Pompeii Pyramids


IMG_3036I’m not at all sure what Pompeii has to do with the Egyptian pyramids.  The phrase just went together in my head, and there you have it.

I stumbled on these lavender chrome pyramid beads at the local bead shop, of all places.  Never having seen this color in any of the on-line stores, I snapped them up.

This bracelet is more about color play than technical experimentation.  The chimeral quality of the pyramid beads with the satin bugles, mixed with the violet crystals went together so well.  I couldn’t resist!  The clasp is a copper magnet, which, believe it or not, accents the bead colors perfectly.

Definitely a case where the outcome is more than merely the sum of the components.

Sunshine in Capri


IMG_3017These will probably be the last of the capris I make between now and next summer.  I think I have enough pair that (mostly) fit to see me through Fall.  If not, well, I shall just have to do some laundry!

These are a lovely lemon yellow linen with a not-too-bright complementary paisley.  I believe the fabric is from Fabric.com  One of those items tossed in the cart to reach $35 to get free shipping.

The pattern is my standard Jalie 968, now out of print.  Pockets in front.  Pockets in back.  A girl can never have to many pocketses.

The only design changes I made were to shorten, then narrow the legs so they don’t look like marsh waders.  This fabric is much too pretty for marsh muck.


Golden Oh Gee


IMG_3032Golden Oh Gee

Hey, say that three times, fast, it starts to sound like Golden Oldies, which this bracelet is not.  The same pattern as previous Ogee bracelets, with lovely satin brown and gold beads.  The tiny beads between the curves are an eggshell color.  The whole piece snaps together with – you guessed it – a snap!

Getting the tension just right is what creates the domed effect with the larger beads.  I am quite taken with how a simple peyote stitch can create so much dimensional geometry just by varying the bead sizes.



IMG_3006Yup, you got it.  Here we go again with another rendition of the 50 Shades of Crystal and the Ice Lace pattern.  This one looks like poppies to me.  I love the deep reddish orange of California poppies; that is what I tried to recreate here.

The stitching is the same as the previous two bracelets, an embellished right angle weave.  None of the rizos I could find online were quite the right color, so I opted for crystal ones instead.  They highlight the center beads, which are parti-colored red/clear.

I think I’m done with this pattern for now.  Three renditions has it firmly cemented in my brain.  Time to think about other new, exciting designs.



IMG_3010Ocean depths, a Sunken Ship

This photo absolutely does not do the pyramid beads justice.  They are the loveliest deep dark blue, like the depths of the ocean you see in those submersible documentaries.  It is also, unfortunately, darned difficult to photograph!

Deep dark pyramids, with steel crystals and stitched tubes.  The seed beads are not quite grey, and not quite silver, like ocean spray.

The tubes took forever!  Not because they were difficult, but because I tried to do them at night.  In poor lighting.  Away from home.  Not recommended.  In the end, though, the effort was worth it.  This bracelet turned out better than I imagined.  Glinty.  Steely.  Sparkly.

New Look: 6150


IMG_2999I’ve been getting so much wear out of the first top I made using this pattern, I had to make another one.

Now that I understood the construction details, I decided to experiment a bit more with the fabric choice.  Instead of an ITY knit, I used a soft jersey, which was listed as being an athletic knit.  I’m not sure what makes it athletic, though the pajama pants I made from the bulk of the fabric have not pilled after several washing, so I am happy.

The top is made from those remnants, which were  a little over a yard in length.  It was a wide knit, maybe 60 inches, so there was plenty of fabric.

The solid color shows off the ruching and gathers much better than in the first top.

The shawl collar and gathers were all done with a straight stitch.  I stabilized the back shoulders with fusible interfacing.  The main vertical seams were all sewn on the serger.  Hem an armholes were finished with coverstitch.

I was a bit concerned about having 4 layers of fabric at the front hem, so I snipped away some of the under wrap at the hemline.  This made the front much less bulky.  The weather is still warm, so I hope to get a lot of wear from this top.

Satin Pyramid



This bracelet is made for a Glamazon.  Someone that knows who they are and where they are going. Someone larger than life, and large in life as well.

It’s also the result of getting a little carried away.  Before I knew it, I had lost count on the spacing rows, and well, there were more of them than expected.  The whole bracelet had so much presence, I was loathe to take it apart to remove a couple of rows.

Lovely 12mm satin pyramids mixed with super duos and clear drops.  Chrome crystals are incorporate for spark.