Tag Archives: Bead

Safety Dance

14 Mar

I’ve been on a bead kick.  My cousin Jess made me this awesome bracelet that she swears will align my chakras and turn me all zen and stuff.

 

Buddah beads = beautiful!

Isn’t it awesome?  You should totally get her to make you one.  She’s got a website and everything!

So I figured I’d give this whole beady bracelety thing a try.  I discovered a billionty-seven safety pins in my bead box.  I put on some music.

I failed miserably.

 

If I put it on a candle it becomes awesome, right?

I tried again.

 

St. Patrick's Day Fail.

Third time’s a charm, right?

 

Wrong.

*Sigh*

If you were in third grade this would be cool, right?

…Right?…

 

…second grade?…

 

Anyway, I suppose I’ll leave the jewelry making to the jewelry makers and get back to the crochety side of the universe.  Also, someone should really take away my safety pin stash  before I turn it into a lamp or something…

Free Pattern Friday: Tiny Beaded Flower Applique

11 Mar

I haven’t gotten much hookery accomplished this week; I’ve been distracted.

delicious distraction!

I did, however, think it fitting to hook a new little bookmark in honor of my newly purchased book (Ohhh, it smells so yummy… I love the smell of books).

Anyway, here’s the tiny flower applique, which if you ch70 and add another flower to the other end, becomes a delightful little bookmark:

Here’s how to make it:

1. Get yourself a bead, a bit of thin thread or yarn, and a “B” hook (2.25mm).

2. BEFORE YOU START CROCHETING, string the bead(s) on your yarn.  If you’re making a bookmark, string two beads.

3. ch3, push a bead up as close to your ch as you can get it, ch 3 more, and sl st to form a ring.

You should now have a chain of…erm…chains around your bead.

4. ch3, 3dc, sl st.  (One Petal).

5. Work four or five more petals around the ring.  If you’re only making an applique, STOP HERE & FO!

6. To make a bookmark, ch70, then repeat steps 3-5 & FO.

VOILA!

I’d love to stay and chat, but I’ve got a hot date with Kvothe this evening.

Happy Hooking!

Happy Beads are Happy!

28 Feb

So, what’s a girl to do with a whole bunch of sentimentally important beads she recently cut out of their hempy, hippie homes?

WHY, make wine glass charms, of course!

…can’t make wine glass charms without a *little* bit of crochet…

And the best part?  These little bad boys are hinged, so they’re easy to remove!

(Why, yes, OBVIOUSLY I had to drink a bit of wine while I made them…)

And, because I never, EVER get carried away, I absolutely did NOT go digging through my craft supplies for more beads, which I ABSOLUTELY did not turn into more wine glass charms.  Nope.  Not even a little bit.

 

these beads used to be a bracelet...

 

I removed this butterfly from an anklet to make it bracelet-sized. Let's face it... grown ups don't wear anklets, either.

 

these guys are from The Bead Mine in Pittsburgh... gosh, I miss Pittsburgh.

AAAAAnywho, no more sad comments, okay friends?  I have now upcycled, repurposed, and otherwise transformed my very favorite beady beads into functional, pretty, *way* more adult-ish type things.  YAY!

Pinot Noir, anyone?  =)