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I purchased a macrame tutorial by Sherri Stokey on CraftArtEdu.com. It is a video tutorial of her Falling Leaves design.

I made a red and green bracelet for myself to wear at Christmas and then I made a teal and gold version that turned out a little bit short, I should have made 1 more leaf.

 

Just before the new year I decided to learn how to knit, so I got some very cheap needles and yarn and turned to Youtube for teachers.

There’s A LOT of tutorials out there but I started with HappyBerry Knitting because she’s also my crochet teacher on her crochet channel, HappyBerry Crochet.

However, I found it awkward to hold the yarn in my right hand so I searched for tutorials on how to knit holding the yarn in the left hand. This video here helped but I also found some helpful tutorials in Swedish.

I used one ball of bulky yarn to learn the knit stitch and it was pretty easy.  I made a few mistakes of course but it was fun so I think I will try to learn some more stitches. 🙂

 

 

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year! ♥

 

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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! ♥

The Beaded Week 45

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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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