Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Peacock Bracelet Tutorial is Done!!

     Can you believe it! I finally completed the brick stitch tutorial. Thank you for your patience.
    If you would like this tutorial, please e-mail me and I'll send it your way.  The exact beads and colors I used are in the instructions. Of course, you can use whatever colors that you like.
     I don't have a paypal account up yet. I'm an absolute newbie at this so the particulars can be taken care of through e-mail. Update: the pattern can be found at my  ETSY shop  http://www.etsy.com/shop/PennyDixonDesigns .
 
Blessings and happy beading!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Herringbone Rope

     It's fun to look back on some of my first beading projects. Sometimes I cringe and sigh when I see something I made four years ago. But mostly, I'm encouraged! Here is a herringbone rope that I made to accent a lamp work bead.

 
 
     I also made a coiled bail for some vintage looking keys to dangle off of.
 
    This bracelet was a challenge in learning to use tension properly. I always tend to bead too tightly when using peyote or herringbone stitches.
     Each component looks like a pillow because hidden in each one is a bead that gives it a three dimentional appearance.
     Looking back is such a great way to remind me of how much I've learned and how much there is still to learn. It also, reminds me to be adventurous. It's easy to become complacent with the "conventional".
     It's like what Garfield the Cat said, "It's amazing what one can accomplish when one doesn't know what one can't do!"

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