Wednesday, July 26, 2006

earrings, bracelet and necklace

This was a good learning experience for me. The beads are shaped round like pearls. First I used square stitch for the bracelet but was not pleased. Then I backstitched the small silver beads for embellishment. Next the necklace based on cross weaving using a metal instead of needle and thread. The earrings are done the same way.

Spiral herringbone earrings

This makes a set with the bracelet although I used smaller Japanese beads.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Spiral herringbone bracelet

I enjoyed doing this bracelet and also like wearing it. The beads are too large for earrings though. Beading is great during wars especially if it's not too difficult. I had to rip out half of an aran that I had already made before because I was watching the tv news and just couldn't concentrate.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Taylor and amulet bags

I'm working my way slowly through Enid Taylor's great book on making amulet bags.I made one in reds and it was promptly grabbed by a woman who insisted it was hers! This is the second one. Both were in brick stitch but next I want to do peyote stitch bags as they're faster. I also used her earring pattern which goes with this bag nicely.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Diaange raglan

Another fast raglan using yarn bought in Tokyo. This is Diakeito yarn called Diaange and it took 9 -40 gram balls. It's 90% wool and perhaps something like alpaca or whatever. It's very light to wear but also warm. I paid $60 two years ago for the yarn with one ball remaining. My first impression of the yarn was not good as I could see a core with yarns coming from that but I think it was only when the red colors were being used. After a while I decided I liked it anyway but I wouldn't buy it again.
The yarn works up nicely as a raglan with self striping. I'm standing in my new kitchen.