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.
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.
Recently I visited a Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI with my sister-in-law Karen. There we met Nancy Alison who creates knit and crotchet beaded purses. Nancy was very gracious to show us how to knit or crochet these little beauties. This started my mind thinking of the seed beads I had at home from my daughter Renee. One container had gold and silver combined and next to it was gold only. I purchased a coin purse closure for the top of my beaded purse. I loaded the thread with gold and silver beads and roughly chained out enough stitches to match the width of the purse frame. After working in a round twice; the beads were added randomly from the gold and silver blend to each stitch. As that compartment emptied, I added more gold to it until all the silver had been use. I am now working on gold beads only from here to the end.
Soon I will need to figure how many rows are needed to fill the area from the coin purse hinge to the top. I will stop going around in a spiral and crotchet back and forth on one side, decreasing stitches to make a side flap to fill the arch of the frame. Then do the same on the other side to create flaps to sew onto the frame. I hope this works; I am making this up as I go.
I will post again when it is finished. But in the meantime, visit nancyalison.com to view her Gallery and if you dare, order a pattern. All of her patterns come complete with everything you will need to make the design; needles, thread beads and instructions. I only saw knit patterns, but contact her to see what she has available in crotchet if that is what you prefer.
The only way that I can put it is, I am curious. I alway have been. Something will interest me and I have to know how it works or how do you accomplish it. The next question is, “Can I do that?”
For a long time I would settle on one thing or another, but lately I find that I am enjoying so many things and I want to keep track of them. That brings me here.
You are welcome to peek in and see the latest, comment or just browse. I hope that it sparks an interest in you to find interest in something.
SideCapers will feature the smaller interests that could pop up, fade away and return or maybe sick around. Listed above are main interests of mine that require their own sites; feel free to check those out as well.
Thanks for taking an interest and be curious.