Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bonus post!

Hello again! Yes, it's true - 2 posts in 1 day. I wanted to keep my Tuscarora Tuesday post strictly Tuscarora, but I did have something else I wanted to share.

First of all, I know I have said it before, but I will say it again--thank you thank you thank you for all the love you have shown in listening to my tale of woe concerning Hannah. Every comment feels like a well-needed hug and I can't say enough how much you all mean to me. Really and truly. Ok then, with that said, let's talk beads!

I finished the Toho Ring Kit, and as much as I love the motif.......

I really love the design of the band. I just am so impressed by these kits. Does anyone know of any other Toho kits out there? I haven't looked for any, but I would have to believe they have put out other kits than just the rings.

Those faceted glass rounds I got from Artbeads turned into these:
The facets really catch the light and give so much visual texture.

I found the instructions in a book by Carol Wilcox Wells entitled The Art & Elegance of Beadweaving. The design was created by Leslie Frazier, though I added the size 15 ring around the edge. They worked up fairly quickly -- I made these on Monday afternoon in about 2 hours or so. I really wanted to bake a rhubarb pie, but it was so hot and humid that wasn't going to happen. So I had to bead, it was too hot to do anything else. Still haven't decided what they will turn into. I like just holding them for now :)

I got the book from my public library, but it's now on my 'to buy' list. It's a great book - lots of different designs and projects from a variety of artists.

Well, my dear friends, I need to re-focus my brain and get into packing mode. We leave for my beloved Allegany State Park tomorrow to attend the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage and I haven't done a single thing to get ready. Although after having camped for years, we are fairly organized, I still need to take inventory of supplies and get my grocery list together, shop, and get the laundry done; not to mention I'm dying to see what all you have been up on your blogs. I guess I should have taken today off from the office........

~ Bead Happy and Often ~
FTC Disclosure: I received the faceted round glass beads free of charge from Artbeads in exchange for my honest opinion of the product.

6 comments:

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

love the ring! it has such a classy look to it. maybe i'll make one for my mom one day since you said they're not too hard to follow. i would love to wear one myself, but i have never worn rings...my fingers are too short, stubby and fat lol. and i really love what you did with the faceted glass rounds. those beaded beads are really great! i'm going to have to see if my library has that book. you always seem to find some of the most interesting little projects to do. i just love reading your blog! big hugs to you lynn!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Those beads turned out great! I've never made beaded beads--they seem so complicated to me.
The ring is lovely, too. Actually, I am pretty sure that Art Beads sells Toho kits for bracelets and necklaces. I'd like to make myself a bead embroidered cuff bracelet. Do you know of anyone who sells a basic tutorial? I'm sure I could bead it, but am not sure of the measurements & attaching it, etc.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow, these are lovely! you make it sound so easy.

lovingbead said...

I love the ring - fabulous! And the beads are great too!

Releases by Rufydoof said...

You know I only just recently learnt how to make these beaded beads and I have to admit I think I am a little addicted... they were much quicker and easier than I had anticipated.

I love your colour choices here.

Karyn

Gypsy said...

The size 15 ring around the outside is a stroke of genius! Can't wait to see what you do with them.
The ring kits are wonderful, and I know you are enjoying yours!