I am trying to work my way through a huge stash of beads, so I started making a beaded bookmark, using seed beads. It is slow going, but has a lot of promise for interesting bookmarks down the road. My current one is just a single colour, with a border, but I am starting to work on a pattern for the next one, which will be wider and a bit more elaborate.
Here is the progress on my first, simple, bookmark so far:
02-13-2011, 12:34 AM
How neat and creative! :)
02-13-2011, 02:45 AM
Looks really good MH!! What do you string the beads on?
02-13-2011, 09:31 AM
It looks so pretty, love the colors. You are so creative and motivated, thanks for the inspiration.
02-13-2011, 09:37 AM
Looks great madhen! :)
02-13-2011, 10:12 AM
MM, along with my bead stash, I have a bunch of bead string (Silamide) in different colours. I also have regular sewing thread, and I am trying that on my second project, because I loop through the same beads so many times, there is pretty much no chance the beads would fall off if a strand broke.
Here is the second one, although I think I'll end up keeping it, because the border beads appear to be just a teeny bit bigger than the interior beads, and it is throwing the look off.
02-13-2011, 01:59 PM
Actually MH - that is a great look - makes me want to rub my fingers over the beads.
I've never done beading like this - so if you are adding the beads across the work, does anything keep the beads together on the vertical or are they loose?
02-13-2011, 02:03 PM
You typically add only two beads at a time, and you are constantly working the thread through the previous row, so you end up with a very tightly bound product. Basically, you work in little circles of four beads at a time (two on the row you are working on and the two in the row below), if you can picture it. You can take a pair of scissors to it afterward and cut straight through, and typically, if you've done it right, you still won't be able to easily remove any beads from the work.
02-13-2011, 02:06 PM
I get it - mahalo! Are you using a wire thin flexible needle?
02-13-2011, 02:49 PM
Yes, I'm using a size 12 beading needle.
02-13-2011, 04:31 PM
Wow, awesome. Looks great and it looks like a lot of work.
02-13-2011, 05:32 PM
Both of them look great MH. Pretty TEDIOUS stuff!!
02-13-2011, 05:34 PM
I don't think that my eyes could handle this type of work anymore!!
02-13-2011, 05:37 PM
It does get tedious and you do get eye strain. That is part of what takes so long - you have to take a lot of breaks!!