Monday, 13 June 2011

Bead by Bead (Post 45)

A busy week, getting to grips with new beading techniques.  Still doing the nuggetty necklace and an interesting beaded brooch.  But, I digress ...
Finally gathered together everything needed for another tutorial by the Designer Liz Reed of The Crimson Moon.  In fact, I'm proud to say that this is actually my first bead embroidery -as it involves stitching to fabric.

Thanks Liz ... love your tutorials!
Liz's tutorials are in her Etsy Store, I bought this some time ago, with an idea of what I wanted to do. 

The great thing about Liz's tutorials are that they are excellent for giving a 'grounding' in techniques, which you can then build on to create your own designs.  From this tutorial alone I now know how to use brick stitch to create petals, how to work beading onto fabric, do embroidery backstitch and so much more. 

This tutorial is based on you using your own cabachon - or bead or button: the choice is yours.  I love the goddess that's pictured here.  As yet, my polymer skills do not lend themselves to produce such beauties.  I had other ideas ...

Have You Guessed Yet?

This glass bead and the little beads with it reminds me of the sun.  So I thought that as I didn't have a 'goddess' to use that I would create a lovely bright sun with rays dancing out of the edges.  (OK, that was the idea, anyway).

Oops, did the tutorials really say use an 18 mm cabachone?  Well ... its a little larger at 35+ mm.  Did I ever tell you my sense of measurement is poor.  Me, I still think in feet and inches!!

Not to be put off, I thought - the technique is the same, just means I 'll use a few more beads etc.

Not to be deterred, now I'd got this far I ploughed on.  The only setback being 'my being left-handed'.  It wasn't really a problem, and I soon settled in.  It was quite therapeutic.

Sunshine or Sunflower?

I haven't decided yet, whether this will be a brooch or maybe a 'quite mad' necklace.  I'm really pleased with the results though.

I've started another project incorporating some of these techniques, but have another stitch which I think will look fab - a sort of loopy type stitch.  Maybe next time?

Hello and Welcome to: Karen of Kazies Magical Designs

Kazie has some beautiful encaustic art and other 'one of a kind' items; and joins my other virtual friends in producing some amazing work.  Take a peek for yourselves.

And finally, its  Handmade Monday No. 20 today.  Pop over and see what everybody has been up to.

Got 'beading' to catch up with, so until next time ...

'Keep Watching - and, I'll Keep Blogging'



  1. I can't seem to do much in the way of beading, my fingers don't work that well anymore, but I love looking at other people's stuff. Very nice!

  2. That looks really fiddley but it's definately worth it - what a pretty flower! x

  3. It would be equally fab as a brooch or a "quite mad" necklace! Very sunny :-)

    Thanks for taking part in HM x

  4. Fantastic work as always and I initially thought 'flower'...looking forward to seeing your loopy type stitch.


  5. It's always good when you try something new, if we don't try then we'll never know! Also the sense of achievement is good for the soul.

    I still 'do' feet and inches too, I still have to get a tape out to check the "other" way :o)

    Jan x

  6. I love learning new techniques... although I am usually in shock when it resembles the original item! Your flower looks fabulous and you have learnt so much that you can transfer to other projects, congrats!

  7. Thanks everybody. I really want to race on and do 'snazzy' things, BUT I'm taking a slower pace to learn the techniques which will lead on to lots of exciting projects, I'm sure.

  8. This looks so intricate great to try something new isn't it. Flowers look lovely

  9. I agree would be brilliant as a brooch, beautiful

  10. Thanks Caroline and Carolee, its fiddly to start but like most things once you get into the pattern it just falls into place.

  11. Would make a great brooch, it does look really fiddly though. Well done for giving it a go you did a great job.

  12. Thanks Maria, it makes me want to do more beadwork, luckily I had a couple of books for my birthday, so loads of ideas to work on.

  13. Hey there my friend, I admire that you are always trying somethng new. Your work is lovely and the beading is spot on. Gorgeous.

  14. Ah, thanks Debbie ... nice of you to pay a visit. I'm really enjoying beadworking - even though there are probably more on the floor than in the projects! lol


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