"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman

2/22/09

Beady Beaded Beads

I am thoroughly hooked on making beaded beads. I'm participating in yet another beaded jewelry exchange. The project is to be violet and green and a necklace. It's supposed to be something spectacular. Showing off our skills and whatnot. I've decided to also take the opportunity to use it to learn some beaded beads. I'm going to do a necklace with beaded beads in it.

Here we have the first one I've made. It's got a bit of herringbone stitch in it.

It's about 1 1/4 inches wide. I've used size 11's in 2 shades of purple, metallic silver, and pale metallic green. Also some size 15 metallic silver, and 4mm pale lavender glass pearls. For a first try, not too bad. When you look at the ends though, not so good.


So I made another one.


I used 2 shades of brown, turquoise, and metallic silver in the Japanese size 11. Also metallic silver in size 15, and some matte transparent turqoise 4mm druks. I wanted to use crystals, but do you think I can find any in a turquoise blue? I will have to remedy that. I know, it's not violet and green. This one is for me.

As you can see, I've improved considerably. A nice square hole.


I am going to make another violet and green one with better ends.

Though I made some major adjustments to it, the inspiration for this bead comes from this pattern:

Scaph's pg1 Scaph's pg2 Scaph's pg3

It's in french, but the graphs are very very good.

Finding this pattern led to me finding other blogs and eventually to a French beading forum, which I've gone and joined even though I know very very little French. I took a year of it in high school but most of it did not stick with me. Probably because I've not had any use for it. Now I do, and I wish it would all come back to me. For now I'm depending on the Google translator which is working very well. I'm hoping it will help me regain some of my French. I'm having fun. I guess that's what's important.

Yesterday was me and Sweet Hubby's 27th wedding anniversary. We had a fun day. First, we slept in and goofed off. Doug cooked me breakfast. Then we went and did a bit of shopping in Coeur d'Alene picking up some necessities.

After that we went and saw the movie Taken. If you like lots of action, Liam Neeson, and a fair amount of gratuitous violence, you will like this movie. I hardly breathed through the whole thing it was so intense. All in all, I enjoyed it very much.

We went to Wolf Lodge Steak House for dinner after the movie. I don't know why we haven't been there sooner. It has quite a reputation around this area-a well deserved one I might add. I had the Ribeye steak, with baked potato, tossed salad, bread, and the best baked beans I've ever eaten in my life. I had White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake for dessert. It was all very tasty.

Have a great day.

3 comments:

  1. Ann Stayman2/22/09, 5:08 PM

    THESE ITEMS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL! KEEP UP YOUR FANTASTIC WORK.

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  2. Love your beaded beads! I've looked for the graph on the link (Scaph's) and can't seem to find it. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks! Luccella

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  3. I have fixed the link. Apparently there's been some moving around of pages on the site.

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