Tag Archives: beading

Awesome Website Link

6 Sep

Ok, so I’ve never just posted a link to someone else’s website before but this website, Ruby’s Beadwork, just has so many amazing beading tutorials I had to share it!


My Current “To Do” List

19 Aug

So, as usual I have approximately ten million creative ideas floating around in my head. Here’s a list of just a few of them. I’ll try to update this in the future so it’s all in one place. If you make anything inspired by this list, please let me know, I’d love to see it! :-)

Sewing Ideas

  • Bell-sleeved shrug, similar to option C in this pattern but with bell sleeves
  • A black denim trench coat with lacing in the back to look like a corset. I am currently working very, very slowly on this
  • Angel wings embroidery on the back of a shirt. I have already made one shirt like this and want to make another
  • Bell-sleeved kimono-style dress, I like this pattern, option A, but with long sleeves like option B
  • Mario star pillow. Perhaps put lights and a button to play the star music
  • Mario question block foot rest/ottoman
  • Messenger bag purse, following this tutorial and using black denim, perhaps with “Bag of Holding” stitched on it
  • Renaissance-style bodice and skirt, perhaps using bodice skirt B from this pattern or the bodice and skirt from this pattern Completed! Blogged about here
  • Neckroll pillow using my cherry print fabric for the center part and my dark red fabric for the sides (fabrics were previously used here)
  • White and sapphire blue wedding dress using option D of this pattern or possibly this pattern. It’s probably going to be a while before I make this one, but I’ve got it planned out now! :-D I might do a sapphire satin waist sash and may do a lace-up back
  • Groom’s outfit inspired by this outfit from the movie Stardust using option B (but the sleeves of A) of this pattern for the shirt, still need to find patterns for everything else
  • Leather or black denim collar. Take a strip of the material, put grommets/eyelets on it and lace it up with ribbon
  • (Inspired by my friend Thallium!) Embroidered canvas shoes. Find some cheap canvas shoes and just stitch something on ’em! I’ll probably do something like a tree or vines, something nature-related
  • Fabric gift bags using this tutorial
  • Kitty/fox ear hat using this tutorial
  • Sushi-shaped dog toys, inspired by this. I just need to find some squeakers to put in them, or maybe bells
  • Somehow I want to try to replicate this top, it’s simply amazing
  • One of these super-cute, super-simple iPhone/iPod cozies
  • Plush companion cube using this tutorial
  • Garter belt using this tutorial
  • Add rainbow ribbon as a trim to a shirt
  • Embroidered headband
  • This top
  • Button up spats like these Completed! Tutorial posted here
  • Skirts B and C from this pattern
  • A low-backed dress with a single strip of fabric across the back to cover my bra (because I can’t wear stuff without a bra)
  • Something to do with this patch I made
  • Layered lace fabric cuff made from this tutorial

Needlework Ideas

  • Cross stitched circuit board for my honey
  • 3D Portal Cube from perforated plastic or plastic canvas (inspired by this)
  • Sketch-style T-rex and Godzilla hugging embroidery or something else ridiculously adorable like puppies or kittens
  • Carl Sagan-inspired cross stitch patterns
    • “A still more glorious dawn awaits. Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise. A morning filled with 400 billion suns. The rising of the Milky Way.”
    • “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch you must first invent the universe”
    • “The cosmos is also within us, we’re made of star stuff”
  • Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series-inspired cross stitch
    • “The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed”
  • Stag and deer coordinated cross stitch patterns
  • “Love notes”: embroidery with a musical staff and heart-shaped notes, like this
  • An embroidered love note, stating all the things I love about my honey. Inspired by this
  • Office Space cross stitch: “It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care”. I will not be bringing this to work >.>
  • Alice in Wonderland “Eat me” and “Drink me” embroidery for a tote bag
  • Fabric wrist band with embroidery
  • Eye of Ra cross stitch pattern
  • A towel for my honey to wipe his junk on instead of using my hand towels >.> I’ll probably embroidery little penises on it or something
  • …A crocheted ball sack filled with something gel-like inside it to use as a stress reliever
  • An embroidered Tux (Linux) on a shirt

Jewelry Ideas

  • One moon earring, one star earring, with matching necklace
  • Chain choker with a small padlock keeping it on, like this
  • A bracelet like this one
  • A bracelet using this pattern, one in dark blue and black for me and one in purple and baby blue for my mom

Miscellaneous Ideas

  • My own website, maybe named Kyoti Makes?
  • Jewelry holder inspired by this made of either wood or acrylic
  • Paint this wooden tape box using this pattern. The moon and stars will be on one side and will fade into the sun and clouds
  • A staff, because I am a geek like that. No idea how I’ll do it, yet!
  • Chainmail “dreamcatcher” following this tutorial
  • “Wallet” card using this tutorial
  • Needle book, inspired by this
  • 3D Perler companion cube, inspired by this
  • A tiny sewing kit with pre-threaded needles to keep in my purse for emergency repairs
  • Re-stuff my bed pillows because they’re getting all limp and thin
  • Something with vinyl; I don’t know what, but I have a ton of it. If you’ve got ideas comment and let me know!

Perler 3D Motorcycle

11 Aug

Here’s a really old project I finished probably 2 or 3 years ago. I’m really happy with out it turned out but it was soooo hard. I made the pattern entirely on my own.

