Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #24: PRAW

PRAW or Prismatic Right Angle Weave is constructed in the in the same way as CRAW because CRAW is PRAW! To be specific CRAW is PRAW4. The number represents how many sides the "prism" has. Because CRAW has four sides, it is cubic, so it gets its own special acronym... PRAW can have any number of sides.

For an example I made a three sided rope which is PRAW3. Here is the Bangle I made with my rope. I used 8's on the inside two rows (the pink beads) and black 6's across the top to give it a triangular shape. 


  
To make things even more confusing, I jokingly refer to PRAW3 as TRAW- "Triangular Right Angle Weave". I also say it in this loud Velociraptor kind of screeching. TRAW! TRAW! (think Jurassic Park)

Another example of PRAW is beaded bead #24 from last year  as it is made from PRAW5. 

I also made a six sided (PRAW6) as an example. It was quite floppy so I added support beads around it in a manner similar to bead #24
This technique can be done in any amount of rounds but for beading purposes I don't really know why you would do more than six around since it gets floppy.

I took pictures of my PRAW3 under
construction:

Pick up three beads and connect them into a circle (triangle)
   


Pick up three beads and loop around a foundation bead like you would if you were making a unit of CRAW.


Move to the next bead on the foundation row like you would if you were making a unit of CRAW

 Pick up two beads and go through the side bead from the first set of beads and the foundation bead that you started at in the previous step. This is the same as the second step in a CRAW unit.

Pass through the next bead on the foundation row and...

then pass through the "outside" bead of the first set of beads added.

Pick up one bead and pass through the bead opposite, like in last step of a unit of CRAW.

Repeat the thread path and pass through all the beads exiting the last bead added. Tighten up. this is one unit of PRAW, ready for the next unit to be built on top.

This is a top view. The three beads are the top beads of the three sides. If this were CRAW it would have four beads at the top.

 Repeat all the steps using the top beads as the foundation row for the next unit.

This is what it looks like after four rows.


Every row of PRAW3 will have three beads at the top instead of four like CRAW.

If you google Prismatic Right Angle Weave- or look for it on Pinterest, you will find more, I am not going to link to anywhere else since I made my own demo!
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It is official! My battle album has been posted so I get to share!
Here it is! "Rainbow Coral" because it is a rainbow, and it has the texture of coral. :)

 Currently all of Group C and most of Group B's albums have been posted (Steven is working backwards, not sure why, but who am I to question- since the album with my battle in it has been posted ;)! Voting for group C is also up and ready. Go to the Battle of the Beadsmith: Official Facebook Page and check it out for yourself.  
Anyone can vote if interested and the Battle page is Public!

Next week I will talk about Pondo Stitch- Honestly I have never tried it before and know nothing about it so wish me luck!

*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 πŸ˜€

Coming weeks: 

August 24th: Pondo Stitch 

August 31st: Dutch Spiral

September 7th: Flat Spiral


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #23: CRAW Continued

Life is finally back to "normal!" I feel like I lost the month of June with my battle beading and then lost July catching up on all the things I didn't do in June. This week I am going to continue blogging about CRAW. Besides making ropes, which is all I really blogged about last time, the best thing about CRAW is the ability to create shapes with it! For example: LOVE!


Early this year Marcia DeCoster started a blog called Bead Love and shared her design of these cute CRAW letters that spell LOVE. Now that we are eight months into the year there is so much more CRAW on her Bead Love blog as well as designs from her and many other bead artists. Click on over and check it out!

I turned my LOVE into magnets for the freezer.

Bead honesty- to make these letters magnets, I took a 2015 magnet calendar that our car insurance sent us and cut it up to fit the back. I glued the pieces with a common "tacky" glue and they have been hanging out ever since!

Next week I will talk about CRAW's cousin PRAW (prismatic Right Angle Weave)

*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 πŸ˜€

Coming weeks: 

August 17th: PRAW

August 24th: Pondo Stitch

August 31st: Dutch Spiral


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Monday, July 31, 2017

Battle Update and other stuff!

     I figured today is a good day to post an update since we are in the middle of International Beading Week! It is the first week of August every year and there is a Facebook Group dedicated to it with all the information you could want about it. This year it is from July 29th thru August 6th. Click on over and check out the group to see all the events and patterns that beaders around the world are doing for this week. Personally I plan to finish some pieces that I have started, start new things I have planned, and make gifts for friends & family!

