Monday, 19 March 2012

Meandering through March (Post 70)

I was gently 'prodded' today with the fact that there seems to be a shortage of updates from me lately.  (I knew this was the case).  So, time to rectify the shortfalls!

Did you guess what it was?

Some offerings were, Lipstick Holder, Pill Pot ... no - its actually a Needle Case. I currently tend to dot my needles around my beading mat, quite a work of art mind with their twists and turns.  Then I came across a cute little Needle Case holder on R B Beads and decided I just had to make one. Rachel, owner of R B Beads, runs regular workshops and has a great tutorial for this.  Not sure whether its available to buy on her site yet, but I'm sure she'll let you know when it is.

The needle case is wooden with a separate lid.

It was created using circular peyote, and a strip connects the lid so you don't lose it - how neat is that!  A great tutorial.

As always, its the technique which is good to know as you can then adapt it to your own designs.  Maybe do a plain one or embellish it with crystals - possibilities are endless!

You will see some amazing beaded vessels by visiting Eva Maria Keiser. Eva is an amazing artist who I admire greatly.

Ahem ... I have a long way to go to achieve such beautiful works of art; but that said, I am still proud of my 1st Beaded vessel - my wooden needle case.

Earring Beadalong
Have I got away with it, or did you realise I'm behind on my earring self-imposed challenge?  OK, I confess we are now into Week 12 and my last viewing was Week 7 - I know, I know ... but its not something I wanted to focus on.  Good news though ....

Bead Hoop Earring Tutorial
Crystal Star Gems and Jewellery
Week 8 Earrings
These earrings are made using circular peyote stitch using grey Size 11/0 and 15/0 beads and purple crystal bicones.

The tutorial is free until the end of March,  and is designed by Tracey Crystal Gwilliams.  I believe you may need to 'Like' her Facebook to access or possibly join ... not sure, take a peek.

I'll also be entering these into the OTTBS March Challenge, whose theme is something Grey/Purple with a Crystal twist.  These meet those requirements.  Great prize this month, Rachel is sponsoring this event and I know its going to be such a popular event.  Have a wander around at all the other entries ... there are so many outstanding projects.

I will be entering another item but I want to 'get into it' before letting on what it is.

Week 9 Earrings
Russian Leaves - peyote stitch Size 15/0 beads - silver/black.

Picture not as bright as it should be ... still banned from using 'The' camera!

So, I'm not as far behind as I was but STILL 3 pairs to do to bring me up to date.

Hello and Welcome ...
I'd like to say hello to two new Friends:

Ironwind - aka Lena
Lena creates a variety of craftwork some of which are: Needlework, Knitting and Crochet - including crochet jewellery.  

Lena is blogs in Russian but there is a translator on the page so you can also view in English or whatever your preferred language is.  

Haptree - aka Hillary
Hillary runs a Craft Blog Site supporting crafters, sharing hints and tips, reviewing books and a multitude of other helpful tasks.  

Before I go, I almost forgot - have a browse over at Wendy's Handmade Monday to see what all my other friends have been up to.  I've actually made it in time today ... I do lapse from time to time but like to pop across anyway to see what's new.  You can be sure to see some great talent!

As you know, I don't like long blogs, so this is where I close for now but not for long.  I'm reluctant to say when, but aim to post again this week. Very last thing ... I have added a Email for update, for those of you who would like to be kept updated on when I DO update my blog.  I have to admit I'm not sure how this works, so be patient with me - or, if you use it maybe you could let me know your views.

'Keep Watching, and I'll Keep Blogging'



  1. Wow Charters - your bead work is absolutely gorgeous. I am just so envious! Love the little needle holder too. (Thanks for your visit to my blog) Mich:)

  2. I was missing you too. Love those earings. Your needlecase looks complicated, great projects. xx

  3. Your beadwork is stunning. I love the needlecase!

  4. I love the needle holders, made one for my sister years ago and this has made me want one for me, so pretty. Love the earrings

  5. What a great blog post - really enjoyed reading about your makes. The needle case is lovely - great colours. Hope you have a good week.

  6. Thanks to: mcrafts, Sherryn, Wendy, Caroline and Christmas Pie Crafts.

    The needle case holder seems very popular. I hope you popped across to see the Eva's blog - this shows the sort of beadwork that can be done with Vessels. I'd love to Bead a bottle or something - that's what is so exciting with bead weaving there are 'endless' opportunities to express yourself.

    (Sherryn ... sure you owe me an email xx).

  7. I love the needle case and if it was a lipstick holder I'd definitely be having one!

  8. Thanks Monica, a lipstick holder is another project perhaps for another day - good idea though!

  9. Wow, your work is lovely. Looks like a bit of a dark art to me!

  10. Would hsve guessed it as being a thermos flask cover so got it totally wrong!! Great earings. I do love long dangly ones. hugs Mrs A.

  11. Thanks Mrs A. Nice to hear from you.

  12. You have been busy!!! Have a good week-end.
    Jo x

  13. Oh I really love your needle case I have been using a tulip needle container to store mine. Maybe when I get a chance I will make one for myself! All your earrings are soo awesome! When I get a chance I totally plan to look back on your blog!

  14. Thanks Jo and Kristen - I've been very busy lately but not updated blog. Time to do that now, whilst I think about it.


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