Tuesday, June 05, 2007


Or really, the closest thing I get to it with my beading.

I'm slowly learning some off loom stitches, okay well - just a couple so far. I have even count peyote stitch down pretty well - still have to work on my tension a bit, but I'm comfortable with the few things I've beaded up since learning it. My first attempt is a 'Tapestry bracelet' a square stitch project found in "Creative Bead Weaving" by Carol Wilcox Wells. I love working with Delica's, they have a spectacular sparkle that I don't find in regular Czech and Japanese seed beads.

For my next journey into the world of bead weaving I was taken with the 'Snake Trail bracelet' found in "Peyote Stitch Beading Project". I made several of those using Czech seed beads with vintage glass buttons as closures with a few pictured here. In that same book was another pattern that caught my eye... 'Two- & three-drop peyote bracelet. I made two of those pictured here. They are far from perfect, but they were a good learning experience and I wear them frequently.

In a late 2006 issue of Bead and Button was a pattern for a couple of cute Christmas bracelets. I made several of those, kept a couple and gave a few away. I managed to snap some photos of few that I kept.

I'm not fond of wearing much jewelry - never big necklaces, but I found one that I wanted to make, it's a stitch I had not tried and the design appealed to me. I purchased the supplies and started in on it. It's also from "Peyote Stitch Beading Project" and is called 'Shaped necklace'. It is even count tubular peyote over 6AWG coated electrical wire. This was the first time I made a trip to the hardware store for beading supplies. It turned out well enough I think, but I don't wear it, probably never will - I'm just not comfortable wearing much in the way of jewelry, let along big jewelry.

In the early stages of my beading I found a Mill Hill kit for a pin/brooch - that was a fun little project, especially as an introduction to peyote stitch and was easy to assemble.

Last year I purchased some porcelain cabs and managed to get one of them beaded and turned into a pin for a Christmas present for a friend. I hope to get a few more of those beaded up this year - they are fun and are pretty quick to complete (compared to a doll).

Last but not least is my last 'Tapestry bracelet'. This was made for a special friend in Northern California (are you listening Teri?) since she liked the first one so much.


Anonymous said...

Yes, I am listening - whew, finally the beautiful jewelry - I've been awaitin' an areadin' an ahopin' for the jewelry post! An lo & behold, today it appears! Oh my gosh, that tapestry bracelet is soooo purty - it is so sparkly and has all my favorite colors (but you knew that didn't you?...) I wear it proudly for all special occasions and am oh so thankful to have such a talented friend!

Oh BTW, is declaring love for you appropriate in this forum?... Love you, miss you, really, really do... :)


Grace said...

HA - thanks for leaving a comment. And declaring love is always acceptable and appropriate. :-)

Leaves of Grass

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman