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 vsAntoΕ„ GraΕΌyna 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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #14: Netting

This weeks post is about netting- "flat and around things" as I called it in my previous upcoming lists. This week I made a netted cage out of luminous 15's for a UV reactive marble that I got last summer at the The Moon Marble Company.
I snapped a picture with a blacklight shining on it to show the beautiful glow!!!


I also made two small samples of flat netting because it had honestly been a while since I had made anything netted. I am enjoying the revisiting of stitches I haven't done in years.
  

Fusion beads has a tutorial on basic netting (it is the one that I used as a refresher before my samples)

Jill Wiseman has a video on YouTube that covers how to do flat netting.

Potomac Bead Company has a YouTube video that covers an ornament with beads. This is the same technique I used on my marble, but on a larger scale.

Next week is going to be fun! I am going to cover "Flat Herringbone Part III". To be more specific, I am going to cover flat Herringbone with two holed beads!

*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 13th: Flat Herringbone Part III

April 20th: Peyote Shapes


April 27th: More Brick stitching



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #13: Filled Netting

Filled netting is one of the first stitches I learned how to do. I have made so many filled netting bracelets, I made a collage out of some of the better pictures I had! The only one of these that I still have is in the bottom left corner, it is made from lava rock beads that my brother-in-law brought me from his trip to Hawaii!



I learned how to do this stitch the first time from the "Crystal Suspense" project in Beadwork Oct/Nov 2006. I didn't realize until I dug the magazine out that the authors are Gwen Fisher and Florence Turnour of Bead Infinitum. If you read my blog, you know that last year I made beaded beads (Beaded bead #15 and Beaded bead #17) designed by these wonderful ladies! 

The first time I made this bracelet I didn't have the round crystals that they used in the pattern so I used 4mm gemstones, size 15 seed beads and Delicas. I still use this combo of beads today. I made the start of a bracelet for this week and found one of my favorites to photograph.

The top rope in this picture is the bracelet I started this week using Fancy Jasper 4mm beads and Duracoat galvanized eggplant colored 15's.  The bottom is one of my favorite bracelets that I made with a mix of 4mm gemstones and some mixed bronze 15's.

If you want to learn how to do filled netting:

Interweave has the entire year of 2006 (6 issues) available for digital download, this includes the issue that I used to learn this stitch.


and Jill Wiseman has a video that shows how 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 πŸ˜€


Coming weeks: 

April 6th: More netting: flat and around things.

April 13th: Flat herringbone Part III


April 20th: Peyote Shapes



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #12: Chenille Stitch

Chenille stitch is one of my favorite ways to make a bead woven rope. I had no problem finding pictures of pieces that I have made with Chenille stitch! I enjoy trying new things with this stitch. The patterns that can be created and the beads that can be used for this stitch are neverending! I even did some beading this week and made this start of a necklace with small (2.8mm) drop beads and size 8 Demi beads... I would have finished but ran out of Demi beads!

The first time my friend Stephany told me about Chenille Stitch I was skeptical- was there really a new stitch?! I even tried making the same rope with netting to prove a point, but Chenille is its own special thing! It was created by Genevieve Liebaert and brought to popularity on YouTube by Sara Spoltore


Here are a few pictures of other Chenille ropes I have made, since I had pictures I figured I would share:

This necklace originally had a large pendant with it, but I now wear the rope by itself. It is made with frosted permanent finish Tohos.


 This necklace has built in Chenille rope. I attached the wire bail on the glass bead into the stitched rope. It was an experiment that went so wonderfully right! This necklace is actually for sale in my Etsy shop.


This necklace has glass beads that are built into the stitch. It is part of my personal collection and makes for a great summertime necklace! The glass beads get cold where they aren't touching me and I can turn it around for a little neck cooling :)


If you are looking for a tutorial or a "how to" other than Sara's video I can suggest (*see disclaimer):

Interweave has an article with little how to photos.



*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: 

March 30th: More tubes! Filled Netting

April 6th: More netting: flat and around things.

April 13th: Flat herringbone Part III


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #11: Tubular Herringbone

Totally Tubular- Herringbone!

My friend Onye was nice enough to comment a link on my last post that has more info on Ndebele stitch and the people that created it! I am so glad there is more than what I found! There are also some great pictures of their beadwork on the page! If you don't know who Onye is- you should find out- stalk her and her beady creations on Etsy and Facebook!

This week I made a Herringbone bracelet for this post. Bead honesty: I didn't have a herringbone rope to take pictures of. I don't really enjoy the simple seedbead only version of this stitch- I don't think I have ever made more than a simple bracelet with Tubular Herringbone before- including this time :)

  
I put some stretchy cord inside my rainbow tube and finished it with a bead big enough to cover the knots in the cord. The tube wanted to be flat without a core inside it. I always forget that tension is super important with this stitch. I can see where I was lacking precision in these pictures.

Good news! This stitch was one of the easiest so far to find good instruction of:


Fusion beads has a step by step tutorial with pictures.
Art Beads has a video of Tubular Herringbone Stitch with Leslie Rogalski
Jill Wiseman also has a short video!

Twisted tubular Herringbone is basically the same stitch, except the beads seem to twist or spiral around each other. I didn't have time to make a twisty version, but I did have time to find some tutorials!

Potomac Bead Company has a video showing how to do Twisted Tubular Herringbone.
Art Beads also has a picture tutorial of how to do the "twisted" stitch

Jill Wiseman also has a video that has a different approach to the stitch, but accomplishes the same look. She also calls it "Spiral Herringbone"


*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: 

March 23rd: More tubes! Chenille stitch

March 30th: More tubes! Filled Netting

April 6th: More netting: non tubular...


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, March 9, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #10: Tubular Peyote & Cellini!

Totally Tubular- Peyote that is! This week I am going to cover more fun and amazingness of Peyote stitch but in its tubular form. Peyote stitch in tubular form is not difficult, just time consuming and very plain if you use only one size of bead. I like Tubular Peyote in the form of a Cellini Spiral. Most of the time the Cellini spiral is separated from tubular peyote and taught as its own stitch. I think of a Cellini Spiral as "Tubular Peyote with multiple sizes of beads" If you read my blog regularly, you know what fun the flat version of Peyote with multiple sizes is like. Here are a few of my Cellini spirals I have made in the past. 

    
   

Bead honesty: I didn't actually make anything for this weeks post- I had plans again, but life got in my way. I will have to make something for next week because I don't actually have any Herringbone ropes! 

There are a bunch of Tubular Peyote/Cellini Spiral instructions out there and here are just a few:






The most important thing I was ever taught about Tubular Peyote is that you have to remember to step up- and if you are doing a Cellini, you add a bead like the one you just exited. I don't know if that will help anyone else, but that was the ah-ha moment 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: 

March 16th: More tubes! Herringbone -twisted and not

March 23rd: More tubes! Chenille stitch

March 30th: More tubes! Filled Netting



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth