Sunday, February 5, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching and Some Beads

This is my first Sunday stitching post for February and my first Slow Sunday Stitching since the eighth of January.  I posted other post with some stitching updates but for one reason or another the post were not on a Sunday.

I don't know about you but there are days when I just don't feel like posting to my blog, or I'm busy or I just don't want to sit at the computer, which for me is more often then I like to admit and some days I find myself with nothing to say.

My Brigid's Cross hand embroidery was finished just in time for Brigid's Day which was Thursday 
Brigid's Cross
the photo shows the piece after it was removed from the hoop it has since been pressed and finished.
I have started the hand embroidery on a new greenman project, I think this is the fifth greenman so 

 far or maybe the sixth.  I have also started on the winter goddess though progress is slow going I like how the few leaves turned out, I always had trouble with the satin stitch but these look okay 
On the last day of January I attended a wire wrapping jewelry class and had a great time, I have done lots of beaded jewelry over the years but wire wrapping was something I tried a few times and it didn't work out to my satisfaction, I think in part because I wanted to wrap some stones I have and I just couldn't get the wire to stay put or the wrap to be tight enough.  Cue up me at the local bead shop hunting for my supplies and having a chat and finding out if I had used half round or even square wire my results would have been different. Ha who knew? obviously not me!  There are lessons every where and I learned one that day, when you don't know simply ask.  All those jewelry making books and magazines I had read over the years, all of them at one time or other mentioned half round, square wire knew what they were talking about. (don't even get me started on half hard or soft wire).
For the first class we made earrings, I used silver wire and pink bicone crystal beads I was thinking
Spring time, I think they turned out nice, they look sort of Victorian in style, I even made the ear wires, I may remake the ear wires smaller. Oh and I did realign the spirals after the photo was cropped I noticed they were off. I don't wear long dangling earrings but I know the perfect person who does so I am going to gift these to her.  Here is a close up the loop on the bottom allows for
a dangling bead to be hung there most of us in the class opted not to add the dangle, I did make them so I will let my friend decide once she sees them.  There are four other wire wrap classes coming up in he next few months I'm not sure if I'm going to take them all, I do know I plan to take the class on March 21 we will be wrapping a cabochon to make a pendant.
There is also a beaded jewelry class coming up on the 22nd of February I have to check my calendar before I sign up.
All the supplies are included in the beaded bracelet class which makes it so much easier not to have to hunt through the beading supplies or shop which can lead me to add so many more extras then I really need.
I added a new rose bush to my garden, it's a bi-color rose in lovely pink shades. I resisted buying 
more of the rose bushes for now because I really have to clean up the garden before I add any more plants.


  1. Satin stitch is hard to do well, but yours looks great! Nice beading projects too. Looks like a creative week for you!

  2. I have never heard of those different wires. Good to know. The earnings turned out lovely.

  3. I haven't seen your previous green man pieces but I like what you've got going now. I don't gravitate to the computer naturally either; have to force myself to blog a lot of the time.

  4. Great stitching Deb! Love those earrings! I am often tempted to buy beads .... I'd like to make necklaces ..... but the beads are sitting in a drawer ... just waiting!!!!! Makes a change from being in my Dreaded Cupboard I suppose!
    Like you I haven't blogged for a while, but I have shown some cross stitching I'm working on over at:
    Barbara x

  5. the earrings are beautiful, well done! Did you know that you can schedule your posts so if you write a stitching post in the week, it will appear on Sunday?

    1. Thank you, and one of these days I just may try the scheduled post.

  6. Your stitching is lovely, Deb!
    Thanks for sharing about the jewelry making. I am not a beader, but I love beads (Ooooohh, bling!). I did not know about the wires.
    I wish I could be out in the garden, but the garden is buried in snow up to my hips. Come soon, Spring...I miss thee!

  7. Amazing pieces! You're stitching such beautiful things. The earrings are gorgeous, too. ~dezertskyquilts