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LEARN and CREATE – “Like no other” herringbone rope

The herringbone stitch an old-timer? No way, the newer shaped beads, such as the Cali bead, can be perfectly integrated and offer a different and very modern look to the traditional herringbone stitch. The start may be a little challenging, but it will end up being an easy and quickly made project.

Challenge:

As you are working with different sizes, going from tiny to relatively big beads, you need to maintain a firm thread tension and keep the Cali beads straight.

Like no other, herringbone

Supplies for the “Like no other” herringbone rope:

  • 3x8 mm Czech Cali beads with three holes
  • 15/0 Japanese Miyuki seed beads
  • 3x3 mm faceted Czech beads for the intersection
  • S-lon thread or polyethylene (fishing line), John James needles # 10 or #12
  • scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the “Like no other” herringbone rope:

  • check the holes of the beads before stringing them
  • take a comfortable length of thread

Like no other, herringbone - start

  • first round: pick up one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead equaling a total of four Cali-seed bead sets
  • keep a 20 cm tail thread, so you can add the clasp later on without problems

Like no other, herringbone - base

  • to form a circular base, make a second pass through all the beads as well as the first Cali bead

Like no other, herringbone - step-up second round with 3 mm bead

  • second round: pick up a 3 mm bead and make a step-up by passing your needle through the second hole of the Cali you just exited, in other words make a U-turn

Like no other, herringbone - round 2

  • pick up a 3 mm bead and pass the needle through the second hole of the next Cali, repeat two more times and tighten your thread
  • note: while the 3 mm beads are maintaining the round shape, the Cali beads form strong V-lines. To work comfortably maintain the Cali beads nicely vertical.

Like no other, herringbone -step-up round three

  • third round: make a step-up by passing your needle through the third hole of the Cali you just exited, in other words make a U-turn

Like no other, herringbone - round 3 add Cali, seed bead, Cali

  • pick up one Cali, one seed bead, one Cali and go with your needle through the next Cali bead
  • pick up a seed bead and go through the next Cali

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – “Like no other” herringbone rope - part 2

CONTINUATION: "Like no other" herringbone rope

Like no other, herringbone - round 3

  • pick up one Cali, one seed bead, one Cali and go through the next Cali bead

Like no other, herringbone - completing round 3

  • pick up a seed bead and go through the next Cali as well as through the bottom hole of the first Cali you added in this round
  • note: when you add Cali beads you are starting the next round, when you add just one seed bead you tighten the structure

 Like no other, herringbone - step-up or U-turn round 4

  • fourth round: make a step-up by passing your needle through the second hole of the Cali you just exited, in other words make a U-turn

Like no other, herringbone -round 4, top view

  • pick up a 3 mm bead and pass the needle through the second hole of the next Cali, repeat three more times
  • note: ignore the seed bead of the previous round
  • next round: see third round
  • next round: see fourth round
  • continue building up the rope by adding round three and four alternately
  • proceed until you have the desired length by repeating the instructions of the third and fourth round and end in a way similar to the start
  • to finish off the rope, you could add on each side a large bead cap or a small rondelle bead 
  • add a toggle clasp and enjoy!

Like no other, herringbone - side view

Suggestions:

  • to accentuate the V-shapes, choose the 3x3 mm bead in a contrasting color
  • play with color variations for the Cali bead and keep the other beads in one color scheme

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LEARN and CREATE – the “I am not a Sea Urchin” beaded bead - part 1

This over-sized beaded bead is an excellent beginner's design asking very little time and would be a lovely mother-daughter project. Just as the “Stylized flower” beaded bead, you can use the “I am not a Sea Urchin” bead as a pendant or make several large beads and integrate them into a necklace.

Sea Urchin - top view

Challenge:

As we are working with relatively big Cali beads and tiny seed beads, you need to keep a firm thread tension and it is advisable to make a second pass through each row.

