Sunday, April 15, 2007

Blogging posts slowing down

Well, I tried...I really did. I had hoped to be able to keep designing and posting while in university, but to no avail. Classes resume in a week's time and I am gathering sources, researching, and taking notes for 4 essays due next month. Its no wonder I haven't been able to blog.

I did manage to start the pin design, but it NEEDS adjusting, so I will be waiting until exams finish to make those changes. In the mean time, check out Melody McDuffee's crochet jewelry. I can't wait until the holidays to play with this technique!!! I think crochet jewelry is going to be a huge success. And if you want to see more eye candy check out Jeanne Wertman's micromacrame.

The blog will slow down even more...but I will post when time permits.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The brooch is coming along nicely. I like the beading in the back, but I think it needs is a pearl bead in each beaded loop in the last row. This would look more consistent with the MOP in the center and make it an authentic piece of jewelry. I also I need to bead with wire instead of thread because it is a bit flimsy. The center plastic ring has done an adequate job for keeping it firm in the center. Now I just need to have a little extra firmness and wire should do the trick.
This project will be put aside until I've made a trip to the bead shop!!

Monday, April 9, 2007


I do like this design better. The chain loops accentuate the beading. The Clones knots were not quite right for the design. Besides, I don't like the look of closed Clones knots in a #20 thread. I plan to add more beading behind the chain loops. I can visualized it, but until I actually do it, I won't know for sure. I've also decided to keep this as a brooch. I think it would look pretty as a pendant, but not with these colors. It looks quite vintage, don't you agree?
To be cont...

Sunday, April 8, 2007

New Pendant Design...Needs Work

We are on our 2 week semester break, so I've been designing...Yippee!!! This is a pendant...needs work though. I like the center: Mother of Pearl disc, encased by a round plastic ring, Clones knots (of course), and beading, which I think is a bit off.
I DO NOT like the beading between the filigree petals...YIKES!! In fact, I might change the filigree altogether and perhaps go with another Irish crochet concept. Eyelet loops? Perhaps. I'm also considering another type of petal. I just know for sure that I don't like the beading.
I was aiming for a traditional Irish crochet background design in beading, but needless to say, it isn't working in this design. I also used a #20 thread, which I don't like to use for Irish crochet, but with this design, I think it works. It took time to crochet around the ring with a #20. I can't image a #40!!!
Yes, I do like the center. Hmmm, I wonder if I should just bead around the Clones knots and leave it at that?
To be cont...