Old Tyme Candy

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IMG_3534Good Enough to Eat

But I wouldn’t try it on this necklace.  You’d be more than likely to break a tooth!

A bead crochet necklace using 6°s in a plethora of pastels.  Well, perhaps they’re a bit more intensely colored than pastels.  Not primary colors either.  So, what would you call them?  Some colored druks and a toggle clasp complete the piece.

This one will be staying with me.  Because I really like it, and because it has a mistake.  I was less than careful when crimping the clasp, and managed to shatter one of the glass druks, so the toggle ends are not symmetrical.  OK for me.  Not for something to sell.

Ebambo’s Birthday

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IMG_3545is today.  He’s turning One!

IMG_3550I’ve been staying with him and his grandparents (friends from junior high) on and off since the beginning of the year under somewhat trying circumstances.  They have been so kind and generous.  I just had to do something to say Thank You. This seemed like the right occasion.

IMG_3551The quilt is a mix of embroidered designs and strip piecing.  I dug through the stash pulling out all my “little boy” prints, and surprisingly there were quite a few.

The embroidery designs are ones I’ve had for ages, and always wanted to try.  Just haven’t had much need for robots and ray guns.

Until now.

The piecing on the quilt was very simple.  Just joining 3 inch strips end to end to end.  Fold in half longways (that’s a word, isn’t it?) and stitch.  Fold in half again.  And Again.  And Again.  It reminds me of making butter pastry with all the folding.  My biggest fear was that one of the folds would require cutting a robot in half.

IMG_3555Thankfully that didn’t happen.

The back of the quilt is pretty generic.  Nothing fancy.  The binding was made using the remaining bits of primary fabric.

The fabric is a mix of all sorts of prints.  Motorcycles.  Hawaiian shirts and shorts.  Planets.  Robots (yes, more robots).  Frogs.  Geometrics.  Dragon teeth.

I suppose I could have made it using more of a themed motif, but this is bright and lively, and I think suitable for a wee lad.

IMG_3559It gets the Phred Nap of Approval too!

Emerald Isle

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IMG_3523I picked up a mix of faceted glass beads the other day, totally taken with the bright greens that were in there.

Of course, once I got them home, there was aqua, smoke and clear crystals as well, but fluorescent lighting is not the best to show these nuances.

I mixed in some clear drops, and came up with this necklace.  It’s a bit longer than my usual (18 inches less the clasp) but it all works.

This is the same beading pattern as Josephine, but it looks completely different.  Different beads.  Different drops.  Different colors.

That’s the beauty of beading.  Slight, or major changes to one’s materials creates something new and unique each and every time.

Rosewater and Mint

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IMG_3499This set falls under the adage of practice makes perfect.

I took a Craftsy class on creating wireworked findings a while back, and realized I would never become proficient with the techniques unless I practiced.  So practice I did.  Eye pins.  Links.  Loops.  Swirls.  They all participate in these pieces.

I even took a stab at making my own chain!  Yes, that shiny green chain is  made from individual loops, a pair of pliers in each hand.  After the first hour or so, I managed to loosen my death grip on those tools, and actually enjoy the process.

The beads are from stash, acquired who remembers how long ago?  Not I, that’s for sure.  The red ones have small pink roses on them, the green have a melon textures pressed into the glass.

Taxes

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abacus1Have you filed your taxes?

In the US, today is the day everyone has to file their federal and state tax returns.  Or ask for an extension.  Regardless, monies must be sent to the gummint, so the wheels may continue to turn.

Tax Day – that usually translates to having spent the previous weekend trying to decipher arcane laws and unintelligible sentences.  How did you do?

Josephine

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IMG_3530Sinuous curves for the curvaceous Josephine.  Not the Empress Josephine, but Josephine Baker.

That’s what this necklace reminds me of: Josephine Baker performing in Paris Folies Bergere wearing her banana skirt.  Shimmy!  Shimmy!  Skake!  Shake!

I suppose it’s the green drops. I have seen them alternately called claw or petal beads.  They have a distinct curve.  Fun to look at, but requiring concentration to use if they’re all to curve in the same direction.

Right angle weave done with variegated mustard druks and accented by bright copper 15°s in between.

When in Doubt

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IMG_3496Use them all!

All the colors of the rainbow!

So I did.  Not that there was any doubt about this bracelet, but the recipient simply would not cooperate.  When asked what her favorite color(s) were, she said she liked them all!  Imagine that!

I was left with little choice but to use them all, and everything turned out rather well, if I do say so myself.  Auditioning the colors was a hoot!  Do you have any idea how many different greens and blues there are in the bead world?  And how woefully short it is of of yellows?

While this peyote stitched pattern follows the Mermaid series of bracelets, I am not putting it into that category.  It’s special.  This is a gift for a lovely woman who’s just finished radiation treatment for cancer.  Her spirit remains bright throughout, and the cancer, so far as we know, is gone.  Yay!

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