Enchanted Winter Bead Mix

The Goddess art doll that I’m making with this blue mix is almost finished but I won’t be showing it yet as it’s a gift for a friend so here’s a sneak preview of the bead mix I’ve made for another project…

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Free Flower Child Bracelet Tutorial

Another free tutorial for you today. Playing around with the beads one day I had one of those what-if-I-do-this moments which eventually turned into these delightful crystal flowers. I could imagine so many uses for these flowers:  rigs, earrings, necklaces, tiaras, brooches and hair pins, or add them to fabric, knitted, crocheted or felted projects. In the end I made mine into a bracelet. This is a great little bracelet base too, quick and easy and with plenty of other uses. Click here for the free tutorial. I would love to see what you do with your flowers so please feel free to email me with your photos!

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Copyright info: This is a free tutorial and must not be sold, made into kits or published in any shape or form. You may sell any finished beadwork that you create using this tutorial. You may teach this design to others but do not remove my details and copyright information. Please give me credit as the designer.

Blue Bead Mix

A quick sneak preview of my next project, which is going to be another Goddess art doll. I made up this blue mix yesterday : )

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Gaia Bead Embroidered Goddess Art Doll

Meet Gaia, my beaded Goddess doll! The beautiful bead mix I’ve used here was a gift from my friend Sarah Tucker, who put the beads together herself. Doesn’t she have a great eye for colour? I knew I wanted to make something special with it and so I decided to make a Goddess doll using one of my face cabs. I also found some leaves and a few pearls and other beads that fitted great with the rest of the beads.

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I sat with the beads for some time, wondering how I was going to go about this. As usual I had no plan to begin with, just the outline of the shape I wanted and the face glued into place. Normally I stick to size 11 seed beads when I do bead embroidery and add the beads in concentric circles around the focal beads or cabs. I was really excited about using this mix but as it contained many different sizes I was a bit stumped. I ended up tipping the whole mix onto the beading foundation and scooped away the beads outside the shape to see what it would look like filled in and that’s when inspiration hit! Wouldn’t it be great if I could stitch the beads down where they’ve landed and have this random effect?

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So that was my plan, to make it look almost like I had applied a layer of glue and sprinkled the beads on. I scoured the internet and books for info on how to achieve this effect but came up blank. Gulp…I would have to make it up myself! I started by securing one of the big blue faceted beads and then did the usual bead embroidery around it. But with a twist. Instead of picking up beads of the same size, like I would normally do, I piled up the mix on my bead mat and picked beads in what I like to call ‘lucky dip’ style – quickly scooping the needle through the pile several times. That way you truly get a random selection and it can be quicker than picking them up individually. Whichever beads end up on the needle, they are the beads that are used. Then instead of laying the beads flat, I stitched them down so that they stood proud from the surface. This gives a lot of texture. I did this for each blue bead and in between these areas I filled in with random patterns. As you can see, there’s not much patterning going on, which is exactly what I wanted.

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Sarah had also included a beautiful Sand Opal square Rivoli (or Squivoli as they’re sometimes called!) which I bezelled with gold seed beads and added as a dangle at the bottom along with some of the Swarovski crystals and one of the blue faceted beads.

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Here’s a view of the back. I really enjoyed making this and I’m itching to make another one :)

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Free “Catwalk” Cat Paw Print Peyote Cuff Pattern

Here’s another free peyote cuff pattern, perfect for animal lovers and really easy as a beginner pattern! I’ve called it Catwalk as it’s meant to be a cat paw print but it could easily double as a dog paw print. Click here to download the PDF.

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Although I’m offering these patterns for free, I still retain the copyright. Please don’t sell these patterns, make them into kits or publish them in any shape or form. Please ask my permission if you’d like to teach these patterns. Please don’t post the actual patterns to sites such as Pinterest or Facebook but the image above with a link is fine. I’m happy for you to sell finished items made with these patterns, please give this blog a mention if you do. All text and images belong to The Crimson Moon.

Happy Samhain/Halloween!

Happy Halloween/Samhain everyone! I have a couple of new makes to share with you today. I love making black jewellery and if I can combine it with rich red and or silver then I’m really in my element. In fact I’ve just realised that I’ve been using only black beads for the past few months! My new project is in metallic gold so I can finally give my eyes a rest!

This is a cuff that I made for the October challenge on the Operation Tackle That Bead Stash blog. We have had so many fantastic entries, don’t forget to check the blog out when I’ve posted the big reveal tomorrow. This design is by Rachel Butler of RB Beads and it was so much fun to make! I used shiny cubes and matte seed beads to give a bit of contrast within the all black scheme. You can find the pattern here.blackcuff

And I finished this necklace only last night. I would say just in time for Halloween but the truth is, I’ll be wearing this any time the mood takes me :) Not only is it in my favourite colour scheme, it’s also my CRAW debut! For those who think I’ve gone batty, CRAW is an acronym for Cubic Right Angle Weave which is a beadweaving stitch that I’ve always thought of as a rather complex one. It turns out that once you actually have a go it’s bloomin’ easy!

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The bat’s body is CRAW and the necklace is twisted herringbone. The pattern called for montees to make a lace design inside the wings but I couldn’t find them in the UK in the size and colour I needed so I did my own thing with 4mm Swarovski bicones instead.  I really like how it turned out! The pattern is by Trinkets Beadwork. And if you’ve been itching to try CRAW but don’t know where to start then there’s a fantastic video here by Heather Collin.

 

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