Tuesday, May 26, 2009

RAW earrings with and without clips

I made these earrings twice once for me and the second time for my first customer! Only she has no holes in her ears and wears clips or clippsim as it's called here. So I went out and bought some and saw I needed to glue something to the ugly empty spot in the front of the clips. I bought some cheap plastic flatbacks, some glue appropriate for them and to my surprise something like a q-tip but instead of cotton it has wax and this just adheres to the bead and you can easily put it in place. In fact much easier than using what we call a pincetta. Sorry, my English is going here. It was recommended to me along with the glue by the saleslady.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Peyote design from Yanti in Jakarta

Yanti is my student in Jakarta a nd when I returned on my last trip I was amazed to see her lovely peyote even count bracelet using beads I had sent her with my son. I recreated it here. Yanti is now one of maybe none who bead this way in Jakarta and I'm very proud of her. She is now probably creating something in RAW.

Rivero's Beaded bracelet IV

Mostly easy but I learned some good things too. Book recommended.

crocheted blankie shell stitch

After struggling for a few days trying to remember where I found this pattern it finally came to me. It's in the VK crocheted baby blankets book on p. 60. The pattern includes an animal head but since this is a lapghan for an adult I don't need that and also I wouldn't give a 100% wool blankie to a newborn. I like it so much that I dug into my stash collection and came up with another Te Awa yarn from Australia. I have several of them actually. I'm using a 5.00 hook and after going through my hook collection I found that a plain simple aluminum one with no name of the brand works the best on this one. I do love my Phildar hook too but it's quite heavy at this size and the American Boye is not as slidey as I like either. The pattern is very easy but I haven't found it in any of my stitch crochet books yet. It mainly uses sc, hdc and dc to make a sort of shell which then on the second row heads in the other direction. But except for the beg row, everything else is the same as row 2 which makes it delightfully easy and quick to make.