A wonderful pattern designed by Adele Kimpell, Bead Dreamers, (tweaked and embellished slightly) which I learned in a class taught by Sandy Taylor at Bead Street.  This is my second [completed] bracelet using 8sb's (reddish/rust color) for the tubular Herringbone base, with three different colored lentels (dark green, translucent/opaque yellow and the gorgeous orange with gold flecks, my favorite).  I added some copper 11s down the middle of the base as a finishing touch.

Another front view - this shows the translucent side of the yellow lentels.

Back view-- I did not add the copper 11 embellishment to this side.  It is more comfortable to wear without the added beads next to the skin.  Also, you can see the other side of the yellows - the opaque coating.

Here's the first bracelet I completed - I say that because the original pattern used 11's for the Herringbone tube base, but my eyes have not been cooperating and I just couldn't see the beads to get it started - four beads for a tube was challenging for me!  So, that one sits on my beading table. I will finish it, but  for right now, the bigger seed beads are fun - I like the flash of color on my wrist. Doesn't this color combo remind you of cornucopia? 




Spriral Herringbone in all Fall's Colors!

I think this Fall mix of rustic 8sb is so yummy and versatile.  This tube has been sitting in my stash of 8s and I've used a little of it here and there, but never all in one piece.  I think it's a statement in itself.  As I near the end of this type of project, I ponder how best to finish it so it looks professional.  This necklace gave me some pause, and some more pause, and then some more.  I wanted the end to look as pretty as the beginning and the middle.  So, it sat on my beading table for many many days... sometimes it's a little intimidating, so I move on to something else and let it sit.  But, once it came to me, it became fun. I stitched three loops of about 24 11s, then added a couple jump rings to those loops.  Then I started embellishing from the end of the Herringbone over those beaded loops (circular peyote stitch) and the jump rings to the start of the chain.  I used 8s, 11s and Miyuki drops and then a few 15s interspersed to include a little red in what became a beaded bead and voila... all of the worker beads were hidden!  I am happy with the result, especially since I had no idea how it would turn out :) 

I added one of my crystal heart pendants via large jump rings to the necklace so I can take it on and off easily.  Ooh la la.  It's nice. 
 And, here are the earrings from my last post, that make this a nice set!  The bronze metal is a nice warm meshing with the Fall colors of the beads.


EASY NECKLACE/EARRING PAIRing (wire wrapping and jump ringin') FOR FALL

I love September because that means Fall is basically here and it's almost HALLOWEEN.  I think Fall is my favorite time of year as the nights get cooler - whew is that a nice change here in Boise!  Unfortunately, that means the days get shorter too - but I have good lighting at my beading table, so decided I'd get to work on something light and fun for this new Season!  Ahhh big seed beads, and wood ones at that.  Like it!  I started with the spider - "He" screams Fall and Halloween.  I'm afraid of real spiders, but  of course, glass I can handle!  I loved him the minute I saw him - small crystals adorn his body so he sparkles.  oooooh, scarey!   I attached him to jump ring chain filled with green wood 6mm sbs, then added a few orange, purple, and yellows to spruce it up.  A fun, quick project and with one quick snap of the magnet, off I go...


  And, last but not least, I had these tagua nut rondelles in mutli colors, so on to the jump rings they went.  These are all light on the ears, which make them very wearable... and oh, so fun.