Rainbow/Chakra Necklace, Bracelet, and Earring Set Tutorial

13 Mar

I… love… rainbow stuff! So I decided to make the perfect jewelry set! I spent a lot more money on this than I expected (Swarovski crystals are expensive), but it was definitely worth it. So! Shall we begin?

For the full set, you will need:

  • 6 each 4mm Swarovski crystal for each colour
  • 2 each 8mm Swarovski crystal for each colour
  • 2 each 6mm clear Swarovski crystals (optional)
  • 24 each small spacer beads (mine were flat discs)
  • 11 each decorative spacer beads (10 if no charm is used on the necklace)
  • 30 (or 34) clear seed beads
  • 1 charm
  • 2 clasps (I used toggles)
  • 6 or 7 jump rings (optional)
  • 10″ to 12″ of chain
  • 2 earring hooks
  • 2 head pins
  • 6 crimp beads (technically optional, but very helpful)
  • Bead threader (technically optional, but very helpful as well)
  • Needle-nose pliers, rounded pliers, and wire cutters

The first time I made this I didn’t have crimp beads, so I got those as soon as I could and remade it. The pictures are from when I just tied knots in everything. The bracelet ended up being about 6.5″ with the pattern I made, which was just perfect for my wrist.

Here we go!

First off, the finished set!

First, solder everything together. Put a jump ring on the charm, connect the toggles to their chains, put a jump ring at the end of each chain, and put jump rings on the other toggles. I went over soldering techniques in a previous post (link below)

WordPress doesn’t want to work with me, so here is where I went over soldering techniques.

Loop a piece of stretch thread through the jump ring on the toggle pictured above (otherwise it won't go through properly). Thread a seed bead, one of the 6mm beads, then another seed bead onto the bead threader. Slip both ends of the thread through the threader's loop.

Tie a knot (or put a crimp bead on the end) and you'll end up with this.

Attach another piece of thread to one end of the toggle, then thread your beads on in the desired pattern. I found it easier to use the bead threader for this, especially for my filagree spacer beads (you'll see those in the next step).

I chose a pattern of seed, round spacer, seed, 4mm Swarovski, flat spacer, 8mm Swarovski, flat spacer, 4mm Swarovski, and repeat! If you choose to put a charm in, after you finish putting the yellow beads on do seed bead, round spacer, charm, round spacer, then seed bead and resume as usual. Repeat for the bracelet.

I had head pins with ends that I didn't like, so I snipped it off with wire cutters and soldered a seed bead onto the end.

Make sure you get the beads on there securely, I had one of the seed beads come off after a couple days.

Thread the beads on in the order shown. If you're doing a chakra pattern, you'll need to put them on in the opposite direction and with an extra bead at the top.

Take your rounded pliers and twist the end of the head pin around them. Snip off any excess with wire cutters.

Loop the beaded head pin onto the earring hook, then tighten the loop on the head pin so that it won't slip off

Earrings: done!

The completed set!

Hook Bookmark Tutorial

23 Oct

I recently discovered a bead store just by my house, so I spent over an hour browsing everything they had!  I found these awesome hook bookmarks and decided to have a “theme” for holiday gifts this year, and I decided it was as good a time as any to do a tutorial, so here we go!

Materials needed:

  • 2 pairs of needle-nosed pliers
  • 1 hook bookmark
  • Twice as many jump rings as you want danglies; I had 2 danglies, so I used 4 jump rings
  • Various beads
  • 1 charm per dangly (I had 2)
  • Stretchy plastic thread
  • Scissors
  • Solder & soldering iron (optional, but very useful)

First, a look at what the final project will look like

Completed project

Completed project

To begin, open up all jump rings using both pairs of pliers

Open the jump rings

Open the jump rings

Next, slip your charms onto the opened ring, one per jump ring

Charm on jump ring

Charm on jump ring

Then close the jump ring using both pliers, making sure the gap is as small as possible

Close jump ring

Close jump ring

Close all other jump rings onto the hook as shown

Jump rings on hook

Jump rings on hook

Next comes the soldering; this is optional, but I find it much easier than having to fix my bookmark if the plastic thread slips through the gap.

Heat your soldering iron to the correct temperature, this will depend on the content of your solder.  Secure your charm/hook so that it’s less likely to move while you’re working with it

Secure charm

Secure charm

(Sorry, no pictures for this step, hard to solder and take pictures at the same time!) Once your solder is at the right temperature, heat the joint of the jump ring and melt your solder onto the ring, then smooth it out as much as possible. Repeat with all other jump rings.

Finally, you end up with something like this:

Soldering completed

Soldering completed

Next, take your plastic thread and cut it to however long you want your danglies plus a couple inches; it’s always best to have a bit too much than to have to recut it. Tie your plastic thread securely to each charm’s jump ring, I use at least 4 normal knots

Tying the knot

Tying the knot

Then, cut the little tail off but leave a millimeter or 2 left over for security, and you end up with this

All tied off

All tied off

Next, add a bead that’s large enough to cover the knots, and bead in any pattern you like



Once you’re done beading, tie the plastic to the jump ring on the hook and tie secure knots just as before and cut the tails off. When you’re done, you should end up with something like these