     My big news is that my battle piece is done, and my photos have been sent to Steven! I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to participate in the Battle this year. I don't want to reveal any pictures until Steven posts my battle, but I want him to hurry because I am excited to see all of the entries this year. I am in Group B, battle #28 vs GraΕΌyna AntoΕ„ for those that are or want to be battle watchers
     Hopefully the posting of battles will happen quickly because I think what I made is awesome and want everyone to see it! 🌈 What rainbow? That rainbow? Nothing to see here, totally not a hint of things to come.... πŸ˜‰

There have been some great looking sneak peeks in the Battle of the Beadsmith group on Facebook. I shared a couple in the group and a couple on my Instagram @bethclarkart. This one is of Thunder "helping" me take pictures. 


Other than cat photography I did learn some things during my rookie battle. I learned that working on only one piece was challenging for me personally. I usually have more than one board with different projects or trials going on. I usually have pieces that I play with and things that need to be finished out and ready depending on what I feel like working on. My battle piece was planned out (mostly) and was the only bead project I did from June 2nd until I was done beading it!

I also learned that Tulip brand beading needles are by far superior to any other needle that I have beaded with in the past. I am not endorsed by Tulip, nor am I paid by any company*, I just need to say loudly that these needles are great. I started my battle piece with two different needles and BOTH of them are still working.
They do have a little more character than when they were fresh, but they are survivors and will bead again another day!

There are a couple other things I learned that I want to share but will wait until after the reveal since they are specific to the beads I used and might not make sense until you see my design....

Thursday the 10th I will start back to my weekly blog posts! I am going to get prepared for some more CRAW! Happy August!

*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 πŸ˜€

Coming weeks: 

August 10th: CRAW continued...

August 17th: PRAW

August 24th: Pondo Stitch

August 31st: Dutch Spiral


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #22: CRAW!

Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW) used to be a stitch that I avoided, but after years of beading I have come to love it. It is actually one of my go-to stitches if I can't decide what to do and just want to bead! I did make an adorable rainbow striped section of CRAW that I was going to photograph as an example for this blog... I put the strip safely on the table next to me... Early Wednesday morning my cat tried to drink my sweet tea with his feet and knocked it all over the table. My beadwork was one of many victims to drown in sweet tea :( It seemed less important to save the little strip than to save the table, the floor, my husbands computer mouse, and the tv remote! It was not a wonderful way to start my day: a sticky tea covered table and cat!

Luckily I love CRAW so I had some pictures to make up for the tea meets cat incident. For this blog I added some of my favorite pieces made with CRAW. FYI- the ones that aren't in my personal collection are for sale in my Etsy Shop ;)

 


 



There have to be a million different tutorials on CRAW. I had no idea until I Googled:  As usual I have narrowed it down to two that are similar to the way that I do it *(see disclaimer). While out there on the web I saw several "ways to do CRAW" that I didn't know existed and wouldn't suggest! Here are the pair that I suggest:

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When I planned for a year of blogging I didn't expect to enter or to be chosen to participate in The Battle of the Beadsmith but I did both! (if you have never heard of the battle- check it out directly from the BeadSmith at Helby.com or in the Facebook Group: "Battle Of The Beadsmith: Official". I have never participated before and want to devote as much time as possible (and I think I am going to need it) to making an awesomely amazing battle piece. I will be suspending my planned weekly blog posts until Thursday August 10th! I may blog here or there, but it won't be weekly or planned- most likely about how I am crazy for attempting this :) 

If you decide to follow this years battle, I am in battle group B, battle #28 vsGraΕΌyna AntoΕ„ from Poland. I am honored to have such an amazing battle partner! Her entry last year was gorgeous! It made it to round 7 of the battle and was amazing! If you visit the Facebook group and search for her name you will see that I have my work cut out for me!

*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 πŸ˜€

Coming weeks: 

June 8th - August 3rd: Weekly blog hiatus for BOTB '17! 

I will be back to weekly blogging on August 10th with more CRAW!


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #21: More RAW

Last week I started talking about RAW and covered the basic stitch. This week I am going to blog a few of the other ways to use this versatile stitch.

  
Both of these bracelets have drops "peyoted" in between the basic RAW stitches.

  
Both of these bracelets are RAW embellished  with seed beads.


