place.  My e-book Some Assembly Required follows that journey, featuring another piece. If you've never tried making a large necklace without a solid foundation and a plan first, maybe it's time!

The original tutorial for Blossoms of the Moonlit Waves is at the link.




Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Dragon bead embroidered pendant

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My newest bead embroidered pendant is heading for the gallery next month if it doesn't find its new home before then!  The centerpiece is a lovely porcelain dragon by Sheri Mallery, and the dangle is a white copper metal clay piece by Jennifer West.

I wanted to mimic the look of dragon scales, both on the surface and in the edging.  I used a bead embroidered form of the chevron stitch to stitch around the cabochon.  This form of chevron is taught in my e-book, Bored By Back Stitch.  The edging was stitched off of the usual brick edging stitch border.  I'm extremely pleased with how the colors and shapes worked out.



In Bored By Back Stitch, the first chapter contains step-by-step instructions on how to create twelve different bead embroidery motifs, using nine different beadweaving stitches, created to surround and enhance your cabochons or accent beads, and to fill any open spaces in your bead embroidery designs.  Later chapters add more stitches and textured surfaces like shibori pleated silk ribbon, metal mesh ribbon, and soutache braid to the mix.

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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Eye'm Watching You - bead embroidered earrings


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These focals are some more work by the fabulous Yvonne Irvin-Faus. You can find her work featured on online trunk shows, and she also has a couple of Etsy shops.  I love working with her fun, bright colors...they make me happy!



I was asked what the little bead on the back is for.  I guess I should explain...it doesn't have to be there, but I thought it was cute!  See the herringbone loop at the top? It starts from the edging beads and loops around to the front. There is a hole in the focal near the top, and I stitched through it and through the backing to anchor it with the little bead, then back through to the front to take another pass through the loop and end the thread.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Peacock bead embroidered pendant

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Don't ask how many times I had to do and redo the peacock feather fringe on this piece!  Actually, it wasn't really too bad, but I did have to change the spacing to make it cluster the way I wanted.  I'm very happy about the setting that the peacock focal now lives in.  Dorothy Supri of Skyline Beads made him.  Dorothy has trunk shows on facebook if you are interested in her work. 

This pendant will be available for sale.  Before it heads off to the gallery, leave me a comment here and I'll get right back to you.  Your comment won't be visible since all comments are moderated, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

New set of pendants heading to the gallery



(Edit 4/26/19 - top left sold)


Here is the next set of my bead embroidered pendants that is heading downtown to the gallery for sale.  Lee Muir-Haman is the gallery owner, and she will ship them, so don't let your location be an issue.  But please come visit if you're in Massachusetts!

You can contact Lee directly at her facebook page, or through her website Lee Muir-Haman for those not on fb.  Or you can always leave me a comment here if you'd like me to set one aside for you and arrange the sale with Lee.  Your comment won't be visible since all comments are moderated, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Book review: Beadwoven Glamour



Do you like crystals?  Do you like shaped beads?  Do you like stitching components that you can use to make matching earrings or bracelets?  Isabella Lam's latest book, Beadwoven Glamour, may be just what you're looking for!  You may remember Isabella's work from a few years ago when Kalmbach published Beautiful Beadweaving.  Everyone was talking about it.  Everyone wanted a copy.  And it was soooo worthwhile!

The instructions and illustrations make it a snap to follow along with the projects, and there is a complete and specific materials list for those who want it.  The Empera Necklace, shown above on the cover, is one of the more complicated pieces.  There are also several that are much simpler to stitch, although even those look luxe and expensive.  There are some simple pendants that are similar to the ones shown below.  They might be a great way to get your feet wet! 



The projects are challenging, but because of the excellent instructions, I feel that a determined advanced beginner could have success here.  And what glorious designs to make for yourself or for a friend!


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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Bead embroidered pendants at our local gallery


Lee Muir-Haman's Tumblers Bottom Gallery is the newest brick and mortar gallery in Massachusetts to carry my bead embroidered pendants.  But guess what?  Lee will ship them, so you're not limited by location!  The set shown above were the first ones to go to the gallery, and as you can see, one has already found its forever home :-)

You can contact Lee directly at the facebook page above, or through her website Lee Muir Haman for those not on fb.  Or you can always leave me a comment here if you'd like me to set one aside for you and arrange the sale with Lee.  Your comment won't be visible since all comments are moderated, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!


