Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Time to Stitch (IV)!

Hello, everyone!

I'm a little late getting this posted today, but here's what I made for Christine and Therese's A Time to Stitch blog hop. The challenge was to create a piece using a netting stitch and one (or more) of three additional stitches.

For my netting piece, I decided to make a necklace to go with a beaded doll purse I'd made last Fall.

 (For reference, here it is.)

I used horizontal netting stitch and matte teal seed beads to make the necklace. And it was a very nice match!


I have to say, I'm definitely a horizontal netting kind of girl. I tried vertical netting to make a similar necklace, and let's just say... it wasn't pretty. I'd show it to you, but the dolls refused to try it on.

(Divas, every one of them.)

For the next stitch, I chose spiral rope stitch. I'd never tried it before, but I found a tutorial online, and it looked fairly straightforward. And it turns out? It was! Here's my very first spiral rope in the same colors as the necklace and bag:



I'm not sure how I feel about this stitch, to be honest. I will say, though, that it goes by quickly. Also, it helps to use a very thin needle when you're going back through all those beads. For that reason, I don't know how it would work with, say, size 15 -- if I try it out, I'll let you know.

Still, it's nice to have another beading stitch under my belt! I wouldn't have tried this one if it wasn't for Christine and Therese and all the people who suggested it. Thanks for keeping me on my toes!

(And my dolls, too -- although they can't help it so much. Pointy feet and all.)

Now that you've seen my pieces for the challenge, hop on over to Christine or Therese's blog for a list of participants! I can't wait to see what they made... and to see if anyone else has the same spiral rope ambivalence.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins

21 comments:

  1. Oh girl, I love the doll necklace! That is just the cutest thing, and the purse is seriously cool. The great thing about the spiral rope is how different it can look just by changing the beads, and the bead count. Glad you got to add it to your skills, even though you already overflow with mad beading skills!

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  2. That purse it too cool! And the netting necklace is just darling in your Diva. Did you use 15s for that? The rope is really pretty. I fully feel your ambivalence about the rope. Sometimes I really like it and sometimes I really don't. I do like to add a few different size beads to give it some more dimension. It seems I like other people's ropes (yours included) but seldom my own. Thanks for being a part of this Sarah!

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  3. I love that necklace and purse, Sarah! Those dolls are sure lucky! The spiral rope you made is fantastic. Personally I love spiral rope because of all the variations. And, you can do it with 15s. I have some friends who use spiral rope with 15s and 2mm crystals for the daintiest little necklaces. I'm not into dainty, so I haven't made one!!! But, I have used 15s for it and they work.

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  4. Sarah I think that making jewelry for your dolls is a fun and unique idea. I like the spiral rope.

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  5. Great job Sarah and I am sure your dolls are happy, it looks very pretty on.

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  6. I love that you're meeting the challenges with goodies to doll up your dolls! Spiral rope is a great and fast, fast, fast stitch to have under your belt, too. I can't imagine doing with all 15s -- maybe in the spiral part, but too many thread passes for the core beads. Unless you have nerves of steel or a high tolerance for the words that erupt when beads break ;-)

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  7. Hi Sarah,
    Wow great job on the tiny netted necklace for your Diva Doll it is beautiful. The spiral rope is very pretty, I personally am not a big fan of that stitch, but I have seen some really beautiful pieces this go around with that stitch.
    Thank you for participating in mine and Christine's ATTS challenge and I hope that you will join us again for ATTS 5.
    Therese

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  8. How clever - love your doll-size creations. And you are right about spiral stitch and the thin needle. I find using Fireline #4 works well too and have made many spirals with size 15/0 - they give spiral a very different, more delicate look.

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  9. You had me laughing through the post....I too started several patterns and gave up and started again! Posh dolls you have there!!!

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  10. The purse is so cute. The necklace - wow! Sweet! Does it have a little tiny closure at the back? Are the rest of your divas now jealous and want their own necklaces? If I ever get reincarnated as plastic I want to be one of your barbies!

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  11. What a precious idea! I love the purse, necklace and rope you made for the dolls. Such an awesome idea as jewelry for the dolls are always overlooked! Kudos to your talent!
    Crystie

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  12. Never thought to make jewelry for dolls, but, mind you, it's such a splendid idea! I loved the purse and the delicate flower detail on it - and then the necklace is just perfectly matching it. Your spiral will look spectacular on that diva doll too :) Excellent job!

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  13. Beaded couture for dolls! What a splendid combination. Playful and fun.

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  14. I love everything you've made for your dolls: the bag, the netted necklace and the spiral rope. I think you can make one with 15 seed beads, maybe it will be easier if for the core bead you use a delica bead instead of a regular seed bead.

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  15. You have the best dressed dolls around! And I like your spiral - a nice flow to it

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  16. That netted purse is adorable and I love the netted necklace. Spiral stitch is one of my favorites. I'm glad you tried it. I don't have too much trouble with my size 12 needles, though, you are right, larger needles won't work too well.

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  17. How cute making accesories for your dolls! The spiral rope looks pretty - I haven't tried this stitch yet, but I will, it looks very interesting!
    Well done!
    Alenka

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  18. Love your beadwork for the dolls! Awesome!

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  19. That little necklace is both adorable and amazing! It's a shame it's not a regular person size as I have a feeling it would go over quite well! Excellent work!!

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  20. You must have the best-dressed dolls around! I love her gorgeous necklace and matching bag!

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  21. Very cute!....and BTW, the spiral is very doable with 15's...just don't use them for the core beads! Delica 15's would probably be doable for either, though.

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