Saturday, July 14, 2007

Second Semester Begins

Second semester begins on Monday and so I will be taking another break from the blog. I was happy to finish at least a couple of things during my break. Unfortunately much of my break was spent cleaning house. Oh well, someone has to do it.
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Second semester looks intriguing. I will be taking a course on Children's literature...yippee!!! Speaking of books...only one week left before the last Harry Potter book is released!!! The anticipation is killing me. I am second to read it in our family. My youngest is first. She has been a fan since the 3rd book. Of course, she insisted that I read them to join in the excitement. I read all of them before the 6th book was released. Now, I don't know who has become more obsessed...her or me, who always tries to think about the little girl inside.
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Have a great summer to you all!!!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Hat Pin!!!


Look what I found! I hat pins a while back with the thought of shortening them to make stick pins. I decided not to shorten it. It is so lovely!! The scan and picture do not do this pin justice.


I tried to play with the image. Obviously it did not work. The beads at the top and bottom of pin are simply a bead with a large center hole with the seed beads added...voila!
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Making Christmas gifts is looking better all the time!!

Beaded Sunflower

I chose this picture because the color of the paua shell stands out. The true color fo the beads don't show up well. They look green here, but they aren't.



This picture shows the beading on top the crochet clusters. I have a lot to learn about beading, but it is so fun that I look forward to learning! I like adding beads to crochet rather than crocheting them in to the work.I feel I have more choices with beading patterns this way...besides the creative and fun aspect of it. Of course, I am referring to jewelry designs and small motifs.

This is the true color of the beads, but the picture is blurry. I LOVE the color. It is so magical.

I was able to scan the back to show the beading clearer. Funny thing...I didn't mark the holes of the paua shell to insert the memory wire. Good grief!! I can also see where I miscounted beads...argh!!! Well, I'm not sure what kind of bracelet to make with it...tatted or memory wire? I will probably go with memory wire though. I have some pearls that I think would look lovely with this design.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Paua Sunflower

Paua Sunflower
I've just begun this design which is the center of a bracelet. The paua shell doesn't look so colorful scanned, but it is beautiful when the light hits it. Worked in a 60 Coats thread, the stitch around the bead is not a Clones knot. This is a backward cluster stitch. By backward, I mean that the back of the stitch is facing. You actually make the stitch with the back of your work facing you, make the cluster, then turn work to front and join...voila!! It is a beautiful raised stitch. I haven't decided whether I will use memory wire or tat this bracelet.
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I will add the beads tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

6 petal flower

6 Petal Flower
I like the red seed beads in and around the petals (sorry the scan is so bad...argh!!). I do NOT like the center bead. Black is no good...too ominous...to depressing. I so wish I had used a different bead center. The seed beads (Delica) were added by hand. The center bead is added with the triple loose ring technique. I always use this technique for center beads.
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Other mistakes? Yes, I should had made only 8 clones knots. I made 9. I know, I know...calculate.
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I'll try to take a picture with a digital camera. Except for the center bead, it is a pretty flower. Why did I use black???!!!!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Flower Bracelet

Flower Bracelet
This is my first time working with memory wire. The background is the wrong color and doesn't do the thread justice. The thread is peach Dual Duty Plus button craft thread manufactured by Coats. The center bead of the flower and large beads in the bracelet is glass, the beads in the petals are black Swarovski Bicone, and the seed beads are a vintage glass bead given to me by a friend...you know who you are ;)
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This is also the first time I have worked with jewelry pliers. I think I could really get into making jewelry...some day!! I need to experiment more with colors and beads. I didn't plan ahead and ran out of the Swarovski beads...argh!! Just a little more practice and these will make lovely gifts.