Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pinecone Update / Lotus Flowers

Just a quick little note to share a picture I took of some more pinecones. I also added the flowers in the center. It's fun seeing them together. They almost look like a little forest. LOL

My granddaughter says that the flowers look like lotus flowers, so from now on they're Lotus Flowers. :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tiny Flowers With Long Magatama 4x7 m/m Beads

I've been having lots of fun playing around with these Miyuki Long Magatama 4/7 m/m beads!

While I was designing my pinecone I kept looking at the first couple rows and thinking what a darling little flower this would make. So I've whipped up a few just for fun. Take a look.

Most of the flowers are created by just working the first two rows of the pinecone pattern and then sewing a bead in the center. Oops, correction for the Dark gray flower. I said previously that the dark gray flower was created using the first three rows of the pinecone, but it's actually created using six beads in each row for three rows.  You can see the difference in hight and appearance in the picture below. (Sorry about that.)

I think these adorable little flowers will work great for the 'ball' end of a 'ball and loop' closure on a bracelet or necklace. They also make an elegant ring. And because the bottom of the flower is flat, they work great for applique` too.

Once you learn how to tame these beads they really are a lot of fun to work with. I think their unique shape creates exciting design possibilities.  :)

Enjoy!  Barb

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Pinecone Instructions Are Finally Finished!

Wahoooo! After all this time, the instructions for my Pinecone Delight are finally finished and up for sale. Cindy of Cindy's Crafts is selling the pattern here at the Stitchboard site.


While you're there take a look around. Mel and her hubby have created a fun site for beaders, crocheters, knitters, sewers and cross-stitchers.

I'm donating 50% of the sales of the Pinecone Delight tutorial to Cindy Tipton's Beadaide charity for beaders in need. Cindy owns Cindy's Crafts in Johnson City, Tennessee. She also sells online at http://www.beadlady.biz/   She has the special Miyuki Long Magatama 4x7 m/m beads that are used in this darling little pinecone.

Please let me know if you make on of my little pinecones. I'd love to hear from you!