Wednesday, January 15

Reveal Time!! A Time to Stitch 4

This is my first A Time to Stitch seed bead challenge hop, but it's the 4th one that Therese  and Christine have hosted.  I'm excited to share with you my reveal!



The challenge was to use the net stitch as well as one of three other off-loom bead stitches.

Net Stitch

Net stitch was actually one of my first seed bead stitches.  

I got the bead flu bad when I lived in Vancouver, Washington.  There was a small bead shop next to Starbucks and every time I went through the Starbucks drive-thru I got curiouser and curiouser about what could be inside.  Finally I stopped in and walked through her tables of beads and peaked at the class samples.  Winter is long, dark and wet in the pacific northwest so I'd picked up knitting there, and at that moment beads became another storage issue.





One of the classes was to net seed beads around vases or other thrift store finds.  I've got a perfume bottle collection and one was an old Avon bottle that I thought could use a little something-something.  So I thought I'd share my first netted piece from probably about 1997 first.  This is so much fun to do and a good way to use up seed bead stashes or bead soups with inexpensive thrift store finds.




For my net stitch in this challenge I started off by viewing this video for a netted bracelet that used crystals, because other than a simple netted necklace rope I'd done years ago that I felt was too flimsy this one seemed to have some umph.  I decided to use some of my Cherry Quartz (not really cherry quartz, but glass, but it seems most folks always sell it as quartz) and some very nice Sterling Silver seed beads and dark silver colored seed beads.  The sterling silver in the seed beads should always stay shiny due to the fact that they are encased in glass.  I have some other ideas now for these shiny silver seed beads!




Once I started doing the stitch though I found it was going to be too broad of a rope for my small wrist.  I was using 6mm Cherry Quartz so it wasn't going to bend very tight.  So what did I do?  Stopped!  Since I don't have my chain stash with me I went on Overstocked Jewelry and bought 2 Sterling Silver ankle chains that I thought would look great with my Tudor looking, quilted appearing, hot dog in a net (husband's comment) long bead.  I love how it turned out and it looks great with a white shirt and jeans.


The other stitch I chose was Chenille.

I've admired the chenille stitch for some time, but this challenge is what it took to get me to try it.  I used Sara's video which was very easy to follow.  I love it!  It's a bit like herringbone, but every other row you do one bead.  It makes it very flexible and soft.  I finished the rope, but I'm not sure if I just want it to have a pretty silver clasp or a pendant added.



A girlfriend and I went to Pacific Grove this week and I found these shells that have a lot of purple in them, but I think they look interesting with it.  Maybe a detachable pendant?




I can't wait to see what everyone else did!!  Can you? 
Here are the participants:

25 comments:

Amy S. said...

Beautiful pieces!!!!
I adore the beading around that small vessel!

Sherri Stokey said...

Love what you did with the bottle!

Christine Altmiller said...

Hot Dog in a Net! Hahahahaha. It does resemble that only it won't kill ya. Your cherry netting is gorgeous~it makes a really lovely necklace. Not too overwhelming, just right.
Your chenille~oh how I love the colors you used! It would be perfect as is, but I am curious to see if those shells will find a way to hang out with it.
The little netting detail on the bottle is such a pretty touch. What a sweet reminder of where you started with this weaving :-) Thanks Janet!

kimmykats said...

Such wonderful color combinations...I really like the idea of a removable pendant. I think I am going to need to learn the chenille stitch!!

Tanya said...

The netting around the bottle is awesome! I love how you turned the non curvy bracelet into a pendant! The chenille rope is my favorite though. I love the colors and just the look of it. It's great on its own or a detachable pendant would give you options.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

So beautiful, Janet! I chuckled at your husband's comment about the "hot dog in a net"... sounds like something my hubby would say LOL.

Becky Pancake said...

Janet your blue Avon bottle is beautiful. Those shell look really good with the chenille rope. A removable pendant is a wonderful idea.

Kepi said...

