Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tubular Crochet Beads

This is a fun activity to do! That is, if you don't have anything in your "to do" list. I happen to meet a woman at a bead store this week. She sparked my interest after she showed me her unfinished tubular crochet bead project. I thought it was very nice of her to share what she's doing. During the course of the conversation, though, she stressed several times how it can be challenging/hard to finish a piece. I thought I could share in the challenge. So, what do you think I did the first time I had a chance to have time all for my own? Yes, you guessed it right. I used that all-so-quiet-time to string ten, yes ten, different stringing patterns, colors, and kinds of beads on a button and top stiching thread. I could not wait how they will look like when I will have a chance to crochet them.

Well, wish me luck in this new beading adventure. I hope I won't waver in this kind of challenge. I promise to share with you the pictures of my crochet creations soon.


Friday, August 1, 2008

A Beading Class with Carolyn

I met Carolyn during the 2 - week workshop that my job offered in exchange for some technology goodies and professional development hours for my classroom. I took that workshop without realizing I would meet some of the nicest people in the "teaching bubble", well, Carolyn's one of them. She asked me if I would like to go to a beading class with her (I brought some of my beaded lanyard creations for them to see).

There's a lot of room for learning, so the last day of July this year was spent with learning how to make stretchy peyote bracelet. This is my first peyote piece. I chose the miyuki cubes - surf and sand mix. It was a very productive night for me. We both went home happy for what we've accomplished. For a first timer like myself, I could not ask for more.

In case you're wondering how much the class is, it's $35 including the materials. That's why we got hooked!

I'm wearing the finished piece - the fruit of my labor!

Our teacher, Debra, owner of Bead & Wire shop in Seekonk, Ma.

The finishing touch - ups. (I am almost done!)

I am finished! I was the first one to finish in our class.

Carolyn is almost done. I love the colorway that she had chosen.Check Spelling

Carolyn's finish piece. Now, we're totally hooked!

Other ladies comparing their pieces with mine. We agreed that each is unique although we have the same mix of colors. It's amazing!
This is all for now. I am a happy camper today!