A project can start and end differnet ways. You may purchase a kit with all the elements included or you can decide to start with a book pattern and collect everything you need before you start. By far a kit is the easiest way to begin; ensuring you have all you need.
In the past, I have started the body of a purse and then needed to search for the frame. Searching for the right size and style was frustrating. I could not finish until I had it in hand.
This time I searched and chose this vintage frame before starting the purse. Obviously this is easier because you can pick the materials that match the frame and work from there.
The pictured frame has clear and pink beads around the outside edges along with three rows of clear rhinestones set in the center. There are tiny gold beads threaded between the rhinestones. A purse frame that had a previous life and a different body. I sometimes wonder what it looked like before, when it was made and how long was it in use.
The new body sytle is call The Boulevard, Model No. 418 from “A Book of New Bead Work,” Designs and Adaptations by Emma Post Barbour, Copyright 1924. National Trading Company, Chicago and I am happy to be able to unite them both.
Today at an appointment, I came across this center table mat in the waiting room. I found it very interesting. Interesting enough to want to replicate it for my own dining table.
It shouldn’t be too difficult to create a pattern for the size I’m thinking. I would like to use clear beads with silver centers and an off-white thread. But the fringe beads should be decided on and found first. I wonder if I will be able to find something similar.
The pictured mat has a material backing that acts as a barrier between the beads and the table surface. It should be something that can be washed and will not shrink, but still be soft.
This definately has given me some things to think about and plan for my center-piece next Christmas.
A gift for my mother. Her birthday was in March and I overlooked sharing this finished project.
The only difficult part of this project is to keep track of the first stitch and the placement of each bead in the pattern. You move around in a continuous circle.
The top around the frame is not worked in a circle. Each row is completed individually, tied off and restarted until you reach the flap height you need.
Cross stitch is my first love. It was the first craft my grandmother taught me. She would get out the gingham print material and floss. She would show me how to create the giant X within the colored or white square to make my name or pattern she made up.
I have graduated to other projects since then. Many family items have been made; cross stitch initials and these stockings for my husband and myself. Each of my children and their spouses have a similar style.
I have become particular in my choice of projects. A challenge is what I usually look for now.
Lately my head has been turning back to this craft. I have a couple projects that need finishing and it may be time to take them on. I will let you know.
Here is something you can do with sweaters that you are not wearing anymore. I decided to make these mittens from older work sweaters with a logo for a more personalized mitten. If you like the logo mitten, make sure the stitching is large enough to fit where you want it to.
I found a great Youtube video by LifeHacker. The demonstrator not only does a great job explaining how-to, she gives you a PDF file pattern for S, M and L mitten sizes to download.
You cut four sets of mittens for each project. Two are from sweater material and the other two are from fleece; two for each hand. Then the fleece mitten fits inside the sweater mitten and the sweater sleeve cuff connects the sets at the bottom and is turned up.
I added suede to the palms of the set on the right for driving stick. You will need to stitch the suede on to the sweater piece before assembling the mitten.
Happy New Year to all. I would like to present this sweet little coin-style beaded crochet purse.
The royal blue purse has silver crystal beads forming my friends initials on both sides. It has a 3″ opening with a clasp top.
This can be used for coins and bills, receipts or any small items that usually get lost in your purse. It will work like an extra pocket.
There are two mounts on the purse frame to add a chain if she chooses to use it as an evening bag.
Can’t wait to give this to my friend on her birthday.
I am so pleased to finally show this finished project. Almost a year ago I started the The Fleur-De-Lis. It is a pattern from “A Book of New Bead Work,” with designs and adaptations by Emma Post Barbour, Copyright 1924. National Trading Co., Chicago.
It has been nearly finished for a few months but I have not been able to find a purse frame to match the same width needed.
The original design stopped at the top of the flour-de-lis. The top stars and double rows of beads were added for the frame depth.
This purse makes a great dinner purse or special occasion purse. I plan on using it this holiday season. The finished size is 7.5 x 11 inches and plenty of room for the items you will need for a night out.
I love the effect of these gold beads. The view straight-on gives an opaque appearance, but turn it side-ways, and the beads turn bold and strong against the dark fabric.
I am still debating whether or not to put a liner inside. I do like having a couple of pockets to hold my phone and glasses for easy access, but the crochet thread created a very tight fabric, the liner is really not needed.
I could see another version of this in black with silver beads.