Christmas spirit

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Hanging Stars

I’ve done a lot of christmas beading recently. I started with some five point stars from Diane Fitzgerald’s ‘Shaped Beadwork’. First I made an extra large one for myself and then I made a series of increasing size. The twisted squares are so easy to do while watching tv, having a conversation. Just a way to keep my hands busy. The stars are then joined with invisible thread which I’m hoping will be well invisible when the stars are hung on a tree. I’m planning on gifting this set probabaly to my (not yet) in-laws.

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Five Point Star

I then wanted to make a 4 point star in the style of the star of Bethlehem. I searched high and wide for a pattern and then put out a call on the fb group. We only managed to find one other pattern,from thread a bead, which while stunning wasn’t quite what I wanted. So I put my thinking cap on and had a go a trying to come up with a pattern myself. I was attempted to add spine beads to just one side of a twisted square. This worked quite well, I initially just added spine beads on two different occasions. Then I decided to add rows over two of the 4 sides, to alter the shape a little. And then I had to try and repeat what I had done. I think I definately need to make notes next time I try and make something up. This ornament has already found a home with my grandma. It was diwali this week, and I think the colours work for both celebrations, so I gifted it early

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Star of Bethlehem ornament

When I was adding jump hoops to these ornaments, I remembered a couple of other ornaments I had made previously and sort of forgotten. The first was a christmas tree I had last year, which was also my own design I just added increase to create a peyote cone. The fact I have started making things without following a pattern or trying to copy a picture makes me feel quite accomplished.

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I might still add a star to the top, we’ll see if I have time

And the final ornament is adapted from ‘shaped beadwork’. I beaded it during my Easter break, which feels like a long time ago. I love the blue/grey beads, I often accidentally buy more of that colour despite the fact I have plenty at home.

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Tackle that bead stash update:September, October and November

I’ve not been very good at participating in these since August. However I have been taking the time to think about what I would make and how I could push my self with it.

Septembers challenge was weather. I was thinking quite literally for this one and drew up a flat cloud pattern in peyote. I was thinking I could bead it as a pendant to attach between chain. While I wasn’t inspired enough to actually start the beading, I think this is a cool idea and could easily be used to make necklaces for presents. Especially if I drew up more patterns depending on the persons interests.

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A rain cloud motif

The actual entries were incredible and far more abstract that my own idea. I especially like the twister necklace, its very classy.

Octobers challenge was red and grey, with a twist of using squares or cubes. I managed to choose beads that would be perfect for this but couldn’t decide on a design. I wear a lot of both red and grey and have just realised that these colours and beads are perfect for a necklace pattern I have. And would go perfectly with the outfit I am wearing today. I’ll put it on the list of things to make in the future.

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Red and Grey

Novembers challenge is inspired by a book. And I of course thought of the discworld. Can you imagine a pendant with a turtle, 4 elephants and a disc. It would be so cool. I would however have none of those things in bead form, and don’t think I have time (or skill) to make all of them and it is supposed to be a stash busting exercise. But I have plenty of ‘a sort of greenish purple’ coloured beads, and I think the slugs in love pattern would be pretty magical. Lets see, I have a busy month ahead of me.

Winter Blues – Novembers WIP

Nothing I predicted last month came true. October has been a pretty miserable month, I caught every bug going and spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself. Initally I wasn’t even up for doing any craft at all, I really didn’t have the concentration but that changed over the last two weeks.

So the stuff I’ve still got on the go:

  1. Blanket. I’ve added two balls of wool this month, and have three more floating around. It’s starting to look like it might turn into a blanket rather than a very long scarf.
  2. Beaded bag. I bought beads so I should have done a bit more on this by next time
  3. Necklaces. Both my sisters and the sea glass one are still shelved. Maybe one day.

And things I’ve finished:

  1. Two notebook covers. One with embroidery, although that might end up back on the WIP list at some point.
  2. 3 different christmas ornaments, all with a star motif. This included one star that I ‘designed’ myself. Or at least I developed a pattern to make a different shape, but its made me feel quite accomplished.
  3. A hand sewn christmas ornament. Again this may end up on the WIP list as i’m considering adding some beaded embroidery, I did say I was enjoying it.
  4. A couple of cards. We needed a wedding card and its very hard for me to just make one.

Look how short my WIP list (even if 1 entry include 2 things). Thats pretty good going. And I’ve made a decent headstart on my christmas making. I’ll do my best to do a couple of blog posts soon. And I really should get on with making christmas cards. Something I definitely learned last year is to keep them simple and not to do two many different designs.