I've also put together a couple patterns for people to use if you don't feel like graphing out your own. Both patterns are 2-drop peyote stitch. You must use size 11 (standard) delica seed beads to get the correct measurement for the quilt. I probably don't have to say this but I'm going to anyways. Please use these patterns for the quilt project ONLY. Using these patterns to make something to sell for personal profit would be bad ju-ju.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
The bracelet measures 7-3/4" long with a goldtone swivel lobster clasp. The swivel keeps it from twisting up on ya, and the lobster clasp is bigger than normal, making it easy to get on/off. The ring will be custom made to the winners ring size.
This is a worldwide giveaway, so even if you do not reside in the USA, feel free to enter. I will ship the set for free to you, however international participants are responsible for any customs fees.
Ok here are my very simple rules for entering to win:
1. Leave a comment on THIS post and tell me how you found my blog. Was it entrecard, a webring, did you randomly stumble upon this site from a search engine? Inquiring minds want to know. If you do not have a blog, you must leave a way for me to get in touch with you.
2. Please indicate your ring size in your comment. I'd love to get your prize to you as soon as possible, so if I know your size I can weave one up immediately after drawing the winner, and I don't have to wait to hear back from you.
That's it! Easy, right? The winner will be selected via random.org on the evening of October 1st. That's just about 2 weeks to get your comments in. Good luck everyone!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Runners up this month are:
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Take a look over the entries and please do vote for your favorite!
Voting ends September 15th, so take this opportunity to VOTE NOW.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I actually finished at 10pm, thinking I had plenty of time to take some pics and get it listed. HA! What was I thinking? I DID get the necklace listed before midnight (11:54 EST to be exact), but I struggled with the photo taking. I even tried again yesterday to get some better photos...different light, going outside, but I can't seem to get the camera to see what *I* see.
Nonetheless, it's finished, it's listed, and it's officially entered in the challenge. I call it "Circle Gets the Square".
I used a bunch of different types of beads for this one. Swarovski glass pearls, delica seed beads, toho seed beads, czech firepolished beads, and swarovski crystals squares and one circle for the clasp. I put a lot of energy into making my hands do what I saw in my head, and I'm quite pleased with the result.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
For the non-etsians out there, a treasury is a collection of your favorite items. These are some of my favorite bead-woven items of the moment. Check it out, and comment if you like.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Also, I've been beading, I promise. The Etsy Bead Weavers monthly challenge for this month is "complimentary contradictions". I suppose I started a little later than I should have, but with the summer almost over I've been taking every opportunity I can to hoop outside.
The deadline for the challenge is the 5th, tomorrow. I'll be beading like a mad woman when I get home from the dayjob, and I already told the hubby that he's making dinner tonight.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Sarah over at The Beaded Lily compiled a list a list of her favorites so I thought I'd share mine. Unlike Sarah, I really can't judge based on what I could see myself wearing. Creations entered into the competition are more of art than jewelry, I think. Which is fine. But they tend to be large pieces...like bigger than my head. I'm a tiny gal, some of those necklaces would swallow me whole! I also doubt they'd play nice with my hula hoop.
I don't usually dig beaded flowers but this wedding bouquet is gorgeous! The judges must have thought so too, it won Best in show. The flowers are so realistic, and the work that must have gone into it is astounding.
I love this one and could totally see myself wearing it to a festival. Ever build an entire outfit around a piece of jewelry? Yeah, that would be the case. Ok maybe I DO like beaded flowers!
Nishinn Aichi, Japan
I absolutely adore these! I'm not a girly girl at all, I don't even wear high heels, but these are too amazing not to mention here. The colors are perfect, and the bead work flawless. I'm sure they'll look lovely in an art gallery or on display in a woman's house who has lots of shoes.
El Dorado, Calif.
I am amazed at the things people can do with clay. While there are several other entries that are incredibly detailed, this one is just so funky!
Click HERE to have a look at all the amazing artists who places in this years competition.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
And if you have a "power of beading" story of how beading has helped you through a hard time, be sure to visit the Beading Daily website and enter to win a ribbon beaded by Kerrie herself.
In more beading for breast cancer news, so far, 25 members of the the Etsy Bead Weavers have agreed to get an early start on Jeanette Shanigan's Bead-it-Forward Quilt. Since 2007, beaders have been invited to bead squares to donate to the quilt. Jeanette then stitches the squares together, and the finished quilt is then auctioned off at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, WI. Proceeds are donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Jeanette, together with other beaders, has raised $10,000 total in the past 2 years. Check out the beautiful finished 2007 Butterfly and 2008 Beaded Rose quilts. This years theme is "Hearts".The Etsy Bead Weavers have set an October deadline for themselves, but Jeanette is accepting donations up until March 15, 2009. If you are a beader interested in being a part of this wonderful project, please see the official rules/form HERE.