Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #22: CRAW!

Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW) used to be a stitch that I avoided, but after years of beading I have come to love it. It is actually one of my go-to stitches if I can't decide what to do and just want to bead! I did make an adorable rainbow striped section of CRAW that I was going to photograph as an example for this blog... I put the strip safely on the table next to me... Early Wednesday morning my cat tried to drink my sweet tea with his feet and knocked it all over the table. My beadwork was one of many victims to drown in sweet tea :( It seemed less important to save the little strip than to save the table, the floor, my husbands computer mouse, and the tv remote! It was not a wonderful way to start my day: a sticky tea covered table and cat!

Luckily I love CRAW so I had some pictures to make up for the tea meets cat incident. For this blog I added some of my favorite pieces made with CRAW. FYI- the ones that aren't in my personal collection are for sale in my Etsy Shop ;)

 


 



There have to be a million different tutorials on CRAW. I had no idea until I Googled:  As usual I have narrowed it down to two that are similar to the way that I do it *(see disclaimer). While out there on the web I saw several "ways to do CRAW" that I didn't know existed and wouldn't suggest! Here are the pair that I suggest:

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When I planned for a year of blogging I didn't expect to enter or to be chosen to participate in The Battle of the Beadsmith but I did both! (if you have never heard of the battle- check it out directly from the BeadSmith at Helby.com or in the Facebook Group: "Battle Of The Beadsmith: Official". I have never participated before and want to devote as much time as possible (and I think I am going to need it) to making an awesomely amazing battle piece. I will be suspending my planned weekly blog posts until Thursday August 10th! I may blog here or there, but it won't be weekly or planned- most likely about how I am crazy for attempting this :) 

If you decide to follow this years battle, I am in battle group B, battle #28 vsAntoń Grażyna from Poland. I am honored to have such an amazing battle partner! Her entry last year was gorgeous! It made it to round 7 of the battle and was amazing! If you visit the Facebook group and search for her name you will see that I have my work cut out for me!

*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

June 8th - August 3rd: Weekly blog hiatus for BOTB '17! 

I will be back to weekly blogging on August 10th with more CRAW!


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #21: More RAW

Last week I started talking about RAW and covered the basic stitch. This week I am going to blog a few of the other ways to use this versatile stitch.

  
Both of these bracelets have drops "peyoted" in between the basic RAW stitches.

  
Both of these bracelets are RAW embellished  with seed beads.


 Beaded Bead post #24 from last year uses this same embellishment on beaded beads.

There are a bunch of different ways to use RAW.  One of my go to's is to bezel with- Mikki Ferrugiaro of Bead Mavens has an excellent tutorial about how to use RAW to make a bezel. She even has a great equation to determine how many beads to use based on the size of what you are adding a bezel to.


Next week I will talk even more about RAW, but in its 3D form. Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW)!

*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

June 1st: Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW)

June 8th: CRAW continued...

June 15th: PRAW



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #20: Right Angle Weave

This week I am going to start blogging about Right Angle Weave, or RAW. This stitch is the foundation of so many patterns and techniques of bead weaving. It can be used to bezel, it can be used as a base for embellishment, or it can be used on its own. Here are some of my RAW bracelets I have made in the past. I did make a little strip for this post, but figured why show a sample when I have good photos of some nice simple finished RAW pieces!


    
    

It is easy to see from the pictures how plain RAW works with different sizes of beads and in varying widths. The silver one (top left) was actually woven with stretch cord and Sterling Silver beads. 

Sometimes RAW is done with two needles in a cross weaving technique. I don't weave with two needles -I only use one- and the tutorials that I am including in the "how to" also only use one needle. As I say in my Disclaimer*-  I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way.  If you like to do your RAW with two needles- go for it! To each beader their own!

The How to:*
Fusion Beads has a good tutorial  on how to do basic RAW

Deb Roberti from "Around the Beading Table" also has a good tutorial for RAW

Jewelry Supply on YouTube has a video that is easy to follow if you prefer to watch instead of read.

*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

May 25th: Embellished RAW

June 1st: Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW)

June 8th: CRAW continued...



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, May 11, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #19: Basic Spiral

Before this weeks blog post I was honestly not a fan of this stitch, I even considered not talking about it at all- I found it to be floppy and it never really looked or felt like it was sturdy.  Not until I was playing around with it in effort to make something for this blog did I realize how cool this stitch could actually be. I substituted the "middle" bead in the spiral rope with two holed beads and now it is sturdy and fun! 

For this weeks blog I actually made three different ropes with different types of two holed beads. The purple one is the one I initially played with, the gold and orange one in the back is made with Infinity beads, and the long one is made with green vintage beads I got on clearance from a large online bead retailer. Not that I have any, but I am pretty sure that my vintage beads are similar to Preciosa brand "Chilli" beads.

There are a bunch of tutorials out there for the spiral rope, substituting two holed beads is not difficult, and is very intuitive if you know how to do the basic stitch. If I was planning this blog from easiest stitch to most difficult I should have covered this one in January!


How to:

Fusion Beads has a good tutorial,

Interweave has an article by Jean Campbell entitled "How to Stitch an Easy Spiral Rope Like a Pro", and

Potomac Bead Company also has a video that covers this stitch.

*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

May 18th: Right Angle Weave (RAW)

May 25th: More RAW

June 1st: Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW)



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth