Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Half tila bracelet

Me and my lovely mum spent an entire Thursday at The Bead Shop Nottingham recently doing 2 workshops (and including lunch followed by cake at a local cafe).  One of the workshops was a beaded bracelet made using Tila beads.  Tila beads are flat square beads with 2 holes.

I chose these lovely silvery coloured Tilas and matched them with hematite seed beads in sizes 11/0 and 15/0.  The pattern was confusing at first, but as soon as the first couple of rows formed, I could see where I was going and spent the rest of the class happily weaving away.

It makes for a really slinky, tactile bracelet that feels nice worn.  I do love these shaped beads that have been coming out recently, like these Tilas and the Pips I've been playing with recently.  I'm quite tempted to do a bit of on line shopping and stock up on some more shapes, there are some interesting looking triangle beads I've got my eye on.

Part two of our day to follow soon.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Save the Stitches update

It's time for another update on my Save The Stitches blackwork sampler designed by Elizabeth Almond of Blackwork Journey.  I've entered this into the Quilt and Stitch Village show in April.  I need to get it framed before then so I've given myself the deadline of the end of February to get it stitched.  I finished the section below, then I started crocheting squares?!?  How exactly is that helping get it finished Wendy?

I have finished blocks 18, 19 and 20, including the metal thread work.  This means I have one full row to do (made of 4 blocks), then I just have to add the beading before getting it framed.  

Someone kick me in the arse please, I need to get working on this!

You can go and see what the other participants have been up to here:

Claire at Claire93's blog

Gun at Rutigt

Alison at Minerva Handmade

Thursday, 12 February 2015

More pip beads

Following on from the pip bead class I took, I was inspired to use the 3 rivolis (sparkly bit in the centre, doesn't have a hole) I'd bought for more pip bead jewellery.  I knew I had some blue pip beads at home, so that was where I started.

I have load of blue seed beads so it was pretty easy to match these beautiful pips with some dark blue delicas and seed beads.  This one isn't going to be a brooch.

Instead I added a jump ring to the back so I can make it into a necklace.

I then made these little flowers.  6 of the pip beads fit perfectly together in a circle to form a bloom and I added a little clear seed bead in the centre of each.  I think I'll make a couple more of them and use them to flank the main flower.  

I'm afraid this isn't the last you'll see of pip bead flowers, I used all three rivolis...

I'd also like to say that I've had the most hectic couple of weeks at work, including working into the evening, so I haven't been visiting many blogs and I don't think I've commented on any.  I hope to catch up at some point soon, so don't think I've abandoned you!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

crochet squares

Remember I said I was going to whip up various granny squares using my odds and ends of yarn?  I have managed to make one more, though I'm hardly the hive of production I thought I might be!

This is number #89 Spinner from 200 Crochet blocks by Jan Eaton.  I fear I will need more than 3 to make a complete sampler blanket so I really should get on with this!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Pip beads

Looking for my Grow Your Blog Post?

It's here.

Last Saturday saw the first bead class of the year at The Bead Shop Nottingham where me and my lovely mum took a class in using pip beads to bevel a rivoli.

The rivoli is the sparkling stone in the middle, it's a crystal one from Swarovski and for this project we used 10mm rivolis. The pip beads are the petal shaped beads around the outside.  We made the bezel with delicas, size 15/0s, size 11/0s and size 8/0s so there was a lot of bead choices to make before we could begin.

The ring was created with peyote stitch picking up various beads for each round, the whole tube was the tightened around the rivoli.  That was the hard part, it takes a lot of time, effort and patience to get the rivoli in place before pulling the rows tight!  The petals are deliberately wavy, I could have used size 9/0s in place of the 8/0s to make the petals lie flat, but I like the texture this creates.

I've finished it off with a brooch bar to wear on my cardigans.

I bought some more rivolis and I already had some different colours of pip beads.  I've been beading away already so expect to see some more of these coming up very soon!

I usually like to vary my posts and so wouldn't come back to beading for a couple of weeks, I also usually like to post every two days.  My mental health is not great right now and crafting is taking a back seat, so I'm going to be posting twice a week and expect quite a lot of beading.  Hopefully normal service will be resumed soon.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sunday Stash

Looking for my Grow Your Blog Post?

It's here.

I'm linking up to Sunday Stash with Molli as I did a bit of accidental fabric buying.

Molli Sparkles

I went to John Lewis for some embroidery thread (and was surprised to discover they don't sell DMC).  Of course, I had to have a quick look at the fabric, and what did I find?


Not just bunnies but bunnies with umbrellas and bunnies riding bicycles!  These are FreeSpirit Playdate Wheels and FreeSpirit Playdate Clouds.  Can't believe I missed them before.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

smalls sal


I'm joining in with Smalls SAL again this year.  The idea is that you stitch some of those little projects you have lying around.  For me this mainly means cover kits.

I'm carrying on with the set of rabbits from individual charts which came with a cross stitch magazine years ago (sorry, I've lost the details).  As they're individual charts, I count each one as a small!

This is Ellis, my white bunny.  She's very delicate and elegant looking, so I dressed her in pastel pink and yellow.  

Here she is with the boys - Harry in the middle jumping for joy and Colin on the left waving.  Just Tiff to go and I hope to get that done for February's small.  Then it's just fingers crossed that the arrow drawn in Frixxon at the top will come off!