This week is a necklace I made for my mum for her birthday. It’s a Cellini Spiral, and I’m absolutely in love with it. I think one of the things I love most about this necklace is that it looks very complicated, but in fact it’s a very simple stitch performed over and over.
It’s just a circular peyote stitch worked using different sized beads.
There are quite a few tutorials on You Tube for this type of bead work so if you’re interested in learning, you should check some of them out!
One of the best things about this stitch is that you can use pretty much any beads you like. Provided you have some small beads and some larger ones, you’re going to get the cool spiral effect.
The beads I used:
Size 15 black seed beads
Size 11 silver Delica beads
Size 11 red Mill Hill beads
Size 10 black triangle seed beads
Size 8 frosted red seed beads
It takes a long time to stitch – I think this represents about 12 hours of work. I really hope my mum likes it!
Have a great week!
This week is a Tiny Treasured Diamond by Mill Hill. It’s supposed to be used as a Christmas tree decoration but I think it will actually be lovely attached to the end of a pair of embroidery scissors to be used as a pin cushion.
The kit instructions were very easy to follow and there were plenty of beads and thread leftover, so if you make a mistake – never fear!
I actually ended up using the leftover thread as part of the stuffing. I didn’t have any poly fill in my stash and I’m still doing my best to stick to my challenge and not buy any new craft items. I ended up raiding my scrap thread bag and pulling out any tiny pieces. It was more than enough to fill the little diamond.
As much as I like stitching on aida, I love stitching on evenweave! I think the finished product looks so much finer. Plus you can do Hardanger embroidery on evenweave and I think it’s so beautiful.
I wish I could link to the shop that I bought this from, but, as I mentioned in my very first post the shop closed down. Shows how long I’ve had this kit sitting in my house though – eek!
Have a terrific week!
This week is something that I actually worked on for a few weeks – this wasn’t an overnight job, trust me!
The design for this beautiful necklace came from this issue of Beadwork magazine. I own it as a hard copy and I seriously can’t recommend it highly enough. The designs in it are absolutely beautiful.
Work in progress
This was certainly not the easiest necklace I’ve ever stitched, but like most bead weaving, it relies on making lots of simple smaller components which get added together to make the final stunning piece.
The first step was to bezel each of the glass pearls, then each wave is stitched as two separate pieces which are connected together in the middle. Sounds simple right? Each full wave took me approximately 45 minutes to create, and I was doing it during my daughter’s nap times. Sometimes the naps did not last 45 minutes……sigh!
Still in progress…….
It’s lovely to wear and suits my neck just fine, but I think if I was making this for someone else I’d add 2 more waves just to make sure it would fit them.
Close-up of the waves
Close-up of the bezel
Have a terrific week!
This week is a little bit of a blast from the past. I made this bracelet over 2 years ago after being inspired by this amazing book from Diane Fitzgerald.
I made it using Mill Hill seed beads and Fireline thread. The idea was to have a bracelet that I could wear with a bunch of my green tops and dresses.
It was all going according to plan until the day I sprayed perfume on my wrists and then put the bracelet on……some of the beads turned yellow!!
The clasp is a simple slider. It’s not as pretty as some of the other clasps out there, but it does the job. Plus it’s magnetic so it’s very sturdy.
Have a great week!
This week I’ve been working on this earring and pendant set. These were created using size 11 delicas (for the main part of the leaf) and size 15 seed beads (for the edges). I really like the effect they give.
I’m actually thinking I might sell these little guys….maybe on Etsy. I don’t know, I’ve never sold anything I’ve made before, but I’m really happy with these. I just hope someone else out these likes them as much as I do!
Have a wonderful week.
Much love, Weezie
This week is a bracelet made from a pattern I bought from a company called the Bead Shack who had a stand at the craft fair. I only bought the pattern (rather than the whole kit) because I have loads of beads in my stash that I could use.
The pattern was very easy to follow and all of the steps were well outlined. I’d never attempted herringbone stitch before, so this was a new thing for me! It worked up very quickly and I’d finished the bracelet in 2 days.
- Black Delicas – size 11
- Denim blue Delicas – size 11
- Black seed beads – size 15 (for the edges)
- Blue glass beads – size 3mm
As mentioned, this was (surprisingly) simple to make, I think having the large 3mm bead in the centre helps to work the bracelet up quickly. I’d love to make another, much longer version and turn it into a belt…..one day!