Friday, February 25, 2011

Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads

Hey, fellow knitters. There's still time to knit a hat this weekend for the Feb. 28th mailing. Check out the article and video on Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads:

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/02/24/knitter-makes-a-difference-by-creating-warm-hats/

For more information on Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads:

http://twinset.us/?page_id=3736

Here's a picture of my hat, just mailed to Rep. Henry Waxman of California:



The design is called the Tamar Valley Toque by Sue Granfield (purchased at Ravelry.com) and the yarn used is Berroco Softwist.

Now back to beading :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Some great bead weaving videos

These days, I have to admit, I seem to be spending more time trying to learn how to knit than I do beading. If it weren't for YouTube, I'd be lost, which got me thinking... what's out there for beading videos? Answer: OMG, tons!

Here are some of the best (in my opinion). Remember, each "channel" houses numerous videos:

Beadaholique's Channel

Rita Sova's 4-part Versa-Loom Tutorials

JewelrySupply's Channel

AuntiesBead's Channel

BeadandButtonMag's Channel

OffTheBeadedPath's Channel

InterweaveVideo's Channel (click on the Beading and Jewelry Making text on the right side)

ArtbeadsVideo's Channel

SoftflexGirl's Channel

FireMountainGem's Channel

And if you are a knitter, come friend me at Ravelry.com (I login as "debdoodums"). Knitting is much hearder than beading so I need all the help I can get :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tila Herringbone Bracelet by Marcia Balonis

Addicted to Tila beads? I know I am. And Marcia Balonis has just posted a beauty! Her Tila Herringbone Bracelet pattern is now for sale and it combines the best of both worlds—Tila Beads and the Herringbone stitch:


Right now, Marcia's patterns are available as print and mail, and payable via PayPal. She also has a number a kits for sale and will be teaching classes at this year's Bead & Button Show. For more information on how to purchase this lovely pattern, check out her Web site: BaublesByBalonis.net.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New pattern uploaded: Tila Bands

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: Tila Bands, $5, also available at Bead-patterns.com.

This pattern is fully illustrated with detailed step-by-step instructions for two Tila bead bracelets: one using seed beads, bugle beads and Tila beads (left) and a second using seed beads, round beads and Tila beads (right). Note, I use 4mm tiger eye beads for the "round bead" but any 4mm bead will work: bicone crystals, fire-polished beads, round druks, etc. It's a very versatile pattern and one of my favorites so far.