Fun with Chevrons

I have actually gotten back to my beadwork, including design: I started playing (again) with a pattern I found a very, very long time ago. This was my introduction to Chevron Stitch, in The Art & Elegance of Beadweaving, (2002), by Carol Wilcox Wells. Well — actually, the pattern I was playing with a fewContinue reading “Fun with Chevrons”

A different “business” model

I’ve been researching prices for beadwoven earrings. Not the most pleasant thing. It does remind me of the time (years ago) I was doing research at either/both the EDD or BLS for “handcrafters” (beadwork falls into this category) and found that the average wage was below the poverty line (IIRC). Looking it up at thisContinue reading “A different “business” model”

Yesterday

Ohh, man. Yesterday I did get back to work at the Craft table. It wasn’t anywhere near as scary as it seemed when I was away from it. And, as usual, I didn’t really want to go, once I got started. 🙂 I did have to cut apart and re-weave two earrings, but I gotContinue reading “Yesterday”

Routine Log #1

Things seem to be improving, here. For one thing, I can actually think about taking a job again in the short-term…though I believe my preference would still angle toward Remote work. Commuting is just not attractive for someone in my current position, especially if I can’t use Mass Transit. I’ve also signed up for aContinue reading “Routine Log #1”

It seems the most absorbing projects

…are the ones I design, myself. (To me, at least.) I wasn’t going to go public with another little earring design I’d made until I had finalized it (it’s not totally worked out yet), but right now I can see the potential benefit of going live within a short period of time, even just toContinue reading “It seems the most absorbing projects”

Moving on: macrame lessons and new stitches

It’s been a few days. In the interim, I’ve had a couple of tries at doing micro-macramé; once, without reviewing or following directions; the second time, paying close attention to my cord orientation and the instructions for double half-hitches given in Joan Babcock’s book, Micro-Macramé Jewelry: Tips and Techniques for Knotting with Beads (2nd Edition).Continue reading “Moving on: macrame lessons and new stitches”

Engagement, experimentation, and happy accidents

These three routes seem to be key to unlocking variation in design possibilities. Around the time I started this site (that is, very recently), there was a very big question in my mind: how do people come up with original designs? How do you graduate from being someone who follows patterns other people write, toContinue reading “Engagement, experimentation, and happy accidents”

What at first appears as a hurdle

I am still experimenting with Flat Spiral stitch. I’m learning a lot I didn’t expect to learn, which is why I haven’t yet moved on to a more difficult technique. I’ve wished to go on a tour of learning (and experimenting with) all the beadworking stitches I know of or have heard about (Cubic Right-AngleContinue reading “What at first appears as a hurdle”

Trial and revision

On the fourth of March (or around that time), I started experimenting with Flat Spiral stitch. This was to break me back into the use of instructions/techniques that originated with people other than myself, in a relatively unintimidating way. Through this, what I’ve gone through with the Bee earrings, and what I’ve gone through withContinue reading “Trial and revision”

I suppose pattern books may help?

EDIT: 2-28-21, 12:33 AM: By the way, yes, I do know not to use other peoples’ patterns for profit without permission. I just now realized that I hadn’t included this information. The line between technique and pattern is still somewhat blurry for me, but I’m sure I’ll understand it more, the more I work onContinue reading “I suppose pattern books may help?”