Archive for the bracelets Category

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.



what I’m talking about…

Posted in beading, beads, bracelets, right angle weave, seed beads on January 25, 2010 by beadnfun

Remember I told you recently that I had been having a little trouble reading directions.  That’s what I figured happened.

I started making this.

Looks easy enough…directions went well.

See I was doing okay, I thought.

Really I felt good about it.

Basically it was a band of RAW, Right Angle Weave, with the outer edge pulled tight and three 8’s added on to give it the bendy waves and then another band or Right Ange weave, with the ll’s pulled tight and three 8’s added on, and then woven together on the inside edge.

I really thought I read the directions right, but

When I got to the end it didn’t come together like the illustration showed.  When I got to the other end, it really didn’t come together like the illustration showed.  Plus I was having trouble with my thread, and the thread separated and was half the size, and I was trying to fix the ends, aaaagh!

I got out my scissors.

I cut it apart.

It didn’t work for me.

I guess I’m instruction disabled right now.

I’m stringing beads for a while. I have to calm down…..

Thanks for checking in with me.   Another calamity in the beader’s world.

Bye for now.  Happy Beading.


I was a winner!

Posted in beading, beads, bracelets, cats, hobbies, seed beads, triangle stitch on December 30, 2009 by beadnfun

Yep the other day I was told by thebeaddreamer that I won.  I can’t believe it–I usually never win anything, and it was christmas eve as well.  Yeah!

So yesterday in the mail I received my win….

a book published by Lark called Bugle Bead Bonanza signed by the author Jamie Cloud Eakin.  This was a contest sponsored by TheBeadDreamer.  Thanks everyone!

Here is her link.

She had contest every once in a while and her blog is sweet!  Go check her out.

I’ve continued to progress on my triangle weave bracelet, but once in a while am getting mixed up and adding 13 triangles instead of 12…..oh well.  This is why I always work up one first, and if I like it I will do another.

Here is a picture of my glass drop bracelet where I had to remove part of my closure and add this button instead.  I had to reduce it by a couple of inches so the bracelet wouldn’t fall off my hand…this certainly helped.

Guess what, it snowed here.  This is our second snow.

More to come later.  I must fix breakfast.

Here is whiskers.

Later thanks for tuning in.


Like I promised.

Posted in beading, beads, bracelets, hobbies, necklaces, netting, right angle weave, seed beads, square stitch, triangle stitch on December 29, 2009 by beadnfun

Here are a few photos of some of the projects I’ve been working on.

I finished the Peyote band collar… I added some 6’s rocailles and some drop beads.  Tell me if you like it.

Not too bad.

A little bit more of a close up.  This is taken with my telephoto lens, rather than my macro lens.

You can’t really tell but I did a “whip” stitch…at least that is what I will call it, with 15’s and it took me a long time to put that part on.  It definitely made it real stable and finished looking.  But I don’t think I will do that again on such a long necklace.  It took up about 10-15 gms of 15’s….which is a lot. Any way.

Okay, so I took apart a cheaper necklace so I could use the beads for the other necklace, so I went ahead and square stitch a band for a bracelet.  I alternated blocks of four clear and green just to make sure I had enough, and to use those beads.  They were not the highest quality, but makes a great foundation for something more memorable on top.

So I found some drops to sew directly on top of the band.  I put some seed beads and two drop beads, and covered two of the beads on the base, so four drop beads on each row.  I had the same color green and clear drop beads, and enough of them I was able to cover the whole band.

So when I put it on it was about two inches too big….eeks.  So I haven’t taken a picture of my fix yet, but I had to take off the “bead closure” and add a button to the band so my loop could go around that instead of the bead, that helped to eliminate some of the inches.

Okay, then I started this project.

So a design by Laura Shea from Bead and Button Magazine. Recent edition I’ll get back on that one.

This is the first row and the start of the second row.

By this time I’m really liking this, I like the stitch, it was a tiny bit tricky at first….I try to read the instructions, then I try to look at the illustrations without the instructions to continue….Just so I can keep going and not get mixed up. Either way about the fourth row I was getting it…..

So she calls this a triangle stitch.  So I definitely want to try this stitch on some better beads, some more even beads, and maybe even some different sized beads with the 11’s to see what happens.

Okay, so that is what I’ve been working on this break.  I still have a few days off, so I will keep you posted with lots of photos.

Thanks for checking in with me.


As I progress….

Posted in beading, beads, bracelets, hobbies, necklaces, peyote stitch, right angle weave, seed beads, shell beads on November 1, 2009 by beadnfun

Just wanted you guys to see the necklace I’ve been working on.   I have been adding spikes to the peyote band of the shell coin necklace.  Here is my progression so far.


See 2/3 done, or is it 4/5ths.  Anyway, I am glad.  This necklace has been on my work table for a little too long.  But that is okay.  I’m loving how it is looking now though.



I just love this style of free form.  It works so well for me because I have so many random beads, and I love to put the colors together and just have fun with all sorts of beads.



Love those tight shots too.


See, my one loop didn’t work and the necklace was a little tight, so I added a couple of more loops to it.  Each time I added a loop though, I made sure to go through the loop several times, as many as would allow to firm it up, and keep it as strong as possible.



And here is a couple of my earliest projects.


Obviously when I was still putting clasps on my bracelets.   Don’t do that anymore.  My hands can’t take it.


Plus, I was always getting the tension wrong on the ends, or exposing threads, or using too much thread that I couldn’t go through the path that I wanted… all know.


And another one, using 4mm druk beads, right angle weave, and 8’s cylinders for the dangles.


And I put this cute vintage button on the end of this one.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by again folks.

We will show you the end results soon.  Hopefully later today.

Gotta go jog first though.  Beautiful day today!