This bracelet is from a pattern called “Vintage” by Tauriel, who is no longer on Etsy. I had a couple of minor issues, but overall, everthing went fine. I did change a couple of bead colors here and there, and kind of wish I’d changed a few more (I would have narrowed some of the blue outlines, if I’d noticed before I did them). I did a ring and toggle clasp from Melissa van Dijk’s site. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, but for some reason I had more problems making them than I did with the bracelet overall. I’m not entirely happy with the colors I used on the ring and toggle, but they look ok and work (I wore it tonight and it didn’t come undone).
I worked a little on 99 by Ink Circles; I’m working on bottle number sixty; when I finish this row, I’ll have two-thirds of it done.
This is one of a set of three Christmas cards from Vervaco; I’d been eyeing this kit at Hobby Lobby for a long time and ended up buying it when they put a ton of their cross-stitch and needlepoint kits and supplies on clearance for 75% off. I’m going to do two and I can’t decide if the second one is going to be this one again (it’s my favorite by far) or one of the other ones. This is my primary project right now; I’m house-sitting and can work on it wherever and whenever I feel like it (I live with a recipient).
I worked some on Vintage peyote-stitch bracelet from Tauriel on Etsy. I haven’t figured out where to set up to work on this where I’m house-sitting yet, so I’ve been working on it when I’ve been at home instead.
This is Celtic bookmark 10 from Artecy. I’m planning on working it in purples (one old, two new). I don’t know why I started this when what I really need to be working on is Christmas cards.
This is Josie Fabre’s Chinese Dragon; it’s from her Etsy shop, but she has since emptied out her shop. I enjoyed working on the main part of this, and had no problems with it. I did have problems with the toggle. I eventually set it aside for a while and went back to it; when I was looking over the directions again, I realized I had done one of the triangles in the toggle wrong. One was supposed to be a row larger than the other, which explains why the triangles didn’t mesh together very well and why they only wanted to be flat. Once I realized that, I redid it and finished the whole thing off yesterday evening.
The chart was lacking a couple of things; there were no marks to indicate where to put the ends of the loop (I counted the beads in the picture from the shop, I think), and there was no key for the word chart, but the colors were distinct enough that it was obvious from the chart with colors and letters where each color went. Also, there were three charts for the toggle (two word and one picture for each triangle), and none were clear enough on their own; I needed all three.
I only have five projects that I worked on in 2017 that I didn’t finish: three beading (one waiting for beads, one going back to eventually, one not sure), one blackwork (abandoned for now), one cross-stitch (currently working on), and one needlepoint (currently working on).
The needlepoint project I’m currently working on is Little Blue Book Bag from Freda’s Fancy Stitching; I am enjoying working on this.
The cross-stitch project I’m currently working on is 99 by Ink Circles; I was hoping to get halfway through, but didn’t quite make it. I made it through 46 bottles out of 99.
The beading projects I worked on were Vintage by Tauriel on Etsy (not pictured because I can’t find it), Chinese Dragon from Josie Fabre, and a modified version of Boxed In from Beadholden Designs. I made it about 3/4″ on Vintage and realized I’d made a mistake that would bother me and that I needed to treat the beads with Krylon because the finish on some was already rubbing off. I ran out of silver beads for Chinese Dragon; I have some in the mail, but it’s too cold to treat them outside and I don’t want to do that inside so I’m not sure when I’ll get back to it. Boxed In was the first attempt I’ve made at loom beading; I made it farther than is pictured (and am too lazy to take a picture). My loom is short, so I had to take it off before I continued and discovered I hadn’t warped it correctly. I might experiment with the loom to see what method of warping works for me before trying it again; I may try to do it with square stitch.
This is Mahjong by Seba Designs. I got very frustrated with this so I put it aside for now; I had a hard time picking thread for it and I kept on making mistakes. I love the design, so I will probably go back to it at some point.
I worked on three things this month: one cross-stitch, one needlepoint, and one beaded bracelet. I would have finished the bracelet, but I ran out of one color of beads.
