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Elko

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I admit to having been a bit of a blog slacker these past couple weeks.  BUT I think I have good reason.I was getting ready for a show!  Wow!  I still can’t believe it, and I was there!

I spent the week before deciding on which additional pieces to bring – Something new?  Something blue?  And of course, Something Completely Different!

First, for those who don’t know, Elko is a fair sized town in Northeastern Nevada, about a six hour drive from Carson City, the state capital.  Predominant business there is mining.  Nevada isn’t called “The Silver State” for nothin’.  This weekend also happened to have a mining convention, as well as high school graduation, so it was a hopping place.

The Museum is absolutely fantastic.  While I tend to think of Elko as a small town (shame on me for that) the Museum is top notch.  The permanent exhibits are exceptional – Ansel Adams and Edward Westin to name just a few.  And me!  Not that I’m rubbing display areas with the likes of them.  Ha!  Ha!

For the reception they decorated an antique display case, and positioned it right up front as you entered the Museum.  I got to sit next to it, and show additional beadwork.  I brought some pieces that were in progress so visitors could see they really are created One Bead at a Time.

It was a Grand Time.  I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Museum staff and visitors.  Everyone was delightful, attentive and personable.  If you’re ever in Elko, be sure to stop by!

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Peyote Demo

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I’ve been asked to give a demo on peyote stitch beadwork to my local sewing guild.  Beads at a Sewing Guild?  Yes indeedy!  The group I belong to will take anyone who does anything with a needle and thread.  We’re equal opportunity stitchers!

The photo at left shows some of the bits and bobs I’ve been working on.  None of them are expected to become completed jewelry, at least not as they now stand.  They’re just samples of the different types of peyote stitch – tubes, even round, odd round and a beaded bead in the middle.  That one was fun to play with!

As part of the demo, I also did a write-up.  A little bit on the history of the stitch.  Did you know peyote stitched beadwork has been found in Ancient Egypt?  I didn’t!

I think I have a sample of most of the different types of peyote stitching.  It wasn’t until I sat down to write that I realized just how versatile this stitch is.  Going through back issues of Beadwork and Bead & Button magazine, I realized that peyote is everywhere!  A real bulwark in the beaders repertoire.

A few more samples to the right.  The purple is an even count band zipped into a tube, and the green  odd-count tubular.  The blue beads are to show the spiral you get with odd-count tubular peyote.

Bump-A-Licioius

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What goes bump in the bright?

Why a group of bumpy beaded-bead necklaces, of course!

These four necklaces were a lot of fun to put together.  Some work, too, as the beaded beads took a fair amount of time to assemble.  Lots of tiny stitches.

I like these necklaces a lot.  They’re fun.  Colorful.  Can’t you just imagine the conversation they’re having?  All giggles and silliness.

They’re a great antidote to the winter blahs.  I even got to use some of the new powder coated chain I picked up in Tucson.  Nice stuff.

Why four colorways?  I have no idea, other than once I got started pulling things together, that’s just how many there were.  Each one is a little different.

De-Tails:  The bumpy / polka dotted beads were some of the first ones I ever purchased, back when I shopped for quantity over quality.  Which is not to say they aren’t pleasant, but you do have to check for consistancy.  The beaded beads are delicas and size 15° seeds, with crystal accents.

These pieces are a combination of stringing and stitching.  I added  some large Czech crystals to  space the design out, and give a little more sparkle.

Some of the designs are asymmetrical, with chain on one side, while others are balanced.  You can see how small some of the beads are in these photos.

I think these will be just the thing to brighten up a dreary day, or dress up simple jeans and t-shirts.

Commission

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She liked it!  She really liked it!

A while back, a friend in the local Sewing Guild asked if I would, could, make her a bracelet.  I said it would depend on what she wanted.  Next ensued a flurry of emails and images, mostly of the “like this, but with different colors” variety, along with a few “Ohhh, I really like this too!”

The end result of this was I said I’d make one up, and if she liked it, she’d pay me.  If not, I had a learning experience.  Well, like the subject says, I now have my first jewelry commission!  Woohoo!

As I hoped, Sissie, over at Sew So Slow liked the top one.  She asked for a celery / chartreuse color way.  The dark green one, at the bottom was my first attempt, just to see if I could do it.  It took a little rearranging of my thought process, mostly on how I visualized the design (diagonal stripes vs. seed bead triangles).

Both bracelets use triangle beads; the dark green has regular seeds, and the bright green uses cylinder or Delica beads. The whole thing is 3-up peyote stitch, which worked up faster than I expected.

All the beading I’ve done, this is the first time I’ve made a beaded loop & toggle clasp.  Previous pieces have always used manufactured closures.  Go Figure!