Wooden Flower Necklace and Earrings

Blogged under Free Craft Projects, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Thursday 6 March 2014 at 4:04 pm

When I received this wooden flower pendant from Prima Beads, the design for this necklace and earring set popped into my head. While the pendant is fairly good sized (40mm), it is not heavy at all since it is made of wood.

The other supplies I used were as follows:

2 - 19gauge 5/32 inch silver colored jump ring

1 - 9mm silver colored lobster claw clasp

22 inches of .015 beading wire

6 - 11 x 8mm clear twisted oval crystal beads

2 silver colored ear hooks

2 silver colored headpins

38 - 3mm aqua colored crystal beads

30 - 6mm aqua colored crystal beads

72 size 11 black seed beads

2 silver crimp beads

The tools you need are a pair of round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, wire cutters, and crimping pliers.

Start first by making the earrings. In fact, one little tip for totally newbie jewelry makers is to set aside a few beads before you make a necklace or bracelet so that you have enough to make matching earrings in case you want a pair later. Not everyone is into matching jewelry pieces, but if decide later and have already used up all your beads, then you may be out of luck if you change your mind later.

1. Slip on one 3mm aqua bead, one black seed bead, one oval bead, one black seed bead, and another 3mm aqua bead onto a headpin.

2. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, about 1/4 inch past the last bead bend the headpin into a 90 degree angle.

3. Grasp the bent part of the headpin with round-nose pliers, grasp the end of the bent part, and wrap it around the nose of the round-nose pliers in order to form a loop.

4. Stick the nose of the round-nose pliers through the loop, and grasp the headpin with the chain-nose pliers as you wrap the excess headpin around itself to wrap the loop closed.

5. Slip on ear hooks. (I made the ones shown using some wire, but you can buy prefabricated ear hooks).

Now for the necklace….

1. Attach the jump ring to the center loop at the top of the flower pendant, and use chain-nose pliers to close up the jump ring.

2. Insert the beading wire through the jump ring, and start stringing on beads onto it in this order: one black seed bead, one 6mm crystal bead, one black seed bead, one 3mm crystal bead, one black bead, one oval bead, one black bead, one 3mm crystal bead, one 6mm crystal bead, one black bead, one 6mm crystal bead, one black bead, one 3mm crystal bead, one black bead, and one oval bead.

3. Then alternate beads in this pattern 6 times: one black bead, one 3mm crystal bead, one black bead, one 6mm crystal bead, one black bead, and one 6mm crystal bead.

4. Finish the end of one side of the necklace strap by alternating one black bead and one 3mm crystal bead 8 times.

5. Repeat the beading pattern described in steps 2 through 4 for the other side of the necklace. (Tip: When I am stringing a necklace like this, I like to use a bead stopper on each end of my beading wire so my beads don’t fall off. )

6. Finish off each end of the beading wire with crimp beads, and attach a lobster claw clasp to one end and a jump ring to the other. My clasp already had a smaller jump ring attached to it, but if yours doesn’t, you may want to add one yourself so that the clasp does not twist around a bunch.

The finished strap of this necklace is about 18 inches long. Black pants tend to be part of my “teacher uniform,” so this is a great combination. I love wearing it!

Ah Paris Ceramic and Pearl Necklace

Blogged under Free Craft Projects, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Sunday 2 March 2014 at 1:36 pm

When I ordered this ceramic Eiffel Tower pendant from Blu Mudd, I already had this design pictured in my head. Originally, I was going to string it on brown wax cord, but I could not find it. I still can’t find that thing! I dug around in my fiber and found some leftover Superlon Size 18 cord I had received in the Trade Route Necklace kit sent to me by Beadshop.com. That necklace turned out super cool, by the way, and I had some of this cord left over. I can’t remember what the color was that was in the kit, sorry! Beadshop has a ton of colors too, but I’m guessing it might be the dark teal color cord.

So other than the ceramic pendant and cord, you will also need the following if you’d like to make this necklace:

44 - 5mm Large hole pearls (I got mine at beading.com).

1 - 10mm Lampwork bead (I got mine from DD Hess and actually used 2 extra beads to make a pair of earrings too.)

2 - 3mm Silver colored Czech crystal beads

12mm Silver toned toggle clasp

Clear drying glue


Corsage pin (or awl)

1. Cut off about 4 feet of cord, fold it in half, and insert the folded end through the hole at the top of the pendant.

2. Insert the two ends of the cord through the folded part, and pull on the two strands so that you end up securing the cord to the pendant.

3. Make an additional overhand knot right past the anchor knot made in step 2.

4. Slip on a pearl bead, and push it up against the knot you just made.

5. Using a corsage pin or awl, make an overhand knot on the cord, insert the pin through it, and push the knot up against the pearl. Repeat this two more times so that you have 3 pearls knotted on the cord.

