Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #4: More Peyote stitch

More Peyote stitch: Bead it Forward


If you didn't already know, every year there are beaders that make squares for the Bead-it-Forward project. The squares are collected and stitched together into quilts to raise money for breast cancer research. The goal?!:
 "the goal is always the same—to rally our gifts as beaders to benefit breast cancer research, treatment, and ultimately a cure." Click here to read more about the history of the Bead-it-Forward project.

In past years my friend Stephany and I have participated by sending squares and making patterns. Here is my bead honesty for this week: Stephany has made a bunch more squares and patterns than I have- she is my inspiration for this blog post! Stephany has blogged about her past participation if you want to see some great squares from previous years.

This year's theme is "Fantasy: Dreaming of a cure" There are some free patterns, and blank graph paper available on the Bead-it-Forward page if you feel like making a pattern or square :). My friend Stephany is the designer of a bunch of this years patterns! :)

When I sat down to make my squares, I actually found this theme to be pretty hard to come up with patterns for. I had several ideas that when I drew them out didn't really translate well into a small beaded square.

 As I do when I am stuck and frustrated- I asked my husband! First thing he said was elves! What a genius! I thought immediately of doing elf feet! -I actually did two different versions because I feel like I should send more than one square!

     

There are some things to know before making squares for the Bead-it-Forward project. The guidelines section of their web page has all the information you need and the entry form you have to print and send in!

This year the squares have to arrive by March 1st, 2017!

Every square has to be 1.5 x 1.5 inches of beadwork stitched to the center of a 2x2 in piece of backing. They suggest Lacy's Stiff Stuff as backing, but I use Pellon Peltex #70 stabilizer. It is what I use for bead embroidery and it is easy to find in craft and fabric stores.

I am going to try to make a few more squares before the deadline, but we will see what life has to say about that!

Bead it Forward has an Etsy shop where quilts are for sale if you would like to see (or buy for charity) quilts with previous themes that are still for sale.

*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: 

February 2nd: Peyote stitch with multiple sizes of beads!


February 9th: Ladder stitch & Herringbone.


February 16th: Brick stitch



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #3: Odd Count Peyote Stitch

This week: Odd Count Peyote

Odd count Peyote is best for creating patterns that are symmetrical and need a center point. I used to think it was tricky and confusing while following a pattern until I figured out that there is a turnaround needed at the edge to make the actual stitching have some kind of rhythm.

In preparation for this post, I Googled "odd count peyote" and of course there are a bunch of different tutorials for this stitch. I am not sure that I am going to give a link to any specific instructions every week but I like Carol Dean Sharpe of SandFibers version of the odd count turnaround.  Her tutorial the best of any that I have looked at; it is clear, easy to understand, and free! *

This week I made a little odd count pattern that I turned into a ring.

This pattern is repeated three times in this image, because I find that a longer segment is easier to follow when I print it out.
I used DB10, DB2039, DB2035, and DB2031 to make my ring. 


Last week I shared a little "bead honesty"- Here is my bead honesty for this week- for years I brick stitched the edge of all of my odd count pieces- Yep I used even count for my peyote then added a brick stitch row to make it look like odd count. The most honest part of this is now I will have to share this tidbit again when I blog about brick 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: 

January 26th: More Peyote stitch ~ Bead it Forward squares.

February 2nd:  Peyote stitch with multiple sizes of beads!

February 9th: Ladder stitch & some herringbone.


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, January 12, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #2: Even Count Peyote Stitch

This week: Even Count Peyote stitch.

The first stitch I ever learned was Peyote stitch. I figured out how to do it myself after I found this unfinished pouch in the "bargain bin" of a bead store I worked in. Until that moment I had no idea that off-loom beadweaving existed or what Peyote stitch was. I was hooked!


  
I kept the pouch as it was (above) until last May when I finally finished it and gave it back to original creator as a thank you for all she has done and inspired :) If she reads my blog, she knows who she is!

