Sunday, August 23, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
You want to learn bead stitching, but you don't know what you want to learn! This comprehensive stitching DVD will take you on an instructional tour of ten of the most popular and widely used bead stitches, including: peyote stitch (round, even count, odd count), brick stitch, spiral weave, loom weaving, beadpoint, bead embroidery, bead crochet (tubular, chain stitch, tapestry) herringbone stitch, right angle weave, and squared stitch. Produced by Beads East; 35 minutes, with animations, videos and lots of graphics!
Dale stepped in to take some pictures of us beading - thank you, Dale! Vicki and Peggy are learning the peyote stitch and starting a 'Bumps in the Road' bracelet developed by Bev Hermann of 'No Easy Beads' in New Orleans. Excellent picture of Phyllis, Dale!! I wish I had that one for my picture wall. But the wall is gone now - only Liz' photos of it are left. Nevertheless - this captures Phyllis' personality! Meanwhile, I am working on a bracelet this morning and am most unhappy with the way I have messed up the joining. It is a pretty bracelet but if you look to the left you will see that my pattern has gone awry and there is a bit of a gnarly mess with a couple of beads. Not something I am comfortable giving to someone!
I wonder if I can use this to fix it? It is odd-count peyote and I really don't like that stitch but it is so easy to 'zip' and make a cylinder out of. I saw this fix somewhere so I thought I would try it. I'll post my success or lack of success later.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
But on to the pictures. What a surprise it was today! I knew we were having lunch but, oh my goodness, what creativity went into the surprise.
Liz was the Mastermind! She may be small but she carries big creativity! What a treasure she is.
And then the cake! There was a lot, a whole lot, of cake eaten today.
I am not sure but I believe the masterminds of this cake are admiring their work. Thank you Eyvette and Fragilia. They have spent much time creating an atmosphere of enjoyment and fun while we work as well as boosting our morale. Bonani (one half of the two princesses) - what a shot! Wonderful, Bonani! I love it. Darn that salad was good!
Both princesses.....we don't miss many opportunities to ham it up! In fact, if there is a camera most of us will be trying to get in front of it!
And we think we are so funny!
But not original - I couldn't resist. Sorry, Kesha!
What a wonderful group of people there - somewhat demented but wonderful Thank you all - so very much. You just can't be replaced in my heart. What will I do without you?
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Chrystine has been working on the bumps-in-the-road pattern developed by Bev Hermann in New Orleans. She sent a picture of it and, obviously, has done an excellent job of it. She is a skilled needle worker and I know she is a quilter as well as other creative activities.
It is such a shame we don't have one of those Star Trek transporters - it would be so nice to have her smiling face and wonderful energy actually present in our group. She would fit right in. She did make the mistake of adding me to her Facebook friends so I grabbed her picture to post here. It is such a cool picture - I don't know how or when it was taken but I believe that is either her hubby or a random passer-by. I'm betting it's her hubby. I like this picture because her expression is how she appears in my mind when I think about her - her sense of humor and enjoyment is right there near the surface, just waiting the chance to pop out. Whoever that stranger is in the picture obviously feels the same way. Now - the challenge, Chrystine, is to send us a picture of the completed piece!! Most of the Beady-Eyed Bunch are very disciplined and finish the project they start before going on to the next. I think Chrystine might be more like me and have lots of projects going at the same time. Don't know what that says about us but at the very least - we know we like variety!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Losing power in August has happened two years in a row. Last year I lost power for 3 or 4 days. Seriously thinking about a generator for next year. My little supply of 'hockey puck lights' worked very well - scatter about 6 of those in a bathroom and there is enough light for that wonderful shower and quite a nice ambiance. It isn't so convenient to try to stick them to your forehead so you can read, however. I stopped by Gander Mountain and got a headlamp to use to read the next time this happens. Good idea, Little Brother!
I am happy I didn't get a tree through my roof and that I am not under water like the folks in Brown County so I am counting myself lucky this time.
And another lucky event - I had gotten my friend, Karen, a battery powered fan but kept forgetting to give it to her. Imagine the joy when I spotted it and enough D batteries to power it! Made it much easier to sleep last night. Sorry, Karen. You aren't ever getting this fan!
Monday, August 3, 2009
But I can see how they will look: I colored these tomatoes with my little photo editing program just to see what they would look like if they did ripen! They look almost good enough to eat right now. Given that I am not the steadiest person in the world I think they came out pretty well.
Here they are as they appear right now - dreaming their little tomato dreams of when they grow up... Oh well. At least Mom loaded me down with tomatoes from their garden yesterday. They were wonderful Indiana tomatoes - nothing like them!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
And for the Beady-Eyed Bunch - I couldn't resist getting a couple of these bracelets for patterns. You could make them as a necklace as well. The first one (green) is very very simple and quick - just a small strip of peyote or brick stitch of the width you prefer and then stringing whatever you would like in between. The closing is made with a simple loop and an 8 mm bead. This 8 mm bead is one is of the variety you would find in any craft store and is a very inexpensive plastic bead but you could also use one with higher quality. I don't like to string because the darned beads fly off! But if I were going to do one, and I might, I would do the strips at the end first and use brick stitch because it is much more stable/stiff than peyote. Then I would string the beads in between simply by exiting one set of beads on one end, stringing beads, entering the bead on the other end, skittle over to the next bead and repeat. At least that is what I would try first. Putting the toggles on last and weaving the thread up through the base.
The next one I got just for the toggle closure. I will take it apart to see how they made it but, after trying to get a needle through the beaded bead, I think they simply beaded vertically through a #6 seed bead. Very clever - and avoids getting those little wooden beads and needing to paint them! This bracelet was loomed and was very quick to make as well. Both bracelets were made in Guatemala by the Beady-Eyed people in that country but probably for the purpose of obtaining food and shelter for their families. We need to count our blessings much more often.
A very enjoyable day - thank you Peggy and Vicki!