My beady friend Cristi, of 2ifbysea on etsy, made this bracelet with one of my focal beads! Isn’t it striking? You can find it later in her etsy store!
I mentioned that I wanted to go to the LBS to get some supplies to make some beaded beads – the kids were being too lazy for me to deal with! I did finally get there this morning and made my first beaded bead this afternoon. Here’s how it turned out. NOT perfect, but not too bad, either. There are some places where I have too many beads. I do know that I will write down the number of beads in a row, for the next one, based on this one, to see if that helps. I did learn a few other things as well.
(1) You really need to have all your supplies laid out in an orderly fashion before you start on this project! Just a really good idea for about anything in life, I’d imagine, but especially when removing little bitty seed beads from the thread – they tend to go all over the place if you don’t manage them ahead of time!
(2) Don’t do bead weaving while you are making dinner, paying attention to three kids (clearly being outnumbered 3 to 1) AND trying to watch the news that you haven’t seen for a week. Oh, and having that much needed glass of wine. Strike that – have the wine, don’t do anything else!
(3) While you can leave a cross-stitch project and come back to it with no problem (I know this because cross-stitch is an art with which I have a lot of experience), you just can’t leave this project to go flip the burgers or settle a dispute!
(4) You CAN improvise. I used size 11 seed beads and it looks fine – it might look more polished with size 15’s, and I’ll find that out when I get home to my order of size 15 beads that I can’t wait to get, but 11’s look ok!
Finally, thanks again to Cristi from 2ifbysea for sending me the pattern I used!
BTW, the engineer gets back tonight!!!!
Cristi, from 2ifbysea on etsy, just sent me this photo of a bracelet she made with one of my beads. Isn’t it cute? It’s available in her etsy store right now. You can click on the photo to see it better, and click on her link to buy it!
Cristi, from 2ifbysea on etsy, made a really cool bracelet with one of my lampwork beads – just wanted to show you all since I think it’s really pretty! You can click on the pic to go to the bracelet, if you want to buy it. Thanks for sharing the photo Cristi, and good luck!