Sunday, April 29, 2012

Beading Babes Project 4 Reveal

Hello Y'all,
Wow April has been a busy month for me as far as beading goes.  Beading Babes had three pieces to do, of course one does not have to do all the projects presented to us by Karyn White of Releases by Rufydoof  and the master mind behind the Beading Babes.  Karyn has always given us the choice to do all or some of the projects.  Since I like to push myself I like to do all the projects. 

First project I did was The Paisley Drop Earrings pattern designed by Jane Lock

This is a very easy and fast pattern I used size 11 steel blue and black Delicas, size 15 silver seed beads and Cobalt blue AB 4mm and 6 mm bicones.  

This pair of earrings I used black and light blue size ll Delicas, size 15 silver seed beads and 4mm and 6 mm Cobalt blue bicones.  This project is located in the August/September 2010 issue of Beadwork magazine.

Second project Ruffled Chain Bracelet pattern design by Laina Goodman

This is a beautiful and a moderately easy pattern to do, but it is a pattern that one does have to have a knowledge of peyote and herringbone stitches.  This pattern used size 15 seed beads, 3mm bicone crystals, and 8 mm focal beads.  I used Toho bronze size 15 seed beads, Toho light blue AB size 15 seed beads, size 11 pink seed beads, Swarosky olive green and Indian pink 3mm bicones crystals, and 8 mm Czech pink melon beads. The clasp is a 15 mm green Czech glass button.  This pattern is in the Febrary/March 2011 Beadwork magazine.

Third project Trellis Necklace pattern design by Nancy Dale of NEDbeads esty shop.

This pattern was donated to the Beading Babes by Nancy although this was an other moderately easy pattern it was time consuming.  It is helpful that one has a working knowledge of RAW (right angle weave) and netting stitches.  I used cream size 11 seed beads (inside trellis), pink AB size 11 seed beads(flower beads), sizes 11 and 15 bronze seed beads(spacer beads below round crystal), gold lined aqua blue size 15 seed beads(trellis beads) lavender 8 mm round and 3mm bicone Czech glass beads, the toggle clasp is a bronze PMC creation by Lesley Watt of  THEAtoo etsy shop.

Thank you Karyn for bring these projects to us.  These projects push me to do something I would not have done on my own.  These projects have also helped improve my beading skills.  Our members are growing and that is wonderful, I enjoy seeing what everyone creates using the patterns presented to us.  If you are interested in joining the Beading Babes just click on the Beading Babes badge in my side bar and read all about the group. I am looking forward to project 5, Karyn says she has something great up her sleeve for us. Humm I wonder what she is up to?

I will be annoucing my first challenge so keep a look out for it on May 7th.  It is something different from any of the challenges I have seen in the past year that I have been blogging.

Happy beading Y'all,

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wrapped, Stacked, and Layered Bracelet Challenge - Hosted by Tracy Statler

When I saw the blog post about this challenge I jumped right in.  I enjoy making bracelets more than anything else.  So since there is a whole heap of participants in this challenge blog hop I will make this post a short one.
My co-worker Keisha  was kind enough to  model  my bracelets.

I have really been into tying square knots lately and all of these were fun and quick to make.  I used leather, hemp, and waxed cotton to tie the knots and  the beads are ceramic, glass,  lamp worked glass by Susan Kennedy of suebeads (the third bracelet from the bottom) and Rosemarie of SpawnOfFlame beads (the forth bracelet from the bottom), and bling balls.  I did not use a square knot slide clasp, instead I used lobster claw clasps.
I hope you enjoyed viewing my wrapped, stacked, and layered bracelet creations. Now hop on over to see what the other participants have created in the fun blog hop challenge.

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Happy beading Y'all,

Friday, April 20, 2012

Spring Fling Kit Challenge - Hosted by Amy at Amybeads

Hi Y'all,

I have been so busy lately getting challenge pieces done that I have not blogged in a minute and I apologize to you for that.  I will get better at blogging more often.

Now let's get busy with the Spring Fling Kit Challenge host by the lovely Amy Allworth Severino at amybeads

Around the end of March Amy decided that she wanted to have a blog hop.  So she put together two different Spring Fling Kits, one in blue and another in orange with a sweet bird focal bead in each of the two colors.  Lately I have had orange on my brain, just can not get enough of it.  Yep your right, I chose the orange kit.

When my kit arrived I thought that I knew just what I want to create with this beautiful kit of orange, green, and gold beads and the very pretty bird focal bead.  Some of you may have already guessed what I was thinking and if you guessed bead embroidery, then you would be right.  
I started the embroidery and it was going along well until I started filling in the white spaces.  That is when I said "Nope I don't like the direction this is going!".  So I ripped it all out except for what I did around the  focal bead.   
I started a herringbone band and thought that I would just sew the  focal bead to the herringbone band, but what was I going to do with the rest of the beads?  
I thought that I would trim the band with the peanut beads and make another piece with the remaining beads.  As I sewed the orange size 11 delicas I pondered on how this was going to come out. Before I knew what was happening my piece was developing in front of my eyes.  
I sewed a two inch long herringbone band, then I pick up the green 4mm round beads and sew a row of them.  I had some 4mm black picasso czech beads that match the colors in the bird, and I sewed a row of those, then I sewed a row of the 3mm gold czech beads.  Well anyway without giving away everything on how I made my piece, I will just show you the finished piece. I really like how it turned out and I hope that you do too.

I made the two side bands first and connected them with the  focal bead then surrounded the focal with the peanut beads.  I attached a slide clasp in gun metal gray, I thought silver was too bright and just did not look good with this piece.

Here is a list of the other participants in this challenge. Please join me in hopping over to see what they have created with Amy's wonderful Spring Fling Kit.

Amy of amybeads
Kristin, of My Bead Journey
Maryanne, of Zingala's Workshop
Karyn, of Releases by Rufydoof
Therese, of Therese's Treasures (you are here)
Vimala, of The Bead Diaries

Happy beading Y'all,

Saturday, April 7, 2012

La Bella Joya's Mini Charm Challenge

Marcie Abney of La Bella Joya blog put out a challenge to all that wanted to participate.  All one had to do is check out April/May's Beadworks magazine and find her tutorial on the Morrocan Mini Charm and make a piece of your own to be presented on her blog today April 7, 2012.

Here is what I created with her mini charm.

I used 4mm Aventurine gemstone rounds, rainbow green size 15 seed beads, green and bronze size 11 seed beads. The bronze connectors and toggle clasps are made by Lesley Watts The Gossiping Goddess. You can find these items in her THEAtoo etsy shop.   

Go by Marcie's blog and see what the other's have designed with her mini charm and see what else Marcie has to offer.

Happy beading Y'all