 Beaded Bead post #24 from last year uses this same embellishment on beaded beads.

There are a bunch of different ways to use RAW.  One of my go to's is to bezel with- Mikki Ferrugiaro of Bead Mavens has an excellent tutorial about how to use RAW to make a bezel. She even has a great equation to determine how many beads to use based on the size of what you are adding a bezel to.


Next week I will talk even more about RAW, but in its 3D form. Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW)!

*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 πŸ˜€

Coming weeks: 

June 1st: Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW)

June 8th: CRAW continued...

June 15th: PRAW



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #20: Right Angle Weave

This week I am going to start blogging about Right Angle Weave, or RAW. This stitch is the foundation of so many patterns and techniques of bead weaving. It can be used to bezel, it can be used as a base for embellishment, or it can be used on its own. Here are some of my RAW bracelets I have made in the past. I did make a little strip for this post, but figured why show a sample when I have good photos of some nice simple finished RAW pieces!


    
    

It is easy to see from the pictures how plain RAW works with different sizes of beads and in varying widths. The silver one (top left) was actually woven with stretch cord and Sterling Silver beads. 

Sometimes RAW is done with two needles in a cross weaving technique. I don't weave with two needles -I only use one- and the tutorials that I am including in the "how to" also only use one needle. As I say in my Disclaimer*-  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.  If you like to do your RAW with two needles- go for it! To each beader their own!

The How to:*
Fusion Beads has a good tutorial  on how to do basic RAW

Deb Roberti from "Around the Beading Table" also has a good tutorial for RAW

Jewelry Supply on YouTube has a video that is easy to follow if you prefer to watch instead of read.

*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 πŸ˜€

Coming weeks: 

May 25th: Embellished RAW

June 1st: Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW)

June 8th: CRAW continued...



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, May 11, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #19: Basic Spiral

Before this weeks blog post I was honestly not a fan of this stitch, I even considered not talking about it at all- I found it to be floppy and it never really looked or felt like it was sturdy.  Not until I was playing around with it in effort to make something for this blog did I realize how cool this stitch could actually be. I substituted the "middle" bead in the spiral rope with two holed beads and now it is sturdy and fun! 

For this weeks blog I actually made three different ropes with different types of two holed beads. The purple one is the one I initially played with, the gold and orange one in the back is made with Infinity beads, and the long one is made with green vintage beads I got on clearance from a large online bead retailer. Not that I have any, but I am pretty sure that my vintage beads are similar to Preciosa brand "Chilli" beads.

There are a bunch of tutorials out there for the spiral rope, substituting two holed beads is not difficult, and is very intuitive if you know how to do the basic stitch. If I was planning this blog from easiest stitch to most difficult I should have covered this one in January!


How to:

Fusion Beads has a good tutorial,

Interweave has an article by Jean Campbell entitled "How to Stitch an Easy Spiral Rope Like a Pro", and

Potomac Bead Company also has a video that covers this stitch.

*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 πŸ˜€

Coming weeks: 

May 18th: Right Angle Weave (RAW)

May 25th: More RAW

June 1st: Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW)



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #18: Russian Spiral

If you Google "Russian Spiral" there are 13.5+ million results. The Russian Spiral is very versatile: the types of beads used, the colors, whether you step up or not, and the number of sides can all be changed to make a wide variety of different looking ropes with the same stitch. Give it a Google and you will see what I mean! 

 
This week I made this simple section of what I hope will eventually become a bracelet. I used 2mm Czech glass, Delicas and 15's. I ran out of the 2mm Czech glass beads and had to stop, but made enough of it that it will be quick to eventually finish! 

I tend think about this stitch the same way as I do about a Cellini spiral (blog post #10). I remember to "add beads like the ones I just exited" and to step up to start the next round- although neither of these are always true with this stitch. There are versions of the Russian Spiral that don't even have a step up! 

As for the "how to" there are so many tutorials on this stitch that I decided to list two distinctively different approaches:

Potomac Bead Company has a YouTube video that uses multiple colors and is easy to follow. It is what I consider the "traditional"* way with step ups and two different sized beads.

Gail of Beaded Jewelry Diva has a YouTube video for Russian spiral that doesn't have a step up (this is the closest to how I learned this stitch). She uses multiple colors and a straw as support in the middle while she stitches.

