Sunday, June 27, 2010

Check out the Best Bead Give-A-Way Ever!

Denise Yezbak Moore is offering the Best Bead Give-A-Way Ever! on her blog.Now that I have let you know, I have to go back and finish reading her blog's past entries.

Below is a necklace I made with a lamp worked bead that has been in my stash for years. I could never figure out what I could do that would be substantial enough for the heavy glass and still match the heart. Many of my beady friends have been playing around with the netted rope and I realized it was perfect for this heart.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Two more bracelets completed

I've completed two more bracelets from patterns by Jaycee. The first is Called Rainbow Lace.

And this one is Savanna Storm

I really enjoyed making the Rainbow Lace and have another color combination that I would like to use for the pattern.  The Savanna Storm makes a nice, heavy cuff type bracelet. I like the end result, but it was tedious to bead because first a base is made, then the top is embellished and a third pass is made with more embellishment for the edges. She has designed a necklace that goes with the bracelet, but I will need more beads to do that to match the one above.  I wonder if the pattern will be as pretty using size 8 or  6 seed beads in a hex shape instead of the 3 mm fire polished crystals.

And just for fun, here is a picture of a Clematis seed pod.
The flowers are beautiful, but I really like the seeds.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Beading on a Loom

I recently bought the Versa Loom. It's a neat little loom that is adjustable in length and designed to avoid having to weave in the warp threads. It works!

This is the first bracelet woven on the loom Herringbone. It was designed by Lisa Criswell and I found it at The Bead Coop.

I like the way the pattern repeated so the actual length of the bracelet was not important to the design. It was a great pattern to try on the loom. Lisa has some other loom patterns that I want to get for the loom.

The second pattern I tried on the loom was Grapes and Cubes designed by Rita Sova, the designer of the loom. It was a fun pattern in that it used 4 mm cubes, 11 triangles and 11 seed beads. I did it in two different color schemes.

This one was blue and purple.
The one above has green color lined cube beads, rose triangles and blue seed beads. The fact that the green cube beads are color lined means they really do not show up. They seem to reflect the blue seed beads making the whole thing look blue and pink.

I like the Versa Loom and want to make more things on it. Using a design that is a certain length will take some planning. The loom is very adjustable, but knowing the exact length needed for the beads used in the pattern will be important. It would be frustrating to get to the end of the bracelet and discover there is another quarter inch left or needed.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bet this makes you cry

Part one

Part two:

I wish they all could come home.