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Monday, April 15, 2019

Bird-in-Tree: a bead embroidered pendant


It's hard to capture the beautiful shine and flash of a piece of raku.  I bought several amazing pieces from Amy Mealey's trunk show last month, and this is the second focal I've gotten to.  You can see the first here at Moon bead embroidered pendant.  The color differences are part art and part magic!




This pendant had a hole at the top, so I filled it with a little antique swallow button that I had.  And of course the swallow needs something to sleep in...  The tree was added after the bezel was complete, which allows some trial and error with easy removal if you don't like the first results.  And I didn't!  I think I redid most of it at least twice.  Now I have a better idea of how to do it, and I hope the next one (if there is a next one) will come together more easily.

Further instruction on making bead embroidered pieces can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter is free to download.


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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Seahorse bead embroidered pendant

$149

My most recent pendant features a seashore-themed focal piece by Sheri Mallery, pearls, rhinestone cup chain, and some raku beads by Amy Mealey.  This one will be heading for the local gallery unless someone reading here wants to reserve it.  Leave me a comment...it will stay private.

I wanted some more texture with this piece, so I added some branching fringe to a few areas along with some pearls, and some tendrils at the bottom done in spiral square stitch. 

There are step-by-step instructions for spiral square stitch in Chapter 3 ("Dimensional Beading") of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story



Further instruction on making bead embroidered pieces can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter, with all the basic stitches, is free to download.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

A floral woman - a bead embroidered pendant


I love the long shape of the focal cabochon in this piece.  I paired it with the smaller one in a way that to me is reminiscent of a woman.  (If it were hanging the other way round, it would be an exclamation point!!


Anyway, I love the colors and patterns in this polymer clay cab set, which I bought from Mary Anne Williams Knapp in an online trunk show.  I had to be --fast-- to get it!  I used back stitched edging along the top and short stack stitches for fringe along the rest.

If you want to learn how to add this type of fringe to your pieces, it's really easy.  I show you how to do it with over-sized beads and lots of pictures in the free first chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  There are also free instructions there for back stitch, edging brick stitch, and more.

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Monday, April 01, 2019

Winged Giraffe - a bead embroidered pendant


Isn't he cute??  I got this special center piece, created on a domino, from Dorothy Supri of Skyline Beads


Since the domino focal piece is so deep and took so many rows to bezel, I kept it pretty simple. The bezel was done in multiples of four beads, which allowed me to add the first row of Russian spiral around the outside without having to fudge the numbers at all.  The edges are all finished with edging brick stitch, stack stitches on the upper portion, and back stitched strands of seed beads leading to a dangling raku bead across the bottom.  The back has the usual square stitch bail for hanging. 


If you are interested in using stitches other than back stitch to decorate around your cabochons, Bored By Back Stitch, has step-by-step instructions on how to create twelve different bead embroidery motifs, using nine different beadweaving stitches, created to surround and enhance your cabochons or accent beads, and to fill any open spaces in your bead embroidery designs.  Later chapters add more stitches and textured surfaces like shibori pleated silk ribbon, metal mesh ribbon, and soutache braid to the mix.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Flora + Pearl - a bead embroidered pendant

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SOLD!!

This may be my favorite piece yet!  I wore it over the weekend and received many compliments, especially on the beauty of the focal piece that Jennifer West made.


One little trick that I'll point out to you is how I back stitch around a fresh water pearl when I want the flow of beads to continue as smoothly as possible.  When I add the last row of back stitching and the pearls are jutting into that row, I switch from size 11/0 to size 15/0 seed beads.  That means having a pretty big stash of beads, but I learned long ago that it's good to have a color you like in every size possible!  The color palette led me to use one of Amy Mealey's raku beads as a dangle at the bottom.


Further instruction on making bead embroidered pieces can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter is free to download.  The book as a whole covers all the different stitches I use, the methods for attaching the backing, bezel and bail construction, and much more.

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