September 29, 2013

Hoops & Loops Crochet Necklace

Whenever I have an appointment and I need to kill time waiting for it, I keep my hands busy with something creative. I always take with me beads strung on a spool of thread or wire and I crochet them into a rope. 
Crocheted ropes are fun and very easy to make and they are also a good way to use up mixed leftover beads in different sizes, colors and shapes... In my Hoops & Loops necklace I used a mix of seed beads, crocheted in close loops to make a textured long rope.

And just a quick reminder - there's only 2 days left before the Nona Bangle pre-order sale ends!

September 06, 2013

"Nona" Geometric Bangle

I am captured by the unusual Wings and Horns in bangles and bracelets I've been seeing for quite a long time all over Beadland.  The beautiful and interesting shapes of the designs are included in the wonderful book Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Volume 1 by Kate Mckinnon. This is one of the most exciting books I have purchased recently (I have already pre-ordered my copy of Volume 2 - can't wait for it!) and I highly recommend it!

The book is such a great source for inspiration for any designer (even for those who work with other mediums!). The innovative designs are a celebration of colors and shapes, using known techniques in an exciting way... The photographs in the book are excellent (and the model is gorgeous, too!); the illustrations are good and I love the spiral binding, which makes it very easy to wander through the book's pages...I also really like all the notes and quotes included in the book, as well as all the other extras included... Such a treat! :-)

Inspired by the horns in Kate's Horned Bangle design, I created my nonagon "Nona" bangle, which has Tila bead tips, resembling the horns.

Nona Bangles 

I am running a PRE-ORDER SALE of the Nona Bangle tutorial.

The pre-order price will be $7.50 instead of $10 - that's a 25% discount (pre-order listing for the commercial use edition is also available). The sale ends on October 1st, and that's when the tutorial will be listed at its full price on both my shops.

The PDF file tutorial will be sent to you by EMAIL (using your PayPal email address) on October 1st (or one day later, depending on the number of orders accumulated - I will update on that on the blog).

If you want to pre-order the tutorial at the discounted price, simply make a purchase through the pre-order listing in my Artfire studio, or through my Etsy shop.

NOTE that except for the fact that the tutorial will be sent to you at a later time, the transaction and its terms, including all buyer protection terms, will be the same as any other transactions made on Etsy and Artfire via PayPal.

If this is the first time that you visit my blog and you haven't yet tried beading by one of my tutorials, you can read reviews and feedback on them from previous customers.

If you have any questions regarding this sale, please email me (address is on the About section of my blog), or leave a comment here on this post.

Nona Bangles 


These days we are celebrating the Jewish New Year, and I want to take the opportunity to wish
each and every one of you - whether you are Jewish or not -
a very happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous year ahead!
May all your wishes and prayers for the good and better life will come true in the coming year!
שנה טובה!