Whenever I fly, I always take some hand work with me to while away the hours waiting in airports. This usually means bead crochet.
What is bead crochet? Mostly, you string beads onto crochet thread, and armed with your trusty crochet hook, go round and round and round, putting one bead in each slip stitch. I’m not about to try and show you how it’s done in this post. There are much better web sites for that here and here and here. Suffice to say, it’s what I do while waiting.
I did the ropes for these bracelets recently. They are made with clear, size 6° beads, which were strung on tan crochet cotton. There’s a little added sparkle because the crochet cotton also had a metallic gold thread spun into it.
The crochet tubes are about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long. The focal beads, and clasps were picked up in Tucson, during the February Gem Fair. They will end up being gifties for someone, though I’m not sure who just yet.
This rope is pretty hefty, about 5/8 inch in diameter. It’s also pretty flexible, which makes it nice for jewelry. Kind of flows and slinks along. Feels good on the skin too.
Bead crochet isn’t just for bracelets. There are some fantastic necklaces, lariats and other creations which artists have made. You could even make a Schmoo!