Showing posts from October, 2014

Bead Trays, Please

Anyone know where I can buy some more of these bead trays, or something similar?

I got this one at Walmart several years ago. What I like about them is that you can seal them closed, making transporting a project in progress rather simple. However, the two trays I have are aging and just don't seal as well as they used to. I'd like to get some more, but I haven't been able to find them.

More Feather Earrings

I spent the past week making more feather earrings like the one I did a few weeks ago -- another blue and white pair just like what I had before and one in Sooner red and white.

Once I finish the red one, I want to make more earrings, I'm just not sure whether I'll keep with the same style, do some more round ones or start from scratch on the pattern.
At this rate, I'll need to buy earring posts before too long, so that will be on my next bead order for Fire Mountain GemsFusion Beads or Shipwreck Beads.

I Should've Been Beading

Ever since I first saw a trailer for the movie "Gone Girl," I've wanted to do two things, read the book AND watch the movie.* Apparently, I'm not the only one. I went to check out the e-edition from my local library and wound up at a waiting list that's 18 people long.
Once I got the book, I sat down and started reading immediately. I put on hold any beadwork and home projects I had been working on and dove right in, and I have to say, it was definitely a page-turner. 
But when I got to the end, I felt disappointed. (I won't say why because I don't want to give away spoilers. Besides, based on the book's popularity, I might be the only one who didn't care for it anyway.) My time, it seems, would've been better spent beading.
*Quite often, when a movie based on a book gets my attention, I crave buying the book. I want to get inside the characters' heads in a way you just can't when you're watching the movie. And yet, for some reason,…

Beader's Canvas Update

As I tried to figure out how to make feather earrings a few weeks ago, I finally had the chance to do some in-depth work with Beader's Canvas software.
The PlusesSize Adjustments: One of the biggest challenges in plotting out a pattern by hand on graph paper is that all beads are not made the same, but all squares on graph paper are. Some beads are perfectly round, some are wider than they are long, and some are longer than they are wide. That means that a pattern will vary according to the type and size of bead used. Beader's Canvas allows for that, with the dimensions for Miyuki beads, including Delicas, and Toho beads already programmed in. Users can simply select the type (I used Delicas) and the size of the on-screen graph automatically adjusts. If you aren't using Miyukis or Tohos, you can manually enter the dimensions needed.
Stitch Switch: I first started the feather project in square stitch, but unhappy with how all attempts were turning out, I switched to peyote …