6. Add a crystal bead, the lampwork bead, and another crystal bead into the cord, push these down up against the last knot before making another knot on the cord just past the last crystal bead you added.

7. Continue to add pearls and knot between them until you have a total of 21 pearls on that side of the necklace.

8. Add pearls and knot between them on the other side of the necklace strap for a total of 23 pearls. (Note: Since natural pearls can vary in size a little, sometimes it is a good idea to knot a few on each side of the necklace strap as you go. This way, you can try to make sure both sides of the strap are as close the same length as possible.)

9. Insert the cord through the loops on each side of the toggle clasp, knot a few times, trim off excess cord, and add a dab of glue on the knot. Allow to dry before you wear your necklace.

The beaded strap on this necklace is about 18 inches long, and the pendant is 2 inches, for a total of 20 inches. I made some earrings to go with, so I will be showing those soon too. I have worn this a few times already and have gotten lots of compliments. I love how it turned out….can’t go wrong with pearls and Paris!

Infinity Scarf

Blogged under Finished Projects, Free Craft Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 5 April 2013 at 9:31 am

I gave a little look at this infinity scarf (housed in my Zipper Pouch Thirty-One bag) earlier this week. It was an alternative to a shawlette pattern that I just could not get the hang of. I have wanted to make a cowl or infinity scarf for awhile, so I decided to just wing it.

I know that a lot of these types of scarves are usually done with one long strand of chain stitch that is connected, but you have to really be careful about not twisting it when you go that route. I wanted something fast and easy, so instead of working it with a long connected chain, I worked from the shorter end and connected both ends when I finished. Here it is shown doubled around my neck.

It ended up being 4 inches wide and 36 inches long, and alpaca yarn tends to stretch, so there is plenty of room. I used a size J hook, and the yarn is Cascade Baby Alpaca in the 3030 colorway. Here is how I made it:

  • Start with18 chain stitches,
  • Stitch one row of single crochet, making sure to chain one at the end of the row.
  • Stitch one row of single crochet, making sure to chain four at the end of the row. (This will work as your first triple crochet on the row that follows.)
  • Stitch one row of triple crochet.
  • Continue to alternate between two rows of single crochet and one row of triple crochet for a total of 27 repeats, making sure to end the last row with triple crochet.
  • At this point, you have a regular scarf. Connect both ends of the scarf using slip stitch.
  • Finish off both sides of the scarf with single crochet.
  • Lightly block. (I put it on a towel and spritzed it with water and shaped it.)

Here it is flat. You can either wear it around your neck as one large loop or you can wrap it twice. If you wanted it longer, you would just need to repeat the single crochet and triple crochet pattern until you got the length that you wanted.

I have not weighed the leftover yarn, but I’d estimate that I used about half the skein on this. I probably have enough to make another one, or I might try making one but knitting it this time. I’m very happy with how it turned out. Alpaca yarn is super warm, but since I used a lot of triple crochet stitch in this, it should be light enough to use in Florida on the few occasions it’s cold or when my hubby insists on cranking up the air conditioner.

Free Pattern Friday on Craftsy

Blogged under Around the Web, Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Friday 8 March 2013 at 7:14 pm

I do not know if these are always free or if these are just featured free for a limited time, but Craftsy.com has a blog post called Free Pattern Friday published today. It includes free patterns for all types of crafting from jewelry making, quilting, knitting, and more. I loaded up on some very cute crochet patterns including a few amigurumi ones (of course). But there were also some cute baby shoe patterns I picked up. I have not found “the” perfect baby bootie pattern as yet, so maybe I will give one of these a go some time. Anywho, go check out the freebies.

Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web, Charity Crafting, Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Sunday 13 May 2012 at 10:21 am

Beautiful Lola is guarding my beads. As you might imagine, she is very helpful when I’m making jewelry.

Here are this week’s crafting links:

The Card Album
How to make a MOM tattoo style Mother’s Day Card

About Family Crafts
Play along with the current Make-It-Over craft challenge! Submit your shrink plastic crafts or links!

Craft Foxes
Enter the “Mom & Me Knits” Contest to win a $50 gift card plus an assortment of knitting books, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
A styrofome head must be made into an auction worthy art piece….Carmi’s results are now online.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
The Artful Crafter shares free clip art sources to publicize neighborhood fun.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi got to film a master glass worker on the Italian island of Murano!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled leather and plastic Steampunk gear cuff.

Crochet Cup Cozy

Blogged under Design Ideas, Fiber Fun, Finished Projects, Free Craft Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Thursday 5 January 2012 at 5:08 pm

Here is another little project that I crocheted as part of a holiday gift, a cup cozy. One of my sisters is getting into hot tea, so for her gift I purchased an assortment of teas from the Teaman (over at Etsy), bought her this funky cup from Pier 1, and then crocheted a cup cozy for it to help her keep her tea warm.

