Monday, January 16, 2012

Beading (that actually worked)

I'm so tickled this morning! I was able to spend some time doing a pattern out of Bead & Button Magazine (while watched Green Bay fall apart) and it actually worked out!!
As you may or may not know I've been trying to play around with beading and making bracelets and the like. I am allergic to metal so it's hard to find pieces I can wear. So I starting thinking why not make my own? Right... that's easier said than done.

So after a year of stashing beads, playing with simple things and receiving beading magazines I finally saw a pattern I thought I knew enough about to tackle. It showed the idea of making diamonds with beads in steps which was just great.
So step 1 was making just a basic stranded bracelet (using the basic concept that the more elaborate bracelet would need). This is what I ended up with:

 It was easy enough so I thought I would move onto the next step, these cute little diamonds. After taking over an hour to get 1 complete, I had it down. So I went onto make four more and linked them together with a the simple strand technique above.
Thus ending up with this bracelet here:

I know it's nothing super special but to me it's progress and a step forward. That I can in fact read these bead patterns and stand a chance of making beautiful items. A huge breakthrough for me!

I did also work on dragons (getting close to a page finish on them) and the Raven project (which I need to photograph and share, I'll do that this week).

I am also halfway through my stash re-organization and must have at least 50 patterns/magazines to giveaway! So watch for that soon too.
I will also do the pirate giveaway later this week.

It's really cold here (-27C with windchill -37C) so I'm looking forward to hunkering down tonight and stitching. As no one wants to do anything when it's this cold. (though we still all come to work in this city. Too bad really, imagine all the stitching that could happen during a snow day!)
Hope you're all doing well and will be in touch later this week with some prizes. :)


Pumpkin said...

I think you've done a fantastic job on both! Beading is fun :o)

Uuuuuu...destashing! You shouldn't have said that ;o)

ChrisG said...

Superb! There's nothing like learning and conquering a new skill. Congratulations! The bracelet is lovely.

Kelly Smith said...

They both look great! My other half has recently taken up making jewellery.

Bekca said...

How adorable! A great finish Mel. There's nothing I like better when it's cold to stitch with a mug of hot chocolate near by. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

They are both really cute. Congrats on mastering a new craft. :)

Shaunterria Owens said...

Both of your pieces are very well done, but I covet the first one. Seriously. The jewel tones are spectacular and I love the closure.

Sparkles 'n' Stitching said...

As a bead addict I know how hard these patterns can be to follow, you have done a fantastic job on these and a nice choice of colours there too

Jen said...

Great work. Looks better than my beading efforts

Shelley said...

Your beading work is fantastic!! Congrats on getting the hang of reading the patterns. I can't wait to see what you come up with next :)

Jo said...

they look wonderful Mel and congratulations on a new skill x

Katrien said...

you did fantastic!