Loom Beading

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Purchased a beading loom at the Texas Handweaver’s Conference. About 10 days ago I decided to play with it. My friend, Nancy Jones of Tiny Dog Seed Beads, came up with a great way to not have to sew back in all those pesky warp strands. That was all the incentive I needed. So far I have finished three bracelets. Three more are woven and ready to finish. Have several more in the design stage. These are great fun to make and wear.

Love the colors on the one above.

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This was fun. Red always adds a “punch”.

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My “first born”. Love the button!

This is also another fun way to use all those great buttons I’ve been collecting.

Braided Tassels

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Hope to see you in a couple of weeks at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Stay cool and have a great time.
Fill-the-Gap: Braided Tassel Accessories
Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street. Houston, Texas 77002
Drop in between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM
Free/No Registration Required
Please join HCCC for HANDS-ON HOUSTON on Saturday, August 3rd. This month, local fiber artist, Pat Powell, will be guiding participants in braiding seven lengths of colored yarn on an octagonal braiding disk to create a decorative braided tassel accessory. This technique is ideal for making unique zipper pulls, backpack charms, jewelry, key fobs – the possibilities are endless! After the activity, participants can take a “Fill-the-Gap” activity sheet with instructions and ideas for other patterns to carry on crafting at home.
Pat Powell specializes in creating unique components for beading and embellishment. To learn more about Pat’s hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories, visit http://www.patpowelldesigns.com.
HANDS-ON HOUSTON is a free craft-activity open house on the first Saturday of every month. Each month, a teaching artist demonstrates a craft related to the current exhibitions. We provide the materials, and you provide the creativity! Families and children of all ages are welcome, and materials are provided. This program supports HCCC’s mission to advance education about the process, product and history of craft.


Have discovered geometric beadwork in a big way. (Obviously, some of us are a little slower than others as the technique has been around for several years now.) Early this year I started with flat triangles. Love the little ones and the way they flutter on small chains when made into earrings. Larger flat ones can be used as components for necklaces and bracelets.

Then there are the dimensional triangles that can also be used as components.

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My newest fascination is with the open triangle. They are best made with 2 layers to give then some stability. I finally had success with a bangle-sized triangle.

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Above is a picture of each side.

I am now in the process of making another one and will probably made a third. Then I think we’ll move on to some other shapes.

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