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Saturday, April 29, 2006

summer kerchiefs

Just finished making these for my sister. I used size 10 cotton threads for the variegated and size 5 for the solid turquoise one. I used Tulip hook size 3/0.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Crocheted and Beaded FOs

My newest necklace:
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This necklace is inspired by both Fiona for using multi-fiber strands and from a necklace that I saw at the recently concluded trade show. The necklace is made out of Moda Dea eyelash from the Sea of Yarn Swap, a couple of acrylic yarns in 2 shades of green and I suede-like yarn that I bought locally at the mall. I added a strand of strung seed beads and glass beads. I also included some glass butterflies. I just winged the little flowers in colors to match the yarns used. I used cotton threads for them......another good project to use leftover yarns and threads. lol!

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Star Stitch Shawl using vintage yarn:

and last but not the least, a beaded hoop earring that I wore to the trade show. A customer wanted it so I sold it to her. I made another one but my SIL wanted it so I gave it to her as well.....lol! Gotta buy more hoops to make more! lol! Thanks to a good friend for lending me your bead magazines. hugssss
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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Your Inner Child Is Surprised
You see many things through the eyes of a child.Meaning, you're rarely cynical or jaded.You cherish all of the details in life.Easily fascinated, you enjoy experiencing new things.
How Is Your Inner Child?

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Simply Hoops Pattern

There are 4 variations for these. This pattern works best if you crochet not too loosely. I used a size 9 steel hook for these earrings because I tend to crochet loosely. You may use whatever size hook that is comfortable for you. You only need a small amount of thread for these projects. This is a nice project to use some leftover threads. :-)
small amount of size 8 or 10 100% cotton thread in preferred color
steel hook
seed beads sizes 8 and 11 to match thread
clear nail polish
silver or gold hoop earrings ( you can use whatever size you have available)
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Basic Pattern without beads: (Variegated)
Row 1 - Sc around to cover hoop. Leave a little space before starting sc and a little space after. (See picture) Turn
Row 2 - chain 1. 3 sc in next 3 st., 4 hdc in next 4 st. Dc in next succeeding st. until 7 remaing unworked stitches are left. 4 hdc in next 4 st., 3 sc in next 3 st. Fasten off. Weave ends. Dab a bit of clear nail polish on both ends of earrings to prevent work from slipping.

Pattern 2: (Orange)
String on adequate amount of size 8 seed beads before starting.
Row 1 - Follow Row 1 of basic pattern.
Row 2 - Sc with bead in all of previous sc's. Fasten off. Dab a bit of clear nail polish on both ends of earrings to prevent work from slipping.

Pattern 3 (Lavender)
String on adequate amount of size 11 seed beads before starting.
Row 1 - Follow Row 1 of basic pattern.
Row 2 - Hdc with bead in all of previous sc's. Fasten off. Dab a bit of clear nail polish on both ends to prevent work from slipping.

This one makes a "fuller" style of earrings.......you will need more seed beads for these. For my earrings, I strung about a foot long of size 8 seed beads. I used white hoop earrings since I wanted a thicker base for this.
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Row 1 - Follow Row 1 of basic pattern.
Row 2 - Chain 3 with seed beads. Sc in next st. Do this until all previous stitches are covered. Fasten off. Weave ends.
I did not put nail polish on these anymore because the metal part of the earrings prevented the crocheted piece from slipping over.

100% mercerised cotton threads available here

Thursday, April 20, 2006

simply hoops

I made these hoop earrings this afternoon. I got the idea from crafster.org......I used silver-plated hoops which I was able to buy wholesale. I made 3 variations for these. Thread are size 8 and 10 using size 9 hook as it looks nice if you crochet it taut. The beads are size 8 and 11.

More beaded combs.......

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

fan bookmark

This is the fan bookmark by cupcake. She said she learned this from an old lady in a nursing home. This works up fast and is pretty. I used Anchor Lifestyles with size 7 hook.

Update on my stuffs to sell: So far, I've made 7 beaded combs and a couple of bead crocheted bracelets. I'll be making earrings next. It'll be my first. ;-) I'll be posting pictures soon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Got my calendar!

Yippeeee!!!!!! I finally got my calendar! I've been wanting to have this calendar since last year. I was very lucky Stacey chose to swap with me. We already did a private swap before and this is the second time. I really enjoy private swaps. So far I only had 1 bad swap. It's a good thing I sent a couple of my butterfly pouches only. Anyways, here's what Stacey sent. She also sent some goodies for Joshua......thank you sooooo much, Stacey!!!! You're so sweet!

Here are some more finished combs I made the past few days. I'll be selling these at the trade show this Saturday. I still have to make several more stuff.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Lilac (Purple) Fantasy Doily

I was browsing through CPC when I saw this pattern. I knew I had to make it as I fell in love with it. I had a little trouble with the pattern but was able to figure it out. I changed the color of the petals for the Outer Flowers. I used lilac for the first layer instead of lavender and purple instead of lilac for the second layer. I wanted a more intense color........

My son Joshua said it's beautiful and I'm happy! LOL!

Monday, April 10, 2006

Since Bonnie has finally gottern her shawl, it's safe to post the Butterfly Shawl I made for her. I tried 2 patterns with beads and wasn't happy. Finally decided to use a revised version of the Spring has Sprung Shawl and used the Butterfly motif from Designer Fashions. I used Monaco Raylon thread in gray and size 8 hematine-colored glass seed beads. The crocheting and stringing of the beads took about 2 hours for the edging and about 3 hours sewing on the beads for the motif. It was worth it as Bonnie was happy. It was hard to part with this. lol

I had to bribe Joshua with some candy so he will agree to try this and then have his picture taken. I wanted to see what this looks like when worn as this is for my niece. I don't do much wearables except for ponchos and shawls so this is new for me. I only know my niece's chest measurements and had to guess the rest. I made a mesh-type of sarong as I don't know how to make a matching bikini bottom. lol!
Luckily, my SIL liked the set.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

another glass cover - Irish Rose

This is bigger than the sunflower one. I used size 6 seed beads, acrylic bead and rose quartz disc.