Celtic Bookmark 10

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Celtic Bookmark 10

This is Celtic Bookmark 10 from Artecy; I can’t remember if I bought it or was able to get it as a freebie. I didn’t have too much trouble with it, just the occasional miscounting on the outline (and not too much of that, surprisingly). The outline is DMC 310 and the purples are DMC 30, 32, and 211.

I’m not going to go back and do a WIP post for January; I moved and haven’t gotten all of my crafting stuff back out yet and am not sure what I did craft-wise last month.

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Elegant Drop Earrings

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Elegant Drop Earrings

These are the Elegant Drop Earrings from Bead & Button magazine December 2018. I saw these in the magazine, liked them, and decided to try to make them. They didn’t take long at all, maybe an hour and a half for the first one and an hour for the second. The only problem I had was with the tension; it’s not quite right in either of them (and different in each), but I think they’ll be ok. I’ve just now started wearing earrings for the first time in years; I’d let my right ear close up and had to get it repierced. I had a job where I couldn’t wear jewelry and didn’t bother with earrings the rest of the time, but I changed jobs over the summer to an office job where I can wear jewelry.

2018 WIPs

I only worked on two older projects last year; all the other WIPs I worked on in 2018 I started in 2018.

I started this in November 2017; the only stitching left is the border and then I’ll get to put it together. I’m not particularly confident in my bag-making abilities.

Little blue book bag progress August 2018

As near as I can tell, I started this in January 2017; I thought it was longer ago than that. I just finished bottle 68, so I have 31 bottles left.

99 progress December 2018

Then I have two bookmarks in progress and a bracelet that I started this year at some point. Hopefully the Celtic bookmark won’t take too long to finish, but I’m not sure how long the temperature bookmark will take. I’m about a third of the way through the bracelet; starting it was difficult, but it’s become easy enough that I’ll probably finish it by the spring unless I get distracted.

Celtic bookmark progress December 2018

Temperature bookmark progress December 2018

Rose Bracelet progress December 2018

I thought very strongly about doing this (my nephew plays cello), but only did one stitch, I think; maybe I’ll try to do it for next Christmas.

Cello ornament pic

2018 Finishes

I don’t feel like I finished much this year; I finished one bookmark (which I have since lost), two Christmas cards (one in the summer, one on December 22), and four bracelets (which I enjoy doing but hardly wear).

I completely forgot about this bookmark which I finished in February; I have no idea where it is. That’s one reason I like working on bookmarks; I always need them because I misplace them all the time.

Celtic Blackwork Bookmark

I managed to do two Christmas cards: one in the summer while I was house-sitting and one that I started then but didn’t finish until almost Christmas. I gave them to the recipients with their Christmas presents instead of mailing them.

Vervaco Christmas Card 1

Vervaco Christmas Card 2

I finished three peyote-stitch bracelets and one with another stitch. I enjoy making bracelets but I rarely wear them. I’m going to try earrings this year; maybe I’ll wear them more. I’ve just now started to be able to wear earrings; I’d let one of my ears close up (my old job didn’t allow earrings and I didn’t wear them enough otherwise) and had to get it repierced.

Chinese Dragon Bracelet

Vintage bracelet

Monochrome version of Crate of Grapes bracelet

Cane-back bracelet

December 2018 WIPs

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I finished the black outline of Celtic Bookmark 10 from Artecy. My first stitching goal is going to be finishing this; I’m starting to want something different but I’m not going to switch to anything else until I finish this. Filling it in might be tedious, but progress will be obvious and it shouldn’t take too terribly long.

Celtic bookmark progress December 2018

I’ve also worked some on this bracelet called “Rose” from a former Etsy seller. Now that I’ve gotten past the first few rows progress has been easy; I was at row 6 or so at the beginning of the month and I finished row 40 last night. I was very unhappy with it at first but am enjoying working on it now. It’s a loom pattern done in square stitch, which I had not used before this.

Rose Bracelet progress December 2018

I worked a little on my temperature bookmark (more info here). Looking at the pattern, I can see the end of the summer (orange) part, but it may still take a while to get there.

Temperature bookmark progress December 2018

I did at most a bottle and a half on 99 by Ink Circles; this is bottles 67 and 68 (Spotted Cow Cream Ale- New Glarus Brewery, Madison, WI and Speights – Speights Brewery, Dunedin, New Zealand).

99 progress December 2018

Vervaco Christmas Card 2

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Vervaco Christmas Card 2

This is number two of two Christmas cards I did from a Vervaco kit; the first one is here. I didn’t finish it until the 22nd and will hand-deliver it to my sister either this evening (we do a Christmas Eve dinner) or tomorrow morning, depending on when I get around to getting it into the actual card (I do have to work today; I am in fact posting this four hours before I have to get up because I can’t sleep). It was fairly easy to do; it just took months for me to actually do it. I live with my sister and most of my crafting time at this point is in the evenings when I want to be social as well. I wasn’t able to get it done while I was house-sitting, and in the late summer, I went from working nights part-time to days full-time, which severely cut into solo crafting time.

The kit came with aperture cards; I was looking at the other one which is with a card, and it looks like the size of the aperture is larger than the size of the stitching, which is annoying; I don’t know why they made that choice. Even if I had the time, I don’t think I’m capable of properly extending the designs to meet the edges. Here’s a picture of the designs in the kit; the middle one is the other one I did and looks like it does in the card.

Vervaco Christmas Cards

November 2018 WIPs

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I worked a bit on Celtic bookmark 10 from Artecy. The end’s not that near (it will take some time to fill it in) but I almost have the outline finished and won’t need to use the chart anymore.

Celtic bookmark 10 progress November 2018

I bought the chart titled “Rose” for this off Etsy, but the store/user isn’t there anymore so I can’t link to the source. I have had nothing but trouble with it, but think I’ll like the way it looks once it’s done (it’s brighter than it looks). I’m working it in square stitch, which I’ve never done before. I had a difficult time getting it started, and have had problems with miscounting and knots.

Rose progress November 2018

I worked some on the temperature bookmark; there’s more information in a previous post. Someday I’ll be done with the summer and get into more changes of color.

Temperature bookmark progress November 2018

This is last month’s picture of the Christmas card I’m trying to finish; it’s’ from a Vervaco kit. I forgot to take a picture of it, but I only added to the curl on the bottom right (it’s all the way around, but still needs another color for shading). There’s not that much more cross-stitching to go on it, but there’s a bit of backstitching. I might get it done before Christmas.

Christmas card 2 progress October 2018

October 2018 WIPs

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I’m a little late posting, but I had a relatively productive month.

I’m trying to finish this up before Christmas; it’s a Christmas card from a kit by Vervaco:

Christmas card 2 progress October 2018

I worked a bit on Celtic Bookmark 10 by Artecy; I’m not sure how much since I didn’t take a picture at the end of last month.

Celtic bookmark 10 progress October 2018

I’m now marginally over two-thirds finished with 99. I would have done more, but I spilled a little lemonade on the unstitched part, took it off the frame and washed it, and haven’t gotten around to putting it back on so that I can continue working on it.

99 progress October progress 2018

I worked some on this temperature bookmark (idea from reddit, scale from another blog, and weather data from Weather Underground).

Temperature bookmark progress October 2018

I also started a new bracelet; it’s a loom pattern that I’m attempting to do as square stitch; I’ve restarted three times after two or three rows (and I’ve pulled out most of this row once because I missed a bead early and didn’t realize until I got near the end, and some of the beads will have to come out because I think I wrapped the thread around the bracelet). I tried it with Fireline, Nymo D, and settled on Nymo O, even though it’s a little thin. I didn’t like the amount of thread showing through with the thicker threads. I wanted gray Nymo B, but Michael’s only carries Nymo D in various color packs and Joann only carries white Nymo D; they don’t have a great selection of beading stuff.

Rose progress October 2018

September WIPs + an October Finish

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I didn’t work on much this month besides beads. I worked a little on two things that weren’t beads, both cross-stitch. I finished another bracelet on October 3, but didn’t feel like making a separate post for it. It’s the cane-back bracelet from the Quick + Easy Beadwork, a special issue of Beadwork magazine. It says “display until November 5”, but I think it’s gone from the shelves here (at least at the grocery, which has limited space for magazines). It doesn’t seem to be on Interweave’s site yet. I had issues starting this (I think I restarted three times) and ending it (I had to end my thread near the end and for some reason had serious issues with it), but overall, I enjoyed working on it. It’s the first thing I’ve done that was not peyote stitch.

This is my progress as of September 30:

Cane-back bracelet progress September 2018

And this is the finished bracelet:

Cane-back bracelet

There’s something else I want to make from the magazine with two-hole beads, which I understand how to do, but can’t quite manage it; I’ll try again at some point.

I worked a little on 99 by Ink Circles; I’m finished with bottle 66 and once I finish the shelf, I’ll be 2/3 of the way through.

99 progress September 2018

I also worked a little on the temperature bookmark (info here):

Temperature bookmark progress September 2018

Crate of Grapes

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Monochrome version of Crate of Grapes bracelet

This uses the Crate of Grapes pattern by Beadholden Designs; I chose not to make it purple. I enjoyed working on this; I like the way it looks; for some reason, it reminds me of one of my grandmothers (and not the one I would have expected). It was easy to work being a repeat pattern where everything is in groups of three. After a while, I didn’t even use the chart. I do have to say that I find her word charts a little hard to read; she uses full names of beads instead of just using letters or symbols. Personally, I find word charts easiest to deal with when they are A, B, C, etc. I really like her designs; I’ve worked one and have one more that I’ve started. It’s a loom pattern, and I had issues with the warp.

I did a ring and toggle clasp from Melissa van Dijk’s site; I found it easier going that I did the last time I used it.

I’m now working on something from a magazine that uses right-angle weave; all I’ve done so far is peyote. It’s been interesting; I’ve taken it apart twice so far: once for getting lost in the pattern and once for a bad bead. I am going to try again.

For my own reference, I used size 11 Delica beads in colors 310 (black), 351 (white), 252 (light gray), and 268 (dark gray).