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Beaded Ornaments

So... a few weeks ago I decided that I was going to use up the seed beads I've had in my misc jewelry supplies drawer since forever and make a beaded ornament cover. I found a fairly straightforward tutorial online for simple netting:

and made this:

But then I decided I wasn't done experimenting...

This last one is a totally different style.  I saw a picture on-line but could not find a tutorial-- just a sign-up page for a class on how to do it.  So I spent a number of hours staring and counting.  Fortunately, Netflix had me entertained with several movies and comedy specials while I was doing it. Otherwise I might have quit a quarter way through!


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Dec. 17th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
Beautifully done! I don't bead ornaments in general, preferring to do wearable pieces that include tatting with beads. I'll have to try this when RL stops throwing crap at me!
Dec. 17th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I just did a quick google image search for "tatting with beads" to see what you mean, and it looks rad! Like something I would like to try, if I wasn't trying very hard not to accumulate any more crafting accoutrements. My mom tried to show me how to tat with just my fingers, but I have long since forgotten how, and I don't think it allowed much for complex designs. Do you have a beloved book or website that you would recommend on how to get started with tatting with beads? I mean.. just in case I get the crazy idea in my head that I need to try one more hobby. *u*
Dec. 17th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling! I don't think I have posted all of what I do craftswise; it makes my own mind boggle at times. If you do want to try tatting again, look up Nina Libin, an incredible premier tatter whom I took classes with. Her work is awsome! If I ever figure out how to record tatting when I do it, I'll let you know. The hand positions remind me of the lotus positions and you'd be surprised how complex these designs can get! There's also a group that sponsors tatters for journeyman and master status. I'll look it up and get back to you with that info and try to find some links as well...
Dec. 17th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
Those are lovely!
Dec. 17th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 18th, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
Wow, I love them! I always wanted to try that. How long did it take you to do a simple one?
Dec. 18th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! Not terribly long? The first one took me over two hours, but I think it's because I'd never done it before and I was also playing Dungeons & Dragons while I was making it. I'm going to say it'd probably take between 1-2 hours, possibly less, depending on how good your eye-sight and bead-picking-up skills are. I'm admittedly somewhat slow at counting and picking up tiny things. :)
Dec. 18th, 2013 04:57 am (UTC)
These are fantastic, especially the last one, but I also like the "gems" on those second to last. Thanks so much for sharing, especially the tutorial!
Dec. 18th, 2013 07:34 am (UTC)
Thanks! I used a "drop" from a necklace pattern in Beaded Allure by Kelly Wiese for the "gems" (glass pearls, actually), though I modified it a little bit to accommodate the bigger accent beads. That one's my favorite! It's going to be a Christmas gift for my mom. :)

I'm happy to share! Hope you have fun with it. :D
Dec. 18th, 2013 06:40 am (UTC)
Oh, those are wonderful.
Dec. 18th, 2013 07:34 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 18th, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
this looks amazing!!!
Dec. 19th, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 21st, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Can I just say, WOW AWESOME and GORGEOUS!
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