Camellia

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img_4360This necklace reminds me of pink camellias.  Some fully open for viewing, some just buds waiting warm weather, and others fading past their prime.

The same beading pattern was used in Pinot Noir, however different colors create a totally different look.  Matte o-beads are mixed with crystal AB seeds and silver grey faceted crystals.

The innocence of the pink beads have a sweet clasp to finish.

Hot Ziggety

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img_4369For Christmas Prince Charming gave me a bead loom.  Given my textile background, when I started reading about them, they became most interesting.

I present the initial bracelet.  I must say, once the first two to three rows are in, projects work up very quickly!  Until the last two rolls, which take a bit of coercion.  Not bad for a first attempt using size 8° seeds.

This one doesn’t fit me in the least, being waaay too large.  But it will fit someone.  I learned a lot, which was the whole purpose.  I can see beading this way as being a much quicker means to an end; creating beaded bases on which to embellish.

Kwik Sew 6358

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img_4320Another rendition of KS 6358, which I am finding very comfortable to wear these days.

I made one pattern hack this time ’round and doubled the front, so instead of their being a turn-under facing at the neckline, it is self-lined throughout.  This has proved to be a very nice modification.

I also changed the way I sew it, using a taco roll / hidden shirt yoke method to attach the front and back together.  This gives a clean finish on the inside.  I have no idea why I didn’t think of this the first time I made it, but there you go.  Sometimes one’s skills take a while to return.  Maybe they’re like mojo?

The fabric is part of the Nicole Miller line carried by Joann’s.  I picked it up during one of their 50% off sales and used an additional coupon.  That’s about the only time I purchase the Nicole Miller fabric.

 

Cowgirl Up!

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img_4359I had a lot of fun making this bracelet.

It was a chance to use some of the two-hole crescents, as well as other two-holed brick and slice beads that I had acquired.

The stitching is fast and simple, though as always with two-hole shaped beads, one must pay attention lest you have to take things apart because they’re facing the wrong direction.

The colors are very rustic.  The clasp is embossed and magnetic, which makes it an easy-on / easy-off bracelet to wear.

This is the first piece of jewelry I have made that Prince Charming said he would wear, if it didn’t have a heart for a clasp.  I am deeply honored.  That is high praise indeed.

ArchiTechtonic

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img_4365After nearly a month in the creative weeds, things seem to be picking up.  Which is not to say that I made this bracelet during that time.  I did it before the holidays, then had to wait for the clasp to ship from overseas.  And wait.  And wait.

I’m glad I did.  The clasp is magnetic, which means you don’t need a third hands help fasten the bracelet.

The beads are 10° delicas.  I was going for an ombre effect, shifting the colors from dark to light.  This was a component-ized piece.  Each triangle was stitched, then they were stitched together with beady hinges.  Dark brown lentils accent the corners…because they can!

A very solid, architectural bracelet.

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New Look: 6343

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img_4393First off, the sleeves on this are not red.  They are a very, very hot pink.  Not quite neon, but close.

Secondly, I consider this one of my more mojo-less makes.  I like the ponte fabric of the body well enough – kind of retro.  The pink sleeves were an attempt to get out of my comfort zone.

In this case, I should have stayed there, and not been so adventurous.

6343_env_frontOddly, the pattern actually fit pretty well.  It’s just not speaking to me.  I wore it once, with leggings.  Right now it’s in the “what to do” pile.  Do I keep it, and refashion the ponte into something else?  Or donate it?

I liked the pattern, which fit well enough.  The cut in sleeves are a different take on a classic T-shirt look.  Different enough, but not over the top.  But, am I likely to make it again?  No idea.

A resounding Meh…