Hemp and Bead Crochet Bracelet

Blogged under Jewelry Designing, crochet jewelry by Tammy on Monday 23 March 2015 at 5:55 am

I often think of design ideas when I’m half asleep. Sometimes this can be in the middle of the night when I really should be sleeping, but sometimes it will happen as I’m waking up. This past Sunday morning the latter happened, and lucky for me, I was able to clearly remember my idea instead of having a foggy recollection of it. To make sure I did not let the day get too far gone without having the chance to at least start my jewelry design idea, I pulled out some hemp and glass beads and set them in front of me to see as I sipped my morning cup of tea. This was going to happen!

Soon after breakfast, I located a size B crochet hook, and I got busy. I used about 4 yards of thin purple hemp and slipped on 30 glass beads onto it. Using chain and single crochet stitches, I start creating what I had envisioned a few hours earlier.

After a few stops and starts, I finally finished the crochet part and added a clasp. I have some ideas to improve on this design, but for the prototype, I’m very pleased with the results.

Beaded Rings Dazzle-It Update

Blogged under Jewelry Designers/Artists, Jewelry Designing, beading by Tammy on Friday 27 February 2015 at 6:09 pm

It was so fun to be part of the Dazzle-It Rings Blog Hop. I showed a little teaser, basically the wonderful beads and other supplies, and talked about what I had planned to do during episode 15 of my video podcast, and then I posted finished my ring, of course, on my own blog. However, above is a photo collage of all the rings together, which were created by myself and these other talented designers: Cyndi Lavin, Marissa Decipeda-Wong, Jennifer Tryon, Lisa Pace, Eileen Bergen, and Nancy Donaldson.

Dazzle-It Rings Blog Hop - My Green & Purple Obsession!

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Sunday 22 February 2015 at 12:19 pm

I recently mentioned the Dazzle-It Rings Blog Hop and showed off some super pretty seed beads I received from John Bead Corp. in a recent podcast episode. Now I get to share the process as well as the finished product. It started, of course, with some yummy beads and also a new booklet, Rings by Giovanna. The book has wonderful full-color up-close photos of how to use seed beads to weave various types of ring designs.

First, I had to pick out the beads, and I tend to be all about green and purple lately, so I selected those to get started.

Next, I had to decide on the stitch and the project. I decided to go with peyote and create an adaptation of the “Sinuous Ring” design from the book.

I used a size 12 needle, and the beads are size 10 seed beads. The supplies included black .15mm Wildfire by Beadalon. One tip for getting the beading wire through the needle is to use wire cutters to cut the beading wire. You need a very good cut on the end, or you will have a heck of a time getting that through the eye of the needle.

This project, which included a few stops and starts, ended up taking me about an hour to do. Little Dude was not happy that I was sitting at a table beading and not snuggling him on the couch. He tried a few times to even climb on top of the table! He is schedule for a bath today, which will include a mani and a pedi, so that will calm him down later, LOL!

Here is the finished ring flattened on my work area. I alternated 2 rows of green beads and 2 rows of purple beads. Then I stitched a picot with green beads around the edges.

I love how it turned out! I have some ideas for other ring-related bead designs. Hopefully, Little Dude will not get too upset that I’m planning more seed bead jewelry projects!

Come back soon for a link that will show off all the rings created by participants of the blog hop!

Visit + Revisit Craft-Along

Blogged under Crafts from the Past, Design Ideas, Fiber Fun, Jewelry Designing, My Crafty News, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 16 January 2015 at 12:35 pm

I am very excited to announce our first craft-along for the Crafty Princess Diaries Blog/Podcast group on Ravelry. It starton on 1/15/15 and end on 2/28/15.

Ravelry group members are invited to “revisit” a previous craft they have tried before and stopped doing for whatever reason and/or “visit” a new craft or project they have never tried before. For example, if you used to spin but haven’t for years, “revisit” it by picking up the roving again and give it a go. If you have been thinking of trying a new craft, like cross stitch, “visit” it by trying it for the first time.

The official thread for the craft-along is linked here, and we have a chatter thread as well.  Participants will start their own post in the official thread and share what they are planning, working on, and how their “revisit” or “visit” is generally going.

Post pictures! Tell us what inspired you. Journal your experiences with us. Keep adding to your own post in the thread as we craft-along together throughout the rest of this month and February 2015 as well.
Finished objects are not required. In this craft-along it’s the process, not the product, that we will be sharing!

I will randomly pick someone at the end of the craft-along who will win a $5 Ravelry giftable pattern.

Ch. 3 of Bored By Back Stitch!

Blogged under Good Books, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Sunday 12 October 2014 at 6:03 am

Cyndi Lavin’s bead embroidery followers will be happy to know that the third chapter of her latest bead e-book, Bored by Back Stitch, is finally available. Like her other chapters, this one is priced at a bargain, $3! It continues on the journey of bead embroidery and includes four new bracelet projects. Mixed media folks will also find this third chapter very interesting because she includes information on using unique foundation surfaces using pleated silk ribbon, metal mesh ribbon, soutache braid, and chocolate bags.

I’m in Beads and Beyond!

Blogged under Jewelry Designing, My Crafty News by Tammy on Saturday 11 October 2014 at 8:58 am

Check out pages 38 to 39 in the November 2014 issue of Beads & Beyond for an with me!

Teacher Jewelry Set

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Tuesday 2 September 2014 at 4:07 pm

School started a little over a week or so ago, and the fall semester is always super busy for some reason, much more than spring. There are also a lot of changes that happen in the fall where teachers and other staff at the school will move into different positions and have different tasks asked of them. This is what inspired my “teach” design pictured above. A friend of mine is moving from being part admin/part faculty to going back to being full-on faculty, which she is thrilled with. In fact, that’s the thing about most teachers. We want to teach. Going to meetings and other time-sucks very often get in the way of what our primary purpose is, so this was a gift from me to her in celebration of going back to what she loves to do.

The pendant is ceramic and came from Blu Mudd. The other supplies include copper wire (21-gauge) and findings; 4mm mother of pearl beads (natural, not bleached); size 11 green glass seed beads used as spacer beads; and 6mm rondelle-shaped Chinese crystal beads. I strung it on .015 Soft Flex beading wire and finished the necklace with copper 2×2mm copper crimp beads.

Beads and Bag for Mom

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Monday 12 May 2014 at 10:14 am

My mother dabbles in jewelry making, so for Mother’s Day, I gave her some beads, findings, and a ceramic pendant and put them all in a zipper pouch. The beads are Celestial Crystals from Fire Mountain, and I purchased the pendant from Blu Mudd.

I put them all, along with a card, in this Large Zipper Pouch in the Bold Bloom pattern from Thirty-One. So the pouch worked as a way to “wrap” the gift up without having to use a bunch of wrapping paper. I have a number of these zipper pouches and use them for all kinds of stuff, but mainly, I use them as project bags for my crafts. I’m going to have to remember that I did this when the holidays come around. I may go this route for wrapping gifts.

Ceramic and Crystal Owl Necklace

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Sunday 30 March 2014 at 12:52 pm

I have been plotting this necklace design for some time and finally managed to get a little time to play with my beads and “get er done!” Yeah, now I can wear and enjoy it.

The ceramic owl pendant is from Blu Mudd, and I already had the other supplies in my stash: rondelle shaped topaz colored crystals; green glass Japanese seed beads; and copper spacer beads. I strung this on .014 beading wire and finished it off with copper crimp beads. I added a few inches of chain on the end so that I can change length from 16 to 18 or so inches. If you are ever not sure how long you want your finished necklace to be, the addition of a few inches of chain to one end is a good option so that you can change the length depending on the top you are wearing. Plus, of course, I made some simple earrings to create a set.

Dazzle-It Blog Hoppers!

Blogged under Around the Web, Jewelry Designers/Artists, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 11:48 am

Woot! Look at this long list of bloggers who participated in The Newfangled Neo Chain Blog Hop! We made some amazing jewelry, so get a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

Tammy Powley - The Crafty Princess Diaries

Lisa M Pace – It’s In The Details

Ann Butler Designs - Creativity Stirs the Soul

Suze Weinberg - Leap…..and the net will appear!

Lisa Fulmer - Lisa Liza Lou

Roberta Birnbaum – DecorablesArt

Vicki O’Dell – The Creative Goddess

Charlotte Gordon – Atmosphere and Symphony

Amy Bowerman Stucki – Plucking Daisies

Suzann Sladcik Wilson - Beadphoria

Kristi Parker Van Doren - Kristi’s Creative Cafe’

June Beach – Beach Haus Designs

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