Well hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the Holidays. I’ve been waiting to update my blog until I could share pictures of what I’ve been working on. I was wanting to make more Christmas ornaments and some christmas trees, but ran out of time to make Christmas presents. So I’m making a few of those in January, and we’ll just call it an early start on next Christmas ;).
Anywho, here is one of the gifts I made this month. This one was a lot of fun. It is a new Peony design that I developed. I used free-form scalloping for the petals – meaning that no two petals follow the same pattern and I didn’t count beads while making them – which I think turned out really well. You can’t tell from the pictures, but this flower is super sparkly. I used 9/0 3 cut luster finished beads, so they have lots of facets to catch the light. The flower itself is about 6 inches wide. After making it, I decided to curl the stem around to make it a self-standing sculpture. This one went to my Mother-in-law, and she loved it. 🙂 I’m dying to make another one. I sure wish 9/0 3 cut seed beads came in more color options. I’ll have to translate my pattern for 11/0’s.
While I’m on the subject of these little Cornflowers… I’ve just published a free pattern for them! Normally I do my free tutorials and patterns just as webpages, but I wanted to try something a little different this time. This pattern is in PDF form, so you can download it for free. It’s a beginner level pattern. Even though it looks a little crazy, they are pretty easy. All you need to know is Continuous Loops, Fringe, and Lacing – all of which are taught for free here on my website.
So, that’s where we are now. I didn’t get to do the free technique tutorial for you guys yet, but it is coming up. I just need one good day without any other distractions (other people call them responsibilities) to put it together. I also didn’t get to make myself a Christmas tree, so I’m doing that next too, even though Christmas is over.
Then I’m making some more cool stuff… one is a project I’ve been designing with my husband, and I’m pretty excited to see how it turns out. 🙂 Hopefully we can get that finished before I have this baby, then maybe I’ll at least get to start on the beaded flower wall hanging I’m making for said little one (though I think that will be a longer term project that I work on a little at a time between other projects).
Too many ideas, too little time. Do get yourself a copy of that Cornflower pattern and let me know how you like it!
Merry (Late) Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!