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Thursday, March 26, 2015

April 3rd Bead Weaving Class - Boys' Day Carp


I'm happy and nervous to announce that I will be teaching a bead weaving design class at Ben Franklin Crafts, Pearl City. The first class will be on Friday, April 3, from 5 pm - 7 pm. The cost of the class is $15.00 and it will include all the materials needed to complete the project.

For this first session, I will be providing instructions on how to make a Boys' Day Carp charm/pendant very similar to the one show below. Boys' Day, now known as Childrens' Day, is celebrated on May 5. In Hawai'i, you often see bright carp flags festively flying in front of homes to wish health, happiness and success upon the children who reside there. Now you can make your own handcrafted beaded carp to wear as a necklace pendant or use as a charm.

I chose this particular design because it is one of the simpler patterns - great for those new to bead weaving. I will be using larger size 8, Delica seed beads, rather than my usual tiny size 11 beads, because it is easier to handle plus we will be working in the outdoor courtyard where lighting may not be ideal for teeny-weeny beads. But still, remember your eye glasses.

To inquire about this project, feel free to email me at BeadCrumbsHawaii@gmail.com. To register for the class, please sign up at Ben Franklin Crafts, 850 Kamehameha. Hwy. Pearl City. Phone: 455-1909.

My greatest fear is that no one will come so share this with your friends and I hope to see you there!!!

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Seed Bead Candy Conversation Heart - "MEH"

This is the largest size seed bead charm that I have made to date. It is a giant sized candy conversation heart that measures approximately 2.25 inches wide by 2.5 inches in height. The finished piece includes 1128 tiny, size 11, Miyuki Delica seed beads in three colors: arctic blue, moody blue and bright rose.

This was a special request with specifically requested colors. I was unable to find the colors locally so I purchased the beads online at ebeads.com. It was the first time I shopped at ebeads but I'm glad I did because the service was great, the beads arrived lickety split, and I even received a free pen!

I stitched the heart with a "modified" brick stitch that allowed for multiple passes through each seed bead using thinner, 4 lb. Fireline thread. The finished piece is still durable while remaining flexible and the seed beads sit nicely together like best friends (or like a teacher saying, "stand in a straight line!").

Bead Weaving by Bead Crumbs

This beaded heart is headed all the way to the cold, blustery East Coast. I hope it brings some warm Hawai'i sunshine to the recipient. 

I am halfway through with my largest order of charms, 50 black panthers, so I don't think I'll be posting any new designs before Valentine's Day. (Hmmm....seems like "largest" is my word for 2015!). 

Sending ♥ your way.

Bead Weaving by Bead Crumbs

~ Jayne

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