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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / What is the Best Stretch Cord for Stone Beads? on: January 27, 2016 03:49:19 PM
A friend of mine is getting into beading.  He wants to make bracelets and necklaces with some really nice stone beads (round 8-10mm sized). Basically he is stringing his own Joppa Malas and wrist Malas.

The catch: he wants to do it with a good high quality stretch cord material that will hold up to some wear.  Nothing too rough, these are for adults.  But the beads have some good heft, no plastic or wood here.

Which type do you reccommend?  I have seen some made with a thin type of something strung through multiple times and tied off.  That would be optimal.  I just don't know what it is. 

Thanks for the help!  I mainly do stuff with seed beads and nothing that stretches, so it's new territory!

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Acrylic Waffle Weave/Thermal fabric. Where is it? on: June 30, 2014 11:10:11 AM
Anyone have an idea of where I can order some acrylic, not cotton, thermal fabric?  Also known as waffle weave of waffle knit?  

I'd really like some in a light aqua.  Smiley
The kind JE Morgan Mills used to produce.  You can see the picture in a link here.

JE Morgan went out some years ago.  I can find some similar fabric and blankets but not the right color.  And the vintage ones are going for nutty prices on eBay.  

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / The Most Amazing Beaded Thing Ever on: April 17, 2014 09:15:32 PM

I shed to share this article!  I can't believe they beaded an entire Volkswagen bug, plus the spiritual meaning in the designs is breathtaking.  Smiley

I figured other beaders here would love to see this.
4  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!
5  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? 
6  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?

7  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!
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Angora Rabbit Carding or Not? on: February 14, 2014 10:55:06 AM
To card or not to card, that is the question.

I have gotten both answers from local folks when it comes to it.  One lady swears NOT to do it, another insists it it is a must.  
The fiber I have handy is 2 inches or so with some decent chunks.  It came from two German Angora rabbits - the kind you sheer for fur.  (Unlike English and French varieties) it is really clean too.  

I nearly think I need to card, since I also want to add in fluff from my regular fur- type rabbits for the yarn.  

Any thoughts from experienced spinners?  I have a drop spindle I am working with now.  Keeping eyes open for a wheel eventually!  
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Suncatchers Up The Wazoo! on: February 14, 2014 10:33:52 AM

So I went a little crazy after I learned how to make them...   It was Christmas and I have a few birthdays early on in the year. 
That is a sample of all of them.  I am still learning to use a new to me app on the iPad to do collages, so bear with me on that one.    Grin

This is the first one I ever worked on.  It turned into an ocean/ fish type theme.  I used the coraling technique in the dangles to make coral strands and bubbles near the circle.  It also has little fish beads at the base of the dangles and in the center.  I kept this one, since he moral of this story is: coraling can be a huge PITA, but looks super cool!

Like the beaded boxes last year, Mom and my friend, Betty both got something purple for their February birthdays. 

Christmas gift for another friend who likes red.  I worked some crystal beads into the spiral.  She loves red, and I like the way it looks like a peppermint candy!

A woodland green catcher with bear bead.  For my friend's nephew's January birthday.  He loves bears and green.  He thought it was neat!

Another that ended up being a New Years more than Christmas gift to a friend of mine.  Firework themed with little stars cascading down. 

They are tons of fun to make, and these made awesome gifts.  It is nice to have a quick project to get creative with that turns out well. 
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Star Sphere on: February 13, 2014 12:10:33 PM
I've been a busy beader for a while.  

I obsessed over Judy Walker's book The Beaded Sphere And Variations for a could of years since I picked it up.  I finally psyched myself up enough to try one of her patterns. They are easier than I thought and lots of fun!  

A jar of raspberry jam from the end of the summer for size comparison.  

Twenty hexagons, and twelve pentagons make up all of the faces.

The book is super fabulous, especially if you are any sort of geometry or math geek!  But easy enough for those of us who aren't into higher math too.

Thor modeling the sphere.  He wasn't as fascinated by it as I had hoped either...

It is all size 11 Delicas, simalide thread.  No wire.  I have another pattern I am working on before jumping into trying some of my own 3d shapes!

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