Friday, December 14, 2007

lariat using take beads

Like I said in the previous post, take(ta-kay) beads resembles bamboo, so this is what they call these long, twisted beads in Japan.

The start of the lariat is made using the ladder stitch and then the bulk of the lariat is made using the herringbone stitch.

The fringe is put on after you make the lariat itself.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

odds & ends

African helix stitch necklace. The pendant slides off and can be used separately.

Working on a lariat with take (ta-kay) beads. I think they call it take beads because it looks like bamboo.

I made two totes to give away for Christmas. This is the only style I can sew....straight.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

working on...

I'm working on an African helix stitched necklace. Should be finished soon.

Here's another scarf I crocheted, this yarn was a bit more difficult to use but I think it looks like a fun scarf.

Monday, November 12, 2007

american stitch vine & blossom necklace

Another project designed by Stephanie Eddy called "daisy vine and blossom". This necklace uses the daisy chain stitch. It was quite easy to make. Another necklace that will look nice over a turtleneck.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

herring bone margaret brooch & scarf

Here is the finished brooch, it is made using the herring bone stitch. The leaves are made using the brick stitch.

My student taught me how to make this scarf. It is made using the chain stitch. Make a long chain for the length of the scarf then go through each link and make a chain stitch but pull the yarn through the link to about 4-6 cm long, do this for the length of the scarf. It only took 2 hours and 2 balls of yarn. I bought the yarn at the 100 yen (US $1) store, so it only cost me 200 yen (US$2)! Depending on the type of yarn you use, your frills can be thicker or thinner. My beads teacher loved this and wants to try making it herself! (sorry, I learned crochet in Japanese, so I know the terms in Japanese, I hope you can understand how to make this!)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

working on...

I have all the pieces for my herring bone stitch brooch. I'll be able to put it together at class tomorrow.

Friday, November 2, 2007

glove holder

It is almost glove season here...This project took about an hour because of all the pin work.

Using the small clip, attach it around the handle of your bag and when you take your gloves off, clip your gloves into the'll never lose your gloves again.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

american brick stitch pendant

This project was a kit that was designed by an American designer, Stephanie Eddy and then it was translated to Japanese. It is a brick stitch pendant. It didn't take many hours to make maybe about 3. It is also called "falling leaves", which is perfect for the season!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

working on...

Currently working on this brick stitch is quite easy, I should be finished soon.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

right angle weave bracelet

Finished! I put it onto my work mat because the clasp is quite tight (need someone to help me put it on and take it off)....onto my next project.

Monday, October 1, 2007

working on...

This is a right angle weave bracelet that I'm currently working on. Have a week to work on it before my next class.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

netting style necklace

My latest project. A netting style necklace. I weaved the V-necklace then attached the "frills". I think it will look nice on top of a turtle neck.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

crochet & good news

This is a choker that we made in class using sterling silver wire to crochet the top. We also added a leaf and a butterfly as the pendant.

I also received my certificate for passing all the projects for bead stitch. I now have 3 certificates--one for crochet, bead skill and now this one.

I'm thinking of quitting my bead classes at the end of this year. (I can't believe I've been taking classes for 3 years!) time to move on....

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

rockin' girl blogger

Bead Explorer of Boundless Opportunities of Beading, nominated me for another Rockin' Girl Blogger award.

Previously, on my food blog, I was nominated and passed this award on to 5 others.

I won't pass this one on but just give my thanks to Beadexplorer for thinking of me and my blog.

Thank you!

Friday, August 24, 2007

new toy

I had been looking for Hot Fixx beads in Hawaii, but there weren't any to be found. I finally was able to get some here. They also sold the Kandi Kane, a wand that heats the glue on the backs of the rhinestones. I didn't know this, but it is one of those "as seen on tv" products.

I decided to "bling" up my jeans.

Here they are before the "blinging".

All "blinged" where to go with them....
(the photos don't capture all the sparkly goodness)

I also "blinged" up these cream cases that I wanted to recycle.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

herringbone spiral necklace

Whew! this one was a doozy! Herringbone stitch that spirals into a tube.

We had to make three tubes and sew them together to make the necklace.

Then weaved these rings as decoration and also to cover up the areas where it is sewn class in 2 weeks!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

working on...

This one could take some time. It is a herringbone stitch tube necklace. Just 3 centimeters took 2 hours....

Thursday, July 26, 2007

herringbone v-necklace

Well, I finished the necklace. Not something you could wear everyday. I took about 5 hours to finish.

Stay tuned for the next is a doozy!

Friday, July 20, 2007

griffin silk cord necklace/lariat

I finished the necklace in my previous post, but I want it to be checked by my teacher before I post about it, so I'll probably post about this necklace next week.

In the meantime, I wanted to show you a necklace/lariat that I made using Griffin silk cord. I used carnelian chips, some turquoise and some colored shell flowers. It is very versatile.

By attaching a clasp at one end, you can clamp onto any area and use this as a lariat.

And by putting a large stone at the end, you can clamp onto the end and use this as a necklace.

It took awhile to make this, but I'm happy with the results. The thing I really like about the Griffin cord is that there is a needle already attached, so there is no need to worry about threading the needle.

Friday, July 13, 2007

working on....

Working on this herring bone necklace, hopefully I'll be finished with it soon!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

peyote stitch flower brooches

This project took awhile to make, maybe 8-10 hours just to make all the petals and leaves. The hardest was making the pink flower petals, using the thinnest needle, the beads would crack at the tip of the petal and I would have to start all over....

Assembling the brooches took another 2 hours. This project is the last in my beads course and I can now get a certificate for it. My next class starts in 2 weeks and I'll be doing projects which review the different stitches that I've learned.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

square stitch heart lariat

This project took over 10 hours. Each heart needed 2 sides sewn together.

The easiest part was putting it together. (sorry this photo is blurry).

Thursday, May 24, 2007

square stitch ribbon choker

This is a choker using the square stitch. This stitch wasn't too hard to learn and only took about 3 hours to make.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

peyote stitch bracelet

This bracelet was very difficult to make especially the pointy ends. I had to re-work one side 6 times before I could finish it.

Friday, April 27, 2007

herringbone tube lariat

Here is my latest bead project, a herringbone tube lariat. It took a REALLY long time just to stitch the lariat. The little decorations at the end were the easy part. :) Now to catch up on some other projects that have been neglected...