Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Time To Stitch 4 Hosted by Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller



Hi Y'all,

It has been a while since I have posted and I apologize for the absence.  Life has been a little topsy turvy for me lately, but I am getting my balance back and on the right track again.  

I can not believe that three months have gone by so fast it seems like just yesterday, that Christine and I put out the call for participants in the 4th A Time To Stitch Challenge.  This time Christine and I decided that we would let those that are participating to have a say in the other three stitches that they could choose from, the one stitch that had to be done was the net stitch.  During sign ups we asked that a stitch suggestion be made and after the sign ups were closed we would tally up and pick the three most suggested stitches.  Those stitch are 1. Chenille Stitch, 2. Chevron Stitch, and 3. Spiral Rope.  Along with the net stitch the participants could pick one or more of the three other stitches for this challenge.

For those of you visiting for the first time to the A Time To Stitch Challenge, here is a little bit about why Christine and I are doing this challenge.  I had this idea for a challenge to get more people to try bead weaving.  So I contacted Christine with the idea and asked her if she would partner with me in this challenge.
Of course she said that it was a wonderful idea and that she would be my partner in this challenge.  So every three months or so we have been doing the A Time To Stitch Challenge. We get some experienced bead weavers and not so experienced bead weavers, it is always so much fun to see what everyone creates with the challenge stitches, and to see how far those not so experienced bead weavers are progressing. 

I chose to do the Chenille Stitch and the Chevron Stitch this time, because I have never done either one of these stitches.  Here is what I created with these three different stitches.


For those of you that visited my Birthday Challenge on November 16th, you will recall that I only had the pendant made with my glass cab as the focal and said that you will see the pendant again soon.  Well I knew then that I was going to use the Chenille Stitch to do the neck rope for my pendant.  This stitch is super easy and sews up fast, although it took me a little while to finish my rope, because I chose to use all size 11 seed beads.  


I came across this pattern for the Chevron Stitch on Pintrest designed by Cecilia Rooke  .  I did not use the same embellishments that were suggested in the pattern.  I had these green with gold highlights drops and the green roundels and gold round crystals, so I chose to use these in my necklace.  Also the pattern that I found did not have the top embellishment around the inside perimeter of the necklace, that is something I added because it just was too plan looking to me without the added embellishment.  I really love how this one turned out. 


At the end of last October I opened my big mouth at work and said that I was going to bead everyone in the Communications Unit an ornament.  Well I managed to get at least 9 out of 22 beaded for this past Christmas here are the ones that I used the net stitch on. I will be working on a few at a time through out the year until I have everyone an ornament for Christmas this year.



Tubular Net Stitch is a stitch I really enjoy making it is so fast and easy I had this bracelet made in two hours from start to finish.  I gave it to my friend Demetree, as a thank you gift.  Crystie, I am going to have to get one of those thread zappers as you can see I have thread ends showing.

Well there you have it my contributions to this go around of A Time To Stitch challenge.

Please go by and visit and comment on the rest of the participants in this challenge.



6.  Kim Hora
10. LizE
15. Alenka
Happy beading Y'all,
Therese

34 comments:

  1. I wish I'd known about this challenge, I've just learnt to beadweave and I love it! I love the items you've made, the tubular netting bracelet is beautiful. and yes, get yourself a thread zapper, I got one for christmas and love it, despite the smell!

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  2. These are some gorgeous pieces Therese!!!! Thanks again for hosting this challenge it was as fun as it always is and I am so happy that I got to try a new stitch and re-acquaint myself with another!

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  3. You were Busy, Therese! I was really eager to see your birthday piece again...the chenille is a perfect support for it~what a gorgeous piece all around~I still think it is a museum piece :-) Your chevron is so lovely~very soothing forest colors and those drops and the pearl set it off nicely. I love the look of the tubular net bracelet...I will have to look into that one. It looks substantial and the pearls make it so elegant. And your ornaments~what an ambitious project! They are really pretty~the brown/blue is my favorite in this series. Keep weaving~Christmas is 11 months away!!! Thanks again for being my friend and partner...you make it all so easy!

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  4. Wow - what a smorgasbord of colors! Just love them all. And I couldn't see single thread. Just beautiful. Thanks for organizing another great challenge, Therese!

