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LEARN and CREATE – “dancing through hoops” bracelet - part 1

This elegant, dainty stringing project is all about playful loops and can without doubt become a stunning necklace too. Play with colors and amaze the world with your creativity.

dancing through loops - one unit

Challenge:

Arm yourself with patience and make sure that both threads stay parallel and do not cross each other, otherwise the loops around the rondelle beads will collapse into each other.

Supplies for the “dancing through hoops” bracelet:

  • 11/0 seed beads
  • 3x5 mm Czech faceted rondelle beads
  • 4x7 mm Czech faceted rondelle beads
  • 8x13 mm hematite gemstone loop beads in twisted rhombus shape
  • 3x3 mm Czech faceted round beads – optional -
  • polyethylene thread or fishing thread or FireLine
  • crimp beads or crimp tubes
  • button for the clasp
  • pliers, scissors and beading mat.

Stringing instructions for the “dancing through hoops” bracelet:

  • cut off about 70 cm polyethylene thread
  • to create a loop big enough for the button: for a 12 mm button that means about 24 seed beads and for a 14 mm button, that will be about 28 seed beads
  • pick up the seed beads for the loop, push them till the middle and fold the thread
  • string both ends of the thread through a crimp tube and check if the threads are parallel before crimping it
  • pick up one seed bead with both threads to give extra mobility to your bracelet

dancing through loops - clasp loop

  • * with both threads: pick up one 3x5 mm bead, two seed beads and one 4x7 mm bead
  • check if the threads are still parallel

dancing through loops - first part of section

  • with one thread: pick up six to seven seed beads and string in a loop through the 4x7 mm bead – repeat with the other thread -

dancing through loops - start loop first part of section

dancing through loops - loop first part of section

  • with both threads: pick up two seed beads and one 3x5 mm bead

dancing through loops - finish first part of section

  • continue with both threads and string one 8x13 mm loop bead
  • optional: if you want a central accent in the loop bead, pass one of the threads through the first hole, then through the 3 mm round bead and finally through the second hole of the loop bead – tighten the thread with the hand to one side and pass the second thread through in one go

dancing through loops - add hematite loop bead

  • check if the threads are still parallel **

SEE - PART 2

LEARN and CREATE – “dancing through hoops” bracelet - part 2

CONTINUATION: "dancing through hoops" bracelet

 dancing through loops - start third part of section

  • continue from * until ** and finish with a loop bead followed by one seed bead
  • to add the button: with both threads, pick up a crimp bead and a button and pass them back through the crimp bead
  • check a last time if the threads are parallel and control the thread tension in order to assure the supples of the bracelet
  • crimp the crimp bead and cut off the excess thread
  • enjoy!

Thank you for choosing your beads and findings @ http://dunebeads.com/en/ !

Happy day, see you soon!

LEARN and CREATE – the flat herringbone weave made easy - part 1

This bracelet in flat herringbone stitch is quickly learned and results in a supple band with columns in a fish bone pattern. As a consequence, it is a perfect stitch for both slender and large bracelets.

flat herringbone weave made easy

Challenge:
Arrange the beads of each layer in a zigzag or chevron pattern, so you can easily stack the next round on it.

Supplies for the flat herringbone weave:

  • 8/0 seed beads (and optionally, 11/0 seed beads)
  • needle, thread and scissors
  • clasp and beading mat.

Weaving instructions for the flat herringbone stitch:

  • as you will always add 2 beads at the same time and work with an even number of beads, it is wise to start the base in a 2-bead ladder stitch
  • consequently, start with a base in ladder stitch of 2 beads wide and 6 beads long:
  • pick up 4 beads, circle back through the 2 first beads at the tail end

flat herringbone - 2-bead ladder stitch - start

  • to get in position and to add beads, pass the needle through the last set of beads to go to the outer edge

flat herringbone - 2-bead ladder stitch - getting in position to add 2 beads

  • pick up 2 beads and go through the previous set of beads

flat herringbone - 2-bead ladder stitch - adding 2 beads

  • circle back through the set of beads you just added

flat herringbone - 2-bead ladder stitch - getting in position

  • to start the herringbone stitch and the 3rd round: 
  • pick up 2 beads and go down 2 levels through the 2nd bead

flat herringbone - 3rd row - start

  • go up 2 levels through the 3th one

flat herringbone - 3th round - getting in position to add beads

  • pick up 2 beads and go down 2 levels through the 4th bead

flat herringbone - 3th round - add second pair

  • go up 2 levels through the 5th bead, pick up 2 beads and go down 2 levels through the last bead
  • as a consequence, you go UP and DOWN two levels in the 3rd row, but only in the 3rd row, in order to stabilize the row below