*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 πŸ˜€

Coming weeks: 

May 11th: Basic spiral rope

May 18th: Right Angle Weave (RAW)

May 25th: More RAW



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #17: More Brick Stitch

The first time I blogged about Brick Stitch was in post #7 all the way back in February. This time I am going to cover more about Brick Stitch and my second favorite way to use it. I didn't get very far on the piece I started for this blog post, but I did get enough done to show how it will look when curled.

 
 I made this piece out of size 8's.

I like to use both increases and decreases on the edges to make "ribbons" then dangle them from the holiday bows I made last year. (the bows are made with two warped squares and two ribbons)
   

The How to:
Fire Mountain Gems has a great tutorial by Cath Thomas on how to make a ribbon of Brick Stitch.

*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 πŸ˜€

Coming weeks: 

May 4th: Russian Spiral

May 11th: Basic spiral rope

May 18th: Right Angle Weave (RAW)



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #16: 3D Peyote shapes

The first time I made a 3D shape with Peyote was following the instructions in Diane Fitzgerald's book Shaped Beadwork. It is one of the few beading books that I own. I don't think I have any of the original shapes that I made from it, they all became earrings and found new homes. For this weeks blog, I made a pair of matching oval earrings, a multi colored square, and a thingy I ended up with after a little playing...three ovals connected together but not linked!

I also dug out some shaped peyote pieces that I knew I still had. The bottom is a holiday colored bracelet made from 3D circles connected together. It is a lightweight go to during the season. The stars are ornaments that I made from adapting the "Star Pendant" pattern by Smadar Grossman.  It is in Bead & Button Magazine December 2010. If you didn't know, you can find Smadar on her Blog and at Smadars Treasure on Etsy, where she has over 65 beading tutorials.

Here is a close up of the shaped object that I ended up with. It is made from three ovals, one shoved inside the other and the third constructed over and through the other two. I didn't make or follow a pattern for it, I was playing around and ended up with a fun little beaded bauble. 
After a little Googling it looks like what I made is called Borromean rings and Gwen Fisher of Bead Infinitum has a tutorial and kits on how to make this shape with Cubic Right Angle Weave. I am sure her instructions are far better than my "one shoved inside the other and the third constructed over and through the other two."

The How to:

Kelly Dale is the owner of the bead store Off The Beaded Path and the Etsy shop of the same name. She is also a YouTube instructor who has great videos on how to make a bunch of different 3D Peyote shapes including: 3D Pointed Ovals , 3D Circles3D Triangles3D Peyote Squares3D Hexagon3D Elongated Hexagon and she has a video on a 3D Shape Necklace that uses all the shapes in her videos!

*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 πŸ˜€

Coming weeks: 

April 27th: More Brick stitching

May 4th: Russian Spiral

May 11th: Basic spiral rope



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #15: Flat Herringbone Part III

This week I am going to blog about Herringbone Stitch with two holed beads. I really enjoy this stitch. It is easy, looks great, and is quick enough to not be boring, but slow enough that I feel accomplished when I finish a bracelet! The best part of this stitch is that it works with all kinds of two holed beads.

I made this bracelet this week out of Infinity two holed beads and these cute little striped seed beads that I have had for years and never used. I am adding this one to my personal collection.

  
These bracelets show how this stitch works with a bridge in the middle. It is very similar to flat herringbone stitch, only with stacked two holed beads.

These bracelets were made with Twin beads. The one on the left is Twins and P-nut beads.


This is the bracelet I made this week, next to one of my favorites made with Half Moon beads and 3mm Hematite. 

This stitch also looks great if you pattern it. Here are two of my favorite neon bracelets. I created stripes which make them look like they are a woven fabric. The black seed beads make the pattern "pop" where the lighter seeds make the pattern less obvious.

I made this blank pattern in the case that somebody would want to draw out their own pattern with this stitch. (right click to save the image) I used this template when I created the neon bracelet. 

The how to:

Potomac Bead Company has a YouTube video that shows how to make this kind of bracelet. They call it "SuperDuo Knit Herringbone Bracelet" but it will work with all kinds of two-holed beads!

Next week I will be covering Peyote Shapes, time to break out my Delicas again!

*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 πŸ˜€

Coming weeks: 

April 20th: Peyote Shapes

April 27th: More Brick stitching

May 4th: Russian Spiral



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth