Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #17: More Brick Stitch

The first time I blogged about Brick Stitch was in post #7 all the way back in February. This time I am going to cover more about Brick Stitch and my second favorite way to use it. I didn't get very far on the piece I started for this blog post, but I did get enough done to show how it will look when curled.

 
 I made this piece out of size 8's.

I like to use both increases and decreases on the edges to make "ribbons" then dangle them from the holiday bows I made last year. (the bows are made with two warped squares and two ribbons)
   

The How to:
Fire Mountain Gems has a great tutorial by Cath Thomas on how to make a ribbon of 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: 

May 4th: Russian Spiral

May 11th: Basic spiral rope

May 18th: Right Angle Weave (RAW)



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #16: 3D Peyote shapes

The first time I made a 3D shape with Peyote was following the instructions in Diane Fitzgerald's book Shaped Beadwork. It is one of the few beading books that I own. I don't think I have any of the original shapes that I made from it, they all became earrings and found new homes. For this weeks blog, I made a pair of matching oval earrings, a multi colored square, and a thingy I ended up with after a little playing...three ovals connected together but not linked!

I also dug out some shaped peyote pieces that I knew I still had. The bottom is a holiday colored bracelet made from 3D circles connected together. It is a lightweight go to during the season. The stars are ornaments that I made from adapting the "Star Pendant" pattern by Smadar Grossman.  It is in Bead & Button Magazine December 2010. If you didn't know, you can find Smadar on her Blog and at Smadars Treasure on Etsy, where she has over 65 beading tutorials.

Here is a close up of the shaped object that I ended up with. It is made from three ovals, one shoved inside the other and the third constructed over and through the other two. I didn't make or follow a pattern for it, I was playing around and ended up with a fun little beaded bauble. 
After a little Googling it looks like what I made is called Borromean rings and Gwen Fisher of Bead Infinitum has a tutorial and kits on how to make this shape with Cubic Right Angle Weave. I am sure her instructions are far better than my "one shoved inside the other and the third constructed over and through the other two."

The How to:

Kelly Dale is the owner of the bead store Off The Beaded Path and the Etsy shop of the same name. She is also a YouTube instructor who has great videos on how to make a bunch of different 3D Peyote shapes including: 3D Pointed Ovals , 3D Circles3D Triangles3D Peyote Squares3D Hexagon3D Elongated Hexagon and she has a video on a 3D Shape Necklace that uses all the shapes in her videos!

*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: 

April 27th: More Brick stitching

May 4th: Russian Spiral

May 11th: Basic spiral rope



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #15: Flat Herringbone Part III

This week I am going to blog about Herringbone Stitch with two holed beads. I really enjoy this stitch. It is easy, looks great, and is quick enough to not be boring, but slow enough that I feel accomplished when I finish a bracelet! The best part of this stitch is that it works with all kinds of two holed beads.

I made this bracelet this week out of Infinity two holed beads and these cute little striped seed beads that I have had for years and never used. I am adding this one to my personal collection.

  
These bracelets show how this stitch works with a bridge in the middle. It is very similar to flat herringbone stitch, only with stacked two holed beads.

These bracelets were made with Twin beads. The one on the left is Twins and P-nut beads.


This is the bracelet I made this week, next to one of my favorites made with Half Moon beads and 3mm Hematite. 

This stitch also looks great if you pattern it. Here are two of my favorite neon bracelets. I created stripes which make them look like they are a woven fabric. The black seed beads make the pattern "pop" where the lighter seeds make the pattern less obvious.

I made this blank pattern in the case that somebody would want to draw out their own pattern with this stitch. (right click to save the image) I used this template when I created the neon bracelet. 

The how to:

Potomac Bead Company has a YouTube video that shows how to make this kind of bracelet. They call it "SuperDuo Knit Herringbone Bracelet" but it will work with all kinds of two-holed beads!

Next week I will be covering Peyote Shapes, time to break out my Delicas again!

*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: 

April 20th: Peyote Shapes

April 27th: More Brick stitching

May 4th: Russian Spiral



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #14: Netting

This weeks post is about netting- "flat and around things" as I called it in my previous upcoming lists. This week I made a netted cage out of luminous 15's for a UV reactive marble that I got last summer at the The Moon Marble Company.
I snapped a picture with a blacklight shining on it to show the beautiful glow!!!


I also made two small samples of flat netting because it had honestly been a while since I had made anything netted. I am enjoying the revisiting of stitches I haven't done in years.
  

Fusion beads has a tutorial on basic netting (it is the one that I used as a refresher before my samples)

Jill Wiseman has a video on YouTube that covers how to do flat netting.

Potomac Bead Company has a YouTube video that covers an ornament with beads. This is the same technique I used on my marble, but on a larger scale.

Next week is going to be fun! I am going to cover "Flat Herringbone Part III". To be more specific, I am going to cover flat Herringbone with two holed beads!

*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: 

April 13th: Flat Herringbone Part III

April 20th: Peyote Shapes


April 27th: More Brick stitching



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth