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Friday, 21 February 2014

Art by my Dad

Happy Friday, all!

My Mum gave me copies of some sketches that my Dad did a few years ago when they were on holiday in Austria.  I found some cheap clip frames and they are now hung around the house.  I'm so envious of my Dad's fantastic artistic ability.  I have trouble drawing curtains!!!

Sorry that there is some reflection issues going on, but that aside, aren't they fab?

I had a most frustrating sewing day yesterday.  I just seem to have lost all my mojo at the moment, so I gave up and made some cakes instead.
They tasted great so at least I managed to get that right :-)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Flat spiral weave bracelet

Hey guys!

Well, since my last post of the Woven elegance bracelet, I have been totally obsessed with making these, so I've been building up some extra stock for the shop.

Here are some piccies for you:

Think my Mum will love this one!

Hmm, not sure about the red/ green/ black combo.....
Double flat spiral weave (top), single flat spiral weave (bottom)

The colour combo above was my favourite, so I decided to make a double bracelet for me.

If you want to make one of these bracelets yourself, you can find tutorials on Pinterest.  My Amari looked to be a good one, so if you've got a spare couple of hours and you're feeling crafty, give it a go!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Woven elegance bracelet

I went to another jewellery making class last night at The Beaderie in Cambridge.  It was here I first learnt how to make beaded jewellery and where I developed my passion for this craft.

Sally is a great and patient teacher and always holds brilliant classes.

This is what I made last night:

This was an amazingly simple pattern and didn't take all that long to make.  I finished this in well under 2 hours.  I will definitely make more of these in a variety of colours, but I was really pleased with the colours I chose in the class.  

Hope you're all keeping warm and dry during this awful weather.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Tutorial - a simple macrame and leather bead bracelet

Morning all!

I've been mega busy making stock for my friend's shop, which will be opening in the next few weeks.

Thought I would share a simple tutorial with you on how to make a macrame and leather bead bracelet.

You will need:

  • 1 button (I think mine is 15mm)
  • 4mm beads (I used approx 40, but you will need more or less depending on the size of your wrist)
  • 80cm of 1.5mm leather in a colour of your choice
  • 1.5 metres of 1mm nylon cord in a colour of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue (mine is G-S Hypo Cement)
  • Fray Check or clear nail varnish
  • Clipboard and two bulldog clips
Take your leather and bend it in half.  Thread both ends of the leather into the button and slide it to the middle of the leather.  Tie an overhand knot to keep the button in place.

Clip the leather in place (with button facing down) as shown below.
Sorry - this photo is on its side!
Put a small amount of Fray Check (or clear nail varnish) on each end of    your nylon cord.  This makes the cord stiff and stops it fraying, making it easier to thread your beads.  Leave to dry completely.

Put the knotting cord underneath the leather, close to the button, ensuring that there are equal lengths of knotting cord on either side of the leather.

Now, you begin the macrame knots.  Starting with the left hand side of the nylon cord, make a loop across the leather as shown below.  Place the right side of the nylon cord on top of the left side cord. 
Then pass the right side cord underneath the left side cord and the leather and bring up through the loop on the left side.

Pull both cord ends tight to make a knot,  Repeat the same process but on the right side.
Once you have done this on both sides, you have created one full macrame knot.  Repeat this process one more time to make another complete knot.  You have now completed two macrame knots.

You are now ready to add the beads.  Thread one 4mm bead onto each side of the knotting cord and make one full macrame knot.  Ensure that you pull the knots tight so that the beads are held securely in place.

After each macrame knot (only do one full knot between each set of beads, not two as you did at the beginning), continue to slide on your beads and continue to knot.
When you have added enough beads for your wrist (I use about 40 for a wrist of 6.5 inches), finish with two full macrame knots as you did at the beginning of the bracelet.
Take the bracelet off the clipboard and tie an overhand knot in the leather close to the final macrame knot. 
Leave a gap in the leather through which your button can fit and then tie another overhand knot. 
Cut off the excess leather ends.  Put a dab of glue on the last macrame knot to secure, leave to dry and then snip off the excess nylon cord. 

And voila!
You can use cube beads or round beads for this project.