Friday, August 25, 2006

I finished the Ondori ring and matching loop de loop bracelet.

They turned out really nice. I am leaving on vacation tomorrow and won't be back until September 5, so there will be no updates. When I get back, I have the ribbon bracelet to do before I dive headfirst into my late summer sewing projects. I spent all last Sunday cutting out all my patterns.

Hope everyone has a really great Labor Day and I will see you next month!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Hi everyone-
I just wanted to thank a couple of people for commenting on my blog and off my blog (they have sent me e-mails): Matt, Mom, Jan, and Cheryl! Thanks for stopping by!

Virtual Googie

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Eeek! I just wrote a lengthy blog entry and lost it! My new mantra is "Must Save As Draft," "Must Save As Draft."

Anyhow, I wanted to share with you my in-progress photos of the bracelet I am making.

As you can see, the bracelet is being worked on a simple bead loom in beige, off-white, and gold E beads make the base layer.

The next layer consists of seed beads and one E bead woven into every other base E bead in a loop effect. I am going to use either a lobster or toggle clasp to finish it. I also mentioned earlier that I have a matching ring, however, the camera I use doesn't pick up detail and the ring is small. I will see if I can borrow a camera and get a nice clean shot of it. I think that bracelets are the easiest and quickest type of jewelry to make.

And, as promised, here are the jump rings I mentioned.

Let's talk books. I was driving through my hometown yesterday and noticed that the library was having a book sale. Of course I had to stop. I loaded up on really great knitting and crocheting books for $1. A really great find was John Allen's Treasury of Machine Knitting Stitches. I have a Bond knitting machine and my mom has a Singer knitting machine, and we are always looking for good stitching books. I am sure I will be talking more about my knitting machine projects once the cold weather hits. Another really great find was Kaffee Fassett's Glorious Knits.

The library will be having another sale in Sept or Oct, so I will make sure I go. I am trying to find Time-Life's The Art of Sewing, a 14-volume set that was recommended by the sewers on If you haven't visited, I urge you to. The forums are very active and you can find people working on every sort of crafty project out there (including making your own shoes). There are also craftalongs where a group of people work on the same pattern and share the results.

Well, I have posted this pretty early. It isn't even midnight yet! I have plenty of time to begin my next bracelet before I embark on a frenzy of sewing.

Hello everyone. I know that I promised to post a photo of a jump ring, but I have been extremely busy as of late. I finished the Ondori ring and am almost finished with the matching bracelet. I have in-progress photos so you can see how it is being put together. I will post these tomorrow. I promise.

It is already August 15 and I am running out of summer. I have several dresses I want to make along with the photos that inspired them to post. After the bracelet, I have another ribbon bracelet I want to make, then I am going to turn my attention to sewing. The wood nymph necklace is going to have to wait. I don't have the materials for it anyway and I don't want to spend the money right now.

So, until tomorrow.

Friday, August 11, 2006

I have another photo to post. This is an anklet I made.
Again, the photo quality is poor, but you get the idea. I whipped this up in 10 minutes. I love it.

I am almost finished with my ring from The Beader's Palette by Ondori. It's pretty cool. Next I will weave a matching bracelet on my bead loom.

Tomorrow, I will post a photo of a jump ring for Matt who asked me about them. I think we are talking about the same thing, but you know a picture is worth a thousand words!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I wanted to sign in and give everyone an update. I am working on the bead ring, but have been distracted by trips to the library for sewing books. I would like to learn how to make my own patterns to make my own clothes and have been looking for books with this info. I have also been checking out online schools to take patternmaking classes. I know! I have too much to do now. Why do I need another obsession?

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Hey everybody! I finally have some photos to post.

The first photo is the bracelet that inspired me to get back into beading.

As you can see, it is beautiful. It is 10K gold and leather and it was designed by Me & Roe (

Did you ever look something and say, "I have to have it?" That is how I felt about this bracelet. If you have ever had that feeling, you know that it is irrational and strong and can only be dealt with two ways: 1) ignoring it; and 2) obtaining the object or reasonable facsimile thereof. I did the latter.

To weave the leather, I used a square knot sinnet, which is basically one square knot after another (thanks to my mom for lending me her vintage macrame books for the technique). I substituted the hammered gold coins in the original for shell coins. I also made a masculine version (sans coins) for my husband. He wears it all the time. I just love it.

My next project was a bracelet from a kit I mentioned in my last post.

Here it is:

I also made another version with different beads that I am iffy about:

Well, that is it for now. I will work on taking better photos. I am thinking of getting a tripod to keep the camera steady.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Hi everyone-
I hope you all had a good week.

I have been pretty busy working on my beading. A couple of weeks ago, I went to Vintage Knits in Michigan to look around. I bought a bracelet kit from Candamar (, which consisted of wire, a piece of ribbon and some great glass beads. To put it together, you knit or crochet the wire to get a piece wide enough to fit the ribbon and long enough to go around your wrist. Then you threaded the beads onto the wire, then sewed the wire and beads to the ribbon.

The first one turned out great and I had some extra ribbon, so I decided to do another one. Now that I am finished with it (except for attaching the clasp) I am not wild about the beads. It is hard to find good glass beads (except for the ones in the kit and I didn't want to spend another $15 to get the beads when I had all the other materials).

I will take photos and post them, hopefully this weekend.

My next projects are as follows:
-First I am going to make a ring from The Beader's Palette by Ondori. This is an afternoon project.
-Next, I recently dug out my bead loom and am going to make a "loopy-loom" bracelet. This will take a little longer. This bracelet and the ring I make first are going to match.
-Then, I am going to make a choker, titled "Lovely Links" from the February 2006 issue of Simply Beads. This necklace is made of jump rings with beads inside them. It should be pretty cool. I am unsure how long it will take me, probably a couple of days.
-I also want to try my hand at making some earrings. I have an idea that needs to be fleshed out. This is an afternoon project.
-And, of course, I want to make something with my new jig. I had been wanting one and finally bought one. I have put a moratorium on bead spending for now. Really, any craft spending. I have so much that I need to use up my stash of beads and findings.
-I have one more project that I would like to do before I start working on my Halloween costume (I am going as a gypsy this year), and that is a necklace from the Fall 2005 issue of Stringing magazine titled "Vine." It is beautiful and looks like a nymph something a nymph would wear. Maybe I should go as a nymph for Halloween?

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Hi everyone! Happy August 1!

I wanted to post pictures of my recent projects, but am having trouble with the digital camera I am using. I am unable to get my PC to recognize the camera. I am not a big fan of the PC, I am more of a Mac person.

Anyhow, I hope to have photos up by the end of the week. I am also going to eventually
add my favorite links to the page. This blog is really a work in progress.

I mentioned in the last post how I am addicted to magazines. I just subscribed to one called ReadyMade, and it is filled with DIY instructions such as building your own bar, new ways to use tennis bags, that sort of thing. The editors of this mag even published a book in the same vein. Although I probably will never build a deck, I think it is important to know how. That is why I wanted to learn how to sew and knit. I just think it is important to have those kind of skills. At the very least, how to sew on a button. My sewing won't win awards, but I was able to make curtains so the neighbors couldn't see in my house! And one day, I am going to finish that sweater for the cat.