Thursday, January 8, 2009

Moving my blog

Hi all!

I've started a new endeavor selling beadkits. I've moved my blog over there so everything is in one place. Please check out the bead kits at or my blog there.

Monday, March 10, 2008

This is SOOOOO Not Working!

I've been trying to do the second Kelp necklace in off loom weaving. I am having zero success. I'm looking for a swirling, organic design and the weaving is forcing it into a more geometric shape. Here is a picture of my latest attempt. It's just got too many straight looking lines in it.

However, all is not lost! I've been reading The Lone Beader's blog, and have become inspired by the idea of doing this in bead embroidery. I think I'll be able to get the more fluid lines to come out. Check out her wonderful embroideries!

So keep it tuned here for more kelp fun!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Szarka's treasures have moved!!

Szarka, the gemstone purveyor I have blogged about before, has opened a new store online. She has the most wonderful stones and other supplies, and is an absolute darling to work with. Check out her new store Magpie Gemstones I know you won't be disappointed!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I Finished the Kelp Necklace!!!

I finally put together the wire wrapped kelp necklace. Here're the pics!

First the full view

And now the close up

Overall, I like this necklace. However there are a few things I'd do differently.

1) I'd stagger the kelp leaves up their chains
2) I'd put one starfish and one sea horse on each side
3) I'd drop the sea horse a little lower so it could be seen thru the kelp.

Other than that, not too bad for a first wire wrap necklace!

I'm now working on kelp necklace #2, which is done in off loom weaving. As my challenge for this next one, I'm working in free form brick stitch. It's interesting, because I'm such a fiend for regular structures like crystal lattice. I'm having to loosen up my style a lot. On the good side, I'm working with a color scheme I love (blues) so I only have one lesson to learn.


Saturday, November 3, 2007

I HATE it when life gets in the way....

It's been weeks since I've updated this blog. I keep saying "when I finish the necklace, I'll post." However, life keeps getting in the way, and I haven't gotten back to the necklace . So I thought I'd let you know that I'm still alive, I haven't given up on the blog, and that the necklace will be posted soon.

Hope you had a good Halloween, and are enjoying the Fall weather.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Kelp necklace progress

I finished all the danglies today. I have to wait to go to the bead store to get some silver jump rings tho. I hope to get the final wire wrapped necklace posted in the next few days. I'm pretty excited since this is my third attempt at wire wrapping, and it turned out pretty well.

I also decided to do the woven necklace also. I like the idea of the kelp being more "sway-y" with thread. I'm doing the base necklace is shades of turqouise blue, from light at the back of the neck, to dark in the front. I'll then add some silver sea life charms, and the kelp after the base is done. I'm sure this one will take a bit longer since there is a fair amount of stitching to be done.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Hmmm, I'm rethinking that design

After seeing how the kelp leaves hung on the chain, I'm not so sure that is the effect I want. However I really like the way the green beads and silver chain work together.....

I'm thinking of doing something I've never done before. Up until now, I've always worked in small necklaces using stitches like double spiral chain and right angle weave. Very contained pieces. But this idea doesn't like to be contained. It wants to wave around all over the place.

So my current plan is to do a base necklace of freeform brick stitch in ocean blues. To mimic the waves that are near the kelp beds. Then string the kelp leaves randomly off this base. And add some more Hill Tribe silver and maybe some pearls.

Maybe I'll have to do the necklace two ways?

For me, designs are sort of fluid. They can change radically as I'm working on them and see how the various parts are going together, or not LOL.