Supplies for the “I am not a Sea Urchin” beaded bead:

  • 3x8 mm Czech Cali beads with three holes
  • 15/0 Japanese seed beads
  • 8/0 Japanese seed beads in a contrasting color
  • S-lon thread or polyethylene (fishing line), John James # 12 needles, scissors and a bead mat

Sea Urchin - supplies

Weaving instructions for the “I am not a Sea Urchin” beaded bead:

  • check the holes of the beads before stringing them
  • take a comfortable length of thread

Sea Urchin beaded bead - start

  • pick up : one 15/0 seed beads, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, to have a total of five Cali-seed bead sets
  • slide the beads till the end of the thread while keeping a 15 cm tail thread

Sea Urchin beaded bead - first round, circle back

  • circle back through all the beads till the first Cali bead situated in front of the tail thread

Sea Urchin beaded bead - complete first round

  • go through the next seed bead-Cali set to complete the first round

Sea Urchin beaded bead - start second round

  • pass your needle through the central hole of the same Cali bead you just got out of to go to the next level
  • as a consequence, with each step-up you change the needle's direction
  • pick up one 15/0 seed bead and one 8/0 seed bead and go through the central hole of the next Cali bead

Sea Urchin beaded bead - finishing second row

  • repeat the above till you have a total of five sets and have reached the first 15/0 seed bead of the second round
  • pass your needle through the next 15/0-8/0 seed bead set as well as the Cali bead to complete the second round
  • note: you go past the tail thread

Sea Urchin beaded bead - step-up

  • make a step-up and pass your needle through the third hole of the same Cali bead you just exited

SEE part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the “I am not a Sea Urchin” beaded bead - part 2

CONTINUATION: “I am not a Sea Urchin” beaded bead

Sea Urchin - start third round

  • pick up : one 15/0 seed bead, one new Cali bead and one 15/0 seed bead and pass your needle through the top hole of the next Cali bead

Sea Urchin - 3th round

  • repeat the above four more times

Sea Urchin - second pass to reinforce the structure

  • to tighten your thread firmly, make a second pass through all the beads and you will see the structure fold together
  • continue by going with your needle through the next 15/0 seed bead, the Cali and the 15/0 seed bead to complete the third round
  • go through the Cali and make a step-up by moving to the middle hole of the Cali bead you just exited

Sea Urchin - start fourth round

  • pick up : one 15/0 seed bead, one 8/0 seed bead and to through the middle hole of the next Cali bead
  • repeat the above four more times
  • continue by going through the first 15/0-8/0 seed bead set and exit the next Cali bead to complete the fourth round
  • make a step-up and go through the third hole of the Cali bead

Sea Urchin - add final beads

  • pick up : one 15/0 seed bead and pass your needle through the top hole of the next Cali bead
  • to complete the fifth round repeat the above four more times to close the beaded bead

Sea Urchin - beaded bead - front

  • make a second pass through the first and second round and finish with a few knots
  • weave the tail thread in your beaded bead and finish in the same way
  • enjoy your creation !

Creative ideas : create a floating illusion necklace

  • string several beads on a leather cord
  • while making a knot at equal distance on each side of the beaded bead to fix it in place

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LEARN and CREATE – the chakras and the healing power of gemstones

What are chakras?

Emerged from the Indian culture, the chakra energy system, has seeped into our esoteric beliefs. What is called chakra is a focal point where psychic forces interact with the body and vice versa. The concept is very much present in each belief system and associated with the mind, spirit and soul idea.

Although there is a huge amount of chakra points, we normally only refer to the six intersections located along the spine and the one on top of the head. Each individual chakra is linked to a mantra or prayer and a deity. It is also associated with an organ, a color, a shape and an element in nature.

In the Western culture, we want each chakra to be fully energized and balanced; in the Hindu culture on the other hand, the Yogi attempts to raise his energy flow from chakra to chakra to reach the top of the head.

