Archive for November, 2010

Bead stitched bracelets

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by lizcreates

The top bracelet is my first stitched bracelet, and  used the peyote stitch which locks the beads together nicely, and gives it the feel of fabric.  I added fringe beads along the edge.  As you can see by the gaps, I need to work on the tension.

The next bracelet was done with a herringbone stitch, and I added some glass beads on one side and some spectacular Swarovski crystal square donuts.  I love this bracelet and hope to make another one, without so many gaps.

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Rani’s Pendant

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by lizcreates

 This pendant was created during a class at Fusion Beads.  Creating the hexagonal stitched background was the hardest.  I made the bail and strung the beads of my own design.  There is a large crystal in the center, and using daisy chain stitch it is surrounded by dark red and black crystals.

Spiral Rope finished

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by lizcreates

  This is how the spiral rope necklace turned out.  I really really like it and will make copies of it to add to my Etsy store. 

The closure is toggle-style, and I beaded the toggle using peyote stitch.  I like it so much that I’m going to make a bunch of them and string them together on a necklace, as it hollow inside.  It’s very sturdy, and saves me from having to buy clasps.

The Spiral Rope

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by lizcreates

At the last Seedbeaders meeting, I learned the Spiral Rope stitch, which I have been curious about for months.  It actually goes quickly, and I really like the necklace I made.

Loom picture

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by lizcreates

  Here is a closeup of the loom, and the beads I am adding.  This is the stem of a rose.

My new loom

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by lizcreates

Having successfully hand-stitched beaded patterns I was eager to try a loom, which allows for larger beadwork.  I thought it would be easier, but so far, I don’t think it is.  I made up a pattern, and after counting and placing the beads on the string, they are pushed up between the long (warp) threads and then I sew through them from left to right.  It’s harder than it seems, getting them lined up and making sure the needle stays on top of the warp threads.  For my next project, I will try smaller, rounder beads; perhaps that will be easier.

Black and gold necklace

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by lizcreates

This is from a magazine pattern that I embellished in the middle, making it longer.  I call it my “Cleopatra” necklace and it uses some Swarovski crystal drops that I bought on sale, one of the many packages of beads that as yet have no specific purpose.  I also purchased a lovely crystal pendant that matches nicely.