Monday, 26 September 2011

Handmade Monday: Friendship bracelets

This week I've been trying my hand at my own version of the friendship bracelets which are so much on trend at the moment.  I wanted to do something with gemstones and have some really lovely coloured silky cords that I've never really used much.  Not sure I've got the design right yet - here are a couple of prototypes.

What do you think?  I've been wearing them more or less 24-7 to test out how robust they are, and so far (touch wood!) all of the knots and fastenings have survived intact.  That means they've survived both the office, housework and dog walking, so I figure that's a pretty good test.  The ones with the gemstones incorporated - rather than dangling as a charm - are better at staying the right way up on your wrist, so I think they might be the winners.

Hopefully I can decide on the design soon and maybe list them in one of my new shops - on GroovyCart and ToSouk.  Opening two new shops in a week is a record for me!

Here's the link to find out what other Handmade Monday folk have been making this week. 

Friday, 23 September 2011

Folksy Friday: Fruits of the Forest

The woods and forests look pretty abundant at the moment, and I keep having to pick up the fallen apples, so why not a collection of non-edible fruits from Folksy sellers?  Click on any of the pictures to go directly to the shops.

fruit fridge magnets fruit wreath stained glass fruit bowl

1. Fruity fridge magnets by Kettle of Fish
2. Fruit wreath by Cranberry Charms
3. Bowl of stained glass fruit by JTs Creative Glass

apple bookmark pear door stop
1. Apple pendant by Funky Art
2. Berry bookmark by Cinnamon Street
3. Pear door stop by Crabtree Lane

You can find more Folksy goodies on this fruity Pinterest board.

And you might like this treasury on the same theme on Etsy too.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Handmade Monday

Well I've been away and missed a couple of Handmade Mondays, so I thought I'd come back with a tutorial on how to make a beaded bead.  I know at least one person who wants the instructions!  They are very simple when you get the hang of them.

You'll need:
15 beads
A headpin
Some glue
Thread - preferably monofilament

I'm using a thicker beading thread for the demo so you can see it, and different coloured beads to make it easier to follow.

Step 1

Thread 3 beads

Step 2

Thread a fourth bead by crossing both ends of the thread through the bead.  Now you're weaving :-)

Step 3
Pull the ends of the thread right through the last bead until it is sitting on top of the other beads, forming a diamond shape.

Step 4

Thread one more bead onto each of the ends of the thread

Step 5

Thread the next bead by crossing the ends of the thread through the bead again

Step 6

Continue to thread a bead on to each side of the thread, then thread another bead by crossing the ends of the thread through, until you have a 'ladder' of 12 beads.  The beads will start to curl up, but that's not a problem.

Step 7

Instead of adding another bead, thread the two ends of the beading thread through the bead at the bottom of the 'ladder'.

Step 8

Put a loose bead into the centre of the ladder

Step 9

Pull the threads tight and the round shaped beady bead will appear, as if by magic!  To make the beady bead as sturdy as possible, weave the thread back through as many beads as possible then tie the two ends in a knot and apply some jewellery glue.  When the glue is dry, snip the excess threads off.

Step 10

Thread one of the remaining beads on to the headpin and put the headpin through the drill hole in the loose bead that you put into the middle of the beady bead.  Yours will look neater because you've snipped the threads.

Step 11

Put the final bead on the top of the headpin, make a wrapped loop and you're ready to use your beady bead.  Simples!

They look nice as earrings

or in a necklace or bracelet

Happy weaving!

Here's the link to other lovely Handmade Monday posts.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

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