Friday, May 30, 2008

You Only Have One Chance to Make a First Impression

You never know when you are going to be called upon to make a good first impression. However, it would help if someone would give a heads up and say, " Today many people, you do not know, will read what you have to say." Especially if said person sets you up!

I loved the comments regardless of how they were generated and welcome all. From now on though, I will be more mindful that someone just may be reading all this.

Much of what I have learned so far in seed beading has been self taught. I will try to pass along any hints I have read or learned by trial and error. Many errors, many trials!

I needed to download three different free instructions from the Internet when I attempted to learn the African Helix pattern. The lesson I learned was that different people explain the same thing in different ways and some are way easier to understand and interrupt than others. The free instructions and pattern at were extremely helpful. On the left side of the site is a Free choice. There are numerous pages and I waded through all several times and have copied many of the lovely patterns. There are tutorials on several different patterns and by more than one designer. A video tutorial is at this site

What I will add to all this is I do the pattern "upside down" from all that I have read. I use a dowel as apposed to a pencil although a pencil does work. I have a few different sized dowels, 3/8 and 5/16 seem to work with most of my 11/0 or 15/0 bead choices. Instead of working my pattern downward with the beads on the bottom of the work, I turn the work and have the thread at the top after I do the first 16 beads and tie a knot. I load the 5 beads and allow them to fall down the thread to the dowel and hold them above the work and then insert my needle from bottom to top while holding the beads in place with my left thumb. As I snug up the thread, I allow the string to go in to the correct place by controlling it with my left thumbnail. I am leaving out all the pattern instructions and attempting to give a hint here. It works well for me. My first African Helix was a necklace, then a bracelet to match, and earring sleeves.

I hope to include a picture of necklaces today and with them is the dark and lime green African Helix first attempt. Also in the picture is the first necklace I ever tried. It is a cream and brown in Russian Spiral with a slide also in Russian Spiral doubled. I do not know if that is a pattern as I made it up as I wanted to add something to the rather plain necklace. The Flower necklace I got the pattern from the site mentioned above. It is done with seeds, crystals and pearls. I did not use the freshwater pearls round ones I had on hand instead.

A note on Cheap Beads...try to avoid them, as they only make your work look cheap. It costs a little more for good beads, but the work will reflect the the difference. It takes way too much time to seed bead to have the work cheapened.

Wow can I run to get busy my son Bryan is coming tomorrow.


jessicamae3 said...

woohoo! look at you go! i will help you with pics this evening! i will come over!
love you mom!

Jen said...

WOW just beautiful!!! You do amazing work!!! Can't wait to see what you create next. Ok I'm going to go check out the links you gave, thank you for those. Also thank you for the tips!!!

Thank you for sharing your jewerly!!!! :)

PattiM said...

Beautiful work.... I've beaded with the larger ones but never the seed. Looks like it takes time and alot more talent to create. I look forward to seeing your future creations......


jamie said...

I have never seen such beautiful work with beads!!! They are just georgous!!!! Keep up with the pictures! I can't wait to see more!