Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #29: Flat Chenille

Flat Chenille stitch is a quick and cute stitch. I should have done this post right after tubular Chenille and right before Pondo stitch. That would have made sense but required planning :) All the way back in March I covered tubular Chenille stitch and this week I am covering the same stitch, only flat.


My flat Chenille bracelet is similar to my Pondo bracelet but has matte black 8's and turquoise colored 11's. I also (because it was already on the needle) used crystal Fireline. The thread really shows in the picture though it isn't that bad in person.

For the second time my weekly post matches up with Nancy Dale's beady prompt. I suppose great beady minds think alike :) Find her prompt in the Facebook group NEDbeads Monthly Beading Prompts and on Nancy's blog if you are interested in what she and others are doing with Chenille stitch!

Her suggestion of where to learn Flat Chenille is the same as where I was going to suggest. Chenille stitch by Jean Cox on Interweave has a picture tutorial that clearly represents how this stitch is done. There are also several videos on YouTube, but none that stuck out to me as "the one"

In my post about Pondo stitch  I mentioned Gwen Fisher's charts and blog about related bead stitches. This would also be a good reference for understanding flat Chenille.

Next week I am going to cover what I do and call Bead Embroidery.  I am self taught and have learned everything I do from reading and trial and error- so many errors. Fair warning I most likely do things "the wrong way".* It will be an adventure!


*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

September 28th: Bead Embroidery

October 5th: Fringe

October 12th: African Helix




Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #28: Beaded Beads

Beaded Beads! My love and passion for beading is rooted in the amazement I have every time a pile of beads becomes a self supporting bead of its own! As you may know if you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or this blog- is that I entered the Battle of the Beadsmith for the first time this year. I had planned to cover beaded beads as one of my posts well before I knew I was entering the battle and before I knew what I was going to make. My rookie battle piece is made out of a rainbow of beaded beads. Last year my entire year of blog posts was dedicated to beaded beads. I might have a beaded bead problem.... :)


Currently the voting for Round 1 of the battle is over. The winners of round one have been announced and Steven has paired up round 2. My battle piece did not make it past the first round, but I am still happy I got to participate. I love seeing all the creative ways people use beads! Click on over to the Facebook page Battle Of The Beadsmith: Official to see all the entries this year. There is eventually going to be a round 2 to vote on. :)

My Battle piece contains over 200 unique beaded beads, many of them similar to or derived from the beads from my blog posts from last year.

There are dodecahedron beaded beads like Beaded bead #1 from last year's project.
   
Some of the beads are made from SuperDuos like Beaded Bead #2 
  
There are a couple of Icosahedron beads like Beaded Bead #8
There are a variety of cube beads including those like in my post about Beaded bead #14

I am going to suggest if you want haven't made beaded beads, get on that and visit my blog posts from last year. I tried my best to find good affordable tutorials for the beaded beads and included them in my posts.  I also have two of my own beaded bead tutorials on Etsy. There are at least 5 beads in my battle piece that were based on my Duocube tutorial

One of the more common beads I made for my battle piece is a dodecahedron made from SuperDuos. Unlike the bead I made for beaded bead #2 last year, this one is made by only using one hole of the bead for the core. I took a few pictures to show what I did. If you are familiar with the construction of a dodecahedron this bead is going to be an easy one and you won't even need my pictures! If you aren't familiar- visit my dodecahedron beaded beads in my post Beaded bead #1 from last year's project.

Here's a quick and partial how to :)
Need: 30 Superduos and a small pile of size 11 seed beads.

Pick up 5 Superduos and create a circle. Tighten by passing through them again or tying a knot, whichever you prefer.
   

Pick up 4 beads and pass through the bottom hole of the starting bead creating a circle.
   

Continue through the next bead in line. Pick up 3 beads and continue through the last bead in the previous circle and through the starting bead and make a circle. 

Continue using the "bottom" holes of the Superduos to complete a dodecahedron. 

  

  



Reverse the thread path up through the "top" hole of the last Superduo exited. Add size 11 beads in between all of the "top" holes of the Superduos weaving around until all the spaces are filled. The core will be a little floppy at this point but will tighten up as the outside beads are added.


 

Voila- a beaded bead! Weave in any extra thread and done!



*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

September 21st: Flat Chenille

September 28th: Bead Embroidery

October 5th: Fringe

Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, September 7, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #27: Flat Spiral

Flat Spiral. I honestly dislike this stitch. I made a Flat Spiral bracelet I like using gumdrops and neon beads and still- no love for the stitch. It has floppy loops, it is difficult to keep the tension right and there are only so many times a bead can be passed through without breaking.




I know this is not like my traditional posts where I brag about the stitch, send readers to try it themselves and show how I do it. This is will most likely be the last Flat Spiral I do. I would rather spend my time brick stitching with 15's! I did go back and reinforce along the edge of my bracelet and connected the floppy loops.

If you really want to make your own Flat Spiral Google has the links to so many free tutorials!
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Battle Update! 

Voting for the first round is happening right now!!! The winners of round 1 group C have already been announced and the voting for the first round of groups A & B are ready! Voting for group B (my group) closes tomorrow. 

Visit the Facebook group: Battle Of The Beadsmith: Official to check out all the pieces and vote if you want to!

*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

September 14th: Beaded Beads

September 21st: Flat Chenille

September 28th: Bead Embroidery

Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #26: Dutch Spiral

This week I went a little Dutch spiral crazy! It had been over a decade since I made my last one, and I didn't take pictures of everything I made back then.


My beady Facebook friend Nancy Dale started a group this year that has beading prompts (NEDbeads Monthly Beading Prompts) and the August prompt is Dutch Spiral. I didn't plan to have cover it at the same time, and I know it is the 31st, but better late than never! It also makes my blog a little easier :) As Nancy suggested in her group the blog Inspirational Beading has a great tutorial on how to start a Dutch Spiral rope. In her group there are prompts for all the months of this year, and a new one coming soon, click on over and check out it out. You can also find Nancy Dale on Etsy where her shop has over 20 beading tutorials!

I used the suggested tutorial to make my first Dutch Spiral, I used a Rizo beads in the place of the size 8s. It turned out looking alright, but wasn't the look I really wanted so I stopped and started a new rope.

For the second piece I used some old beads and a partial strand of faceted glass.. I had to stop when I ran out of beads (both glass and seed). I wish I had some more but I still like my little sample.

Did I mention that the seed beads were old? Here's the package...I think the Ben Franklin I bought these on clearance at closed in 2009. :( They aren't vintage, but they were old enough the plastic yellowed!

 I went a little overboard with the Dutch spiral -here is the last spiral I made this week. It isn't finished because I ran out of steam and didn't really think through how I was going to finish it. I will add it to the UFO pile and tackle it in the winter!



There are many other tutorials about Dutch spiral. A quick Google or a search on YouTube will lead the way. The best part of Dutch Spiral is the versatility, there are unlimited combos of beads and colors that make for interesting spirals. 

*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

September 7th: Flat Spiral

September 14th: beaded beads

September 21st: Flat Chenille

Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth