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Hi my name is Louise (Lou) and I am a craftaholic. I am in my mid twenties and live in wonderful Scotland. My addictions are jewelry making and cross stitching, I do knit and love to try other things, but these are the two that have stuck. I have been stitching ever since i can remember, but only started stitching properly when i was pregnant with my first daughter. I manage to get my fix in between looking after my two angels and hubby.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Jewlery and stitching.

Wow, I have finally had a productive week. I managed to get everything I wanted done for my coursework for the week and had plenty of time to play with wire and stitch.
I came across a tutorial in a blog I follow which gives great tutorials for jewelry making. I was a method of weaving 5 strands of rubber together to make a kind of celtic braid. So I though I would give it a try in copper wire. My first attempt wat this one done in 0.8mm wire, I never really gave mutch thought as to how I would finish it offso it is a bit messy looking.

With a bit of tweeking I think this weave could be really nice, It also has the potential to add some sparkle to it. I need to wait and buy more wire though before I can play with this one a bit more though.

The second one was made with 10 strands of 0.4mm wire and I pulled the weave tight for a different look.

It's not the clearest picture but you can see the weave. This turned out really delicate looking, I would love to use this to make baangles for my girls but I have to figure out a way of securing the clasp a bit better, 0.4mm wire is not the most secure wire in the world.

Stitching wise I feel as if I actually made a bit of progress on sister angels. I am about a third of the way down the first page, getting there slowly but surely.

I may decide to take tonight off my studies and work a little more on this before I start back studying next week. Its an assignment week next week too (argggghhh!!) so I think an extra night relaxing wont hurt in preparation for my busy week ahead lol...

I couldn't resist posting this picture of my new doggy Rory. It's just the cutest pic of him and makes me smile whenever I see it.

He looks as if he has a huge cigar or something hanging out of his mouth, its one of those chew sticks that help keep teeth clean but he wanders about with it like this for ages before he eats it.
Thanks for looking, take care x


mrs beadsley said...

awwwwwwww - how cute is Rory!!! And I just love your bracelets! beautiful work on both of them. and thanks for the link to the tutorial.....gonna have to give this one a try.

Wilma said...

Rory is soooo cute, i am a dog lover so I was naturally drawn to his picture. I love the bracelets! Would love to try and make one myself.


Nancy said...

I think he wants to make sure no one else eats it!! LOL Your progress on your stitching looks nice. I know how plugging away at a full page can take LOTS of time! Looks like a new technique in jewelry making for you too!

ChezChani said...

Great jewelry and cute doggie! Thanks for the link. I liked that video, very clear and easy to follow. Might have to try it some day.

Joani said...

Love your dog! Love the copper braided bracelets!

Marjorie said...

You've done a wonderful job with the braiding, Lou! It's so even and both are just lovely. I'll have to check out that tutorial. And Rory is a real doll! What a sweetie.

Meari said...

Nice job on the jewelry, Lou. Making good progress on your stitching, too. I can so relate to your study 'woes' LOL I'm in the final weeks of my class and have homework every week, plus a test every week, and a 17-page paper due in 2 weeks.

Carolyn NC said...

Rory is beautiful! Love the bracelets and your stitching is looking good!

Jonara Blu Maui said...

oh my goodness..that picture of the puppy is so funny! He's so cute! Love your new projects! They are so pretty! Good for you trying new things!

Jean said...

I love your dog!! I find it so comical when animals walk around with things in their mouths!! He is just adorable and looks laid back.

Your stitching is lovely!

A Beaded Affair said...

Great job Lou. Looks like your having fun with the wire. Rory steals the show though. Reminds me of my dog we just lost, Keno. He would wander with a bone or chewie for ages before eatting it.