Chakra system

The seven chakras and their location: 

the root chakra, situated in the tail bone, is linked to your survival, meaning health, food and shelter and in modern times this concept may be transposed in terms of money and motivation

  1. the root chakra, situated in the tail bone, is linked to your survival, meaning health, food and shelter and in modern times this concept may be transposed in terms of money and motivation
  2. the sacral chakra, located below the navel in the lower abdomen, is related to your own well-being such as pleasure and sexuality
  3. the solar plexus chakra is found in the stomach area and linked to self-esteem, self-respect
  4. the heart chakra sieges just above the heart and manages the ability to love, and find joy and inner peace
  5. the throat chakra is indeed based in the throat and associated with emotions and communication
  6. the third eye or brow chakra can be found between the two eyes and is connected with your thoughts, such as decision making, imagination, but also intuition
  7. in the crown chakra, at the top of your head, you balance your sense of spirituality, bliss and beauty

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the chakras and the healing power of gemstones - part 2

CONTINUATION

The colors of the seven chakras and their healing stones:

Gemstones are supposed to assist the natural healing process of the chakras. Some gemstones with mixed colors may heal two or more chakras.

chakra pendant

  1. the root chakra:
    - black and red
    - Hematite, Black Onyx, Obsidian, Spinel, Bloodstone, Ruby, Red Jasper, Red GarnetSmoky QuartzPicture jasper
  2. the sacral chakra:
    - orange
    - Sunstone, Carnelian, Orange Aventurine, Orange Jasper, Orange Calcite, Tangerine Quartz
  3. the solar plexus chakra:
    - yellow
    - Citrine, PyriteGolden Brown Tiger Eye, Golden Rutilated Quartz, Yellow Jasper, Golden Calcite, Yellow Opal
  4. the heart chakra:
    - green and pink
    - Rose QuartzRhodonite, Morganite, Pink Tourmaline, Green Aventurine, Chrysoprase, Peridot, Jade, Green Tourmaline, Green Moss Agate, Unakite, Emerald and Ruby
  5. the throat chakra:
    - blue
    - Blue Apatite, Aquamarine, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Calcite, blue Chalcedony, Dumortierite, Sodalite, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Kyanite and Blue Sapphire

SEE - part 3

LEARN and CREATE – the chakras and the healing power of gemstones - part 3

CONTINUATION

The functions ?

Inevitably, you will discover that a single gemstone can have several functions. 

For instance, lapis lazuli :

  • its primary function = throat chakra
  • its secondary function = third eye chakra.

The same is true for most gemstones.

How to choose your stones?

First of all, the gemstone which makes you feel good is presumably the one that brings one of you chakra's in balance.

Secondly, whether you choose to create a pendant or a bracelet, you are supposed to wear it directly on the skin.

Enjoy a soulful day!

chakra bracelet

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LEARN and CREATE – the “Stylized flower” beaded bead - part 1

As you are now familiar with the technique of crossing threads, let's go one step further with this over-sized beaded bead. You can use this "Stylized Flower" bead as a pendant or make several, and integrate them into a necklace.

Stylized flower with Pinch bead

Challenge:

Consistently alternate the working thread when crossing the threads and controlling the thread path.

Supplies for the “Stylized Flower” beaded bead:

  • 5x3 mm Czech Pinch beads
  • 11/0 Czech seed beads
  • a central bead to stabilize the shape
  • S-lon thread or polyethylene (fishing line), two needles, scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the “Stylized Flower” beaded bead:

  • take into account that you start in the middle of the thread and opt for twice the regular length

First round:

  • start creating the central daisy part in the middle of the thread: pick up 5 seed beads and form a circle by going back through the first bead you picked up
  • keep the central daisy in mind as you are circling around it

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 1, first central part

  • with the right thread pick up a Pinch bead, a seed bead, a Pinch bead, a seed bead, a Pinch bead

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 1, creating a leaf

  • and go with your left thread through the last Pinch bead to cross the threads

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 1, crossing threads to attach leaf

  • as a consequence, one thread ends at the top, while the other thread ends at the bottom of the central daisy
  • go with the left thread through the next seed bead of the central daisy part
  • with the thread at the top pick up a seed bead, a Pinch bead, a seed bead, a Pinch bead

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 1,  adding second leaf

  • pass the other thread through the last Pinch bead to cross the threads and to finish at the top of the daisy
  • pass the left thread through the next seed bead of the central daisy part
  • with the top thread pick up a seed bead, a Pinch bead, a seed bead, a Pinch bead and pass the other thread through the last Pinch bead to cross the threads

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 1, crossing threads to add leaf 2

  • pass the left thread through the next seed bead of your central daisy part

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 1, moving to next leaf

  • with the top thread pick up a seed bead, a Pinch bead, a seed bead, a Pinch bead
  • pass the other thread through the last Pinch bead to cross the threads