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  5. Your necklaces are gorgeous, Therese! I love the chenille rope you made for your cab, those colors are gorgeous! That chevron necklace is beautiful!! I love that pattern. And, your ornaments are so pretty. I'm sure everyone will love having them on their tree! Thanks so much for hosting this hop. It's really a fun event.

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  6. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge and making me learn...I have spent many hours looking at ideas! Love the ornaments so keep on going there lady!! Love the tubular net bracelet ....saw that concept many times when trying to choose what to do. Your chevron stitch necklace is a favorite....love the colors! Such beautiful pieces Therese...thanks so much for sharing.

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  7. Outstanding job Therese. All of your pieces are beautiful. My favorite is the tubular net bracelet. Thanx for hosting this fun challenge.

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  8. Wow! I love all of these! The colors in the chenille rope are so pretty and the rope itself looks great! The colors in the chevron necklace, though, are right up my alley and I love the inside embellishment. I am so impressed at your dedication on the ornaments. I know you will get them all done this year. :)

    Thank you for hosting the challenge. It is always fun to try something new and see what others have done.

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  9. first - Thank you for including me!
    Secondly and mostly - love that chenille necklace and pendant! The colors are so Springy and wearable. I keep staring at that pendant and how it is captured - just lovely. I like the bib chevron necklace, too - looks perfect for a holiday party. I hope you still had fun creating the ornaments even though stress creeped in. They're beautiful and such a wonderful gift for your co-workers.

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  10. Gorgeous pieces, love the chenile necklace and pendant just beautiful. This was so much fun!

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  11. I never know where to begin when you post more than one lovely at a time! :) Everything is stupendous - as usual! That last bracelet is my all-time favorite! As you know, I stay far away from seed beads, but I am ALWAYS drawn to any type of rope chain - is this, with those colors, is just fabulous! Good luck finishing your ornaments in 2014! :)

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  12. Beautiful! I want to get more into bead weaving..I really love the designs...where can I get a copy of the chenille stitch? Great Job!

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  13. Oh my heavens woman! What a stunning line up of gorgeousness! I absolutely LOVE the chenille rope!!!! I've seen that netted pearl bracelet pattern several times, but had no idea it worked up that fast, now I'm going to try it out. Love the chevron necklace, it turned out wonderful. I did make a chevron bracelet, but the beginning had a huge mistake in it, and I didn't have time to remake it. I don't tend to like the decorated Christmas balls very much for some reason, (maybe because I had a horrible experience with the one I tried to make), but I do love the simple, elegant look of these, so thank you for showing those. And thanks to you and Christine for such a great Hop! P.S. My post is up now, I beat Blogger into submission! :)

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  14. Those are all amazing Therese! I love that last bracelet. Promising your coworkers ornaments was very nice of you!!!! I'll be looking for your next challenge, I may give it a go!

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  15. Great job, Therese!!! I love all the pieces, but specially the first one with your own glass cab!! All of them are so elegant, even the Christmas ornaments - by the way, good luck for your project and I'm pretty sure you'll make all of them by next Christmas.
    Thank you very much for organizing this challenge again and again - can't wait for the next one!!
    Alenka

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  16. Awesome pieces, Therese... your friend is so fortunate; I would totally wear that last piece (and you say there are thread ends showing? I guess my eyes must be worse than I thought cause I can't see any!)

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  17. Wow,
    Everything you did is stunning.
    I never tried chenille stitch, you have inspired me.
    I was waiting to see what did with that pendant and I am not disappointed. Fantastic.
    And thanks again for this blog hop.

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  18. Therese, thank you for hosting the challenge. I'm loving hop day - so many beautiful pieces out there in the blogsphere today. All of your creations are gorgeous but your chenille rope is so beautiful that now I wish I had learn how to do it. Maybe in the next edition of ATTS. All the best, Ana

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  19. How did I miss signing up for this?!?!?!? I am oh so very sad right now =( Sigh, oh well ... I'm going to have to pay better attention to these things in the future. Nonetheless, I love the pieces you created (as always) and I am so impressed with your fearlessness when it comes to bead weaving and trying new things. Twenty-two beaded ornaments? Yup, that pretty much sums up your level of generosity, kindness and dedication. You're an awesome person who just so happens to be crazy talented! Beautiful creations Therese!

