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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tubular even count peyote, ready to cry :-((( on: May 23, 2010 05:31:32 PM
Thanks for the link! I appreciate it!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded Keyrings on: March 26, 2010 05:11:43 PM

I got them from the lady who runs a beading group i go to, i'm looking at the minute to find more on the internet, if i find anywhere i'll post a link here


Just wondering if those brass fittings were a bullet keychain? Or was it a separate top and bottom? Am looking all over google and I found some tops that look like that but not the bottom part...

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tubular even count peyote, ready to cry :-((( on: March 23, 2010 11:37:14 AM
Hi All,

I would post a picture, but I ripped it out :-(  It was only practice and I got frustrated. I tried two samples, one with size 11 delicas, and one with size 11 seed beads. I am using Nymo and a size 11 beading needle.

The first time it was not loose. I  threaded on 24 size 11 seed beads and it looked great, except I messed up the stepup and everything looked too even, so I ripped it out.

Second time I did the Full Circle method, with the # of beads divisible by 6, and then removed 1/3 of the beads as a reminder of when I was coming to the rows end. That's how they teach it. That is when it looked really loose...

I'll keep trying...thanks all!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Tubular even count peyote, ready to cry :-((( on: March 23, 2010 12:49:15 AM
Hi all!

I am so embarrassed. I have watched countless hours of tutorial videos on tubular peyote. Still, it is not clicking. My work is loose, and I can see the thread, yet I so carefully measure the number of beads to go around the dowel (I want to make beaded keychains).

Any hints or tips?

I work from top to bottom. Stepping down is very scary and I am sure I am messing it up, but my beadwork is so sparse and loose, I can't even tell.

The video I learned from (called Full Circle), teaches to have the number divisible by 6, and when you calculate that number, to remove 1/3 of the beads and loop the rest around the object. Other folks use 3, yet other things I've seen say as long as the amount of beads are even. Does it matter and do you need to follow a different method depending on what count you choose?

The first time I tried it, I tried it with all the beads on the object the first round, instead of removing 1/3 like Full Circle suggests. Yet I could not step down, everything was even and no new rows were forming.

Any help is appreciated. And if anyone is particularly good at this, and wants to do a video for me, I am happy to pay via PayPal or a donate link.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Tips or tutorials on how to string a bead loom? on: January 10, 2010 05:49:46 PM
Hello All,

I just got my first bead loom, but am having trouble getting started as I can't seem to figure out how to string it. I bought mine and it has eye hooks every few inches to anchor the threads. I can't seem to figure out to start stringing from the end, from the center, or where? And I can't figure out to cut the thread while I am stringing or keep it on the spool  Undecided

Winding the thread (I am using Nymo) around the entire loom seems like a real waste of product, but I thought I recalled the guy who made it for me told me to do that.

So I am really lost  Embarrassed

I can't find any really good video tutorials on YouTube or Google that match the kind of 12" wide wooden loom that I have so I would appreciate any ideas...

Thanks so much Smiley
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best sewing machine for suede and leather? on: April 06, 2009 08:54:41 AM
Hi and thanks so much!!!

I am intending on sewing leather for clothing, purses, handbags, etc and suede for the same purpose. Not sure if that is considered clothing weight or not...? Space is not too much of an issue but budget is about $250.00 or under...not sure if that is a dream or not, as I've never owned a sewing machine before  Smiley

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Best sewing machine for suede and leather? on: April 05, 2009 05:53:49 PM

What would be the best choice for sewing suede and leather? Also, what needles do you recommend? Budget is of course the utmost consideration...

Thanks! Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One hour hat! on: January 04, 2005 01:09:25 PM
i actually like your hat better, IMHO. i prefer hats that are knit in the round andi think yours looks great and the colors are lovely!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitted shawl collalrs? on: December 22, 2004 02:18:55 PM
does anyone know how to use the percentage system (Elizabeth Zimmermans) to figure out how many stitches to pick up to knit a shawl collar onto a sweater. I have searched and searched, posted on knitty.com, and still nothing....i found directions on how to make a shawl collar, but none on how to figure out how many sts to pick up. i am designing my first sweater and want that type of neckline...thanks

grateful me :-)
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One hour hat! on: December 16, 2004 11:22:55 AM
i made this hat with what i had on hand....size 10.5 needles and 3 strands of plymouth encore worsted held together....it came out pixie size and i learned my first gauge lesson!!

but reading all these positive remarks i may just have to try it again  Smiley  did all of you use straights or circs? the one thing i didn't like was that the hat is seamed in the back...
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