Sunday, July 26, 2009

New Etsy Item

Just posted a new necklace to my Etsy site. Check out more photos at

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Next Bottle Bag

Just thought I'd give you a sneak peak at my next bottle bag to be added to my Etsy shop ( 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.

Bead Expo

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.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Felted Beads

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....

Newly Created Items

I just finished posting the items above on my Esty page (@ 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.