I was hoping my ‘secret project’ would go much faster than this. It probably would if I committed to only ‘it’ in a weeks time. I just finished the second panel last night. That means I have two to go and I am halfway there. Hoping to have another one done next week, but found myself on the phone yesterday and other beadwork was added to ‘do now’ list. I should be a professional juggler LOL
In the meantime, I lent out my ‘Little Guy’ loom to my guy, Dave, and have taught him how to use it to bead on. He went to Montana recently and bought an old cowboy hat at an antique store. He wants a beaded hat band to go on it and I think he didn’t want to wait for me to do it 🙂 He is doing a freeform pattern, meaning he is designing it as he goes. I was a bit surprised at the bland colors he chose, but it isn’t mine, so who am I to say anything, not like I expected pink and red or anything either. LOL
I will also keep you updated on his progress. You think mine is slow… 😀
Today I finished the first panel of 4. In all it probably took 3-4 days to complete. Now I have to make 3 more 😉 I am hoping to have this secret project ready for reveal in 2 weeks, so bear with me as I go through the process. I promise you are all going to love the finished piece.
I opted for the taped ends on this project as it will suit me best, as you will see in the end. The panel measure 8 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ with the 9 Delica colors.
Here it is the middle of the night. I haven’t had lots of time this past week to work on the surprise piece I am working I have started, but I will have lots of time in a few more days and it is going to be all about this project! I have a half a panel done so far. It seems to take me about a day and a half for half a panel. It was moving slower than I had anticipated the 2 solid days I worked on it. I am still excited though because this is going to be different. Here is what I have so far. The threads hanging on the left are the start and finish threads. I usually weave them in when I am all done looming a piece.
I have been also plotting and planning my next 2 pieces of loomwork and have purchased the proper items I will be working with. I am pretty excited about them as well! I will be heavily back into this piece in one more day. 😀
Finally, I am happy to say I started the ‘secret project’ today. Thrilled to get it underway, but as I started a bit on the loom I realized this was quite the undertaking. I think it is going to take me longer to loom than I thought. We’ll see 😉 That being said, the design below, with your input, is the one I decided on.
As it turned out, I had made it larger originally than I ended up needing and had to ‘shave’ rows off the top and bottom. This will be what it looks like all finished. So I printed up my trusty word chart. 7 pages in total. I prefer a word chart for loom work and peyote work. It works up way faster than using the colored graph with the symbols!! The faster I go, the quicker I can do something else. That’s how I roll.
This is what I have done so far. I have to make 4 of these, so this will definitely run into a week or two. That is the only hint you get. You can guess what I am doing, if you like, but I will not confirm it 🙂
See you next week, hopefully a good chunk done by then.
Hi everyone! I finished the barrette I had started last week and I have images for you on how I finished the piece. I was going to do fringe, but decided I shouldn’t because the barrette is wide as it is. If I had been thinking more clearly when I designed it, I would have shortened the actual barrette in width and widened the image to make the image as part of the fringe. Hind sight = 20/20 LOL Something for you all to think about in the event you want to make a barrette.
So this next image is the finished work still on the loom. I decided to try the tape technique and taped the ends together, bringing each side in just a little bit. I really liked this method and will definitely use it again. Sorry you can’t see the tape, I brought it from behind to the front and wrapped it to stick together. Worked like a charm. 😀
Next up, I cut the work off the loom and glued it down with E6000 around the edges and on both sides of the taped ends and adhered it to black leather. Don’t use lots of glue, just use enough. Then trim edges close being careful of the threads.
Then I put a small amount of E6000 to the back of a barrette blank. (if you are new to making barrettes, always make sure to purchase the ‘Made in France’ kind. Top quality and they are stamped on the back!!) After the glue set up for a few minutes, I then stitched the clip down on each end through the holes, knot from behind.
Then I glued the front and the back together, again with E6000 and mini clothes-pinned them together.
After the glue has set up, thread and needle with Fireline, or thread and work your sides however you like to.
So that’s it. It’s very easy to make a barrette and they can sure get fancy! This was a simple one.
My next project is going to be way way more exciting!! The ‘secret project’ and I am so darn excited to get started! The beads should be here in just a few days, then I have everything I need to work this up. I may even have to set up the Big Sister with the Little Guy to do this one. I have several pieces of the same design to do up and once I start, I am going to want to fly through the loomwork. This next project will also have video, although that may be the week following for the finished project, we’ll see. When it comes to beading a project I am excited about, I tend to forget about the sleeping part of my day 😉
It’s a good size project! Cannot even wait to share this with you all!
