Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bead Soup Daisy Chain: Seed Bead Stitching

I'm jumping ahead in the seed bead stitching projects.  I can't help myself though.

Beth Stone has two seed bead stitching books - with the second one appropriately titled More Seed Bead Stitching: Creative Variations on Traditional Techniques .  It has a lovely Daisy Chain necklace on the front and I had to try something similar.  You can see it in the picture above, right in the middle - which is a little strange because the necklaces on my cover are exactly the same, but in a different order!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Seed Bead Stitching: Diagonal Peyote Band

My second project from the book Seed Bead Stitching by Beth Stone is a bracelet band in diagonal peyote. I used Japanese cylinder beads again.  This is easier for a newbie like me since they have a consistent shape and lock into place, helping with any issues of thread tension.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Seed Bead Stitching by Beth Stone

I haven't added a jewelry book review in a while, but I have read a lot of them during that time.  Most recently, I have been reading and doing the projects from Seed Bead Stitching by Beth Stone.

If you've read my jewelry making blog or prior reviews, you know I mainly make wire and gemstone jewelry.  But I've always been fascinated by woven bead jewelry especially the lovely earrings by Miguel Ases that are becoming more popular.  I'd like to learn how to make something similar.  But, I'd also like to understand the stitches used in seed beading to help with my wire wrap work.