October 15, 2007: a nice extra-long weekend resulted in some new bracelets! I couldn't wait to use some of my new seed beads.
September 7, 2007: I created an ndebele stitch bracelet for my nephew for Christmas. It has the lead-free solder inside so that it is moldable. I used dark brown and beige colored beads with black delicas on the ends. I think it's pretty masculine-looking.
September 2, 2007: My fourth beadweaving class was Peyote stitch. I pretty much knew how to do the stitch, but I learned a few tips and tricks, including how to cover the magnetic clasps on this bracelet.
August 12, 2007: My third beadweaving class was Ndebele, or herringbone. It's quite unique, I think. The tube encases a length of plumbing solder which makes it moldable - adjustable.
July 7, 2007: I took my second beadweaving class today, netting. We created another bracelet, and while you can't really see the netting because of the embellishment, trust me, it is there, as the base. I also created beaded beads for the toggle clasp.
June 30, 2007: Here are some of the projects I've been working on this month
These bracelets (and one anklet) are all created with the same bead weaving pattern, and each one has a bead-and-button clasp. The buttons are from my "button jar".
These bracelets were Christmas gifts for my nieces, Allison, Tori, and Delaney (top to bottom) in 2007. I modified the pattern used in my own square stitch bracelets. I also made little necklaces to go along with them.
June 9, 2007: I completed my second square stitch bracelet in what I consider "beachy" colors. I used white 4mm miyuki cubes (that have a shimmer to them, but I wouldn't say they're pearlized), with some apricot seed beads along the edges and some other pastel colors for the flower embellishments.
June 2, 2007: I took my first beading class ever today! It was so much fun. I took the first in a Stitch of the Month series and I learned the square stitch and the weaver's knot. There were only three of us in the class, which meant that I got lots of individual attention. I finished the project tonight after I got home, and I've just got to say, I LOVE it! Oh, and I got to choose the colors, so, it's 100% me. Oh, and it's embellished with seed beads on the top and sides. The beads I used were 4mm miyuki squares.
This is a blue bead bracelet I created in May 2007. The beads have a crackle look to them, and I paired them with some toffee and cornflower 6/0 silver-lined glass beads from Gick Beads.
This is a bracelet I created somewhere around 1995. It is the last piece of jewelry that I made with picasso beads from Beadbox back when Janet Coles still owned that company. It's also my favorite bracelet.