Thursday, March 1, 2012
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Ahhh uhhhmmm... the bead frenzy has hit in full force! And not just for making the
I bet you can all guess what I'm doing next...
with a whole lotta beads... and cute little felted wool balls...
A beading needle... and LOTS of patience...
and a bit of a stiff neck, actually! Time for a break--often! And a good S-T-R-E-T-C-H.
But I am super excited about these little GEMS! And when I get it all done, and get on with a bit of Christmas decorating at home, I hope to show you the FINAL result.
Yes, it takes LOTS and LOTS of time to strings LOTS and LOTS of beads - which I have lots of --- beads that is, not so much on the time! LOL.
I'm hoping it will be worth all the effort... come back and SEE!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Easy and fun; the hardest part is in knowing when to stop! Classes are popular prior to Christmas and then again for Mother's Day and Easter, but this is an easy project for any occasion... easily FINISHED in less than 3-4 hours! *note: hand beading will take you an extra 1-2 hours depending on how handy you are with beads and a needle!
The items in the first picture below are the basic stabilizers & supplies you need to get started:
- 505 temporary adhesive spray
- Aqua Film topping
- Aqua Bond water soluble adhesive stabilizer
- Polyester thread is recommended for strength and durability, but you can use cottons and metallics as well
- Aqua Bond is available at the shop at Quilting Arts or ask your local quilt shop or machine dealer to get it in stock for you.
- 90/14 microtex, topstitch needle
- free motion foot of your choice
- ribbons, lace, cording, yarns, bits and pieces of fabric (batiks are great because they don't fray as much
- Set your machine up for free motion by lowering your feed dogs, and inserting a FRESH 90/14 microtex or topstitch needle.
- LOWER your top tension as needed
- Expect to use two new needles... don't hesitate to change it if you start having thread breakage. This project is hard on needles as those thicker fibers will dull the tip rather quickly. Remember... you're going through stabilizer, glue, and thick yarns, ribbons, etc... don't be stingy with that needle... it's not worth it!
- roll up the scarf as you are 'quilting' it, to make it easier to handle (see pics below)
- don't forget to check your stitching from the back... just in case you really have serious tension issues! And sometimes it's easier to look at the back to see where you may have missed some stitching, due to the reflection and shiny surface stabilizer on the top...
- be sure to 'intertwine' all the stitches, making big and small circles all over the scarf surface, making sure they overlap each other. You can choose circles, or you can choose straight lines... or a bit of both! Be sure to catch the edges of the scarf in the stitching so that everything is JOINED together.
Don't hesitate to throw on some of those metallic threads, and I do mean "throw!" They can be quite dazzling, and easy to sew over as they are just trapped in between the two stabilizers... try it by just unravelling the thread from the cone on the top of your yarns and threads before laying on the top aqua film topping... letting them fall where they may!
HINT: Be sure to wind the bobbin with the same thread that you have in your top, as both sides of the scarf will show!
|"Santa Fe" Hand-dyed yarns|
I use only beading thread for it's strength, and a long, slim, beading needle is the absolute perfect TOOL for attaching beads.
Don't think you need to do only straight lines... making lines wavy... angular, and 'plaid-like' is terrific fun!
Be sure to soak your scarf in lukewarm water for at least 20 minutes or even overnight, but before leaving it to soak, rinse the glue that starts to fall away, so that it doesn't reattach to the fibers while the scarf sits in the water.... and rinse, rinse, and RINSE... making sure all that glue is completely washed out! You could also sing the song "I'm gonna wash that
Roll up the ends as you work... and don't forget you can turn the scarf over and work from the 'plain paper' side, which really helps visibility, and to see where you may need to place stitches... and there is no light reflecting from the topping, so it sometimes makes it easier to see!
The beads on the blue/green scarf below were "looped" and secured in between the loops. You can also choose to just "dangle" them, in single fringes... and use a small bead as a knot at the end, and bring your thread and needle back up through the row of beads, to continue adding each line of beaded fringe.