More Loom Beading

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Finally had a little time to take a photo of more loom work. This is very addictive! Just need a design to pop into your head (usually based on the beads you have at hand), warp up the loom and start weaving. It’s really great to do while you’re watching TV. I really need to take a break from this and do more geometric beading but we’ll see what wins out in the next day or so.

Last Saturday I had a great time leading the activity (braided tassels) at the Center for Contemporary Craft. All our guests seemed to enjoy it also. Next month there will be lots of fiber related activities there. It should be fun. This week I’ll be one of four doing a short presentation for the Houston Area Fiber Artists. My bit will be on kumihimo, how its done and how I use it to create my neckpieces. Looking forward to it.

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.

Triangles!!

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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Evolutionary Design

There are times when you start out to make one thing and it turns into something else entirely. I guess that is what is known as ‘evolutionary design’.

I found these gorgeous matte olive green and matte purple beads that I knew would be a stunning brick stitch bangle. The plan was to support the bangle with thick cotton cording. Well a few inches into the bangle and I realized this plan was not valid (there was no bending this piece!). Undefeated, I carried on and stitched a length of beads and filled the bead tube with cotton cording. After looking at the bead tube for a while I came to the decision that it could be the center of a neckpiece which would be held up with some wonderful braids made of purple C-Lon. As the C-Lon was also a matte finish, a few metallic strands could be added to the braid warps for a little sparkle.

That done, I now had a simple, geometric neckpiece with a bit of sparkle on the sides. Now I needed to balance the side sparkle with something on the bead tube. In my metal supplies, I found a wonderful piece of copper. The copper needed a hole and some patina. After that was completed, a bail to suspend the copper from the bead tube was required. A small braid to the rescue.

So now my bead bangle has become a neckpiece. I’m satisfied.

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Bead Quilt Squares

For the past several years, at the Bead & Button Bead Show, there have been bead quilts. These quilts have been auctioned off to the highest bidders and the proceeds donated to breast cancer research. The bead quilts are made up of individual beaded squares that contain images of the current year’s theme. The squares are created by beaders worldwide, collected and sewn into quilts. The responses and results are always fabulous.

While the bead squares can be done in any medium, they must reflect the current year’s motif. This year’s theme is “Flowers: Stitching to find a bloomin’ cure.”

The majority of squares are done using the peyote stitch. Somehow, through the years, I have managed to avoid learning that stitch. Well, those days are over. I have taught myself how to do the basic stitch and, for the first time, I have created 3 bead squares to contribute to the project.  Yea!!

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Artisan Bead Fair

Join us at the 1st Annual(?) Artisan Bead Fair. The Bead Fair consists of a group of approximately 15 bead artists getting together, displaying and selling their creations. There will probably a few components available. I’ll be bringing my bead mixes along with my bead and metal creations.

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This will be kind of a change of pace for me. I’m looking forward to it. Oh, and check out the venue. It is being held at the Antiques on 8 mall. So you have the opportunity to see some antiques on the way back to the Bead Fair. It is a very interesting place and should be a fun time.

P.S. There is a small lunch area at the mall for you to take a break and relax.

Beading Again

Been getting ready for a couple of fall shows. Had to start watching more television so I could do more beadwork. Still making those very wonderful netted bangles (more on those later) but have decided to add some of these very cute caterpillar bracelets to my stash. The most fun is selecting the color combinations then seeing how they really work when the bracelet is completed.

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Blue Caterpillar

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Brown Caterpillar

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Pink Caterpillar

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Purple Caterpillar

More Bracelets

Found this really great book on beaded bracelets. Made a couple of the designs and very little modification to the instructions was required.

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The caterpillar bracelets that were highlighted a couple of posts ago came from this book (see book cover)as well as the one below.

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There are a couple more patterns that I’m going to try before I create my own versions of my favorites. These are fun little projects. Great to do while “watching” TV.

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Read about an old pattern using some new style beads. Decided to give it a try.

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The brownish looking bracelet is done with an olive seed bead mix and gold ‘peanut’ beads. The purple bracelet is done with matte lavendar seed beads and transparent blue with purple drops. Different looks for the caterpillar bracelet.

Have a couple more combinations selected but, right now, I’m back to the netted bangle. Will also be trying another interesting style. These are great projects for “I am tired and just want to sit in front of the TV for a while” time.

Artisan Market Entries

Finally have my primary items done for the Houston Handweaver’s Artisan Market. This year my submissions will be bracelets and tapestry cards.

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I have not done any bead weaving in a long time but once I got started I couldn’t seem to stop. The pictures above are netted bangles made of Swarovski crystal pearls and Japanese seed beads.

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The netted bracelets pictured above are made of Czech AB cut glass (the pictures do not catch the sparkle of those beads) and Japanese seed beads.

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Last, but not least, is another felt cuff. After I wet felted the cuff, I thought I would bead it as I did the other. Then I noticed my stash of felt balls and decided this cuff should be the whimsical piece. It ended up being very funky and very fun.

Now I need to assemble my tapestry cards using the weavings I finished a couple of months ago and I’ll be done. Then it’s on to the next show.