At the time, though I did look around for some patterns, I was in a hurry and could not find any that accommodated the handle, so I decided to just wing it with some left over cotton yarn and double crochet. To secure it around the cup, I made ties on both ends of the crocheted piece.

It turned out okay, but of course since then, I found a great cup cozy tutorial at All About Ami. Instead of a tie, it incorporates a big button, way cute!

My sister was very pleased with the gift, and this is something I plan to probably try again, only make a cozy with a button.

Christmas Stocking for the Critters

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Saturday 17 December 2011 at 5:14 pm

Each of our pets have their own small stockings that we hang from the tree every year. I realized a few weeks ago that now that we have our new crew of cats we have to decorate some stocking for each of them, so on my latest trip to Michael’s, I picked up some stockings and glitter glue.

The stockings were about .60 cents each, and the pack of glitter glue in various colors was $2.00.  Now, I will warn you - this is messy business! As you can see from the photo above, I had a little pink glitter accident from the get-go.

But, once I got my groove on, I managed to get all four cats’ stockings finished and drying.

Now they are officially ready to Santa to come visit.

Free Crochet Wash Cloth Tutorial

Blogged under Design Ideas, Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Wednesday 28 September 2011 at 5:58 pm

I know this is super duper simple if you have any basic crochet skills at all, but I wrote this tutorial (which you can download as a pdf file here: how-to-make-a-double-crochet-stitch-wash-cloth) for the way, way, super extra newbie in mind.

If you know of anyone who has wanted to learn how to crochet but has no idea how to get started, this tutorial has her/him in mind. Along with my own instructions, which I tried to break way down, I also include links to some wonderful YouTube.com videos.

My craft club is now making these to sell at a craft show in November as well as to give to a local shelter, so I have become addicted to making these. I love the instant gratification added to the idea of making something that is both pretty and useful.

Make a Tube for Your Cat Using a Knit Loom

Blogged under Free Craft Projects, Loom Knitting by Tammy on Thursday 15 September 2011 at 8:21 am

One of the four round looms in the Knifty Knitter includes a fairly large one, 11.5 inches (29cm). While I think it would be a good size for a bag, I think it’s a little large for a hat, and it also occurred to me that it would be a good size to make a long tube for my cats to play in. Pictured above is Lola checking it out after I put a mouse toy in it. While my experiment didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, my cats are enjoying hanging out with the tube, so I decided to go ahead and post photos showing how I constructed the cat tube.

First I doubled the yarn by holding two strands together: Red Heart Super Save yarn in Soft Navy and Cherry Red. I just used the straightforward loom wrap, which I believe ends up creating stockinette stitch (alternating knit and purl stitches). I made this about 4 feet or so long.

Then I folded the entire tube in half and inserted a sheet of interfacing between the two layers of stockinette.

Then I pulled the second loop of yarn over each peg so that I just had one loop over each peg on the loom.

Finally, I pulled off each loop on each peg and used a crochet hook to slip stitch the tube closed.

This is the tube standing up, and as you can see, it does have some body to it. However, here it is on its side.

It kind of collapses a little. Originally, I was thinking of opening it back and sticking something more stiff inside of it, but the more I have seen my cats play with it, the more I think it is just not wide enough, even if the sides were stiffer.

I was putting toys in there, and it has some interest for the cats as far as playing with when I do that. However. I have noticed that they tend to almost use it more like a pillow. They lean on it for sit on top of it. So now I’m thinking of stuffing the whole thing with fiber fill and stitching the ends closed. I’m not sure yet.

Easy Baby Boy Afghan

Blogged under Free Craft Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Tuesday 2 August 2011 at 7:10 am

Despite getting a lot of help from Coco, who swears she just wants to learn how to crochet and is not trying to drive me insane, I finished what turned out to be a really simple baby afghan that is perfect for a little boy.

I used 3 skeins of yarn for this, two of Bernat’s “I’m a Boy” and one of Bernat’s “Pale Blue.” The hook size I used was a G, so this ends up making the gauge a little on the small side. The finished afghan is 36 inches. Basically, to make this, just use the “I’m a Boy” and make the granny square, using up the entire skein. Then attach the blue skein and use that up, and finish with another skein of “I’m a Boy.”

Very no brainer - but it turned out great and is so soft! Of course, as my luck would have it, I have to make two baby afghans right now, one for a girl and another for someone who won’t know if it’s a boy or girl until have she has it. So this baby gan is going in the donation collection. However, considering that it was fast and only used 3 skeins of yarn, this little baby blanket is a perfect donation type of project.

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