I thought, since it's a New Year... a "new beginning"... that today would be a good day to finally post about my Beaded Cuff.
I've been working on it, off and on, for a *while* now. =-)
Don't ask me how long it took to bead it... I really don't know.
I don't keep up with that kind of thing when i'm on a project.
My husband would be good at that type of thing, though.
...but i didn't ask him at the beginning of this project, to do that for me, so...
Sorry. Just suffice to say that it took
"a while". =-)
Part of the reason for that is that there were plenty of times where the cuff simply *sat* on my desk... waiting...
Waiting for me to pick it up again.
Then, there were those times when i worked on it for *hours* at a time:
and most especially on those 4-hour rides to Beaufort, SC to see my Mom.
*Lots* of productive time then!
Before i let you see it (assuming you haven't already scrolled down of your own accord!) please allow me to babble a bit. =-)
I don't remember how i got the idea for this thing, but once i did, i just *had* to make it. =-)
I have some crushed velvet in my stash that i've had for a looong time.
I don't even remember where it came from, or how long i've had it. I *think* i got it when i used to make purses/bags.
I got the idea to use up some of these beads i have lying around in my cabinet.
(I've had them a long time too. I've always wanted to do something with them, but never knew *what*...)
I decided i wanted to make me a beaded cuff on that velvet.
(I guess i must tell you that it's not *really* velvet... but i don't know what it is, so... it's "velvet", okay?)
I originally thought i'd use a Coke can as the "underbelly"... the "base"... the "stabilizer" for the cuff,but as i went on with the project, i found out i didn't really wanna do it that way.
Pause some more.
Talk to friends about "what to do", "what to do".
My friend Pat (from the Y) suggested what i should use to "stiffen" up the "innards" like i was thinking i should. I forget what the stuff is called, but it was BRIGHT yellow. I mean brighter than Highlighter Yellow! And it was kinda canvas-like, and kinda hole-y. I dunno what it was, but it was some Embroidery or Crewel material that's a bit stiff.
Thanks Pat! =-)
I individually hand-sewed *each* and *every* bead onto the "velvet".
Yes. It took a long time.
It took a very long time.
I enjoyed it.
For some people, it would drive them batty.
But for me, i truly enjoyed it.
It's a time to slow down.
A time to think about other things.
A time to relax into a soothing rhythm of string bead, poke needle, pull thread, tie knot, poke needle, pull thread. Repeat.
For someone like me, anyway. =-)
And once i finally completed the beading, it was so wonderful!
Satisfying that i accomplished such a "daunting" task; a project i've never really tried before.
And this is something that's "All Me"!
I didn't have any type of "pattern".
No Tutorial or Instructions from anyone else.
No Pattern whatsoever!
This one is "All Me", Baby! =-)
So, please enjoy! =-)
Wendy's Beaded Cuff in the late afternoon Sun
But... See that little "string" up there?
On the upper Left?
That's where a bead has already been broken off!
Can you believe it?! I've only worn it like 3 or 4 times, and
i've already *broken* it!
I think i can fix it, though.
And i'm STILL wearing it!
ONE little broke-off bead is NOT gonna make me STOP wearing it!
I love it too much.
Yep. There's that little "string"...
Taunting me again
"Nah-nah, nah-nah, nah!" and sticking its tongue out at me.
Well, i'm STILL wearing it, so
(Does this count as "Porn"?)
I'll have to see if i can fix that before any more come off!
But i love it anyway! =-)
I'm pretty proud of my Beaded Cuff (if you couldn't already tell). =-)
And it goes with pretty much *everything*
which is always a Bonus. =-)
And the truly flattering part?
My little sister, Z?
The *really* *picky* sister?
She LOVES it and wants me to make one for her!!! (Just not quite so wide...)
(And i take that as *quite* the Compliment!)
I hope you're having a Super Fantastic Wonderful Day!!!
by the way
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!