There are a bunch of great free tutorials on how to Peyote stitch out there if you don't already know how it is done. If you Google "even count peyote stitch" you will get an idea of how many there are. I wish there had been this much beading information out there when I started beading! 

Like I did with this week's blog, I usually start my Peyote projects by drawing my ideas on blank peyote graph paper. After I have a general idea of what I want to do, I then work with it on my computer in a program called Bead Tool. Bead Tool has a free trial version if you want to see for yourself! I find that it is a great program for playing with beading patterns and colors.* 

Since it snowed 8 inches here last week...

 I decided to take my two colors of Delicas (DB 787 & DB 351) and make a little snowflake bracelet and pattern.

                                       
The first picture is the pattern without repeats, the second is an idea of what it looks like as a longer segment.

Here is some bead honesty for you...I don't really know how to read a bead chart. When I make something with a pattern I print the image and make marks on the rows that I have used. I also start my first rows with a solid color so I don't get confused. I know this probably isn't helpful to anyone else, but I took a picture of my aftermath to share :)

I am happy with my finished snow day bracelet! I used a button from my stash and made a simple loop of beads that I reinforced as a clasp.



*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: 

January 19th: Odd count Peyote Stitch

January 26th: More Peyote stitch ~ Bead it Forward squares

February 2nd:  Peyote stitch with multiple sizes of beads


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading! -Beth



Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #1: Happy New Year

Hope everyone is having a Happy 2017 so far! I didn't have a great beaded picture to use for this year's first blog post so I figured I would share my classic "Bear says Happy New Year" pictures I took in 2012!

  

     The last two years my blog projects both had a theme which ended up being beaded beads. This year I am not going to be that specific, instead I will be trying to cover everything I know and want to know about bead weaving. I will be writing 52 blog posts- one every Thursday! (the 52 includes this one and a final summary)

     Here are my "rules" to help keep me accountable:

1. I will make a new post every Thursday. (51 more times)
2. I will update upcoming blog posts at the end of every post in the case that somebody wants to follow along or for the over achievers who have to know what is next.
3. I will try to use the things that I already have and not make my weekly blog an excuse to buy beads or tools. I will make up other reasons to buy beads and tools 😇
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This week I am going to quickly talk about the things I use to do my beading and state my 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 😀

When I am beading there are tools that I always use. There are tools that I sometimes use, but we will get to those as the year continues!


  • 8lb test Fireline: I have tried other threads and will always try new threads but this is my preference for most kinds of beadweaving. I like the 300yd spools they sell at the sporting goods store. 
  • Size 10 Short Tulip beading needles: they aren't really short, but they are durable, the eye is easy to see, and they are small enough that even size 15 beads slide over them with no problems. These are the needles I use most of the time. 
  • Scissors for fishing line: any kind of scissors that will snip Fireline will do, but I like the ones from the fishing section at *gasp* Walmart. The scissors are cheap, they last a long time for scissors used for Fireline, and they do a good job.
  • Some kind of beading mat. I was lucky enough to get a Bead On It Board for Christmas this year, so it is in my picture. So far I love it but any bead mat or flat surface that prevents beads from rolling around and spilling all over the place will do. To be honest, I used to bead on a paper plate, then I learned about beading mats. I would cut the beading mats to fit inside a frisbee or plastic plate.
  • A lighter or thread burner. I don't need it for every project, but it is a tool I use when beading. I have never tried a "thread zapper" but have heard it does the same thing.
I can't wait to see where this year's blog goes. I have do have a rough idea/plan of the things I am going to cover, but as everything else in my life, we will see how it goes! 
Coming weeks: 

Jan 12th: Even count Peyote Stitch: I will be using two colors of Delicas (a blue color and a white). Delicas are beads made by the Miyuki company in Japan and are very consistent in shape and come in more colors than I will ever be able to afford in my lifetime!

January 19th: Odd count Peyote Stitch

January 26th: More Peyote stitch ~ Bead it Forward squares.

Thanks for reading & Happy Beading! -Beth