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  21. The chenille necklace is gorgeous! I think that's my favorite of them all, although that's like choosing your favorite piece of chocolate...

    And I did a bunch of netted ornaments way back in the day. They are beautiful, but they will wear you out if you're trying to do a lot at a time.

    I'm going to pay better attention to the blogs and hopefully catch the announcement of the next TTS!

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  22. Oh, my - talk about raising the bar! Not only you beautifully used *all* stitches, you even have more than one piece to show for them!
    They are all gorgeous, I couldn't pick a favourite if my life depended on it. As a proud owner of one of your gorgeous netted ornament, I am definitely partial to those :) But the other pieces are equally amazing: the rope for the birthday pendant is absolutely delicious; the chevron is something I want to try too (I love how you added the extra sparkle!); and the tubular net is now something I need to try! :)
    Thanks for hosting this special event, I love every moment!

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  23. I think I am one of those beader weavers who struggled so much at first. I remember my first attempt with the ATTS challenge - herringbone as I recall and I fought those beads - ha! You guys have been such amazing support for me, and I've learned so much! I am so happy to see that beautiful cab again, and what a perfect match using chenille for the rope! What a stunning piece this is!! That chevron necklace is knockout! I LOVE this ... the colors, the pattern ... just everything about it! And those ornaments are gorgeous ... I would love one of those on my tree. Might have to make one! but I know my next netting piece to try is going to be that tubular netting - I love how this looks. The colors - and those pearls is just so rich. Thank you guys for continuing to host this hop - I look forward to the next one for sure!

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  24. Wow someone has been busy! Love that chevron necklace. It's sweet, sexy and green. Beads don't get better than that. The chenille is such a great fit for your pendant. You picked the perfect colors, and did it up just exactly right. Based on the great results with your bracelet, I'm going to have to try tubular net stitch. Your ornaments are so lovely I wish you would show the other 5! And should you continue on the path to making all 22 show those as well. So very pretty, and what a wonderful gift for your co-workers (so long a you don't burn out). Thanks so much for co-hosting this great hop :p

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  25. Oh my goodness! I know I have been out of the loop for a while but how the heck did it come soooooooo fast? I love what you did with all your pieces but you are so lucky it is winter and Bama is so far away or I would run right down there and grab that necklace and pendant!!! Miss you girl!

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  26. Therese, first let me say thank you for Hosting this challenge. I'll be definitely in for ATTS5. Your pieces are gorgeous and it's hard to pick a fav, but I think it's the first piece with the candy colors. Lovely!

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  27. Wow! Love seeing your finished necklace - your pendant was so pretty and it looks so perfect on the beaded chenille stitch rope. That's not a stitch I've tried - may have to check it out.

    And double wow with the ornaments. You've set yourself quite the task, but made such a wonderful start. Nine ornaments! When do you sleep? :)

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  28. Therese, I am always amazed at your creations. Everything you touch turns to gold! I truly think you should have given me that bracelet!!! HEHEHE.. seriously, I love that bracelet and I think you should be making me one since it is so easy to do and whips up so quickly... :) The chevron stitch necklace is absolutely gorgeous! And of course your pink and green creation is unparalleled as it was completely handmade. You're awesome my friend!!!

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  29. Netting and pearls are so natural together and you've combined them perfectly in your bracelet. Lucky Demetree! I would love to see your chevron stitched necklace on;the extra embellishment around the neckline was just the perfect touch.

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  30. So much seed bead awesomeness! I'm especially smitten with the green necklace and that last bracelet. You rocked these, as always!!

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  31. Beautiful work Therese! I am in love with the chevron necklace! Thank you so much for co hosting the hop I can't wait for the next one!!

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  32. What amazing makes! I am in love with the chevron stitch after trying it for the first time for this challenge and I just love your chevron necklace so I think I might have a go at something similar. thank you so much for hosting this hop, I had so much fun. And now I'm back from internet hinterland I am having a great time looking at everyone's beautiful creations. Next on my list is to update my post with links and the like!

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  33. Therese, I was going to say I don't know how I always miss these...but I realized I was in Charlotte at signup time. Next time I HAVE to do this!! I love beadweaving and would love the motivation as well. Your pieces are absolutely stunning!! I think my absolute favourite of yours is the Chenille stitch pendant...smashing!! I bet those colours are wonderful on you.

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