Monday, April 30, 2012

Tile and Tila Spiral

We do a lot of Tile (aka CzechMates) and Tila classes.  Sandy Taylor taught this Tila Spiral in February (see March 3rd post).  This is another great pattern created by Adele Kimpell that Sandy purchased for our students.  Thanks to everyone for bringing in your finished projects to be photographed.  You have no idea what an inspiration you are to everyone.  Keep up the great work!


Great colors for all of these and very trendy - 
colors we are seeing everywhere this spring.  

Friday, April 27, 2012

More Spring Flowers

We recently had a sale of all of our Czech flowers and leaves.    Because the weather has been so rainy lately, many of you have chosen to stay inside and design 'flower gardens' for your wrists.  Here are photos of some bracelets Janet created and brought into the store to share. 

Beautiful colors and Janet added some Vintage Lucite and a flower button.

A tiny lucite flower layered on top of a Czech bell flower.  Really cute!

Also from Janet.   Another color version and beaded loop for her closure

Here's one worn as a necklace. Great work Janet.

Even Joy had to admit these were really nice.
Thanks so much, Janet for inspiring all of us.
Keep up the good work!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Freeform Peyote Tutorial

It's inventory and tax time so have not had time to post much lately - and now we are into April already.  How did that happen?  Thought I would concentrate on just finishing one project before starting something new - a brand new concept for me.

This is more of a "how to get started with freeform" instead of a real tutorial.  You can find many on the Internet but this is how I started.   I am not a freeform beader.   So for me, starting with a little structure and control worked a lot better.

Here is the beginning of my freeform bracelet.   Notice I used mostly 11's and 15's with some 8's and very few 6's.  I kept the first strand free of any larger beads and just did segments of each color.  I forgot to 'blend' - so I have a few areas that are blocky.  Hopefully I can take care of those when I am ready to embellish.

Here is the second phase.  I have added 'bridges' because I want this piece to be looser and notice I am now blending colors from one to another.  These 'bridges' are  just little half inch to one inch segments of peyote stitched beads coming out from one area and connected somewhere else.  If they seem too skinny - just add another row of peyote stitch to that segment only.

Third step was to add picots and ruffles - just here and there - to create a lacier look. 
For those of you who took our 'Ruffle' class - this should be easy for you -
 just ruffle along a few segments, here and there.

Here is the finished piece.  At least I think it is finished. 
Bead instructors will tell you the piece will speak to you and tell you when its 'done'. 
 So far the only 'speaking'  I hear is  "pick me, pick me, buy me". 
So, I'm going to let this sit for awhile, start another piece and see. 

If you know peyote stitch - give this project a try. 
You do not have to make your item this large. 
Try a thinner band for a simple bracelet. 
 If you want to make it larger without continuing with freeform
- add a couple of larger focal beads, or a vintage button, or a colorful cabochon.
 Any questions - email or come into the store - we'd be glad to help.  Enjoy!

If you would like more info, Bead Street carries some great beginner, intermediate and  advanced books on the subject.  And. we also have a great beginner class as well. 
 Let us know if you are interested - we'll get one scheduled.