Posts Tagged ‘beading’

Some more craftiness

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

DD has become rather distracted while eating lately, so when we passed a bead shop today I went in and got the components for a nursing necklace, and then made it when we got home. I actually haven’t tried it yet, as she was tired enough not to need it so far tonight, but I’m hoping she’ll like it. (It’s for me to wear while feeding her, not for her to wear, and won’t be left with her unsupervised.)

These are the beads and cord (only 1m – I should have got 1.2m or even 1.5m, and I might get another length and redo this if it’s a pain being so short in use).
large beads and cord in shades of blue

The centre beads are each knotted in place with a single knot in between.

Purple bead half knotted into place

The outer beads are loose on the cord, partly because their holes are bigger and I hadn’t got a long enough piece of cord really, but I did want to have some beads she could move about on their string.

Completed necklace

So this is it. Of course the moment I showed it to baby she lost all interest in eating for about ten minutes (possibly more) as she examined it closely while I held it out to her. Now that she’s had a good look at it, though, I think it may well fit the purpose if I redo it on a longer cord.

Pages and Pages

Thursday, 6 March 2008

I’ve added another blog page giving the recipe (rather than a proper pattern) for the baby blanket I made last year. This was done now as a tutorial for the latest instruction on the NatCroMo CAL page.

And I went through more books at work today. I enjoyed poring over all of them, although none of them are overly wordy!

63. Amigurumi by Annie Obaachan

There, a crochet book I actually read! (And I fully intend using some of its patterns in the near future as well.) There is a nice (concise and colourful) introduction explaining amigurumi as a very Japanese phenomenon, instructions on basic crochet stitches, Japanese charting, and designing one’s own little animals, and then come the patterns, which are lots of fun and appear to be very clear, although I haven’t actually tried using them yet.

64. Beadwork by Robin Bellingham, Hana Glover & Jema Hewitt

Clear, well laid out instructions and photographs mean this book’s inspirational qualities may actually work on me and all those beads in my room that just sit around looking pretty (when they aren’t all over the floor or hidden away in a box). It’ll have to wait until after NatCroMo and Pesach, though.

65. Bikes of Burden by Hans Kemp

I really feel like I get a sense of the daily speed and ingenuity of Vietnam’s streets through this book. The impression given may or may not be correct in everyone’s eyes, but it’s definitely vivid, and makes for impressive photography. This isn’t one for an on-duty food safety officer, however!