Statice

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img_4384Purple, Magenta, Green.  The first flowers poking through the snow.  Days are getting longer.  The sun is rising earlier, setting later.

More experimentation with the bead loom.  The base of the bracelet was woven using 10° delicas.  It was fun both because it went quickly and helped expand my horizons.

The little flowers are matte green o-beads and sparkly magenta 15°s.  The magentas also make up the picot edge.  The whole band is wrapped through a pair of hammered gunmetal D rings, snicked with a magnetic clasp.

Buttercup

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img_4382I had picked up some hot pink beads on a whim.  Wasn’t at all sure what I’d do with them.  It’s the dead of winter here, so perhaps is was just a desire for something bright and lively; the promise of Spring to come.  Don’t get me wrong though, I like winter here in Sierraville; it’s lovely!

What to do with these pink beads?  My mind doesn’t move in a “pink” direction.  It does, however, do yellow and blue, which are also colors  in the beads.

The spiral accent is a mix of seed beads and drops.  Yellow drops form a sharp V rolling forwards and back.  The necklace is a mix of yellow rice beads and small crystals.  Pink coins are interspersed along the length.  It’s bright and fun and springy!

Guadalupe

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img_4271A bezeled cameo, strung with delicate chiffon.

This necklace is another exercise outside my comfort zone.  I’m not usually one to do religious work, though the cameo is obviously that.

I think the Virgin is pretty spiffy  with her red and gold crystals and matte gold beads.

There was a bit of a struggle about what type of necklace to use.  I wanted something softer, less mechanical than my usual stringing.

Red chiffon ribbon, living in the stash for years was just the ticket.

HotPatterns: Plain & Simple T

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img_4404This top is an exercise in perseverance.

It’s my standard T pattern, the Hot Patterns Plain & Simple T, made with the boat neck option.

But that’s not how it started life.  Oh no!  It was supposed to be something quite different!  That being an asymmetrically hemmed tunic.

I mean, a tunic.  A long top. How hard could it be?  Well, as you can tell, more difficult that I expected.  I used the basic T pattern for the top, the widened the bottom, thinking that’s all I needed to do.  Nope!

This fabric is clingier, which meant that rather than skimming the lumps & bumps, it snugged tight, showing off everything we women of a certain age don’t want shown.

I put it aside.  Waited.  Waited.  Waited.  There was no way to add more width at the bottom.  The fabric was going to stretch how it stretched; couldn’t do anything about that.  In the end, I lopped off the length, took in the sides a bit more and now have a top.

I’m glad I kept at it.  It’s a nice t-shirt.  I still have tunics tinkering in the back of my mind.

Interlock

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img_4371Interlocking two holed beads, a mix of bar and crescents, create a sea-glass colored bangle.

This was a lot of fun to make, though it would have to be worn by a large-boned person.  Truth be told, I got a little carried away.  I kept beading and beading and beading then realized  still needed to wrap the tail to the head.  In short – A Big Bangle.

Even though it’s composed of tiny little beads, the overall bracelet is quite substantial.  It’s not floppy at all, but instead quite structural and solid.

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.