Calypso Bracelet

Well, it took me a really long time to complete this bracelet but I finally did it. I started this bracelet about 9 months ago and completed 85% of it. On Saturday I told myself it was time to complete the project and move on to something new.  I was distracted by crocheting and knitting over these past few months.

My weekend plans consist of me being outside in my garden for at least 2 hours in the morning and at least 2-3 hours in the afternoon.  In between those times,  I do indoor projects like knitting,  crocheting, and beading.  

This bracelet I made is from a pattern designed by Jaycee. She makes such  beautiful, intricate designs. I love the romantic, lacy-ness of this bracelet. I also love that the bracelet is thicker rather than a thin band to disguise my bony wrist. My wrist is extremely small and I find that all bracelets sold for women are too big for me.

This band was made with 10 different beads. I didn’t have enough of some of the beads so ended up using a variety of colors. It worked out well. Below is my beading tray filled with mayhem. I had to beg my boys to sort the beads for me once I completed the bracelet.

The hardest thing about beading is picking colors and beads to go with the designs. I have spent hours on choosing colors and beads before I start projects. Sometimes I would have to tear up the project about a quarter of the way in after finding out the colors and size don’t have the desired effect. I want colors that would work well with my wardrobe and beads must already be in my current stash.

This picture below is to show you how small the beads are. My tiny hairlike strand of thread is coming out of a gold 15mm Delica beads. The needles for this project is just as thin and I am still amazed that I am able to thread it without problems, although my eyes have gotten worse since I started beading years ago.

After completing this bracelet I realized I should have used a magnet clasp instead of this difficult-to-maneuver-clasp-with-one-hand thing. Other than that, I am very happy with my bracelet. Hopefully in a few more weeks I will be able to share my new beading project.

But wait…look what’s blooming in my yard!

Fuchsia
Iochroma Princess
Blushing Ballerina Angel’s Trumpet

Beaded Xara Necklace

With the weather being so cold in the morning, I haven’t been outside to work in my garden. I thought now would be a good time to talk about my indoor garden of beads.  

Long before I started gardening, I was interested in beading, crocheting, and knitting. Now, with the weather being colder outside, I have been focusing more on these indoor hobbies.  

Let me start first with beading since I have been doing them the longest.  I discovered beading six years ago during a vacation to Portland, Oregon with my family.  I bought a bracelet that someone knitted using fine silver wires and Swarovski beads.  I always thought beading was about stringing beads onto a rope or chain and call it a bracelet or necklace but now, I realize there is so much more to beading. The bracelet below was the inspiration for all of my beading work thereafter.  The bracelet also spurred an interest in knitting and crocheting because I wanted to make a similar bracelet myself.  Alas, I have not been able to duplicate such a bracelet.  I am still trying to perfect my knitting.

I tried making some of my own bracelets shortly after unsuccessful attempts to make that inspirational bracelet. Here are some my very early bracelets. Shown below are three different bracelets with color combinations to go with my outfits at the time.

Decent right? But not the greatest!

Below are some earlier ones that were much more improved. These are just a small sample of what I’ve made. I will show other ones on other posts.

Beaded bracelet and ring I made

For now, let’s concentrate on my latest addition: the Xara necklace. This necklace can be achieved by following Debbie Roberti’s Xara pattern.  It was fairly easy to do and it took me about 3 hours to complete.  The hardest and most time-consuming part of beading is choosing the right beads and color combinations to make with the pattern.  I have a stash of beads from other projects so I tried to work with what I have first.  The large center beads in this necklace is the Paisley Duo and it has two holes, on the top and bottom of the beads.  In making these jewelry pieces, I always choose color combinations that work with my wardrobe.  A lot of times though, I find that I love greens and purples with gold or bronze similar to those found in jewelry from India. 

This necklace I made in silver tone but with a little bronze to make some of my dark-colored outfits stand out more.  I love the look of silver and gold together too. 

There you have it! I hope everyone enjoyed my bit of beading today even if you are not interested in girly beading stuff.