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the flat herringbone weave made easy - part 2

CONTINUATION: flat herringbone weave

  • *to get in position for the next round and all the other rounds, make a zig-zag movement:
  • go UP through the bottom of the previous bead on the same level

flat herringbone - next round - start zigzag movement

  • and go UP through the bottom of the end bead to end up at the top of the last bead

flat herringbone - zigzag movement - end position

  • this method is recommended if you create a wide bracelet or if you like a simple effect without embellishments, but it has the disadvantage of straightening the beads at the ends
  • there is another way which keeps the V-shape of the beads, but which makes use of ornamentation. You can access the next row from the outside by adding a few beads in a smaller size. For instance, if you work with size 8 beads you could add a scalloped edge with 2 or 3 beads in size 11.

flat herringbone - scalloped edge

  • to start the following round : pick up 2 beads, go down 1 level through the 2nd bead and go up through the 3th one, pick up 2 beads and go down 1 level through the 4th bead, go up through the 5th bead, pick up 2 beads and go down 1 level through the last bead **
  • note: you go up and down one bead at a time
  • continue from* to** with the "end of row movement" of your choice till you reached the desired length  
  • you will find out that the top of each column seems to separate from the other columns as the beads are attached at the bottom in the previous round. Consequently and in order to finish your piece, you stitch in circular movement through the beads of the last two rows in order to create a look similar to the two base rows in ladder stitch.

flat herringbone - columns

  • add a clasp and enjoy your bracelet

flat herringbone and glass discs


Tips:

it is easy to integrate other stitches in between pieces of herringbone weave.

Thank you for choosing your beads and findings @ http://dunebeads.com/en/ !

Happy day, see you soon!

LEARN and CREATE – dance the twist again ... with the twisted tubular herringbone weave - part 1

The twisted tubular herringbone is a variation of the regular http://dunebeads.com/en/learn-and-create-the-tubular-herringbone-weave-on-a-base-of-ladder-stitch-part-1. It is the result of an imbalance created by a difference in level, which makes the columns bend.

Twisted herringbone stitch

Challenge:

In the step-up you have to pay special attention to the number of levels you are working on.

Supplies for the twisted herringbone stitch:

  • 8/0 beads or 3x3 mm fire-polished beads in 3 colors: color A, color B and color C
  • needle, thread and scissors
  • toggle and beading mat.

Weaving instructions for the twisted tubular herringbone stitch:

  • to start, create a base in ladder stitch in the following colors: 2x color A, 2x color B and 2x color C

Twisted herringbone - ladder stitch

Twisted herringbone - round 2, add beads in regular herringbone

  • pick up 2x color A and go DOWN through the top of the 2nd color A
  • go UP through the bottom of the 1st color B
  • pick up 2x color B and go DOWN through the top of the 2nd color B
  • go UP through the bottom of the 1st color C
  • pick up 2x color C and go DOWN through the top of the next bead in color C

Twisted herringbone - round 2, add color C in regular herringbone

  • in the third round starts the twisted weave: go UP through the 1st bead in color A of level 1 as well as the one of level 2

Twisted herringbone - round 3, make a step-up

  • pick up 2x color A and go two levels DOWN through the 2nd color A

Twisted herringbone - adding beads to step-up in color A

  • herein resides the difference between regular and twisted herringbone stitch
  • go UP through the 1st color B on the top level

Twisted herringbone - get in position to add color B

  • note: you go only ONE bead up

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – dance the twist again … with the twisted tubular herringbone weave - part 2

CONTINUATION : Twisted Herringbone Stitch

  • pick up 2x color B and go 2 levels DOWN through the 2nd color B

Twisted herringbone - add 2 beads in colors B

  • go UP through the 1st color C on the top level

Twisted herringbone - get ready to add color C

  • pick up 2x color C and go 2 levels DOWN through the 2nd color C

Twisted herringbone - adding color C

  • as a consequence, in each round you go 2 levels DOWN and 1 level UP
  • exception: to access the next round, the step-up demands each time that you go 2 levels UP in the 1st color A

Twisted herringbone - each step-up 2 beads up

  • ergo, in color A you always go 2 levels UP and 2 levels DOWN

Twisted herringbone - each step-up 2 beads down

  • to summarize: 2 levels UP in A, 2 levels DOWN in A, 1 level UP in B, 2 levels DOWN in B, 1 level UP in C, 2 levels DOWN in C and repeat
  • after a few rows, you will see how the spiral develops in the rope

Twisted herringbone - loose beads at end of columns

  • when reaching the desired length, attach the loose beads of the last row and finish the top with a big bead or a bead cap and a toggle
  • enjoy !

Hints :

You can create this twisted rope with:

  • smaller seed beads - 15/0, 13/0, 11/0 -
  • or with bigger beads such as 4x4 mm Czech beads 
  • and even mix the sizes for a very different look.

Thank you for choosing your beads and findings @ http://dunebeads.com/en/!

Happy day, see you soon!

A analysis of Pantone for a colorful autumn and winter

Autumn colors are the latest trends ... but at Pantone they gave them their own touch ... with an unusual mix of deep, light and bright colors ... reminiscent of whirling autumn leaves (red and green hues) in the cold evening air ( blue and purple hues).

autumn night

Let us have a closer look at it:

from red to warm orange: 3 shades

  • a deep brown red (Red Pear),
  • a bright vermilion red (Valiant Poppy)
  • and a pronounced bright orange yellow (Russet Orange)

from yellow to green: 4 shades

  • a bright green yellow (Ceylon Yellow),
  • a light greenish yellow (Limelight),
  • a subdued medium moss green (Martini Olive) and
  • a rich blue-green (Quetzal Green)

from bright blue to soft purple: 3 shades

  • a bright Capri blue (Nebulas Blue),
  • a deep purple ultramarine (Ultra Violet) and
  • a light purple (Crocus Petal)

Fashion colors Fall 2018

and get your classics out of the closet with:

  • navy blue (Sargasso Sea),
  • creamy greyish white (Tofu),
  • light silver gray (Quiet Gray) and
  • soft caramel brown (Meerkat).

Enjoy a colorful autumn!

Thank you for choosing your beads and findings @ http://dunebeads.com/en/ !

Happy day, see you soon!

LEARN and CREATE – the tubular herringbone weave on a base of ladder stitch - part 1

The herringbone stitch exists in several versions, among others:

  • a flat version,
  • a tubular version and
  • a twisted tubular version

and results in a sleek fish bone shaped pattern.

Traditionally, the tubular herringbone is build with an even number of beads, which may be increased and decreased, on a base round in ladder stitch. A necklace in herringbone weave can be worn as it is, be decorated or hold a pendant. The stitch is supple enough to be used for a bracelet or bangle and is fairly quickly created.

tubular herringbone

Challenge:

Although it is a relatively easy stitch, you need to pay special attention to the step-up and control the thread tension.

Supplies for the tubular herringbone stitch:

  • 8/0 beads or 3x3 mm fire-polished beads in 3 colors: color A, color B and color C
  • needle, thread and scissors
  • toggle and beading mat.

