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1  Re: Jewel-toned Freeform Necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by Carlafibers on: June 03, 2012 05:38:02 PM
Thank you for your comments.  This is freeform beading, mostly peyote, ladder stitch and perhaps a few other stitches thrown in for good measure.  The strap is cellini or circular peyote. 

I work it in my hand using fireline and a beading needle.  I gathered some of my bead stash and made some "bead soups" of like minded colored beads.  Here is a visual:

Here is a another visual of a freeform bracelet:

If you are curious about how to do your own freeform beading, here is a free tutorial link:  http://featheredfibers.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/freeform-beading-tutorial/
  Have fun!   Carla
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2  Jewel-toned Freeform Necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by Carlafibers on: June 02, 2012 06:16:41 PM
Hello, I love doing freeform beading, and this latest one was custom made for someone.

I am currently making a bracelet to match.   

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3  Pendant in Beads: Completed Projects by Carlafibers on: November 25, 2011 02:06:50 PM
Here is a freeform pendant I made for myself to wear this winter.  I still have to create the neck strap, but thought I would show you the focal point pendant:

By the way, the technique is "freeform," meaning you are not following any pattern.  I like to just start somewhere, then keep adding until it feel right- or feels done.  I also create freeform using yarn, here is an example of a scarf chosen as a Featured Project. (Just scroll down until you see a salmon/green scarf)
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4  Freeform Beaded Necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by Carlafibers on: November 11, 2011 09:44:59 AM
Hello, I thought I would share my freeform beaded necklace.  My inspiration was a challenge to make a wedding jewelry piece.  I love to work freeform style, and concentrate on creating texture and interest within the piece.  Any other freeform beaders here?

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5  Bedside Pocket Organizer in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Carlafibers on: December 29, 2010 02:47:02 PM
Today, I had an extra hour, so I made myself a bedside pocket organizer for the side of my bed.  I used fabric on hand, some nice thick flannel.  Here is a picture:

I did write a tutorial for this, I placed it on my blog for those interested.  It is very easy to make- even for beginners.  Here is a picture of the organizer before I placed it between my mattress and boxsprings:

I love making functional items!  Happy New Year, Carla
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6  Wavy Peyote Bracelet in Beads: Completed Projects by Carlafibers on: December 26, 2010 07:36:40 PM
Here is another easy bracelet to share- this only requires the peyote stitch using a variety of sized beads to create the wavy shape.  I decided to make my bracelet monochromatic with an antique button closure:
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7  Selvage Quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by Carlafibers on: February 02, 2010 11:36:08 AM
Here is proof that I do not throw anything away!!

I finally finished quilting my black selvage quilt and decided to make a red zinger one. The red zinger looks like this:

 Here is the quilted one next:
and a close-up of the border:

By the way, I found a tutorial for making the red - or any other color- zinger on this site on Karen Griska's blog http://selvageblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/how-to-make-red-zinger.html
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8  Fiber/Beaded Necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by Carlafibers on: December 30, 2009 07:26:42 PM
I combined fabric, yarn, and beads to make this necklace.  I wore it the other day and received lots of complements.  It was very easy to make as well.

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9  Re: Sock Monkey Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Carlafibers on: May 06, 2009 08:37:46 PM
Did you do this on a sewing machine - you said a pattern board - so that's on a longarm/quilt frame, right?
what is a pattern board?

This is a cool tool if you have a stand up quilting system of any type, even the ones where you set your sewing machines on the frame.  You hook up a stylus to your machine back wheels and the stylus fits snugly into the pattern board.  Let me search for a picture to help explain it. 

Ok, here is a picture of a Handiquilter set up, which is a midarm machine showing the stylus and the pattern board:

So basically this helps the quilter in situations where they need to be more exacting.  It is also fast and easy.  Does that help?  Thank you for your nice comments, btw.
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10  Sock Monkey Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Carlafibers on: May 06, 2009 08:01:21 AM
I stood over my sister (who doesn't quilt) while she sewed this together.  I just quilted it recently and  I know she is giving it away to friend who had a baby.

For all the machine quilters out there, I use quilter's dream select batting, Superior So-Fine Thread, and the spirals looks nice and even thanks to my pattern board.  Freehand fill in between.  All in all, a happy quilt!  Take care, Carla
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