KUMIHIMO

I had a request from a viewer, wanting to know how I did the spiral necklace on my last post; thank you Mary for asking. So this post is for Mary and anyone else who wants to know how this pattern was done.

First off, I can’t take the credit for this idea, though I have done Kumihimo in various size beads in different combinations, this was the first time I did this pattern. The credit goes to Bonnie, a very creative and talented friend of mine; so thank you Bonnie for the idea.

If you have never done Kumihimo before, all you have to do is Google it and you will find a lot of videos on how-to. It is a simple beading method that is portable; I can stick whatever project I am working on in my pocketbook and take it with me; a great pass-time when waiting.

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Anklet (using 8o’s and 11o’s seed beads) and part of matching necklace (using 6o’s and 8o’s seed beads)

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A closer look of anklet and necklace.

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The pattern used to get the spiral effect.

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A necklace I have been working on, using 11o seed beads and micro cord (which is thread-like).

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The pattern I am using for the 11o seed bead necklace.

Kumihimo can be very interesting depending on what beads are used.  When my sister and I first learned Kumihimo two years ago, my sister began making bracelets in different combinations using one size bead; as a result, she created some pretty neat patterns.  It wasn’t until I saw a bracelet someone had made using pearls, crystals and seed beads (she said they were left-overs from other projects) in different sizes that I realized the possibilities of so much more that could be done using Kumihimo.  Recently, my friend Bonnie showed me a necklace she was working on in dark and light colored seed beads using the two size pattern and the result is what I did in above pictures.  I think I would like to try it sometime with pearls and crystals; that would make an interesting necklace.

Happy beading! :)

Finishing Up Projects

With summer in full swing and having just celebrated my nation’s birthday last week, life has been busy.There were three celebrations altogether; my oldest son turned 40 and got a college degree, so we (his wife Jenn and I) threw him a surprise party at his favorite summer outdoor eatery and he was surprised too.  The second celebration was at Thistle Beads (my favorite beading shop), they turned three years old last week and it happen to fall on their night of open beading and stay open late,  my sister and I attended the festivities.  The third celebration was the birthday of my nation, often referred to as “Fourth of July” or ‘Independence Day”, it was also the actual day of my oldest son’s birthday and tradition has it that we go out for breakfast, which we did.   We also had a hurricane passing to our south and had pouring rain all day, no cook outs that day.   With summer and all the celebrations, it hasn’t  stopped me from beading.

I have finished a few unfinished projects and am working on the last three; two of those are bracelets and will go quickly and the third is Kumihimo and I am in no hurry to finish that one. I like having a Kumihimo project because its portable and I can take it with me.

IMG_3208 IMG_3214The star fish necklaces designed by Diane Dennis of ‘Diane Dennis Beadwork’ are finished and I am not sure if I want to keep the pink set or not. The turquoise set (necklace and anklet) go with my turquoise capris and that’s why I made it. My friends think the star fish is too big for their taste, made with size 6-o and 8-o beads. Because I am thinking I may try to sell the pink set, I haven’t worn it.

IMG_3215 IMG_3216The bracelets are a double wrap ‘superduo’ herringbone stitch. I learned how to do herringbone from a video on YouTube; they were making a ‘superduo’ four bead row and it was from that where I got the idea to do ‘superduo’ two bead row instead of the four and have it go around the wrist twice instead of  just once. Since I made my first one, a few of my beading buddies have copied the pattern using some really great color combinations. It’s a fun bracelet, I enjoy making them.

I hope everyone has a great summer or winter depending in what part of our world you live in.  :)

 

 

Happy Anniversary to Me and more. . .

Three years ago I started this blog, to write about the things I create; a show and tell of sorts. I have made banners, quilts aprons and lots of bead work. Right now my creative passion is bead work. It has opened doors to many friendships; women I would not have known otherwise.

Just last night I was at my favorite bead shop; Thistle Beads in Niantic, CT.  http://thistlebeads.com ,  my sister and I went and sat and talked and even got some beading done while there. Heather, Pauline, Claire and Melody (one of the owners of the shop) sat and shared our work, oohed and awed over everyone’s project. We all had a great time; this was an experience I would not have had if I didn’t bead; so I am thankful for beading.

And time seems to go by quickly and it’s hard to think that it has already been three years since I started blogging. My cousin Jenny first encouraged me to set up a blog a few years earlier but even though I didn’t start one then, I kept thinking about it. So thank you Jenny for your encouragement!

IMG_3176 IMG_3178 - CopyToday I am working on a couple of projects, more star fish from the pattern designed by Diane Dennis at http://dianedennisbeadwork.com/ and I am doing them in pink. The big one is done in 6o’s and 8o seed beads and it’s big; kinda like big hair big!  And I am in the process of making earrings to go with it in 11o’s and 15o’s and not only are the beads smaller but I have less rows; this gives it a smaller look.

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I am also making a dress for my granddaughter, using fabric and a T-shirt; I started it yesterday and just now finished. She loves dresses and it will make a great summer dress for her to wear.

I may not have a lot of followers, but I enjoy blogging and showing others the things I have created. WordPress has been a great venue to do it on, so thank you WordPress!

 

The Long Awaited Star Fish Kit!

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Recently, the creator of the Star Fish pattern, Diane Dennis released the kit (pattern and beads) for sale;   http://dianedennisbeadwork.com/

Let me back up a bit; last year about this time, Melody; one of the owners of Thistle Beads in Niantic, CT http://www.thistlebeads.com/ had gone to a bead show and took a class on how to make this wonderful Star Fish. The Star Fish was protected and Melody was not able to teach a class on it.   I waited in hopes that at some point I might learn how to make it, so when I heard it was available I promptly ordered one from her web page; http://dianedennisbeadwork.com/ this made me a happy beader as I awaited the kit’s arrival.  I ordered the color Pewter.

I got together with my sister (she had ordered the kit as well) and we figured out the instructions together. I am still trying to master the tightness of the beads because my first Star Fish was too loose, the third one a bit too tight and the second one I did seems to be the best so far.  I am in the process of making Kumihimo necklaces to hold the Star Fish, as you can see in a couple of the photos.

So far I have only attempted to make the Star Fish in the same size of the beads that were in the kit, 8o’s and 11o’s, but you can go larger or smaller using this pattern.

Thank you Diane Dennis for making this pattern available, you do beautiful work. Readers, please check out her web site; http://dianedennisbeadwork.com/ if you get the chance.

My Latest Projects

I know, I know; it’s been awhile since I last posted.

I have been working on Kumihimo projects; I have discovered a new (new to me) bead called ‘Unicorne Teardrop’ which led me to the much smaller ‘Miyuki drop’ bead.

At one point, I kept putting combinations of the drop beads with other seed beads I already had and I would make one bracelet and go onto the next. Yes, it was addicting. But I am over that now. I gave some as birthday gifts and some I have kept for myself and some I have not made into bracelets yet.

Below is a slide show of my latest projects; enjoy.

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A Bead Challenge

STATUS UPDATE:  The challenge is over and sadly I didn’t win, but there was some tough competition and I was told it was close.  I am happy with my project and can’t wait to wear it.  It’s all good! 

Recently I entered a bead challenge at my local bead shop ‘Thistle Beads’ in Niantic, CT.  I bought a challenge packet of assorted beads with a picture of the color pallet from the web site of Design Seeds http://www.design-seeds.com/

The colors weren’t exactly colors I wear and had trouble relating to it and at first I thought, who can I give this to when I am done with the challenge.  But then I got inspired by ‘Starry Night” by Van Gogh and I suddenly had a plan.  I had been doing a jigsaw puzzle on my Kindle of his painting, Starry Night and that’s when I first had the “ah ha!” moment.

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I think I may have been one of the first to turn mine in and tomorrow, Thistle Beads will put the finished pieces on display from all those who entered the challenge and when customers come in, they can vote on which one they like best.  The last challenge Thistle Beads had my sister won, it was our first time and I was very happy for her.  I am not sure what the prize is for this challenge but she won a $25 gift card; I think it’s a small box of assorted beads (but I am not sure).  It doesn’t matter if I win or lose, I like the challenge of having to think outside the box; not always an easy task and if you were to ask Shaylynn, she might say I complained; but I am glad she encouraged me.

So, if you live local and read this, visit Thistle Beads and cast your vote; I won’t tell you to vote for mine but do vote for the one you like best.

Until next time. . .

The Flat Stanley Project

Flat Stanley was a project that I was asked to take part in for my great niece in another state.  The children were asked to send it to someone (friend or family member) who lived somewhere else.  My brother Cliff (who lived in Alaska at the time) was asked when my great nephew had to do it in his class and when it became Maddie’s turn; I was asked.  The task was to take a picture of both you and Flat Stanley someplace local and write a bit about it and your state.

So I took Flat Stanley to my favorite bead shop; Thistle Beads in Niantic, CT.  

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I also took him down the street to see Long Island Sound Projects 089

and then to Mystic for a picture under the sign of ‘Mystic Pizza’ which was made famous in 1988 because of the movie ‘Mystic Pizza’, with young Julia Roberts in the cast. Projects 094

I then wrote a little about all the activities, as well as mentioning about submarines being built here and the naval base.  I gathered it all up, including pictures and got it in the mail Tuesday morning.  A sigh of relief!  I was glad to do it, but then insecurities set in and wondered if it would be good enough, I also came down with a head/chest cold which delayed the picture taking.  So once it was all ready to go, I felt like I could relax; it’s due by March 1st; so I did have a deadline.

I am glad that I did it, it kind of got me out of my box (comfort zone), which doing something different does.  I was glad to help; I hope Maddie enjoys it.

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