Thursday, November 16, 2006

It Starts with an Idea

1. It starts with an Idea 2. The color was already picked waiting for step one to be completed DB 1055. A rich metallic bronze iris matte delica. 3. The beginning of the design. A triangle shape amulet bag using a 2 drop brick stitch As worked on the triangle the design began to form in my mind. I see a coin and stick pearl bezzeled to sit on the outside of the triangle. What I want to do next became my dilemma. I want to put fringe on both outside sides of the triangle. I need a matching size 11 seed bead to complete this design. I put out an S.O.S to the Beadtalk mailing list. Part II will posted tomorrow. I hear those sheep wanting to be counted. Thank you so much for all the help beadtalk. I see the design coming together with all the informaiton and sources you provided

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Displaying Your Beadwork

Where do you put your beadwork when you are finished with a piece? Mine went into a hat box. Hiding away in a corner of my beadroom. This weekend I picked up my display boards and hung my beadwork on it. That is not to say there aren't some pieces hiding away in another corner tucked in a box waiting to be rediscovered. I had a friend who worked for a company that made Grandfather clocks. These were frames that were not production quality. I hinged two together and set them up in the corner of my room where I can see what I have made. The sad thing is when I put the beadwork on the boards I realized how little beading I have actually done in the last year. It has been a long year with recovering from a hurricane and medical issues.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Beading with Brick Part II

"The Earrings" For the earrings I used delica's instead of size 11 sead beads. The loops at the top of the earrings were attached with size 15 seed beads. To keep the ethnic feel I used copper earring wires. I have a bracelet mulling around in head to complete this set.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Beading with Brick

This is one of my favorite patterns in Beading with Brick Stitch by Diane Fitzgerald Petroglyph Necklace. Beadwork by No Easy Bead I started this necklace last week and finished it this morning. The time consuming part of the beadwork is the finishing touch around the top of the collar. It is worth the extra time it takes to complete this step as it makes a professional finish on the top row. My next project is matching earrings. I have one finished and one more to make. This weekend I was asked what books I would recommend for some one who is rebuilding their library of bead books. I chose these books for the expertise of stitches and techniques these books contained. 1. Creative Beadweaving by Carol Wilcox Wells 2. The Art and Elegance of Beadweaving by Carol Wilcox Wells 3. Beading with Brick by Diane Fitzgerald 4. Netted Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald 5. The Bead Garden by Diane Fitzgerald 6. The Beaders Guide to Color by Margie Deeb 7. The Art of Beadwork by Valerie Hector. 8. One Bead at Time by Robin Adkins These books are on my wish list. One Bead at a Time by Robin Adkins. Designer Bead Embroidery, 150 Patterns and complete Techniques by Kenneth D. King Little Boxes by Julia S. Pretl Beading Her Image by Margie Deeb. What books are on your wish list?