Thursday, December 28, 2017

Last post of 2017!


This is my final Thursday bead post of 2017! This year I covered 40 beading stitches even though I took a hiatus in the middle of the year to participate in Battle of the Beadsmith. After a year of trying stitches, I don't think I have a favorite. I do have a new appreciation for several, including flat spiral and of course, the previously dreaded bead crochet.

  

There are a few stitches that weren't covered this year because during the battle weeks they were missed or skipped. The missing stitches I had planned to try were: Huichol, Diamond Weave, Kumihimo with beads, Diagonal Peyote, Triangle Weave, and Loom. I may cover some of these in my adventure that will be next year, but even if I don't try them- they still deserve a mention!

On to the plan:
My year to "do something with it"! I think most beaders understand this...

 I have been buying beads since before I knew what to do with them- I probably have beads I don't remember buying.  I have a folder full of free PDF's (my quick count was easily over 100). I have almost every Beadwork and Bead & Button magazine since 2008. I have (a number I don't really want to mention) beading projects that were either left unfinished or were just a passing idea I never turned into anything. All of these have one thing in common- I haven't done much with them...

    Each week- (on Thursdays) I will post the thing "I did something with", and the thing I am going to "do something with" for next weeks post. I will do my best to finish at least one project a week and share it here on my blog. If it turns out great I will also list it for sale and post the link. I am not going to limit myself to only bead stash, if I need something I will get it, but I will do my best to work with what I already have. I am definitely going to make a point to revisit the patterns, baubles, bits, trials, and things I have laying around unfinished or barely started!

Time to start this show and tell: next week (Thursday, January 4th 2018) I will be doing something with this magazine! Beadwork October/November 2015. It has been sitting out since my Hubble blog post taunting me with a Triangle Weave beaded bead pattern by Cindy Holsclaw ;)


I am now off to dig through, organize and make a list of things "to do something with!" Wish me luck...

*As always, please read 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 😀


Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #42: Hubble

This is my last post about a stitch this year! It is time to Hubble! Not too long ago bead artist Melanie de Miguel invented a new beading stitch! She now has a couple of books on the stitch that are available for purchase on Amazon. This week I played with Hubble, making a small piece of tubular Hubble, and a bracelet made from some frosted silverlined 8's.


I really like the way the finished stitch ends up like a flexible fabric. It is actually also pretty sturdy since each stitch has multiple passes. 
  

The how to:
Interweave has an article on Hubble that shows the basic threadpath.

I learned how to do Hubble stitch in Beadwork, October/November 2015.

(FYI this is a good magazine to have, in addition to Hubble- it has a Lisa Kan bangle, a beaded bead by Cindy Holsclaw, a pair of earrings by Marcia DeCoster and an excert of one of Kassie Shaw's books!)

Minus the cat the magazine looks like this:



Next week I will be posting for the last time this year! I have made "plans" for next year. Check in next week for the details! I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend, no matter what or if you celebrate!

*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 😀

The last post!

December 28th: Summary of 2017's project and what I am up to next year! 2018!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #41: Bead Crochet

This week I am covering bead crochet. Since I started beading over a decade ago I have tried to learn to bead crochet about twice a year. Yes -over 20 times I have strung a bunch of beads, studied patterns, watched videos and failed.  This time, under pressure to produce for my own blog, I tried a few more times and succeeded. I am not an expert, and most likely won't be adding it to my resume of beading go to's but I did it- more than once!

I first made the piece with blue & greens. It took me about six tries to get it. I do want to thank Kelly Dale owner of the bead store Off the Beaded Path. After watching several other videos on YouTube without luck I found Kelly's bead crochet videos and used her set to "master" (haha lol) bead crochet. She has six videos on Bead Crochet that cover everything I needed to learn how to do! Her videos are: Basic Tools NeededHow to figure bead countsHow to chain stitch with beadsFirst row and beyondWays to finish bead crochet and how to read a bead crochet pattern.


  

I did complete two bracelets along with my trial piece! As you can see in the red, green, and silver one that I reversed my colors while stringing it so there are two beads that have extra "holiday spirit" :) I finished both bracelets with some bead caps that I happened to have that fit great over top of the rope. I used E6000 glue to secure them in place and wired clasps to them before. Neither of the pieces I made had enough strung beads for a bangle so I didn't get to try the "invisible join" but after watching Kelly teach it on YouTube it seems doable. 

I don't think I will make many bead crochet pieces, but having the knowledge of all the things I was doing so wrong all the other times is relieving! In the past I didn't use the correct materials, which is always important. I am now a bead crocheter! I am not sure if I could use smaller beads than 8's since it did seem to hurt my hands and I had to take more breaks than with usual off loom stitching. Overall I am happy I finally learned. If I have a long trip or it snows again I might give it another chance!

Next week I will be covering/discovering my last stitch for this year! Hubble! I will be Hubbleing! Will that make me a Hubbler?!

*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: 

December 21: Hubble

December 28th: Summary of 2017's project and what I am up to next year! 2018!


                            Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, December 7, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #40: Soutache

Soutache beading is done by taking Soutache ribbon/cord and stitching through it in layers to create bezels, loops, curls and beautiful fluid shapes with beads and stones. The bead battle this year contained some amazing pieces made with Soutache! For this post I tried my hand at this beading technique and created less than stellar- not so beautiful- Soutache pieces of my own.



I first did a zig zag similar to the Soutache braclet that I remembered trying from Beadwork Magazne April/May 2015. The bracelet pattern was called "Swingin' Soutache" by Amee Sweet-McNamara and is much nicer than mine. My zig zag's stitching is uneven and I know from all the fraying that my cord is inferior. For now I will blame it all on the cord ;) The next time I have a desire to do something in Soutache I will invest in better materials.


Just to get a feel for all the things that Soutache had to offer, I bezeled this stone too. I really liked the ease of adding cord around the stone, it looks very finished though I am not fond of my "finished" piece. It needs more and like all the other things I tried this week, it needs better materials.

Lastly I made a holiday colored flower thingy. I started by taking a freeform approach and encasing a few Superduos into a flower shape, I added a swirl on the top and zig zagged my way down until I had a flower with a stem. I am not really sure if I could recreate this, but it was a fun little adventure into freeform, something I rarely do.

After giving it a go, I do have more appreciation for the Soutache pieces I saw in the BOTB this year and all the work that went into them! 
I did my weekly Google on how to Soutache and came up with a few places that I used as inspiration and instruction: (they are also where I learned my cord is not the best)


Beadaholique has as 7 part YouTube series on Soutache here is the link to video #1

A bead supplier in Poland "Royal-Stone" has a great tutorial (in English!) that uses Soutache to create a 3d form. I am going to try it when (if) I get decent cord. 

Next week I will be blogging about, gulp, Bead Crochet. This is the post I have been dreading. Bead honesty- I have tried to bead crochet more times than I can count. I have spent hours stringing beads to be crocheted. I have never had success before. I am determined to show at least 1 inch of something for next week. Wish me luck and send happy bead crochet thoughts my way!

*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: 

December 14th: Yeah, so, bead crochet, can we say EEEK?!!!

December 21: Hubble

December 28th: Summary of 2017's project and what I am up to next year! 2018!

Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth