Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Love Knot by Jacqui Higgins

Jacqui gives us the lovely concept of a Love Knot worked in one of the most distinctive new beads, the ZoliDuo.  She's turned this love knot into a ring which I'm sure will be as fun to wear as to make.  What color will yours be? Marcia


10         ZoliDuo Beads  (Right)   Czech
2g.        11° seed beads   Miyuki
1g.        15° seed beads   Miyuki
1           ss29 Rose Montee    Swarovski 1088 in sew on setting (2 parallel holes)
8# Fireline Beading Thread
Size 11  Beading Needle

Step by Step Instructions:
Stitching the LOVE KNOT RING face:
  1. Thread your needle with approx. 36 inches of thread, add a stop bead and leave a 6 inch tail.  
Pass your needle through the left side holes of the rose montee setting, and string 2 zoliduo beads through the pointed end of the beads, and pass down through the right side holes of the rose montee setting. (Fig. 1)
Repeat this stitch to the opposite side of the rose montee setting, and exit the top hole of the rose montee setting where you began. (Fig. 1)

  1. Pass your needle through the adjacent zoliduo bead, and string 3 zoliduo beads through the pointed end of the beads.  
Pass through the 2 adjacent zoliduo beads added in Step 1, and repeat this step to the opposite side of the rose montee. (Fig. 2)

  1. Pass your needle through the pointed end of the 2 adjacent zoliduo beads, and string   1-11° seed bead.
Continue around the rose montee, passing through the pointed end of the zoliduo beads, adding 1-11° seed bead between each set of zoliduo beads added in Steps 1-2,
      for a total of 4-11° seed beads added. (Fig.3)  
      Exit between the second zoliduo bead added in Step 2. 

  1. Reverse direction, and pass through the top hole (round edge) of the zoliduo bead.  Working through the top holes of the zoliduo beads, string 1-11° seed bead, pass through the adjacent zoliduo bead.  Continue added 1-11° seed bead in this manner through all 10 zoliduo beads, for a total of 10-11° seed beads added. (Fig. 4) 

Exit the first  11° seed bead added in this Step, and the adjacent zoliduo bead and reverse direction.

Pass through the pointed end of the zoliduo bead, through to 1-11° seed bead added in Step 3.   String 8-15° seed beads, lay the beads over the 2 zoliduo beads, and pass through the 11° seed bead added in Step 4.  Continue to pass through the top hole of the adjacent zoliduo, 1-11°, (top hole) zoliduo, 1-11° , (top hole) zoliduo, and 1-11° seed bead.  Then pass down to 1-11° seed bead added in Step 3 between the zoliduo beads. (ref. Ring photo for detail)

  1. Repeat Step 5 one more time working in the same direction. When completed, reverse direction and repeat Step 5 twice to complete the Knot-Stitch embellishment.  

  1. Stitching the LOVE KNOT RING band:
Begin stitching one side of the ring band by setting up a 2-bead flat herringbone stitch for 5 rows, at 1 - 11° seed bead on both sides of 1 zoliduo bead added in Step 4.
(Fig. 5)

  1. Join each 2-bead split at row 5, and continue with a 4-bead flat herringbone stitch for the remaining stitches to determine your desired length of the band.  
Note when determining the length of your band, allow for the 5 rows of 2-bead flat herringbone stitch (Step 7) you will add to attach the band to the opposite side of the ring. (Fig. 6)
 For printable directions click here.

JLH Designs Jacqui Higgins

 A bit of history about the LOVE KNOT:
The term true lover’s knot, also called true love knot is used for many distinct knots.  The association of knots with symbolism of love, friendship and affection dates back to antiquity.
Knots in jewelry and their particular focus as a symbol of eternity and love are rare ancient concepts that span both the East and West.  We’re blessed with how prolific they are in mourning and sentimental items for the very nature of their symbolism, but their appearance in different permutations in cultures is ubiquitous and strangely correlating with concurrent meanings.
There are quite a few variations on the knot, one of the more popular being the Celtic knot, which is dated to around 450 CE, which is often referred to as the “mystic knot” or the “endless knot”.  In this, there is the allusion to birth and rebirth.  The expression “tying the knot” is thought to be where the couple had their hands bound in an endless knot as part of the wedding ritual.
Then there is the knot as a primary focus, which is very typical in rings and necklaces.  The knot is most often seen with the Celtic influences, but many second-half 19th century rings retained a knot motif, often seen as a twist, in various styles and materials.  Knots in necklaces were also popular from the 1860’s onwards, with the necklace itself twisting into a knot around the chest.  Chains were also tied into the concept of knots, used in bracelets, necklaces, links in fob chains and other items as well.
1 Wikipedia
2 Various sources
3 Various sources

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sabine Lippert shares her love of Beading!

I have the extremely good fortune to have many friends in the bead world and it's always fun to spend time with them.  I will always remember when I first began seeing the name Sabine Lippert.  Her designs were beautifully executed, with a strong design sense, wonderful coloration and oh man, she was so prolific.  I remember writing her and saying something close to 'Who the heck are you?'  I laugh at those early days and memories.  She of course continued to excel and in short order we met at her first Bead and Button.  She's crazy fun in person and we've continued our friendship ever since. For two beaders who live on opposite sides of the world we manage to see each other a couple of times a year, pretty amazing!  One of my great pleasures of the bead community is spending time with other beaders.  As Sabine will tell you below it's one of hers as well.  Marcia

Do you love beads?
Yes! Definitively yes!
Well…. this is only a piece of glass with a hole (or two or three). You could also say I love vases or windows, hey, windows are even bigger pieces of glass, so what is so special about beads?

I have to confess, that I have not a real good answer to this. All I can say is, that when it comes to beads, I cannot stop drooling about their colors, their shapes, their looks. When I open a drawer full of beads, my mind starts working, starts arranging them in this or that shape, stitch, order, number.
I can talk to someone and suddenly an idea pops up and my mind is gone with the wind… beading!
You don’t find beaders at every corner of the city, but once you find them, you do not hesitate to travel for hours to meet them.

When I first time came to Bead and Button show, the officer at the immigration asked me what the purpose of my visit was. I told him where I am going, he was looking at me like, "All the way over the ocean to meet some people who share your hobby?“

Well…. non beaders will never understand.
The first local meeting of beaders (this is now over 10 years ago) was a fun experience. I just learned how to do bead crochet. Now I saw all the other women, making a show and tell, bringing all their beaded beauties, I saw Peyote, Herringbone and RAW designs for the first time and was lost! At the end of the day, I could make a drawing of every single piece I saw, I could tell you who knew which technique, but I had no single personal information about the women.

Usually when you meet other people, the first thing is "What is your job, where do you live? Are you married? Kids?"

None of that, when you are with beaders. It is one of these places in the world, where the only thing that counts is your desire for beads.

11 years ago I started beading. I was frustrated in my daily job for many reasons. Often I came home in the evening, angry, sad and upset. I closed my door, dropped my bags and jacket and started beading. Within minutes my anger disappeared and I was in the middle of my rainbow unicorn fairy world of beads. It was so soothing and still is. When stress gets too overwhelming, I meditate with my beads. 

When I quit my daily job as a physician years ago to completely dive into the beading world, my former boss asked me "What on earth did you go to university for?"
I said  "It helps me to write nice instructions" but deep inside I just thought "You will never understand, so why bother to explain".

Do you remember the first Rivoli you bezeled? With neat Peyote stitch, do you remember being proud as a peacock? As a teacher I am in the position to see this facial expression in every workshop I make. And that is priceless!

Yes I love beads, I love beading, I love all the friends and friendships that beading brought in my life.
Sabine Lippert
Tulpenweg 56
53757 Sankt Augustin

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

PEACE and National Beading Week

It's National Beading week!  A concept started three years ago by the Beadworkers Guild in England. They asked if I'd be willing to be an NBW Ambassador and of course I said yes!  Sharing more bead love out in the world.  This is what I wrote on their website in the way of introduction.

National Beading week! What could be better?
This is a wonderful initiative by The Beadworkers Guild. It showcases how the beads unite so many of us worldwide. The Guild first came to my attention when the lovely Heather Kingsley-Heath contacted me for an article. I've since had the pleasure of meeting many members both online and in person. The breadth of knowledge and creativity is deep and this idea to create a week long focus on beadwork is brilliant. I am happy to be a small part of this excellent endeavor!
Heather is of course one of our contributors here as well.  She recently gave us the magic chain to go along with her beady peeps  she released for National Beading Week.

I started this blog with the thought that the world needed more LOVE and thus were born the LOVE letters where I literally beaded LOVE.  So many of you joined in and it was wonderful to see all the beautiful and creative design variations.

I followed on with HOPE so between HOPE and LOVE we have the P and the E.  Since the world needs PEACE as well as love and hope I am releasing the letters A and C.  I've chosen to do that over on the National Beading Week website so we could all join in the fun and share one another's content.  Beaders worldwide are a generous group and you'll find lot's of free content and interesting projects in both places.  If you haven't visited there is a lot going on over there!

Click here for the A and the C! You'll also find a link to the P and E should you need them. and here for lot's of other patterns the members are sharing.  

And with PEACE on my mind I do want to share with you another endeavor happening over on my blog.  Mark and I began beading Peace signs with the thought of being able to raise money for Alzheimers research.  We are releasing a tutorial for the Peace sign as well as selling some finished peace signs.  The entire sale price of both the peace signs and the tutorial will be donated.  You can find out more here.