Nov 262014
 

The first project where I combined jewelry making and crochet. I made these for my daughter for Christmas 2013 to match the Twisted Chain Necklace.

These are very fast and easy to make. Just single crochet twice, then add a 8mm jump ring, single crochet around the jump ring and repeat. I finished it with a bead tip to hide the thread. You can choose to single crochet as many times between jump rings as you like to get the look you want.

Crochet Jump Ring Earring

Nov 252014
 

Twisted Chain Necklace

I made this necklace for my daughter for Christmas 2013. Made from aluminum jump rings with a lobster claw clasp in a twisting pattern.

I was upset when my jump ring order came in because the red jump rings were actually hot pink. I made it anyway and hoped she would still like it.

It was difficult to get the twist to show up right in the picture, so I hope the pattern comes through. The jump rings tried to stack on top of each other instead of keeping their twisted shape when I put it down.

One of the days, I need to invest in a necklace display for taking pictures if I’m going to keep doing this.

Nov 212014
 

I was looking for something different to do for my mother-in-law for Christmas 2013 and ran across this pattern. She loves butterflies, so I thought this would be perfect.

I found the pattern at Bead & Button for anyone interested in making this bracelet. I still have the purple one and hope to find it a home someday.

I had a hard time getting decent pictures. The beads are silver lined and my camera didn’t like the shine. Did the best I could. I’ve learned more photography tricks since I took these pictures, so hopefully I’ll get better pictures the next time I make this pattern.

Nov 162014
 

It’s already almost Christmas again and I still don’t have all the Christmas 2013 projects posted. Eek!

The original beanie pattern I modified is here.  http://annaheiser.blogspot.com/2011/04/beginner-beanie-pattern.html  Thank you, Anna for the pattern! It worked out well for all three people I made hats for.

I suggest testing the beanie out on your own head as you make it. I had to make it a little bigger than Anna’s pattern to make sure it fit all the big heads around here and a little longer for the men.

 

I made the purple, grey and black beanie for my daughter to match the gypsy shawl, chunky slippers and fingerless gloves. All the yarn was Red Heart Super Saver Economy in Black, Heather and Dark Orchid.

The other two hats were made from Caron Simply Soft in the color Sticks & Stones and Red Heart Super Saver Economy in the color called Fall .

The Sticks & Stones beanie was for my hubby and I made him a scarf to match. I don’t think I’d ever seen him so appreciative. Now he’s begging me to make slippers to match, too! I feel appreciated.

The Fall beanie was for my dad. He’s hard to buy for, so I made him something I hoped he could use. Slightly better than getting underwear or socks, right?

 

Sep 062014
 

I made these for my daughter to match the Gypsy Shawl, beanie and fingerless gloves I made her for Christmas 2013. They’re super easy and very warm.

I found the pattern on All Free Crochet. There’s even a video you can follow.

I’m not sure I like the feel of the stitches wearing them barefoot, but with socks they seem just fine. The hubby is begging me to make him a pair, so I already have something to make him for Christmas this year!

Easy Slippers

 

I added some height to the second pair I made so they would keep the ankle warm, too. I’ll try to remember to post them and a modified pattern after I’ve posted some more backlogged projects.

Apr 222014
 

My mother gave me a pair of earrings to play around with while making jewelry. The posts were broken and while I thought about just fixing them, I decided to so something a little different instead. This seemed like the perfect time to play with creating a peyote bezel.

Using size 11 and 15 Delica’s (Japanese Seed Beads), I “framed” the earring with peyote stitch using this tutorial. Creating a Peyote Bezel

The earrings are snowflake obsidian with mother of pearl inlay so I paired them with snowflake obsidian and obsidian beads. I was originally going to use 3mm mother of pearl beads between the obsidian beads, but when they arrived, they were a darker color than the mother of pearl in the earring, so I used Czech pearl seed beads instead.

The simple string of beads seemed to look the best after trying many different stitches. Everything else seemed to overpower the bezel.

I gave the finished product back to my mother for Christmas of 2013 and I still have another one to play with. I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do with it yet, but it’s close to jewelry making season (I stop crochetting and switch to jewelry when it gets warm outside), so I’ll be playing around with it soon.

A few pieces I made are still for sale at CountrySidewalk.com, but only for a limited time. Make sure to get yours before they’re gone!

