This morning I lay in bed, not quite ready to function yet. I could hear my 3 year old son calling out to me, but I couldn’t register what I was hearing. My brain was still busy trying to process what I had just seen. A rickety old ship was being battered about by an extremely choppy ocean, it’s mast threatening to topple. On board, a wet and panicked Peter Jackson tried desperately to coax a Snuffleupagus out of his melancholy so that he could shoot a scene. Snuffy was lamenting his lack of a soulmate and bitterly suggested that he might consider buying a “girlfriend” (of the night) with his share of the movie proceeds. I’m really not sure what inner turmoil my subconscious was dealing with by creating such a surreal Sesame Street/A Perfect Storm/Meet the Feebles cross over, and I’m not sure I want to know.
At least my conscious mind is functioning adequately. For the most part. I need more wire practice so I’m working on some wire focal pieces, destined to become bracelets.
I make these in a free-form manner, because if I try to plan them, I just get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. The result isn’t always pretty, but I am improving, although sometimes the unexpected happens. Which is how Hector the PeaChick came into existence. My daughter asked why he didn’t have any legs, so I explained that he’s kind of like an Angry Bird, which she readily accepted. He’s not exactly a masterfully rendered little fellow, but I like him. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with him; I suspect he’ll just remain my own little mascot.
The free tutorial for the Hop-Scotch chain is available now. In the tutorial I use a combination of Superduos and Rizos, however Rizos can be replaced with Superduos if necessary, or both can be replaced with twins, as I’ve used in the necklace below. To get your tutorial, go to this link, add it to your cart and checkout as usual. Your payment of $0 will be accepted and your tutorial will be emailed to you within 24 hours. (EDIT: I have just learned that I can share the PDF to everyone though this link, no need to go through the purchase rigmarole). Share it, teach it, sell your wares if you wish. Please don’t sell copies of the pattern though, this is free for everybody to use.
I have also now completed my tutorial for The Orient Express, which is available here.
But it’s not all tutorials, I’m still enjoying making jewellery. This week I’m getting back to wirework, starting with my Flutter Away necklace. I’ve been dying to use one of my Ultra Swarovski Rivolis and this pink one makes me very happy.
It turns out, I quite enjoy writing tutorials, who would have thought? It’s nice to have something to work on during those evenings when the creative juices just aren’t flowing through my needles. I now have three tutorials in store, including one for my Rosetta bracelets pictured below. I have also added a link to the menu of this blog that goes directly to the Tutorials section of my store.
I’ve been having fun with two-holed beads this week. I’ve used Superduos in the past, but not a lot, so I decided that it’s high-time I got them out and played around. I came up with a design I call The Orient Express, which I then repeated using Tila’s and Rulla’s; my first time using these shapes. The tutorial for The Orient Express is coming soon.
Then I found a little packet of Rizo beads that Preciosa sent me as a freebie sometime last year and I came up with a cute little chain design that I call Hop-Scotch. It’s super easy and basically Right Angle Weave. Feel free to copy it if you can see the thread-path – I intend to release it as a free-tutorial for beginners.
Yesterday, someone asked if I had a tutorial for my Mailye necklace. It was flattering to be asked, and although I’ve never sold tutorials before, I did in fact have a PDF instruction sheet made. My plan had been to get a bit of a library of tutorials before releasing them, but one must supply for demand, so I’ve now made my first tutorial sale. I’m pretty chuffed about it.
Mailye is actually a component which can be fashioned into all sorts of configurations. The tutorial is available in my store. Expect to see more tutorials in time.
I also have a free tutorial sheet for CRAW stitch available here, for use as a learning or teaching aid. Share it at your leisure.