Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Week of Variety

Yes, it was a week where many not normal things took place.  lol !  We had company all week so very little in the way of arts and crafts was accomplished. 

I wasn't able to get anything done on the beading loom but I did get the C-Lon thread I ordered in a few colors.  I look forward to giving one of the colors a try this coming week -  it won't be black or white - I think.  :)  I did open the plastic bag to have a feel of the thread and it feels quite soft and silky.  I did purchase it from a shop I was familiar with but also did some shopping to see if the colors came in any bigger of a roll.   And of course they do.   If I were to do this professionally and all the time I'd go for the largest spools but because I won't be doing this professionally and only for fun, the 40 yard bobbins are fine - for me - for now.  lol !  I also found there are other threads out there for working with seed beads but I haven't seen much mention of them.  For example, Firemountain carries a line of something called Silkon thread which is a bonded nylon and comes in 3 weights.  The #1 lightweight for beading.  I have no idea if this is a good thread to use with the loom but there's only one way TO find out.  lol !   Next time  I place an order, I'll get a bobbin or two.  :) 

I did manage to do a few crafty things this past week.  I actually got to play at my torch for a couple hours early one morning !  It was in the 60's a few early mornings so got to make beads once.  :)  It was like I had never torched before.  lol !  Was a bit shakey so kept it very simple as you can see in the photo below.  Just a few frit beads and a basic focal bead with LOTS of silver foil and intense black.  I LOVE how intense black, silver foil and dark ivory react with each other !  LOVE the veining !  The 5 matching beads are very simple with a base of black, silver foil melted in and a rare frit added on top.  Another very reactive frit which can end up blue, white or yellow but is white in the un-melted form.  Fun to play with.

 I was also able to put together a kumihimo flat braid which will be in my Etsy shop later today.  I LOVE how it turned out.   See photo below.  I used a different pattern this time and it has a "wave" to it.  On the sides.  I used satin cord and a yarn with pretty silver sparkles through out.  This would be stunning in a handfasting ceremony or even in a necklace with a pink crystal hanging from the middle or some other gorgeous gemstone or cabochon.  This braid I finished up yesterday but before that one, I had worked on another one in purple with a different yarn.  Well, as it always happens, when you loose track of where you are and/or you don't pay complete attention to what you are doing, mistakes happen very easily.  Yikes !  Sure enough, even though I was able to backtrack and get most of the mistake out, I missed a few passes and continued on.  Oh well, it'll go in the big plastic bag with all the other mistaken braids done over the years !  lol !  Thankfully, the one in the photo is perfect.  lol ! 


Today will be a very long day.  Was up way too early (4:00 am) and could not get back to sleep.  Yawn.  Not sure how this day will go.  lol !

Thanks so much for coming by !  I hope you come back again soon to see what's happening.  I hope you are having a safe holiday weekend !    


  1. Hi Debbie,
    Beautiful beads! It was a pleasant surprise to have those cool mornings this past week. I have not done a flat Kumihimo ribbon yet, yours is very pretty. Have a wonderful week.

    1. Hi Therese, So glad you came by. Thanks for the compliments too. The flat braids are fun to make and there are at least 10 different patterns in the book I have.
      Yes, the cool mornings of last week were a nice surprise. Too bad they didn't last. lol ! Fall will be here soon though and I cannot wait. It's my time of year !