Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NYE Beading in the car, Bangle and Earrings


Zack and I decided to take an impromptu road trip for New Year's Eve this year. We had been talking about visiting Hot Springs, Arkansas and the Ozarks so last night we packed up and headed out. We booked a formal Gala Ball for NYE in Hot Springs so I packed some beads to make something to match my dresses (I'm  still not sure just how formal I'm going, I packed 2 options, both blue/purple).
I was also looking to match the necklace that Zack gave me for Christmas, a green/purple teardrop topaz pendant with diamond accents.  I definitely needed a bangle or two to match this lovely piece!


Our drive from East Lansing to Potosi, MO took about 8 hours, Zack drove, I beaded while we talked. I set my timer while beading.  I finished the purple bangle in 6 hours and the little purple earrings took about a half hour.  Not bad, I thought the bangle would take longer, I have been working more on the Pattern Play Bangles, as they get wider they're slower to stitch, but keeping these smaller certainly cuts the time down.

Since I was making these bangles particularly for myself I decided to make them 4 seed beads smaller around than my usual bangle size. They are snug to slip on but work perfectly.


These photos aren't bad for my cell phone-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-hotel photo shoot.  Hopefully I'm happy with how they look with the dresses! And Linda thought that I wouldn't be able to whip something up in time :)  I may work on a larger pair of earrings on the next leg of our drive.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Bead Store: Bead Haven

Merry Christmas from Danielle! 

At the end of November Zack and I were having a slow Sunday and weren't really up for doing a house project so I suggested going to Frankenmuth.  I haven't been over there since we went hunting for a nativity set back in 2006 and I keep hearing about a fabulous bead store there.  Frankenmuth is the place where us Michiganders go to see "Bronner's Christmas Wonderland". If you need something Christmas-related, it's, well, a sight to see.  When we first drove into town the place was nuts, so we decided to hit the bead store and have a traditional family style German chicken dinner first.

Me and Zack in Frankenmuth
(there's a cute covered bridge behind us)

Bead Haven is the bead store and the rumors are true!  Being someone who is specifically looking for seed beads, an entire room of tubes and baggies of seed beads covering the walls is very exciting.  I really didn't need any more beads, but I have had a color palette for spring floating around in my head so I purchased a few tubes for that and some filler of a specific purple shade that I am low on (tubes below).  You can see that I bought two tubes of a greenish turquoise seed bead.  I had originally bought this seed bead in Marquette at Bella Beads  on my way to the Porkies and I used almost the whole tube while I was living in Dan's cabin. So I was happy that Bead Haven (a mere hour away rather than 6-7 hours away) carries Toho, which I don't usually order (I lean towards Miyuki seed beads).


I also have to say that Bead Haven not only is a really put-together store (with lots of room so you're not bumping into other shoppers and knocking beads off of displays) but their website is pretty thorough, beware, it could be dangerous.

I hope everyone enjoys their holidays and hopefully there is beads or yarn or your favorite fiber involved! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Jewelry Trunk Show Deals

I have my second and last holiday sale tomorrow, Wednesday, at the law firm that I work part time at.  It's open to the public and you're welcome to swing in and see our office in Lansing over towards the Hall of Justice.  The address is Speaker Law Firm 230 N. Sycamore Street, Lansing MI 48933  There's free two hour parking on Ionia Street and the office is an old house on the corner of Ionia and Sycamore.

I have been going through my jewelry stock and there are pieces that I have had for much too long and are taking up valuable space.  SO I'll have some steeply discounted pieces on Wednesday, here's a few examples:

$25.00 Earrings


$20.00 Earrings


$15.00 Earrings




$50.00 Bracelets

No additional discounts will be applied to these pieces, no bartering and as usual, all sales final.  If you can't make it or are not local, you're welcome to contact me via email or by leaving a comment below on Thursday or after to see what I have left and I can ship it to you for $5.00 flat shipping, whatever you're looking to purchase.

If you want to join the event via Facebook, feel free to HERE.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Weaving Yardage....possibly never again....?

I have been trying to finish off some projects that are long-started and neglected for one reason or another.  This feels good to have it off my loom and Delilah folded up for a little bit to make room to finish other projects that are growing issues in my mind.


Back in August of 2013 I was taking a class with Mary Sue Fenner making a jacket out of our handwoven.  I'm not very good at prepping for classes (as I certainly discovered here!). I had decided maybe two months before to use up my hand-dyed rayon leftover from college and lord knows what other projects to weave yardage for this class.  Clearly, I did not get this fabric woven in time and then it sat and I picked at it. Over a year later I got this darn yardage off my loom.


I am constantly inspired by other weavers who weave beautiful fabric and then make it into wonderful clothing pieces.  Daryl Lancaster has been a source of inspiration since she spoke with the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild a number of years ago and she has been to the Michigan League of Handweavers Conference & Workshops....maybe this is ready to go for one of her workshops?  Or I'll find the perfect Vogue Pattern and be ready to go? Also, a Kalamazoo weaver Helen Duffy of Axtell Creek Designs is always making something cool. Bonnie Kay and Ellen Wilson of the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild create amazing pieces with their handwoven....just to name a few I can think of this morning....


This fabric is hand-dyed rayon woven in a weave pattern that involves breaks or recesses in the cloth, which is giving it's springy feel. (page 164, figure 757 in A Handbook of Weaves)  I wanted to use all 6 shafts on my loom...because I can. Its set is at 20 ends per inch.  


I now know that I could do this, I have the knowledge to go forth and do so, but all I've been thinking about is my next double weave pick-up wall hanging and the tapestry that I started in the Porkies.  This may not be for me, not right now anyway.


Confession:  I hated the idea of hand-washing 7.5 yards of fabric and we have a new washer that has a hand-wash setting.  I stitched the edges of this fabric down like Mary Sue had taught us (since I don't own a serger), crossed my fingers and threw it in the machine.  I decided not to put it on spin, so it came out sopping wet and I hung it.  I mean, if I do make this into clothing, I will be putting it in the machine, so it better hold up, right?

It held up, whew! After washing it, I love this fabric even more....maybe I will weave yardage again one day.  The light soft give to this fabric is already begging to be made into something. I''m already perusing the Vogue patterns I own and some online.

Older references to this yardage: Weaving it in January  &  a Video of this being woven

Blue, Red, Light Pink and Grey Offset Arrow Bangle and Earrings

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