Friday, July 16, 2010

Sunny Hoops

Sometimes a girl just needs something light and airy. These darling hoops fit the bill for steamy summer days. 
A friend gave me these adorable sun faces and I have had so much fun with them. I have wired a 6mm green faceted bead to the bottom of each one and dangled them from sterling wire hoops. 
Blessings !

Checkerboard Cuff Bracelet

This is a variation of another bracelet I have previously posted but I made it wider, using blueberry wine matte size 11 seed beads and peacock bugles, and finished it off with a pretty silver toggle. I love this weave, it is easy and works up quickly. 

Blessings !

Lacy Net Seed Bead Earrings

These were an experiment, but they came out kind of cool. I will use better ingredients next time, I am thinking some kind of drop bead in the middle. 

Blessings !

Brick Stitch Bracelet

A few weeks ago, I had fun using up some odds and ends and orphaned beads to make this brick stitched bracelet. The cornucopia of colors and textures make it fun to wear. I finished it off with a silvery snake toggle that was given to me by my beading buddy B.J. 

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Blessings !

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Emerald City Bracelet

A former bead student and I are planning to do some classes locally and recently, we went to a lovely bead shop in Matthews, NC called the Bead 
 and they have something called "Club Bead" that is a monthly event in which you get to learn an easy project and sit around the beading table with some other ladies for beady fun!
This was the monthly project, an adaptation of the "Skinny Bracelet" by Deb Roberti
Please check out Deb's site for other great project patterns, many of which are FREE.
In addition, may I just say that Deb is the best pattern designer, hands down. Her instructions are excellent and don't leave me all flustered as many of them tend to do.
THis little bracelet was needle woven with 4 mm Vitrail fire polished beads and size 8 seed beads in right angle weave. Very pretty results with very little effort. I like that !

Click the photos for a better look. Blessings !

Ndebele Blue

It's been awhile since I have blogged, but you can be sure that I have been beading :)
My Nikon Cool Pics bit the proverbial dust, and so my son had to come to my rescue and be my photographer for the next few entries. Thanks, Zach !

I love Ndebele stitch, also known as Herringbone. It is an ancient African stitch that yields a beautiful slinky bead fabric. This bracelet was needle woven with blue hex beads and number 6 beads in a transparent lilac color. I sticthed a peyote loop and added a beautiful gold button with a floral motif. 
At 8 1/2 inches, this bracelet will fit the queen sized wrist and look spectacular !

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