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the “Stylized flower” beaded bead - part 2

CONTINUATION: the "Stylized flower"

  • pass the left thread through the next and last seed bead of the central daisy part and go up through the first Pinch bead, this is the one you picked up at the beginning
  • if you have a closer look at the petals, you will see that there are two seed beads at the top of each petal

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 1, 2 seed beads at the top between leaves

  • as a consequence and to finish the first round you need to pick up one seed bead with each thread as well as a single Pinch bead on one side

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 1, add 2 seed beads and 1 Pinch bead

  • cross the threads through the single Pinch bead to finish the first round

 Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 1, crossing threads in Pinch bead, leaf 5

Second round: in this round you create five new daisy centers

  • with the left thread pick up a seed bead, a Pinch bead, a seed bead, a Pinch bead and another seed bead

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 2, start

  • cross the threads through the last seed bead

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 2, cross thru seed bead

  • pass the right thread through the next two seed beads

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 2, pass thru next 2 seed beads

  • as a consequence you have three seed beads, one sitting after the other
  • with the left thread pick up two seed beads and cross the threads through the last seed bead to create a new central daisy of five beads

 Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 2, add 2 seed beads to center

  • to move to the next daisy center pass the right thread through the next Pinch bead
  • with the left thread pick up a Pinch bead, a seed bead, a Pinch bead, a seed bead and cross the threads through the last seed bead
  • pass the right thread through the next two seed beads
  • to complete the center of the daisy, pick up two more seed beads with your left thread and cross the threads in the last seed bead
  • to move to the next daisy center pass the right thread through the next Pinch bead
  • with your left thread (the one still coming out of the last daisy center) and to bridge the gap to your next daisy center, pick up Pinch bead, a seed bead, a Pinch bead, a seed bead and cross the threads through the last seed bead
  • pass your right thread through the next two seed beads
  • pick up two seed beads with your left thread and cross the threads once again through the last seed bead
  • to move to the next daisy center pass the right thread through the next Pinch bead

SEE - part 3

LEARN and CREATE – the “Stylized flower” beaded bead - part 3

CONTINUATION: the "Stylized flower"

  • with your left thread pick up a Pinch bead, a seed bead, a Pinch bead, a seed bead and cross the threads through the last seed bead

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 2, move to next daisy center

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 2, needs 2 more seed beads

  • pass your right thread through the next two seed beads
  • pick up two seed beads with your left thread and cross the threads once again through the last seed bead

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 2, complete daisy center

  • to move to the next daisy you pass your right thread through the next Pinch bead

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 2, pass thru Pinch bead

  • note: of the set of five daisy centers of the second round, the last central part has already three seed beads in place instead of two seed beads
  • with your left thread pick up a Pinch bead, a seed bead, a Pinch bead, a seed bead and cross the threads through the last seed bead
  • pass your right thread through the next three seed beads
  • note: to complete the daisy center you are missing only one seed bead
  • with the left thread pick up one seed beads and cross the threads once again through this last seed bead
  • to finalize the second round you need a step-up: pass each thread through its respective Pinch bead

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 2, up thru both Pinch beads

  • with the left thread pick up a seed bead, a Pinch bead, a seed bead and cross the threads through the last seed bead

Stylized flower, beaded bead - round 2, finish

Third round:

  • pass your right thread through the next seed bead 

Stylized flower beaded bead - round 3, start

  • pick up three seed beads with your left thread and cross the threads through the last seed bead to create a new daisy center 
  • at this point we slowly start to close up the bead
  • to move to the next daisy center pass your right thread down through the next Pinch bead, the next seed bead and up through the next Pinch bead 
  • with the left thread – the one on the side of your last daisy center - pick up a Pinch bead, a seed bead and cross the threads in the seed bead 
  • pass your right thread through the adjoining seed bead
  • pick up three seed beads with your left thread and cross the threads in the last seed bead 
  • to move to the next daisy center you pass your right thread down through the next Pinch bead and the next seed bead and up through the next Pinch bead 
  • pick up a Pinch bead and a seed bead with the left thread and cross the threads in the last seed bead 
  • pass the right thread through the next seed bead

 SEE - part 4