Just thought I'd give you a sneak peak at my next bottle bag to be added to my Etsy shop (jujuzbeads.etsy.com). I'm still knitting but once it's done it's off to the washing machine along with a pair of old sneakers to felt it to size. I love the colors and I've already strung the beads that will embelish the leather ties. Hope you like it too.
I'm pumped - The Innovative Beads Expo 2009 is in town next weekend. An entire gymnasium filled with beads - it is not to be missed. While it can be overwhelming I plan to arrive with lots of time and money - well maybe not a LOT of money - but I'm sure I won't walk away empty-handed. I'll let you know what goodies I uncover.
I found a knitting pattern for making felted beads. How cute is that?? So I got out my trusty needles and started 'knitting" beads. Four stitches, four rows and sew the circumference. How simples is that. I made about a dozen in about an hour, took them to the bathroom sink and submerged them in hot sudsy water. I rubbed and I rubbed them around in my palm until they felted. Then I set them out to dry.
Next I discovered that you can't get a fine gauge head pin through the felted wool. Back into the hot water they went and wha-la - the head pin went through.
Now I have to get creative and add some smaller finishing beads and a bead cap or two and wire wrap them into a charm bracelet.
Here you see the before and after shots of the "knitted" bead. More to come....
I just finished posting the items above on my Esty page (@ www.jujuzbeads.etsy.com). I love going to my local bead shop where they have a wide array of classes and, of course, the beads and materials you need to create to your heart's content. I hope you like what you see.
I'm struggling to create this blog so please bear with me. My friend Karen (from KarenHarveyCox.blogspot.com) is always encouraging me to get this blog going so I can share my love of beading with more like-minded indivduals. SO.... here I go.