Freeform Beaded Necklace- WIP

This necklace is a work-in-progress (WIP):

and a close-up image:

This is a project that is evolving. The base piece, in case you are curious, is a herringbone bead weaving pattern.

I like this so far. Beading like this is very therapeutic, very relaxing. Hmmm… perhaps I’ll start a second one using different colors.

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This is a reminder that I have a blog contest going on right now (until August 17, 2008). The winner has their choice between two freeform crochet scarves, which are shown at the link above. See details there.

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The neighbor’s herd was visiting again when I woke up this morning. Here is what I saw out my bedroom french door:

Yes, it was the main big bull, along with some of his women and children. My weird dog, Rex, was excited to have his friends visit, so he decided to graze with them. In case you are curious, they come in through a gate so they may eat down our summer grasses and provide more of a fire break. It’s a win-win!

Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Carla

Bead Crochet- WIP

I’ve been talking to a few people about the beading crochet class I took last week. I plan to use it on a future project, but here is a small sneak peek on what bead crocheting looks like:

Once I have some free time, I will show you some more finished pieces. Notice you can’t see the thread used in the crochet work? It is all in the technique and also using a very small metal crochet hook.

Hugs, Carla

Beadweaving: Russian Spiral Stitch

This weekend, I visited my favorite local bead store to learn a new beadweaving stitch from my beading mentor, a very nice gal named “Emi.”  Once you learn a new stitch, then creativity can take over.  Anyhow,  the stitch I learned is called a “Russian Spiral.”  Here is my practice piece:

As soon as I had the stitch down, I moved to my first actual piece of jewelry, a necklace.  Here it is so far:

This helix looking stitch is very tubular… it has dimension and feels interesting.  Once I have my proper length, then I use a decreasing peyote stitch to make an end cap, then attach the clasp.

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Today, I’m back in my quilting studio quilting.  I need to finish my current quilt so I can get to my next one.

Keep Watching Alert: My good pal, Lori, over at the blog, “Art & Play,” sent me a special mailing I want to share with you all.  Good stuff!!