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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Double Bubbles on: April 09, 2014 12:31:19 AM
Thanks so much! 
I cheated on these, I finally tried using a short needle to connect all of the faces.  It worked great once I realized it was short and stopped stabbing my fingers with it.  Cheesy 
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Double Bubbles on: April 08, 2014 11:06:08 AM
It seemed to go really quickly since I had the mirror pattern.  It gets tedious to me when I have to do the same one a million times but this broke up the monotony. 
I think it took a couple of weeks working a few hours each night.  This was actually more fun than the star sphere I did before since I had two types to make. 

Credit for the reverse colors goes to the pattern book, their original was a solid black and solid gold meant to be Egyptian themed.  I liked the lapis color with the shiny gold, since it looked more thematic to me.  Cheesy
Then someone pointed out it is blue and gold, UAF colors, and I was sort of less than enthused.  At least my colors are shiny.
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Rainbow Creators! on: April 08, 2014 10:49:17 AM
After pulling my head out of 3d beading land, I realized I needed to make something for a couple of friends birthdays.  
No rest for the wicked busy.

So I decided to make some crystal window dangles.   Both friends have dogs, and I wanted to entertain the pets too.

Here is a new one I just made for another April birthday:

Sam loves red, and has a window full of prisms, so I know she will adore it.  There it is I. The box for gifting.

And the full length

Kat is a really neat lady, she helps a lot of other people and has one of those brilliantly colorful personalities.  She got some extra colored beads for her hanger.  She also has a sun room with very tall windows, so it will fit nicely.

This picture came out a little darker.  It's hard to photograph crystals.  

Bianca raises rabbits, so she has rabbits included in her hanger.  

I ran the line through a few times and added other seed beads to give it texture on the dangly part.

Those were fun.  I have one more to go before my trip too.  Whew.  No more travel in April for me,  too many deadlines!
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Double Bubbles on: April 08, 2014 10:26:24 AM
Some time ago I finished this project, but didn't get around to post pictures.   

I made a set of conjoined orbs! 

It was really neat, as you actually bead both around each other as you go. 

They aren't huge either....  The single serving oatmeal cup was the best thing I had for scale.  Don't mind the stovetop.  It's the only decent place to take pictures in my house. 

This is all peyote stitch with thread.  No wire. 

This was another pattern from The Beaded Sphere.  I did swap the colors though.  The blue is lighter with a more translucent look- a lapis shade, with a shiny gold.  Awesome book, the technique is well worth learning! 

I'm trying something totally off the grid as my next major one.  Kepler polyhedrons, anyone? 
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: making resin dull on: March 27, 2014 10:50:34 PM
Could you lightly and gently scratch the surface with some abrasive cloth?  Like one of those rock cloth things?  You would have to be really gentle so the face doesn't get ruined, but it is a thought. 
Or maybe get some soft beach sand in a small container and lightly swirl each face in it a bit until it scuffs up the shine?
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Turtle cross stitch on: March 24, 2014 03:24:33 AM
Great turtle!  I love your colors and the stylized design!
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Needlepoint yarn recommendations on: March 10, 2014 06:48:09 PM
Actually the store my Mom visited does do online ordering. 
They don't have a huge webpage, but I think if you email them asking about the pattern they will do an online order somehow. 
She visited Grace Robinson in Freeport, ME.  Their webpage is : 

Annnnd if you prefer a regular piece rather than the brick, they do have both a lobster and a crab on the tablecloth background...  Plus so many more neat things.  Also, I think NeedleCrossings has a retailer list too on their webpage.  If you get one, let me know which!  (And what type of yarn or thread or whatever you use.  I'm still trying to figure out if I can get away with pearl cotton or not since it's about the only thing I can get in town for needle point.)
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Needlepoint yarn recommendations on: March 09, 2014 11:22:21 PM
I feel kind of stupid asking, as I mostly do cross stitch and every other needlepoint I have done has been part of a kit (commercial or put together by a friend).

My mom sent me some absolutely gorgeous canvasses, by Needle Crossings.  However they don't come with any recommendations of what to stitch them with...  Brands, even types of yarn or pearl cotton to stitch them with.  So obviously I have no color guide other than the colors on the canvasses. 
I don't have any decent needlework store locally.  Only a Joann's and michaels.   Angry
So I  don't even know where to start if I were to order online, since colors can be so different in photos. 

I love the pictures, and want to do the projects for the fair over the next couple of years.  I'm just bummed getting fiber to stitch with will obviously be obnoxious.  The Needle Crossings artist doesn't actually stitch, she only creates them, so she didn't have color recommendations.  The store they came from told me to look on their webpage, but it only lists brands of yarn.  So again, I'm kind of stuck with not having any in person to actually see colors...  Frick. 

I'm close to just beading them with the correct colors of beads on corresponding DMC floss strands.  I have those on hand! 

Here are links to the pieces I have:

They are gorgeous, and I really want to do the lobster brick doorstop in particular!  But holy crap, how do I get colors and what type of stitching stuff?

29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Am I doing something wrong?! on: March 07, 2014 12:00:20 PM
Contact the company, maybe you were accidentally shorted?

I had the wrong color supplied in a needlepoint kit, a pink rather than a light green, the company was awesome and mailed me off the correct color right away - from Sweden none the less! 

30  UNITED STATES / Missouri / Visiting Missouri, good places to shop? on: March 04, 2014 11:36:01 PM
Hi craftsters!

My boyfriend and I are working on a trip to Missouri to visit his relatives.  We are either flying in to St. Louis or Kansas City, family lives kind of in between both spots, and will have a car, so we can tour around a bit.  

Does anyone know of any good craft stuff stores?  
I'm really into beads, needlework, a bit of quilting, fur and leather stitching too.  And rug hooking!  (I love Native arts and crafts to look at too!  The type of natural styles with rocks, hides, bones, etc is fun to work with too.). He is into leather working.  

Basically the only thing I am not really into at all is scrap booking.  

Please let me know so I can come up with ideas of places to visit while down there.  We Alaskans don't tend to get out often, so it's awesome and exciting for us!
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