Weaving instructions for the regular tubular herringbone weave:

  • for starters, take a generous length of thread and create a foundation in ladder stitch in the following colors: 2x color A, 2x color B and 2x color C
  • if needed, you find the instructions of the ladder stitch @ http://dunebeads.com/en/blog/month/2018-5
  • foresee a +/- 15 cm tail thread

tubular herringbone - start in ladder stitch

  • to connect the end with the beginning go with the needle UP through the 1st bead and DOWN through the very last bead so that those beads sit next to each other and form a circle
  • to start the 2nd round, go back UP through the bottom of the 1st A bead 
  • pick up 2x color A and go DOWN through the top of the next bead in color A

tubular herringbone - round 2 start position to add 2 beads

  • go UP through the bottom of the 1st color B

tubular herringbone - get in position to add 2nd color

  • pick up 2x color B and go DOWN through the top of the next color B

tubular herringbone - round 2 adding 2nd color

  • go UP through the bottom of the 1st color C

tubular herringbone - get in position to add 3rd color

  • pick up 2x color C and go DOWN through the top of the next color C

tubular herringbone - round 2, add 3rd color

  • as you can see, the beads in the same color form a column but sit slightly askew to form a herringbone pattern

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the tubular herringbone weave on a base of ladder stitch - part 2

 CONTINUATION: the regular tubular herringbone weave

  • **to start a new round, make a step-up by going UP through the 1st bead in color A on the same level, as well as through the A color on top of it

tubular herringbone - step-up to round 3

  • to summarize: in the step-up you work on 2 levels while in all the other cases you work only on 1 level
  • note: the step-up happens always in the 1st bead in color A and you add always 2 beads in the same color A
  • pick up 2x color A and go DOWN through the top of the next bead in color A

tubular herringbone - round 3, add 1st color

  • go UP through the bottom of the 1st bead in color B

tubular herringbone - round 3, ready for 2nd color

  • pick up 2x color B and go DOWN through the top of the next bead in color B
  • go UP through the bottom of the 1st color C
  • pick up 2x color C and go DOWN through the top of the next bead in color C**
  • continue **... ** till you have reached the desired length and stop after making a step-up

tubular herringbone - step-up for each round

  • note: initially there will be quite some distance between the three columns, but keep on going and with each round the columns will get closer together

tubular herringbone - columns

  • as the top beads stay relatively loose at the end, you will need to close the tube-shape before adding a toggle by going up and down through the thread path of the top rows

Hints:

  • for a thinner rope, work with a base of 4 beads or a smaller size beads
  • if you create a rope in a single color lay out little stacks of beads in advance, so you can easily see when you have reached the end of a round and have the make a step-up
  • you can also make short tubular herringbone pieces to use as individual beads
  • be creative and enjoy !

tubular herringbone stitch in fire-polished beads

Thank you for choosing your beads and findings @ http://dunebeads.com/en/ !

Happy day, see you soon!

LEARN and CREATE – the Russian Spiral Stitch or the “Collapsed” Tubular Netting Stitch - part 1

The Russian spiral is a variation of the netting stitch you used to create :

and consists of collapsed diamond shapes. As a consequence, the Russian spiral is supple and can easily be used to create bracelets and necklaces.

Russian spiral - golden blue

Challenge:

The use of faceted beads in three colors will make it easier to understand the structure, but you will have to pay special attention when adding the colors as they will vary in each round.

Russian spiral in three colors

Supplies for the Russian spiral rope:

  • 3x3 mm fire-polished Czech beads in three colors to create a smooth color wave: color A, color B and color C
  • suggestion: choose color B in 'stronger' more pronounced shade
  • 11/0 seed beads in a contrasting color to accentuate the spiral shape
  • needle, thread and scissors
  • toggle and beading mat.

Weaving instructions for the Russian spiral rope:

  • pick up 2x seed beads, 1x color A, 2x seed beads, 1x color B, 2x seed beads, 1x color C

Russian spiral - start

  • leave a generous tail thread of about 15 to 20 cm
  • create a circle by going back thru all the beads and continue moving on till the middle of the second pair of seed beads

Russian spiral - base

  • to summarize, go thru all the beads and thru the 4 following beads

Russian spiral - ready for round 2

  • round 2: pick up 1x color B and 2x seed beads and skip a seed bead and fire-polished bead to pass the needle thru the first seed bead of the next pair of seed beads in order to reach the middle of that pair of seed beads

Russian spiral - round 2, add color B

  • push the beads upwards and tighten your thread
  • pick up 1x color C and 2x seed beads and pass the needle thru the 1st seed bead of the following pair, this corresponds to the seed bead behind the fire-polished bead, to reach the middle of that pair of seed beads

Russian spiral - round 2, add color C

SEE part 2