Chenille Beaded Beads

Last Thursday, Beth (Beading by Beth) wrote a blog post about chenille stitch (Patrick Duggan’s beautiful ropes got me hooked on the stitch). She had called and told me she was making a chenille rope with size 8 demi’s and 2.8mm drops and how much she liked the way it looked.  After two days of searching for my tube of demis, I gave up and ordered a package of black ones just so I could try it.  I had limited drops so I made a earring sized beaded bead (the cream and black on the right).  So cute!  I had to make more, which led to more hunting.

In the end, I mixed 3mm magatamas with the drops and really liked the combination of shapes.  The small pair have a size 15 between the demis, the larger pair have a demi in place of the 15. I plan to turn them into earrings as soon as I remember where I put the stash of turquoise beads.


BIF 2017: Completed Quilt Squares

My first post of the year is later than usual. My mom passed away in January and things have been a little chaotic. I even got behind on my Bead-it-Forward squares but they finally made it into the mail this week. Thank you, Amy, for giving me a little extra time!

Here are the first nine squares and a few closer looks.

As I was packaging the squares, I discovered part of them were missing (it happens every year without fail) and spent two days frantically tearing the house apart. I found them – in plain sight on the dining room table. [insert Captain Picard face palm here]  I’m not sure if I have selective eyesight or if my glasses just need cleaning.

If you have a moment, hop over to Beading by Beth and take a look at the adorable elf feet squares that she designed and stitched for this year.  You can find her post here.

OTTBS November Blog Challenge

The OTTBS November Blog Challenge was to make something using only (not including findings) seed beads.  My bracelet is CRAW using 11’s and 8’s and embellished with 15’s.  The bow is made from all 15’s (you can see a larger version of the bow here.)  It is attached with a split rings and hides the clasp.

Nov OTTBS Blog Challenge

Update 1 Dec 2016:  November Challenge Reveal.  Congratulations to Sarah!

FPF: Variations on a Pattern

Let’s do a pattern variation this week.  Working with Christmas colors and peyote stitch, I started with one diagonal pattern using two colors – red and white.  I modified it by swapping the colors and then added a third color.  More placement changes and I ended up with 11 different patterns.  The three blank graphs are so you can try your own.  Add more colors, change the colors, change the angle or direction (right to left), there are endless combinations.  They are all repeating odd count but you could delete the last column and they will work in even count.

FPF: Variations on a PatternHere is a larger graph if you want to get creative.  Click images to enlarge, then right-click and save to your hard drive.

Peyote Graph

FPF: Framed Scotch Stitch

This week’s free pattern is a beaded variation of a needlepoint stitch called Framed Scotch Stitch.  It is a repeating pattern worked in 1- and 3- drop and uses 4 colors. When you get to the bottom, start back at the top and work until the desired length.  Your choice of colors and clasp.

FPF: Scotch StitchThis pattern is 17 columns wide but you can easily modify the width by adding or subtracting 4 columns.

Click image to enlarge, then right-click to save to your hard drive.