Stitch Up a Design for Valentines Day or Just Because

perfect pairIf you’re ready to stitch up a design for a special night out with your special someone, or just ready to make something pretty, this “perfect pair” is a great go-to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encanto Necklace components

Encanto Necklace components

In Bead Metamorphosis, author and designer Lisa Kan stitches custom components as well as shows how to use the components in finished designs. The colors, the textures and the way she weaves the beads together creates a timeless and very feminine look. Lisa also designs with versatility in mind, with many components being reversible, interchangeable or easily adapted to be worn differently.

Chrysanthemum brooch and a few color variations

Chrysanthemum brooch and a few color variations

 

Throughout the book, Lisa covers a great list of basic information and offers tips and ideas on blending colors and materials. She also provides many alternative color ways for her designs, which helps all of us when approaching a design we want to stitch with our favorite colors.

 

Lisa has a style all her own and one that remains timeless. I felt The Audrey Fringe bracelet was one I would love to wear but could also see my grandmother wearing back in the day (she used to go to the Cotton Club in NYC!).

Audrey Fringe Bracelet, named after Lisa’s niece. This right-angle weave design has three lengths of fringe and three tiers and has pearl accents. Wouldn’t this also be amazing as a choker?

Audrey Fringe Bracelet, named after Lisa’s niece. This right-angle weave design has three lengths of fringe and three tiers. The pearl accents really amp up the feminine quotient. Wouldn’t this also be amazing as a choker?

 

There are a few different clasp types used in the book, including barrel clasps and snaps. Not only does Lisa share how to work these into your designs, she illustrates how to create the beadwork to hide them. Yay!

Snap clasp hidden in beadwork

 

 

medallion_bezel_finishedIn her video Stitching Vintage and Inspired Jewelry, Kelly Wiese also takes the approach of creating different bead-woven components and combining them into finished jewelry.

The dimension of the components, along with the delicate open work created by beaded netting make these designs feminine as well as fun to make!

Kelly takes you from the basics of choosing needles, tools and beads through the steps needed to stitch each component. Also included is a discussion on color so you can choose to go the vintage route or divert and step outside the box.

Kelly shares instructions for two different components. She then explains how to transform them into finished jewelry, connecting medallions and crystal bezels together, using each on their own, adding findings and transforming each piece into different wearable pieces of jewelry.

The video is rounded out with even more inspiration for vintage and romantic touches, leaving you feeling inspired as well as wanting to bead the night away (unless you have dinner plans, that is!).

Design inspiration showing a reversible medallion component used on the end of a rope lariat

Happy beading,

blue_tammy

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