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Not really a weekly post anymore is it?
Being a mother takes up most of my time now but I try to get a little beading, or other crafting, done while she takes a nap. She is napping right now which allows me to write this little update. Continue reading

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Poetry macrame wrap-bracelets.
Tutorial from the talented ladies at Beadshop.com.

These are fun but time-consuming to make. The blue one has been sold but the other 3 are available in my Etsy shop.

 

I made a couple of crochet hedgehogs following this free tutorial and a “Too Much Fun” granny square blanket following this pattern from Drops.

 

I found this macrame bracelet tutorial on Pinterest. It’s in Chinese but it is fairly clear just looking at the pictures.

And the earrings are just something I came up with. I really like them and I hope to put them on the shop soon but so far I’ve only managed to take 2 descent pictures of them.

I’ve made a lot of stuff lately that I haven’t taken any pictures of yet so there’s more to come.

Thanks for reading. ♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Since the last Beaded Week I’ve had a successful giveaway and posted a free ring tutorial, but I have also done this;

A pair of macrame kite earrings, for sale here.

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A pair of beaded bead earrings, for sale here.

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A drop pendant following this diagram.
I had a difficult time with this before I realized that the instructions were made for a 2 needle RAW. I like to work with 1 needle so that’s what I started out with but the diagram didn’t make sense then. But after I started over with 2 needles it was fairly simple.

I used 4mm Green Opaque Luster fire-polish and 11° Gold-Lustered Montana Blue. I just need to get a chain for it. I’d like to get one in rosegold.

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These macrame earrings are inspired by this pin. It’s a fun idea to use a toggle clasp.

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And I got new business cards.  ♥

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Lately I’ve been playing FF14 ARR so there’s hasn’t been that much beading going on.

This is a kumihimo bracelet. It is pretty much a copy of a bracelet I saw in a etsy shop located in Thailand and although their prices are very low I decided to try to make one myself.

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A macrame daisy bracelet.

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And this is what I ended up using the mandala from the previous post for.

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The last couple of weeks have been all about macrame, no beading at all. Unless you count the beads that go into some of these macrame pieces.

These wave bracelets were fun to make.
On the blue one I forgot to add the clasp before I started knotting so that one will be destroyed eventually. If I had remembered to do this before I ended the piece that would have been good too but as you can see I cut all the cords and now it is impossible to get a lobster clasp on the split ring. Oh well, live and learn.

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I made 2 pair of owl earrings, just for fun. I posted a picture on Instagram and one of my followers there fell in love with them, so those 2 pairs are now on their way to California. 🙂
My cousin saw them on Facebook and she also wanted them so I made 2 pair for her as well. 🙂

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I started a bracelet that didn’t really turn out the way I wanted it to, so I destroyed it and made a pair of teal owls with the scraps.

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I made a flower mandala following these instructions. This wasn’t that much fun and I don’t know what to do with it. The original plan was to make a pair of earrings but after I finished the first one I didn’t feel like making another one.

thebeadedweek2015_07eThat’s all for now.

Thanks for reading! ♥

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My macrame adventures continue this week with another bracelet from Sherri Stokey’s Leaves pattern. You can buy the tutorial here.

Again, I’m not happy with the results but I am improving. I figured out about halfway through making this bracelet that I am (as usual) using too much tension and I tie the knots too tight. I eased up a little and it immediately became a lot easier to make nice and even knots. And again, this bracelet will be free for anyone who wants it. Just contact me.
Update: Tracy got it.

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I bought a book, “Micro-Macrame 30 Beaded Designs For Jewelry Using Crystals And Cords” by Annika De Groot.
It is an ok book. Nothing mind-blowing in there but I did like this little fish pattern. I made this on in teal and I think it turned out very nice.

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thebeadedweek2015_03dI decided to make another one in light maize, but this cord was much stiffer for some reason and was very difficult to work with. It’s the same brand of cord, C-lon.
The teal fish has been sent as a thank you gift to a customer.

