Getting carried away

11 10 2009

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I always do it. I bite off more than I can chew. I have eyes bigger than my belly. It’s why I call myself “Halfway Crafter”. I pick projects that are so big that I lose interest partway through and never see them out.

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So when I picked the nice easy little project of making knitting stitch markers for the afternoon, I thought for sure I had made a smart choice… something that could be accomplished quickly and easily.

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Well, I was partly right. I have finished the project, but in typical me-style, I couldn’t just make one set for me to use. No, I had to use all of the tigertail and crimps I bought and just kept making them until I ran out of equipment! I now have several sets of stitch markers, all beautiful and much, much nicer than the knotted bit of yarn I was using up until now! So there went my entire afternoon… but at least I have several finished sets and not just another “halfway” project!

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These two sets below are my favourites. I bought the cloisenne beads especially. One set will be for a friends birthday in January. If I forget, remind me I made them, ok?!

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Beaded Rose

16 07 2009

The first post of my blog. I feel I should be writing something profound, about my dreams, intentions and aspirations for this blog, but I can’t think of what I should be saying!

So instead, I will just begin by posting about my first craft project on here, a beaded rose I made, following the instructions from Martha Stewart’s site.


Aside from needed quite a few beads and quite a bit of wire, there’s not much in the way of materials needed for this project. I used 4mm seed beads and 28 gauge wire. I would probably use 26 gauge wire if I did it again. You’ll see why in a few photos time.


The petals for the rose are rather big and whilst nothing in the project is hard, it took me maybe two and a half hours to do the beading and put the flower together.


On the way to a beaded rose!


Here she is! Looks pretty good in this shot! The instructions call for 4 more large petals but I think that would be too many. Plus I got sick of making the petals!


This is why I would use slightly thicker wire next time. When I don’t hold the base of the rose, the petals flop out quite a bit and it doesn’t look all that nice. The difficulty is in finding the right gauge of wire – it needs to be thin enough that it can pass through the beads twice with ease, and strong enough to support the weight of each petal.

Have you made a beaded flower? Give it a go… it’s easy!