Friday, March 21, 2014

Practice Makes Perfect and other beady goodness!

Every weekend, I try to set aside several hours to just bead.  Then I bead like crazy for a few hours, catch up on some of my Hulu shows.  I take pictures and have grand plans of blogging about my weekend.... then on Sunday night, I put together my to-do list for the week....Monday comes around and the train starts moving at full speed....then here we are on Friday afternoon and I"m finally finding a moment to pull those pictures off my phone and blog a little!!!

So, I shall backtrack to last weekend!  Sometimes I don't have a real plan for my bead time.  When that happens, I try to refresh my skills in areas that I want to improve.  This past weekend I decided to pull out Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork: Dimensional Jewelry with Peyote Stitch (Beadweaving Master Class Series), and work on dimensional peyote shapes.  Diane's book is a wonderful source for practicing these shapes.  For a long time I used to get stopped up right at this point, ready to add the second layer...

But after a bit of practice this weekend I am feeling more comfortable with creating these layered shapes!  Now I just have to decide what to do with them!

Thanks to a credit I had sitting in my Amazon account, this week I also treated myself Melinda Barta's new book:  Mastering Herringbone Stitch: The Complete Guide.   I came to herringbone stitch late in my beading life and could use some more instruction and guidance.  The projects in this book look fantastic and I can't wait to try them!!! 

In other news....there is a new issue of Creative Spark available.  ZNet challenged designers to create something spring-y and there is some great design inspiration in the issue!

See you tomorrow for Focus on Life Week 12!


8 comments:

  1. I know just what you mean about good intentions, it happens to me all the time. I have not done dimensional peyote in a long time yours look fantastic. Enjoy your new book.
    Therese

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  2. Hello,Amy:
    Fantastic bead woven geometric figures.
    I also have an idea of making the bracelet with squares of this kind,
    but I am always busy with something else,which started earlier and
    forget all about it.
    Your Work inspires and motivates me a lot:-)
    -Hugs-
    -Halinka-

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  3. You sure have some mad skills with the seed beads!!!

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  4. The little beads look perfect!!!
    Enjoy the book, it looks very interesting!
    Alenka

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  5. It always amazes me what can be created with those little tiny beads. Yours look great.

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  6. I'd say you have that stitch nailed! I saw that book last weekend at the bookstore and nearly brought it home with me as well :) It does look really great!

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  7. i have long wanted to try those dimensional shapes...i need to put them on my to-do bead list! yours are beautiful! there are so many options for these. i am going to cruise the links now while i sip my coffee. Happy Weekend, Amy!!!

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  8. Love your dimensional pieces! You could always put them on a fine ball chain. I know what you mean about meaning to get to things. Time always has a way to vanish for me, too, and I always have the best intentions! Hope you're doing well. We're still waiting for spring here!

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