Friday, March 16, 2012

TGIF! Beading Babes Sneak Peek and a Free Pattern

Really, I can't believe I didn't post at all for a week!  I better get my act together for the A-Z Blogging Challenge which begins April 1. And then there are only four days off from blogging that month!  Yikes!  There is also a good chance I'll be traveling for the first couple days of April!!!

I started working on one of the Beading Babes projects for round 4!  I finished one of the earrings of the Paisley Drops by Jane Lock.  This pattern is a variation of the peyote Russian leaf pattern.   I've been wanting to try this for years and I am so glad I am getting the push to do it now!

This pattern is mostly easy to follow - I had a little bit of a hard time starting the second half, but I think that was beader confusion and not the pattern.  However when it came time to pull the two halves together...
...the pictures shows the thread coming out of the second to last bead on one side, but going into the top bead on the other side....and well.....that just wasn't working out for me when I tried it like that.  The little piece wasn't sitting right and it seemed off balance...maybe I was reading it wrong or something, but I tried several times and pulled it out several times, until I decided to go with my instinct and instead make the thread go into the second to last bead on the other side.  Once I did that, everything worked out marvelously.  I am loving this pattern and already dreaming up lots of variations and uses for it!  Can't wait to tackle the second earring for this pair and move on to the next Beading Babes project!
Here is a little shamrock for St. Patrick's Day!

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Boy Amy you are on the ball. I haven't even looked for the mags with the patterns in them, I have the mags just haven't got them out. Thanks for the tip I have been wanting to do these earrings also, but for some reason just never got around to doing them. Have a great weekend.

  2. Well, you sharp girl! I'm with Therese, I haven't pulled my mags out yet. But I'm pretty sure I'm going to make the Trellis necklace, just need to gather the beads for it. Working on a piece right now for the "Flap your Wings" challenge. I'll definitely have to check out the earrings, your sneak peek looks gorgeous!


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