The cross-stitch project is 99 by Ink Circles; I was hoping to get halfway through, but I didn’t make it. Halfway through would be bottle six on the fifth row and I only made it to bottle two on that row.
I was more productive in 2017 than I thought I was; I’ve mostly been working on larger things lately. I finished eleven things: six cross-stitch (two cards, three planets, and only one bookmark (in half cross-stitch)) and five beading (all bracelets).
The two things for cards were both part of Misty Hill Studio’s Mid-Century Modern Christmas collection (Ornaments and Aluminum Tree). I was happy I actually managed to finish cards this year. I started larger things for cards in previous years and never finished them; I have two in progress around somewhere.
I did three planets from SpaceNavid on Etsy. I’ve really enjoyed working on these; they are small and work up fairly quickly. I have the pattern for Saturn, which is a bit larger due to the rings, but will probably do Venus next.
I only did one bookmark, which kind of surprised me; I often do them as breaks from larger things, but I guess later in the year, the beading took that over. It is the Interlaced Heron bookmark from Celtic Needlepoint by Alice Starmore; I worked it in half cross-stitch on 22-count fabric because I had some and didn’t feel like tracking down 22-count mesh canvas.
I got started with peyote stitch beading, thanks to Josie Fabre’s book Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry that I picked up to try. I’ve always been fascinated by bead weaving and have really enjoyed it. In order, three of these are from that book (Deco Fans, Stained Glass, and Cool Waves), one is the Art Deco 4 bracelet from SmartArtsSupply on Etsy, and the last one is different Stained Glass by Beadholden Designs. I need to work on figuring out the proper length for my wrists; a couple of these are a little long.
I started a needlepoint project this month: Little Blue Book Bag from Freda’s Fancy Stitching. I’m enjoying working on this; it’s got a ton of different stitches which means that it’s never going to be boring. This is the first time I’ve used stretcher bars; it took me a few tries to get the canvas taut and I still don’t think it’s as taut as it should be.
This is the Cool Waves bracelet from Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry by Josie Fabre. It’s inspired by The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai.
This is the first project I’ve done with Delica beads; I enjoyed working with them and the way they look. I had very few problems with this. I do have a few cases where the thread went over the beads instead of through them; mostly I didn’t notice until it was too late to do anything about it. The only real problem I had was with the chart itself. The details said the bracelet was 6 1/2 inches long; as charted, it was more like 7 1/4 (over 8 including the toggle and loop). The instructions said to remove rows at the beginning if you wanted a shorter bracelet, and the picture reflected a shorter bracelet than the chart. I don’t have a good feel for the length of rows of beads, so I didn’t want to start lower than the chart. I didn’t want to remove rows at the end because I didn’t want to have to figure out another way to do the loop. The chart for the toggle had no relation to the chart or the picture; I just copied the last row of the bracelet into the toggle, which is what the toggle in the picture had. It’s a little longer than I like my bracelets, but overall I’m happy with the way it turned out.
This is Mars from SpaceNavid on Etsy; I thought I started it last month, but it’s not in the WIP post for June. If I did start it last month, it was only a few stitches because I finished Jupiter somewhere around the 28th. I’ve made excellent progress on it; it helped that there were very large single-color areas that went very quickly. I’ve started the areas with more colors and fewer stitches per color, so the rest will not be quite so easy. I still might finish it in August, though. I’ll probably switch back to 99 after this instead of another planet.
This is the Art Deco 4 bracelet from SmartArtsSupply on Etsy; I substituted blues for the golds in the original pattern, and I used Toho seed beads from Michaels instead of the Delica beads that the chart used. I enjoyed working on this; I only had a couple of problems. One of the problems was the lack of symmetry in a few places in the chart, and the other was an occasional tendency on my part to pick up black beads instead of white (color A was black, color B was white, so sometimes I thought B should be black). There is at least one row that has a couple of black beads where there should have been white.
For my own reference, I used Darice 11/0 Toho seed beads 1951-34 (black), 1951-29 (white), 1951-10 (blue silver lined), and 1951-52 (dyed rainbow blue) for the bracelet and Color Gallery 9x12mm beads from Hobby Lobby as fasteners.