Brilliant, I love the netting on the bottle.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Janet,
Thank you so much for participating in mine and Christine's ATTS4 challenge.
I think the netting around the neck of the perfume decanter is a beautiful idea thank you for sharing. Your tubular netted rope is gorgeous with the sterling silver and galvanized silver seed beads and the chain matches perfectly. Too funny about the comment your husband made about it. I love your Chenille rope it is beautiful and yes do a detachable pendant with the shell it goes so well with your rope.
I hope you will join Christine and I in ATTS5.
Therese

Jasvanti Patel said...

I absolutely love all your pieces.
Thanks for the link for the chenille stitch, I will try it.

Pepita said...

I was laughing at your husband's comment, but I love the piece!
The second rope is beautiful as well (I'm also a new fan of Chenille stitch) and I like the color combo you used. Vell done, Janet!
Alenka

Maryanne said...

I love your pieces. That little bottle is so beautiful! Your chenille necklace is lovely. I love them all.

ACBeads said...

Two beautiful pieces. I love the idea of turning the netted rope into a pendant and making a necklace. But the chenille chain is stunning - good choice of colours.

Alicia said...

That's probably we don't want to let our hubbies to name our precious creations :) I love it, though!

The pieces are both gorgeous, maybe you can make some 'hot dog' earrings to go with the pendant.

Is the rope long enough to be used over the head? or it definitely needs a clasp? If it doesn't (need a clasp) - try to find a way to get both ends through some large disc pendant and use them similar to a cowboy tie (I think that's the term)... not sure if my English makes too much sense tonight...

Nonetheless - love all your pieces (and I am totally in love with the blue bottle!)

Crystie Marlette said...

Hey Janet...Wow, your pieces are awesome and I must say, I so enjoyed the laugh from your husband's "hot dog" comment! I'm sorry I was late posting, however, I would be honored for you to check out my blog.
Crystie

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Wow, you were busy. I love hearing how you got into beading and just love the sweet netted collar on the Avon bottle. Your hubby's description of your second piece is hilarious. But my fave is your chenille stitch colors and how amazing the purplish shells look with them. Gorgeous!

AntiquityTravelers said...

I absolutely love that first netting piece - it is so Middle Eastern in style and color .... totally LOVE this! And I love that your husband called it a hot dog ... that is something my husband would say to me - ha! They have no vision! I love the richness of the orange and silver together in that Tudor design .... it's wonderful! And I love the elegant style and color of your chenille! I think the shells match wonderfully ... somehow it draws out yellow in the shell - it is gorgeous!

Liz E said...

The netting on that perfume bottle shows that beads never go out of style and maybe they even get better over time! I had to crack up about the hotdog in a net. It looks great horizontally. I think I would have tried to hang it vertically with less appealing results. It really has a great horizontal presence. Your chenille rope is lovely, beautiful colors. If you dangle those shells from it please do show another picture!

Kokopelli said...

Holy smokes, that bottle is awesome! Such great Colors. Very well done.

Memories for Life said...

Beautiful pieces! I love how your netted necklace is simple, yet unique. It looks like it can be worn with many outfits, but is jazzed up by the netting.

CraftyHope said...

First, I can't stop laughing at the tudor, hotdog, net comment from your husband. Too, too funny!!

Your perfume bottle is lovely and reminds me of some the first beading I learned (from a magazine). I guess it was also a net stitch, though I proclaim myself as a non-seed-beader. That netting does give the little bottle a bit of a punch! Beautiful work. :)

Sally Russick said...

Oh Janet! I don't know where to start, the color palettes for each and the designs oh my!!! I busted out laughing when I got to the "hot dog in a net" comment your husband dropped in there, :)!

BEAUTIFUL pieces!! WOW!!

Nelly May said...

What a lovely story. It's alway fascinating to hear how people came to beading. Your first netted piece is oodles finer than my first attempts!
I really love how you've mixed fine chain with your 'hot dog'. Adds extra zing somehow. I've sooo got to try chenille. What a beautiful necklace.

LoriF said...

Ooooh, nice, Janet! Those shells are a perfect complement to the chenille stitch rope (literally!). Love the way the chenille stitch, done with your colourway, looks like little flowers. Very pretty and feminine!

Wendy said...

Chenille stitch is a new one on me, but it's gorgeous, love your rope, and the beading round the bottle

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