Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Creating with Cabochons Reveal Day & Blog Hop

I Did It! 
I am so proud too. 
I've wanted to try bead embroidery for years, but hearty helping of fear and a dash of self-doubt had been stopping me. I've even had the stiff stuff and suede backing waiting for more than a year. Then there was a blog hop sign-up. 
gilders paste, 2 coats of sealer and 2 hours to sew on 1 round of delicas
Blog hops have been the key to pulling me out of my shell when it comes to creating jewelry. I've tried so many new things and even impressed myself with what I've been able to accomplish. Oh and the best part I make time to bead without guilt AND finish a project on time. Yes, blog hops are awesome.
All rounds done now the scary part...cutting off the excess.
Sally of Sublime Studio made this one even better than most by making videos to get us started, keep us going and even fix problems. Click the Creating with Cabochons button on the right to check them out. You'll be glad you did.
Thank you Sally! I know I wouldn't have done it without you.
Our Host:  Sally Russick
D Lynne  Bowland
Alicia Marinache           
Lynn  Jobber           
Jenny Davies-Reazor           
Jo-Ann  Woolverton           
Marde Lowe           
Dawn Doucette           
Mary K McGraw           
Gloria Allen
Cheri  Reed           
Sonya Stille           
Elizabeth Owens Dwy           
Veralynne   Malone           
Tania Hagen           
Lynsey  Brooks           
Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall           
Kathy  Lindemer           
Patti Vanderbloemen
Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry           
Liz   E 
Tanty  Sri Hartanti           
Ginger Bishop
Renetha Stanziano           
Marlene  Cupo           
Sandi Volpe           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           
Niky  Sayers
Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           
Skylar Bre'z           
Ann Schroeder           
Paula Kramer
Jess Green           
Susan Kennedy           
Stacie  Florer           
Cathie  Carroll           
Susan F.  
Michelle Caballero       
Sabine Dittrich           
Kristina Johansson           
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts           
Melissa  Meman           
Cheryl McCloud         
Michelle  Timms           
Cindy  Pack           
Ailsa  Cordner           
Lynda  Carson
Cynthia  Machata           
Julia  Harris           
Karin  Slaton
Ingrid  Anderson           
Karin Grosset Grange
Jasvanti Patel  
Inge  von Roos
Molly Alexander
Notes for next time:
1. Hours of beading will wear the gilders paste off in the shape of my thumb.
2. Bead embroidery projects don't test my patience if  I'm expected to be in bed. (So there was a bright side to that concussion.)
3. Cuticle scissors are great for cutting the excess fabric around my beaded piece.
4. Bead hoarding makes projects like these seem sanctioned by fate. Yep EVERYTHING was already in my stash.
5. My proudest accomplishments always turn out HUGE!

Thanks for stopping by. 

I'm so glad you did.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Finally Learning to Bead Embroider

I have a reveal coming up on the 18th, but I can't wait to tell you about the great tutorials our hostess, Sally Russick of Studio Sublime, has created. If you, like me, have been avoiding bead embroidery for years hopefully her videos will give you the courage to take the plunge. 

I've bought books, watched other you tube videos and even bought a tutorial with the unlimited online help, but still never made it all the way around a cabochon before watching these.

Here's a sneak peek. My first round took 2 hours and was barely visible.
I just finished off my last round, but you'll have to come back on reveal day to see more. Now off to cut the extra Stiff Stuff and glue on a backing. 

Wish me luck! 

Hope you have a great weekend.