Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The revel for A Time To Stitch Blog Hop!!

Recently, I decided to join the "A Time To Stitch" blog hop hosted by Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller.  It was an easy hop, all we had to do was create something in peyote or herringbone stitch, take pictures of it and blog about it on June 12th.  Easy, right?  Well, I found that I really wanted to do something different in peyote stitch, so I found a great flat spiral peyote stitched bracelet, made the bracelet, promptly forgot to photograph it, and sold it at my last show.(Guess I should not wear cool jewelry to shows. This lady bought it off my arm.) DUH!! dummy me!  The pattern was in Beadwork mag., June/July 2010 called Color Swirls by Marcie Abney. It was is three different shades of teal and sliver.  I just might have to recreate the bracelet.
So next idea, I would finish a couple of projects, all that had peyote stitch in them.  The first two are necklaces that have a peyote stitch slider on them.
 Bugle beads, czech crystals with a multi-strand bugle bead necklace.

8/0, 11/0, seed beads, 4mm and 6mm czech crystals with a dutch spiral necklace.

Then I finished the pendant for a new necklace.  Since I love (mild word) bead embroidery, I realized that every piece I do has a peyote stitched bezel for the frame work.
This necklace will be finished off with necklace of matte hematite and bronze seed beads.

Finally, I finished a freeform peyote stitched bracelet. In March, I took a class at Tada Artisan"s Boutique and Bead Store  The owner, Tammy Bacot, was in the process of just opening the store and honored my Mother and me by hosting a class for us when we in Williamsburg, Va visiting my brother.  Her store is wonderful and she is a fantastic person.

I think that this challenge has made me realize how much I enjoy relaxing and working with peyote stitch.  I now need to challenge myself and learn the herringbone stitch.

Please take the time and look at the wonderful jewelry that everyone else made for the hop.  They ar all fantastic artists!!

Thank you Therese and Christine for hosting the hop.


  1. What a great way to use the challenge! And a wonderful set of pieces to show for it.

    And I can totally sympathize with realizing you'd forgotten to photograph a piece after its gone. These days I tend to over compensate and take probably too many photos. :)

  2. Hi Andra,
    Thank you for participating in mine and Christine's challenge. I love the necklaces they are so cool and different. The bezeled cab is gorgeous and I would love to see the finished piece. Free form peyote is something I have wanted to try since I first saw it years ago, but just have not tried it yet. Yours is beautiful I love the colors and the different beads you used in your piece. Great job!

  3. You do beautiful work Andra! I love that you were able to finish several pieces through the challenge. So many people on this hop have done freeform peyote ... I MUST give it a try!

  4. I love these! The colors are incredible! Great job.

  5. Wow Andra! They look great! My, you certainly were busy weren't you? :P lol. I love the freeform bracelet!

  6. WoW Andra~You got a lot done for this Hop! And they are all so incredibly beautiful. I would wear every single one of these so I can imagine the unphotographed-sold-off-the-wrist bracelet was fantastic! If you make another, post it...we all want to see it :-D
    I am so glad you were a part of this Hop!

  7. Wow! You sure can "speak peyote". Now I really want to see the bracelet someone bought off your wrist - that's one of the highest compliments you can receive on your work. Just love the projects you completed but the focal on the bracelet makes it a real stand-out. Really beautiful!

  8. Hurray, another bead embroidery fanatic! I love the way your peyote bezel came out, and I bet it'll look spectacular as a necklace when it's finished. Beautiful job on the freeform, too!

    Also, congrats on the sale. :)

  9. You did so much in this challenge. I love all of your pieces.

  10. Your beadwork are fantastic!!!