Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring 2012

Spring is definitely on overdrive here in the Midwest.
I have finished the Twisted Tubular Herringbone necklace based on Doris Coghill design “Fresh Twist.” I ended up making two necklaces and I am pretty sure I will be making a third. When you have two daughters one is never enough and two is okay, but three is the best, especially if you want to have one of your own.
Here are photos of the two I have completed.

I have also managed to make two beaded beads based on the Beadwork Beaded Bead Contest designs. The first bead is “Seeing Stars” designed by Melinda Barta and the second is “Cluster Beaded Bead” designed by Gwen Fisher.
The “Cluster Beaded Bead” makes a large size bead if you use 8mm beads as given in the materials list. I am not a huge fan of large size beads so I replaced the 8mm with 6mm and adjusted the size of seed beads accordingly.

Not sure yet if I will actually enter the Beadwork Contest but I am having a good time making the beads.
Here is the photo of the two beads.

The April Project for the Seedbeadersters is ready to roll. The project is an “Embellished Right Angle Weave Necklace” designed by Larry Linson a Seedbeadersters member. This is a lovely choker style necklace. The instructions for the necklace are in the Seedbeadersters files but you need to belong to the group to access the file.
Here is a photo of the April Bead Along Project.

Off to my bead stash. Have fun playing with your beads.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March 2012

Good Day!

Happy to report the Seedbeaderster members are going gangbusters in creating some very pretty Russian Spiral Bracelets. This Bead Along will be coming to an end soon and some have already completed or are busy working on the Tubular Herringbone Necklace which is our March project. If you like to bead please check out our home page at and you can join the fun.
This photo showcases just some of the Seedbeadersters fabulous Russian Spiral bracelets.

Here is a photo of my latest bead project; Splendor Bracelet and Earrings. I used Ruby toned Czech Fire-Polished beads and Metallic Gold Seed beads.
The Tutorial for the bracelet includes instructions and diagrams to make adjustments for different lengths of bracelets. The earrings are designed to attach to ear post, ear wires or clip type earring findings. The tutorials are available in my Art Fire Studio: CSD Design

I have started my Tubular Herringbone and it is a variation of the necklace designed by Doris Coghill called "Fresh Twist" from Beading Daily's Favorite Stitches and Beadweaving Techniques: 5 Free Beadwork Beading Patterns for Seed Beads
The listed materials for this necklace are size 8 seed beads, a Lampwork focal bead, and size 11 triangle beads. I like the way the Tubular Herringbone looks with the addition of the size 11 triangles. I made a test piece using triangles I have. The trial piece worked up nicely; but the colors I have need more oomph. I took the sample apart and am using size 11 seed beads as replacements for the triangles.  The piece is working up quickly and I hope to have it finished in a few days.