New Look 6150: IV

The weather is getting colder here.  27 this morning when the Princess decided she needed to go out.  We are well into fall, which means long sleeves.

This one is done just in time for the holidays!  A lovely emerald green knit with gold sequins.

I’ve made this pattern many times before, and must not be the only one who likes it, as it is still in print.  Imagine that!

Nothing unusual in the construction.  No alterations either.  Sewn on the serger and hemmed on the cover stitch.  I find that for the narrower sleeves like this, it’s easier to hem them flat, then sew up the sides.


Taking Flight

The acid green beads on this necklace remind of beetle wings, the shiny green ones flittering and skittering about on a hot summer’s night.  Though it is now neither hot, nor summer, that’s what it brings to mind.

I’m not much of one for jumping on the bandwagon of all the new beady shapes that have come to market.  So many of them seem single purpose to me.  Or perhaps that’s just a lack of vision on my part.  Either way, this piece was the result of noodling around with some oddly shaped beads, and seeing what I could add to them.  There are some teensy acid green crystals there, if you look closely, as well as the usual seed beads and crystals.

It works, though I think it hums rather than sings.  Maybe that’s a good thing…

Three Ts

These are Ts for Grandmeow, aka Mom.

She doesn’t get out much, but still likes to be colorful and have her sparkles.  The industrial washing her clothes go through probably doesn’t help them last either.  So, it was a bit of a trifecta.  One of the Big Box stores had jeans on sale, and those colors coordinated perfectly with the t-shirt blanks I had picked up.

The hardest decision was picking embroidery designs that were light stitching, and lent themselves to further embellishment.

I admit to making a mistake on the bottom one.  The design was denser than I anticipated.  Once the stabilizer washed out, the whole thing wrinkled up.  Thankfully I was able to correct this by using some iron-on mesh backing.  Soft against the skin, and it should hold everything in place.  Hmm.  I guess there’s a reason why one is always told to do a test stitch-out.  I should remember that advice.

I believe all the designs are from Urban Threads. The finishing touch was adding rhinestuds.


Fit for a Queen

This is another one of those projects that spoke in fits and starts.  First to pipe up was the green druzy focal.  It said “Make Me!  Make Me!” which I did.  Only to have it’s voice descend into senseless babble once completed.  Make you I did, but now what?

I put the focal aside, knowing it would pipe up once it’s partners in bead-dom appeared.  Bringing home some bright gold spacers had everyone chattering.  They were exactly what was needed.

Emerald green druks, various green and topaz crystals and a necklace fit for a queen.  I thought the rough and tumble nature of the druzy would fit Boudicca, Celtic Warrior Queen.


After spending what felt like forever on the kaliedocycle, I needed a beady palate cleanser.

Something simple which didn’t require too much thinking.

Crescent beads and a newly arrived package of two-holed cabochon beads were just the ticket.

Of course, me being me, I had to try a completely different thread path for the second bracelet, to see if it would assemble differently.  It did.

Not better. Not worse.  Just different.  Now I’ve a mind to try the same basic design with a few modifications, and see if I can’t get an sine wave going.  That could be fun.

Style Arc: Issy

With the warm weather we’ve been having, the wardrobe called out for another summer top.

Along came a sleeveless Issy.  Style Arc shows a line drawing of the top sleeveless on the pattern envelope, so why not give it a try?

This was the last of this fabric.  Given the single-layer layout for Issy, and the odd angles of the front, there was just enough. Whew!

It has been a while since I made this pattern, so  I had to get one of the sleeved versions out to remember how the front folds went.

Catching the folded cowl into the armhole seam required some concentration – best not done at the end of a long day at the office (or after a beer or two).  Once that was figured out, the rest was simple stitching on the serger.

Ta da!



This post is going to be full of eye candy, so if you’ve a mind to skip something so image rich, please do so now.

For some time the beading world has been taken with kaliedocycles.  I first came across them through the great photography and design descriptions over on Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. Beady sculptures containing energy and a basis in science…where did this come from?

What is a kaliedocycle?  Good question.  What they remind me of are those folded paper puzzles we used to make in grade school, where each face had a name or number on it, and you’d generate sentences or find answer to questions or any number of things.  Anyone remember those?  I think they were called fortune tellers or chatterboxes.  So, a kaliedocycle is sort of like that, except with beads; tetrahedra that fold and bend.

The colored faces and engineering intrigued me.  So, of course, I had to try it.

This cycle was made with 10º delicas. The standard is to make them with 11s or 15s, but I wanted something a little larger.  I think it’s 9 beads on a side for each triangle, then they’re joined (the little white beads) and hinged.  The whole piece is about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

The fact that there are joins as well as hinges took my old brain a while to decipher.  Thankfully Kate McKinnon provided some wonderful videos on how it all works.

Now that it’s all done, I find I’m a bit disappointed.  While the whole structure moves, it feels floppy in the hand, not substantial as I thought it would.  Could be because I used larger beads, or because I made larger triangles, or both.

I have a mind to try again with smaller beads or smaller triangles, but that’s a project for the future.  For now, we stare at each other going “Hmmmmm.”