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From: Quilty
Date: 01-07-2005, 11:08 PM (1 of 7)
Although first and foremost a quilter, I am also a beader.
My favourite beadwork is one-drop peyote stitch directly on to small items. :smile:
...and then my heart with pleasure fills,
and dances with the daffodils.
Wordsworth (1770-1850)
User: Quilty
Member since: 01-07-2005
Total posts: 26
From: Holly Berry
Date: 01-10-2005, 06:21 AM (2 of 7)
Hi, I've done a small amount of beading. I'd like to make a dressy outfit and do some beading on it. I don't know what it is you named in your post, you'll have to explain that one to me.
Holly Berry
User: Holly Berry
Member since: 09-10-2003
Total posts: 77
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 01-10-2005, 08:25 PM (3 of 7)
I am just starting into beading in a small way..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: mamahoogie
Date: 01-11-2005, 04:20 PM (4 of 7)
I've done some beading too - mostly bracelets and adding beads to projects. I love it and want to learn more. My daughter is a wiz at it but she lives over 2 hrs away.
I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
User: mamahoogie
Member since: 12-25-2002
Total posts: 461
From: KayTee
Date: 01-12-2005, 01:23 AM (5 of 7)
I'm a new beader too; doing a small project (bridal bag) ..... gearing up to bead my daughter's wedding dress next year. I have noticed that this doesn't go as quickly as one might think -- I might need to start later THIS year !

Have any of you more experienced beaders have some helpful advice for a novice? I have had a wealth of books from the library on the subject but there was very little available regarding bridal wear.
User: KayTee
Member since: 12-06-2002
Total posts: 98
From: Quilty
Date: 01-22-2005, 01:25 AM (6 of 7)
Uh-oh, I was away on vacation and have just got back...

Holly Berry, one-drop peyote stitch is just a little hard to explain without diagrams to show you but it is commonly described in many books on beading. I learnt from books, and with the help of a friend who does beautiful Native American beadwork. Since this friend lives in Texas, and myself Down Here in NZ, we could only talk and show photos and refer to books for me to learn different stitches.

I love using size 12/0 Delicas which come in a very wide range of colours. They are glass seed beads, very uniform in size and shape, and are often favoured by beadworkers who use glass seed beads. I have not done much jewellery. I like to bead straight on to objects such as small tins, and have made beaded silk pincushions from recycled empty thread spools.

Kay Tee, I am not very experienced and certainly have not done any bridal wear so cannot really help much there.

If you can find a bead shop, you can often take classes and get help that way.
...and then my heart with pleasure fills,
and dances with the daffodils.
Wordsworth (1770-1850)
User: Quilty
Member since: 01-07-2005
Total posts: 26
From: ksnative
Date: 01-24-2005, 12:36 PM (7 of 7)
I used to teach basic beadwork to the jr. high crowd -- and loved it. My classes were usually all boys. They figured out that they could make jewelry and sell it to the girls. Although I no longer make much jewelry myself, I still have a lot of beads. Now I use them to embellish my fabric art.
User: ksnative
Member since: 01-24-2005
Total posts: 8
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