What a painfully unproductive few months I’ve been having! I’ve been terribly unwell, but I’m slowly easing my way out of my hiatus with some gentle beadwork. I started with some earrings designed by the lovely Debra from DatzKatz Designs. She knows how I love her Hinged CRAW Diamond Drop earrings and she gave me permission to make several pairs to sell. You can find them in my Etsy store.
Next, I was back to basics working in spiral stitch. It’s good to work a simple stitch for a while. The repetition is therapeutic and it’s good to feel the beads in my hands again.
I’ve been watching what others have been working on lately and I’m constantly floored by the talent and creativity in our community. Marcia DeCoster’s communal Bead Love project is a great source of inspiration and it’s so good to see everyone getting in on it and embracing the idea behind it. Great things can happens when we remember why we do what we do. It’s for the love of beads and the love of creation.
CRAW is such a marvelous stitch. It has such a wonderful texture and is strong and robust without being too heavy. It’s also a perfect for bezelling (I don’t think this is a real word, but it should be, and it should be a broad definition: bezelling, adj. the act of creating a cozy aesthetic nook for something beautiful) around any shape.
In my latest piece, Provoquant, I have bezelled two Swarovski Light Vitrail rivoli and one gorgeous Astral Pink pear. The rope is also CRAW stitched, left mostly unembellished with faux end-caps. If you would like to learn this wonderful stitch, you can find a free tutorial here. I promise, it will open up a whole new world of possibilities.
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.
School holidays are underway here, so things are predictably chaotic. When I get a moment between, “I’m hungry”, “I’m bored”, “He’s hurting me” and the classic, “MUUUUUUUUUUUUM!!!!”, I’m writing my first ever bracelet tutorial. It won’t be available for a while though, as I want to get several under my belt and refine my process before I offer them up for public scrutiny.
My first tutorial has a few different stitches in it: herringbone, brick, CRAW and peyote. When I got to the CRAW (Cubic Right-Angle Weave) part, I soon realised that the tutorial writing process was going to be extremely long if I showed everything from scratch, in every tutorial that featured this three-dimensional stitch. I’ve decided to write a separate instruction sheet for CRAW that will be available for free, and it will also be included in paid tutorial downloads that require it. As time goes on I will offer instructions for other stitches to supplement future tutorials.
To be taken to the PDF page for the CRAW tutorial, click the image below. There you can view, print or download the file to your computer.