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Not getting much done.

Posted in beading, beads, necklaces, peyote stitch on September 9, 2011 by beadnfun

I have been working a lot.  My major job requires me to stand for hours plus a hike to get there in the morning and a hike to get back to where I clock out.  I still have a second job as well.  I haven’t had time to do much beading like I used to.

Though I have been working on some projects.


This is the last of it.

Posted in beads, necklaces, spiral rope on September 2, 2010 by beadnfun

I finally uploaded some photos of the last project I put together.  This is Spiral Rope variation #4.  Essentially it is a core of 15’s with the loops consisting of more 15’s and a 8.  I tried several times to make this using different sizes of nymo, but with some of the variation of the inside hole I was not having much success.  When I finally used my 6lb test Fireline, it finally worked.  Though I do have to say there were times when some of the 15’s came apart.  I just kept a going.

It look great doesn’t it!

I really enjoy making these as I can just put it together and not worry about patterns.  I want to continue to learn some different variations as well.  This is only the second one that I have made.

In the end I just sewed the ends together.  I was going to make this into a lanyard, but I wasn’t sure how to do the findings for this kind of stitch.  I was lost and just wanted to get it done.

As you know I have been working a lot lately so I haven’t been able to put enough projects out there.

Thanks for visiting.  See you soon


The project I’ve been working on, continued.

Posted in beading, beads, necklaces on August 19, 2010 by beadnfun

As you know I’ve been working on making another spiral rope.  I had only done one previously, and unfortunately I have not been able to locate it for a photo comparison.  Which is really unfortunate as I really liked it too.   But alas I have been working on this one as of late.

This consists of a core of gold-colored 15’s with the outer bead of black 15’s and an 8’0 root beer bead as the accent.  I learned this as the #4 variation of Spiral Rope.  I will be continuing to learn more of these because I think they are the loveliest things and they seem fluid and durable.

This was constructed as I said before with 6 lb test Fireline.  I tried some nymo thread but I couldn’t get it through the 15’s as many times.  The Fireline allowed this and provided the stability and strength that I was seeking.

This photo is somewhat shaky.

And finally.

Now to test it for real!

See you soon.


This is what has been keeping me busy.

Posted in beading, beads, bracelets, herringbone stitch, hobbies, seed beads on May 18, 2010 by beadnfun

I’ve been working on this little project.  I love delica beads, though they certainly are expensive.  I never have taken the dive to buy a large amount of them, I want to spend my money on a variety of beads….Any way, this is what I’ve been doing.

These were the ones.

You make this one first.  Unfortunately you have to start at the inside and sew towards the outside, which means.

lots of string.  This is the second thing you sew, 19 of these.  I’m on 15 at this time.  But there is tomorrow.

A closer look.

working thread ends.

lots of them.

But it is supposed to look like this.  I am amazed at these people for coming up with these designs.  This is one in the Bead and Button magazine designed by Melissa Van Dijk.

So I am just at the 2nd step….I have to make another patch of beads, 18 pieces with just a variation of the one with 19 patches.

Of course there are going to be some close-ups.

Unfortunately I am almost out of those colors, so I have to fall back on this pile of beads.

Not quite the same, but I’m going to see if they are going to work.  I haven’t read further than making the patches, so I am going to have to see if I am totally wasting my time, or should I just go buy some more of those delica beads in the original colors.

I mainly am trying to go through some old issues to get some more techniques down.  I’m wearing myself out making the same old things, and I want to keep finding the excitement of the beading in my head.  I feel like I am okay at it.  I want to be great at it.

Like this.  How do people come up with these ideas?

Thanks for checking in with me.  I have some time off in my future, so hopefully will be able to update frequently with some beading photos.

Thanks for checking in.


I got the blues….

Posted in beading, beads, necklaces, peyote stitch, seed beads on April 24, 2010 by beadnfun

Yep, while I was making the ruffled rings necklace, I took liberty of my “blue soup” mix.  I made this necklace.

The peyote band with the detail of top and bottom.

The button and loop closure.

This is similar to a necklace made by Aasia Hasim in a past issue of Bead and Button Magazine.  I put my own spin on it though.

So that is what I whipped up.  Now I’m working on creating some rings in different ways.  Not going to well. So I don’t have anything new to post that involves beads at this moment.  I do have some ideas though, so maybe today I will get inspired.  I think a right angle weave necklace is in order.

See you soon


Just a little green….

Posted in beading, beads, hobbies, necklaces, peyote stitch, seed beads on April 22, 2010 by beadnfun

I made a couple of necklaces recently….well actually the same time I made the ruffled rings necklace.  I had the same beads out, so I figured I would whip these up.

This is large beads hanging from a peyote band.

The peyote band.  This strand is comprised of a row of two 6’0’s worked into an even count peyote.  Then I add the top fringe and the bottom fringe.

This is also an adaption of Aasia Hasim’s work that she has published in Bead and Button Magazine.   This is also one of my husbands favorite styles that I made, so I take the basics of Aasia’s style and add my own fringe too it.  I’ve made about a dozen variations of this necklace.

And finally, more of a overall shot of the piece.

Thanks for checking in….tomorrow it will be blue.

Happy beading.


I’m getting really close now.

Posted in beading, beads, necklaces, Oglala stitch, peyote stitch, seed beads on March 28, 2010 by beadnfun

Probably just a few more rings…I would say less than four.

I think I’m going for over the head with no clasps.  I wasn’t sure what kind of clasp to make, so why not just make it long enough, that way I can make sure it is solid.

This was not taken with the macro lens.

I will get rid of those loose strings when my needle is free.

Tomorrow I will shoot some shots with the macro lens.  Obviously I was not holding the camera still enough.

See with this lens I can back off a little and you get more a view of my work area.  It looks complicated right now, but between each project I get rid of all the stuff you see, and start a fresh clean table.

So there it is.  Hopefully Tuesday will be the finish date on this one.  Since I’m not devoting every day to this, it has taken about a month to complete this working about four rings a night.  I have serious carpel tunnel which only gets cranky doing this work….so I have to stop and shake it out, and continue.  It is still worth it.  I see a lot of folks who do this work as being older than I am, so I do not want to stop doing it.

Thanks for checking in.

Happy beading and peace.