4/30/07

New Technique


While I was teaching a class in herringbone this weekend, I also traded techniques with another teacher. She didn't know how to do herringbone and I didn't know how to do this neat tubular stitch. She calls it netted crystals and it uses 4mm crystals (swarovski or fire polished), delicas, and 15's...makes a very flexible and sinuous tube that can be a necklace, bracelet or earrings (short tube)....this one is fire polished....I may spring for swarovski crystals for the next one.

9 comments:

Beadin' Gram said...

This is a lovely piece -- I wish I were in OR so I could take a class from you --- you have some fantastic class items coming up.

janet said...

Gorgeous! Do you sell your items? I am looking for a simple braclet to give to my sister and one just like it for myself. A woman at the garden party I was at yesterday had one with silver beads between colorful ones that I liked. I should have taken a photo of it. I'm sure it would be a piece of cake for you.

beadbabe49 said...

I wish you were too, bg! It would be fun!

hi, janet...yes, I do sell my work...mostly through local galleries but I do the occasional commission piece. Why don't you email me with the description of the bracelet you liked (or ask the gal who was wearing it if she'd take a quick photo or scan of it) and I could tell you if I can make it and what it would cost....

Intergalactic Stacey said...

I can't even imagine the hard work that must go in to these projects. Beads are so tiny and that must require patience and steady hands.

When I was younger I used to make friendship bracelets. The only other thing I made regularly after that were dreamcatchers. I've forgotten how to make the bracelets but I could probably pull off another dreamcatcher.

I like your new pieces, especially the guardian mask. I like pieces with spiritual elements.

beadbabe49 said...

thanks, stacey...I've never done dream catchers...they look like fun.

LJ said...

Yowza! That was a worthwhile class. What a gorgeous stitch!

beadbabe49 said...

It was quick to learn, lj!

Jewels said...

K. Not trying to be sneaky here, but I was trying to figure out the 'tube'. ;) Do you start with the crystals, and then do a lattice weave with the 15/0s? (I noticed you're using 11's or 10's as the connector in the netting as well, I like that look)
So pretty, lovely rope, and the color choices are great, you've got the makings of a great warm-weather piece there.

beadbabe49 said...

hi jewels! I don't know the lattice weave...the gal who taught me this just called it netting. It looks like the technique is similar to the larger beaded bead on your april 17 blog, but with 4mm crystals and 14 seed beads for the netting with delicas for the connection points.