Thursday, March 7, 2019

Pentacluster Beaded Bead in Live Coral

I always enjoy playing with Pantone’s color combinations. Here is their 2019 Color of the Year, Live Coral, featured in the colors combo called Coral Woman by hep svadja. It’s not exact, but just my interpretation.
Find this Pentacluster Beaded Bead.
Learn to make your own Cluster Beads.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Victory Pod Earrings in Red Black Silver

These beaded earrings feature Victory Pods. They are woven with platinum plated seed beads, and glass seed beads in red, black and silver. The wire is sterling silver.
 These are medium sized earrings. The pods are hollow, which makes them light for their size.
Width is 21 mm (less than 1 inch).
Length of earrings from top of ear wire is 48 mm (1 7/8 inches).
If you would like to learn to make your own Victory Pod Earrings, I have a tutorial available here in my Etsy shop:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Cotton Jersey Coat Hand Sewn

This is my new cotton jersey coat, entirely hand stitched with polyester thread, using the techniques I learned from the books by Alabama Chanin. And pockets! It’s got pockets!
I used the pocket technique described here, but with piping instead of a ruffle.
A few stitches here, a few stitches there, and eventually all the details are done. I love this process.

I’ve been working up to this project for a while now. I’ve been altering a long sleeved shirt pattern every time I make one. With a few more tweaks to the pattern, it’ll be a perfect fit. It’s still a little tight over the bust.

For the lining, I had  enough fabric in either orange or gray. I bought way too much of that orange, and I had to use it somewhere.
I’m so excited to finish this coat because this means I now have a pattern for a fully embellished one.

Here's a photo of my dog.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Green Corset Top with Sequins

This corset top uses the techniques I learned from the books by Alabama Chanin, although the pattern is modified quite a bit from the pattern I found in her book.
A friend of mine gifted me this crazy green fabric. It's probably polyester.  Since it's somewhat transparent, and I don't like polyester next to my skin, I flat lined the whole thing in cotton jersey.
These were my tests to help decide how to stitch the binding with sequins and stretchy stitches.  As you can see in the finished photo above, I did something a little different from any of these. Still, making the samples helped. I chose to use the transparent sequins on the green binding because I didn't want to use sequins under my arm pits because sequins can be scratchy, and I didn't want it to be obvious that the sequins are omitted there.
 Here's a photo of my dog.
 Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Cotton Jersey Tunic with Reverse Applique

 If you're looking for me, I'll be in here.
This tunic top uses the techniques I learned from the books by Alabama Chanin.
One thing I do differently from Chanin is I use stretchy stitches on the arm holes (armscyes). It’s more work than straight stitches, but oh, so much more comfortable! I’m totally doing the stretchy stitches around the armscyes from now on.
Here's a photo of my dog. Sometimes I call him Smooshface.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Strand of Purple Beaded Beads

Here's a strand of purple beaded beads with lampwork glass, simply strung on silk cord.
The beaded bead designs include Octahedral Clusters, Nuts and Washers, and Infinity Beads.
This strand is sold.  Here's a photo of my dog asking for breakfast.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Something Old Is New Again
When I opened up the file to update it, I saw why I haven't been selling the tutorial for the Seven Sisters Pendant in quite a while. This was one of my earliest bead weaving designs, and I wrote the tutorial before I figured out how to write a tutorial very well. The only thing that was salvageable was the illustrations and some of the photos. I rewrote pretty much all of the text and shot a whole new sequence of step photos. Plus, I added lots of tips so that your pendant will turn out pretty, and increased the gallery with new photos of beadwork.

y section. Anyway, here's a link to the new, and much improved version of the tutorial.
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