Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cute Little Birdie

Hey everyone!! It's been awhile, so here's something special I made for my grandma. She loves hummingbirds (So do I!!), so I made her a little window hanging-thingy. She just recently came up to visit and brought it with her because 2 more people she knows want one!! I am kind of in a pickle now though, because I made up the pattern as I went along! (Haha) So this should be fun...

Sunday, June 29, 2008


My purse was stolen from the car in Florida, it had a couple pieces of my jewelry in it. I'm so upset!! In the purse- twisted rainbow necklace, pyramid red and black bracelet, the purple and silver version of the bracelet designed below, and a couple of my twisty multicolored bracelets. I'm properly mourning them. Haha Forget all the other more important stuff that was stolen. That's okay, I'm beading still and I'll be uploading a couple patriotic designs soon.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hey guys! Finally posting something new! This is a variation on a Ndebele swirl, which originally had 4 columns around. I switched that to 6, and decided  to try incorporating bigger beads of the same color. I used cheap beads in case it didn't work out, ha ha, but I really like this necklace. I usually wear  it with an all black outfit so it's not too gaudy. You just make a ladder base of 3 of each color, then go back through the first 3 to make a ring. Then each time you pick up two beads- the  first is the color of the row you just came out of, and the second is the color of the row you'll be going into. Go down two of beads in the next row and out the top bead of the NEXT row. Just keep repeating this and you'll get  a nice  little twisted chain going.  (If anyone's interested, I got the original pattern out of the book, "Mastering Beadwork: A Comprehensive Guide to Off-loom Techniques." By Carol Huber Cypher.) Then I just started adding one big bead and one regular bead, then the next time around I changed it to two big beads until I had about 4 big beads on top of one another then started back to one of each again. (I think this helps a little so it's not such an abrupt change.) I finished with a simple beaded toggle and a ring of peyote stitch for a closure. Hope you like it! :)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Design and finished project

(Left) Finished product, (Above) Design I created on Adobe Illustrator. Pretty simple but I think it turned out well. I also made a purple and silver version of this.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hey there, fellow beaders!!
I'm Katelyn, 18, and in the summer of 2007 I was diagnosed with Takayasus Arteritis after suffering a minor stroke. It's an autoimmune disease that makes my arteries swell shut for no apparent reason. I'm on steroids now which keep down the swelling...but they make you gain weight like no tomorrow.
I spend a lot of time at home now, and had to find a way to entertain myself, so I started beading- and found out it's the only thing I have patience for. So posted here I will have my work and later some patterns I designed using Adobe Illustrator, hope you enjoy!!