A Bit Of Beading And More

A Little Bit Of Beading And Some Planning

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before). Thank you for coming to have a look.

Beading is near the bottom, but first an update on what has been going on this month and some plans for crafting in the next few months.

Planning

I haven’t been posting a lot lately, in fact I don’t think I’ve posted since the new year.  I’d cleared a lot of crafting and family history stuff away before Christmas and, as I was feeling a little tired afterwords decided to have a little break from crafting, other than some crocheting and knitting a hat on a circular loom that I will show you in due course when completed and given to the recipients.

Unfortunately I then got an infection in my damaged leg.

The leg is always is always mis shaped but not usually that colour, so it was a case of immediately starting the SOS antibiotics I have to keep in the house ready, and keeping my leg elevated for the majority of the time.

This, of course, gave me plenty of time to plan crafting projects for the next few months.

In Sunday School for the 2019-2020 year we created a new logo and are working on a Biblical themed puzzle book, question cards, etc., all having the logo on them. But I thought it would be a fun crafting activity for us to also use the logo as part of a design for a mug each. So that will be one thing to show you once that is completed in the next week or two.

I’ve also decided to work on some more patchwork quilts, though this time, instead of makeing them up from different patterned blocks I’m going to make them using just one shape – tumbler – in four different colours.  Of course those will be long term projects.

As well as the mug decorating I’m planning on another new craft for me – makeing one of those crystal pictures. I think that this will also be a long term project, but I’m hopeing that it won’t be too fiddly for me to do regular 10 minute sessions as the tool looks to be quite easy to hold.  I am thinking elephants for this project.

I have a commission for a big and blingy card which I need to finish by the end of February, as well as having 4 family birthdays during the month that will meen a card each from my mother and I needs to be made.

I’ve got to work on a panel a month for my mother’s calendar for the coming year. I’ve started on the February one but need to get that finished and then start planning a March page.

I’ve also got an idea of what I want to do next as a home decour project – a lantern of some sort with vellum with silouette images printed or stamped on them instead of glass and some sort of lights inside.

And I finaly decided on what I wanted from my mothet for Chridtmas. She’d asked me what I wanted but I couldn’t decide for a long time.  Then I decided on storage for my ink pads as I realised I’ve been doing more stamping and other inking lately and having most of my inks in a bag where the colour I wanted was always at the bottom was frustrating, so, after looking at lots of solutions I decided on an Inky-Wizz.  It has arrived, and I had my youngest nephew do the fiddly bit of screwing the rotating mechanism in place before I put it together, which was a surprisingly quick job.  Once I’m feeling better I will decorate it.  I’ve bought a spray primer paint and hope that will get into all the gaps to save me having to brush paint on, as I think it will be a tricky job.  So we’ll seehow that goes.

I also want to make a few more bits of jewellery.

Beading

An optitian from The Outside Clinic came out to check my mother’s eyesight and found she needed a new pair of glasses. So of course she needed a new glasses chain as well. (The chain I’d put on her old pair had the rubber end perish and one had broken.)

What I Did

I raided my jewellery makeing stash for this one, so not sure exactly where I got the bits.  I did show my mother some different coloured seed beads and her choice was green.  As this was a one off item I didn’t bother getting out my beed spinner, but decided to just pour the beads into a cup and pick them up with a beading needle from there.

It took longer than using a bead spinner, but I sat at the bottom of Mam’s bed and chatted to her while I worked on ig, resting my hands every couple of minutes and checking the length against her old glasses chain until I had got it the right size.

Then it was simply a case of attaching callotts, rings, and the engs that go on glasses arms.

Finished Glasses Chain

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Hopefully it won’t be as long before I get my next crafting post up to my blog.  So please do pop back again to see which of my planned projects I finish first.

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Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year – January Calendar Page

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year

January Calendar Page

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

Well, another year has started.  Hope you all had a good Christmas, whether it was quiet and relaxing, or a busy one visiting and having family over.

I would like to start this post by telling all the visitors to my blog how much I appreciate you clicking over for a look at my work, especially those of you who take the time to comment either here on my blog or on my posts in various groups and pages on Facebook.  It means a lot to me.

I hope you will continue to do so in the coming year.

I’m not going to be makeing any grand New Year’s Resolutions.  I’m just planning to carry on with my variety of crafting, as and when my health allows, hopefully getting a few more YouTube videos online of me makeing different things.  And when the summer comes I hope that I will be able to once again spend some time out the garden puttering at my raised beds and pots.

As usual I have lots of crafting projects planned, some of which are already started, so it’s just a case of picking a time when I’m up to doing things and getting on, and then remembering to photograph what I’ve been up to.

Of course, I’ve started with a panel to put on the January page of my mother’s calendar, which is what I’ve got to show  you today.

Calendar

Those of you who have visited my blog in the past probably already know that I give my mother a blank, Papermill Direct, calendar each year.  I buy the A3 size which means that there is an A4 area above the calendar section on each page to be decorated.  (You can see what I did last year by checking out the post – here.)

I ask my mother each month if there’s anything specific she’d like, or a specific technique, and most months she just says to surprise her.  But for January she asked for a snowman to be on the page somewhere.  So that is what I did.

Started by doing a search for a snowman through the Publisher software’s  online search function in designs with a Creative Commons licence.  The chosen snowman was resized to what I wanted.  I also put the numbers and wording I wanted onto my working area in Publisher, makeing the letters ones with an outline only and no fill.  These were on two pages that I printed out onto white cardstock.

I then set about decorating the letters, tareing some of the white cardstock as snow banks, and cutting out the pieces.

What I used
The Calendar Page

I decorated the Mis Ionawr panel (Welsh for January) by taking the Speckle background stamp and puting three colours of ink on part of it, stamping over the panel from one direction, re-inking and stamping from the other direction.  The green either end is quite clean but the overlap of the yellow and red colours give a merge of colours.

I then pressed each ink pad to a sheet of acetate and used dry brushes to pick up ink and colour over the speckles outside the letters, trying to keep close to the speckle colour bands.  The speckle on the letters show on the white background and around the letters the speckle is still visible on a background of the same colour brushed over thinner.

The large numbers 2020 were stamped the same way as the Mis Ionawr, but as I was going to cut them out individually I didn’t colour the background.

For the Blwyddyn Newydd Dda I used the same technique but used the Artisan Design Bark background stamp, which is a more dense stamp so the pattern is a bit darker.  This time I did the bands a different width and started with yellow on the outside.  This panel was torn after colouring, rather than cutting as the previous one had been.

I cut a sheet of black cardstock a bit smaller, and, as I wanted to knock back the colour a bit I took the green chalk ink pad and brushed it over the cardstock in a very random fashion, trying to get an uneven look in a band across the diagonal.

Fingerlift tape was used to attach the black panel to the deep blue sheet of cardstock, and has been placed on the back of the month and main piece ready to attach to the calendar today.  The snowman was shaped a bit and “snow drifts” were torn out of the same cardstock before everything was attached to the panel front using glue gel, giving some raise to bits.

Angled view to try and show that pieces were stuck on with some dimension.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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