This bracelet is a free pattern I found here.

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I made and posted these petite glass heart earrings on Instagram last week. They are so cute and so tiny!

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I’m working on a pdf tutorial for my beaded bead and while making the tutorial I made these earrings. The tutorial is almost done, I’ll post an update about that soon.

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And finally, I made another of Sabine Lippert’s “Tips and Tops” bracelet from her new book Beadwork Evolution. The clasp is a different color, copper, but other than that it is exactly the same as the one I blogged about here.

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See you soon! ♥

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I’m back after being a bit distracted by life outside and inside my house. I travelled to Sweden for my birthday and spent 6 days with my family minus one of my sisters and my niece, I’ll catch them next time. I had a lovely time and it was a treat to finally see some snow.

While I was gone, Michael and his father painted and put in a new floor here. It is so nice to not have that old, dirty and ugly carpet anymore. I love my new floor!

So I came back to a bit of a mess and it has taken a while to get everything back in its place. And we’re not even done yet.
But my beads are back and in the last couple of weeks I have been beading and doing some macramé. And it’s the macramé I will be blogging about today.

Just before I left for Sweden I made a pair of earrings following a tutorial by Sherri Stokey. You can buy the tutorial here.
The tutorial is for a bracelet but I decided to start small and see if I could do it. Turns out I can.

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When I came home I started to make a bracelet. Turns out I can’t make that. At least I don’t think I can. I’m not happy with it at all. It was really hard to get all the diamonds the same size.
I also decided to use 6 of the delica beads instead of 7. The instructions are a bit confusing because she says to use 7 but in the pictures she’s only using 6. In the earrings I used 7 and I think that might have turned out a bit better.
Other than that the tutorial is great and I highly recommend it.

Here are the pictures of the bracelet, taken on my new floor. 🙂

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Ladder, Wrap, Repeat

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The lovely ladies over at beadshop.com have been my teachers for the last month. They have taught me how to ladder, wrap and knot. The sort of bohemian look that these techniques produce is one that I really like and one I wear myself.

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I started with a rather simple wrap bracelet that I purchased the materials for over a year ago. It has just been sitting in a drawer waiting for the mood to strike. This bracelet is actually from beadaholique.com and is designed by Andrea Morici. I love that store and their YouTube channel. I’ve learned a lot of different jewelry techniques from them.

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Stackable Ladder Bracelet

Next I tried my hand at laddering with silk wrapping. Brittany Ketcham from beadshop.com designed this bracelet. I used a triple stack of 6/0 seed beads and 2 mm leather. Learning to silk wrap was fun and it gives the jewelry a really nice look. My choice of colors gave my version of this bracelet a more masculine look.

 

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Mosaic Wrap Bracelet

Going further I tried more of the same. This time using a single 2-hole bead in a bracelet that wraps around the wrist twice. Instead of the Tila bead that Brittany Ketcham use for her project I used CzechMates Tiles and 2 mm leather. Silk wrapping in 3 different colors and wrapping the beads around the leather with C-Lon Micro cord to fit through the small holes of the tile beads.

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Bollywood Macramé Bracelet

The Bollywood Macramé Bracelet designed by Brittany Ketcham works up really fast and is very easy to make. The Chinese knotting cord I use is 1 mm which makes the bracelet take fewer beads than hers, using between 44 and 46 beads. I made 8 for a variety of color combinations. They look best stacked 4 together.

For the last project I combined what I had learned in the In the Garden 4-wrap bracelet tutorial. Again this bracelet is designed by Brittany Ketcham and I picked the Clover color scheme for my bracelet. Using green 1.5 mm leather and 3 different shades of green C-Lon cord with 8/0 seed beads and substituting the “Little shadow” bead with a 3.5 x 3 mm metal bead this project took several hours to complete. When it was I added an antique gold-plated awareness ribbon charm. I love the look of this bracelet so I am certain I will make more in different colors. ♥ IMG_2198

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