After last week’s post, I was feeling gun-shy about looming. I really don’t enjoy making mistakes and I am also good at beating myself up over them. I picked myself up by the boot straps today and literally had to make myself get back in the saddle. Knowing I am ordering my beads for the big project tomorrow, I have to make something small for now. I opened the bead program with a barrette in mind. After many attempts at using a fabric image in the program, I finally settled on one I liked. Summery and floral.
Spin it sideways and it is going to be a barrette. Of course I will be adding fringe as well. Here is a photo of what I have done so far (not the best pic). I will be finishing the whole piece tomorrow and will share a step by step finishing series of pics.
Every once in a while an idea doesn’t pan out. I have been thinking hard about what to do with the split loom piece I made and wanted to try something different. I think I may have messed up the piece when I took it off the loom and take it on vacation with me before I finished it. This is very sad to me after all the work. Now I will not be able to see if my idea works out, at least not any time soon. After much handling and being toted about gently here and there while on our Oklahoma trip, the piece decided to bunch together a bit in places and crowd itself. When I took it off the loom, it was beautiful, flat and not bunched anywhere. I tried to fix that, but it has not worked out very well.
A definite design flaw is that I didn’t make it long enough, although it is pretty long. When you go to put it around your neck, the area at the top of the pendant buckles. If I had made it longer that wouldn’t have happened, or if I had made a wider opening. Usually I am pretty good about fixing something, but not this time.
I saw someone post a Facebook entry about designers making mistakes and wishing they would share them occasionally. Well, here it is 😉 I do make mistakes and like many humans, I hate to own them. I think I am going to have to tear this apart and redo the entire piece. Not now though because right now, I am too discouraged to look at it LOL So tomorrow, I shall warp the loom for something else in the meantime.
Anyone else willing to share their mistakes?? What did you mess up? Was it a design flaw or the work itself? Were you able to fix it without doing a complete start over? If so, how did you fix it?
“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt, Looking Forward
Hi everyone! I am back from my trip to Oklahoma and ready to blog again. Thank you all for your patience while I took some time off.
I have been working on my split loom necklace as I showed on my last post. I wanted to adhere it to some super soft black goatskin leather and I am in midstream of doing that.
I wanted to try something different and see how well it would work out. So far I am liking the results and I am finding benefits to this as well. By doing brick stitch on the edges through both layers of leather, I am capturing the side thread and it is nearly disappearing as I do that. I have also decided to do some surface work to this. Not sure exactly what yet, but I will have plenty of time to think about it as I go…this edging is going to take me a couple more days. The clasp I have pretty much decided on, but have several options to also think about. I am hoping to order the beads for my next project real soon. Can’t wait to get going on that 😀 I shall update you again in a few days.
After several redesigns from my last post, the remake I came up with, I was finally happy with. Thursday morning of this past week, I found a moment to warp the loom. I was very precise and accurate this time, as I didn’t have time constraints. I decided to do this split loom in round Miyuki beads, instead of Delica beads. I have done 2 split loom pieces before and one was Czech seed beads and the next one was Delicas, so I thought I would try Miyuki rounds this time, and quite glad I did! The loomed bead ‘fabric’ feels absolutely luscious in my hand. It is super soft and beautifully supple.
This is a work in progress photo from a few days ago.
Initially, I wanted this to be a full around the neck wrap (no closure, just put over your head), mounted on lambskin. Since I have finished the work and an hour or so ago took it off the loom, I have decided I would put a closure on it, still mount it on leather, except I found amazingly gorgeous and even more supple goatskin in my leather stash. So goatskin will back this piece and it won’t be as ‘stiff’ as lambskin would have been. The lambskin I have is soft and supple, but not as much as the goatskin. By putting a backing on this, this will also allow fringe, if I should chose to, and I think this will also make it more sturdy for longer durability, less fragility to the owner.
I have woven in a bulk of the threads. The threads I have left to weave in are going to be stitched directly through the leather and tied off on the back side. When all of that is done, I will add a second leather back and put them together as I would a bead embroidery. I bought 2 gorgeous buttons for the closure today. Not sure if I will use one or both yet. Below is what it looks like right now.
It is a nice length. I didn’t use pure white, the white is a gold-lined white opal in color with opaque black as the contrast. I am going to try to finish it this week, but for now I have to put it down for a few days.
I finally finished my first loomwork project for Social market for a Mirrix. Yay! The finishing process was a lot of work, but I am quite pleased with the results.
This is also my first video. It took me all day and at the end there are a few glitches I missed, but old movies weren’t perfect anyway…right? LOL 🙂
With that I bid adieu until next week sometime. Hope you enjoy the video!