Apr 202014
 

I made this shawl for my daughter for Christmas 2013. I decided against finishing with fringe, which would have been more gypsy-like, since we have cats that like to play with anything that dangles. While amusing, walking around with a cat hanging off your clothes makes everything more difficult. Hysterical, but difficult.

I think this is the first pattern I’ve tried to write myself, so please let me know if it’s confusing or missing anything.

Gypsy Shawl

 

Gypsy Shawl

 

Yarn: Worsted Weight (I used Red Heart Black, Dark Orchid, and Heather)
Hook Size: K

Chain 5

Row 1: In fifth chain – 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc

Row 2: ch 4, turn,2 dc in first dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in center ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in end chain

Row 3: ch 4, turn, 2 dc in first dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to center ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in center ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to end 3 dc in end chain

Row 4+ repeat Row 3 until desired length

Finish: There are several ways to edge the shawl depending on the look you desire. I did this: 2 dc in first dc, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to center ch 2 space, in center 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2 3 dc, after center 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to end, 3 dc in end chain

You can also add poms or fringe if you like.

In the shawl pictured, I changed colors every three rows, but you can change as often or seldom as desired.

Here is a great video explaining how to change colors.

Mar 242014
 

For Christmas of 2013, I decided to make my grandmother a necklace that she might have an easier time putting on. I’d seen several designs with the clasp at the front and thought that might be easier for her.

It took some time to come up with the rest of the design. I tried several things, but nothing seemed to grab me like right-angle weave with Swarovski crystal pearls. I’d tried other crystal pearls, but they were painted and the paint started chipping before I even started beading.

The more crystals I added, the heavier the piece became. It was heavier than I’d expected and I started to worry that it would be too much for her. I stepped down to smaller and smaller pearls to cut the weight and make the piece less bulky on her neck. I hoped that would make up for the weight.

Making Grandma's Necklace

I forgot to take pictures as I was beading. I wanted to show some of the steps, but I did get a picture after I started embellishing. The picture was taken with my cell, so it’s harder to see the detail, but it’s a basic idea. You can see in the smaller pearls what it looked like before the embellishments.

Right-angle weave is my favorite stitch to embellish. It just adds a depth that the piece lacks and brings everything in tighter.

Grandma's NecklaceHere’s a close-up of the finished front of the necklace. Seed beads and 4mm crystal pearls adorn the front. I thought it turned out pretty well even though the seed beads weren’t the color I thought they were. I was looking for a little more contrast in the cream pearl colors. I didn’t want them to disappear into the other beads or the 4mm cream colored crystal pearls to disappear into them.

Grandma's NecklaceA close-up of the finished back. Most of the time I would only embellish the front, but I wanted it to be less noticeable if the necklace happened to flip over on one side while she was wearing it. I didn’t want to add more 4mm crystal pearls because I wanted it to lay flat, so I used two colors of seed beads on the backside. It also added some extra strength to the necklace.

Grandma's NecklaceThe toggle clasp didn’t look quite right just hanging there in front, so I added some dangles with jump rings. I figured if I didn’t like the look, I could always remove them later. While I wasn’t completely happy with the look, I thought the dangles added a needed distraction from the clasp.

The most important part, once Grandma saw how the clasp worked she was able to put it on by herself. She really seemed to like it and I was happy with the resulting smile on her face.

These are the only pictures I took. I will try to remember to take more pictures at different stages the next time I take on a project this detailed.

Jan 132014
 

I wanted to make something a little different for my mother for Christmas and ran across a pattern for a chain bracelet I thought was pretty interesting. Since I used different size jump rings, I had to modify the pattern and here’s the result:

Chain Reaction

It’s difficult to see in the picture, but there are four different colors of aluminum jump rings. It’s actually not easy to see in person. I guess the colors were too similar. Here’s a close-up, so you can see the pattern and colors a little easier:

Chain Reaction Closeup

The jump ring colors were actually black, gunmetal grey, silver, and bronze.

I wasn’t completely satisfied with the finished product, but it was different and interesting.

Nov 192013
 

This hand woven right angle weave bracelet was created using jet black crystals embellished with bronze crystals and hematite seed beads on strong fireline. The look is dark, but dainty. While not necessarily a steampunk piece, it was made with steampunk in mind.

The toggle clasp is fashionable and easier to fasten than most locking clasps.

Sold by Countrysidewalk.com

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