Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Stitch of Time 2 Blog Hop

      I am currently working at Gallery 107 in Seaford, DE, relaxing for the first time this week and waiting for     Hurricane Sandy to arrive.

The porches at the house are cleaned off, plants tucked away for safe keeping, and plans in place for my car to be protected.  I have purchased my extra supplies in case the electricity goes out and I am charging my laptop and cell phone. This evening, I think I will plan out some projects to work on so I don't have to search for stuff if the electricity goes out.  Yippee, I think I am ready.

Now on to better and bigger things---  The Stitch in Time 2 Blog Hop.  I am late posting for the hop, please forgive me, everyone.Therese Frank and  Christine Altmiller are wonderful to host the Blog Hop and I have so much fun with their first Hop.  This Hop challenged me to create using a new stitch (for me), St. Petersburg. I have often looked at patterns using it but never considered creating with it.   I have a book,  Cube Bead Stitching by Virginia Jensen and found the neatest earring pattern.  Thank you, Virginia, your designs are fantastic.
My earrings are made using 1.5 mm cubes in matte aqua & rainbow lt. topaz/seafoam lined   and 3mm cubes in transparent copper and copper delicas.  I think they are yummy and fun.

Next I made a royal blue and white bracelet using tila beads, 11 and 15 seed beads and vintage czech crystals.  I found the pattern in Great Designs for Shaped Beads by Anna Elizabeth Draeger.  Her patterns are always great. I adapted the pattern using the czech crystals instead of bicones just because I had them.

I have used RAW before and prefer to use it in ropes.  The pattern was originally a three strand bracelet published in Beadwork mag, June/July 2003.  It is an embellished double needle RAW stitch which I thought would be hard to learn but ended up being extremely easy to create.

Thank you Therese and Christine for hosting the Hop. I look forward to the next one!  Everyone on the East Coast, Stay safe with Sandy coming to visit!
Please visit everyone else involved with the Hop.  Their work is fantastic, interesting, and different!