Jul 19, 2019

Free Tip Friday: Alley's Mountain Mama 12-Wrap

Epic. That's the best word to describe today's Free Tip Friday Episode. As promised, here are the twelve sections from Alley Mori's 12-Wrap Bracelet, Mountain Mama, featuring Drea's Monthly Mix, Mountain Glow. Alley used one tube of the mix and other beads from Beadshop.com.

The finished bracelet is about 82" long and each section is proximately 7" in length. Check out the entire broadcast embedded at the end of this post.

Thanks Alley for such am amazing work of art!
The finished bracelet featuring Drea's Monthly Mix.
Section 1: Button closure a lá Trails End.
Section 2: Mountain Motif using 8/0 from the mix.
Section 3: 6mm Melons and 6/0 and 8/0 from the mix.

Section 4: 11/0s and 1/2 Tilas from the mix.

Section 5: Super Duos used in the flower motif. 6/0 & 8/0's for the section in between.

Section 6: S-D Macramé Style with 6/0 and 11/0s.
Section 7: Goddess Bracelet Style with 6/0 & 8/0s.

Section 8: Poetry with 6/0s and Melon Beads.

Section 9: Sleek Stackers with 1/2 Tilas, Tilas and 11/0s.
Section 10: Spiral Macramé with 6mm fire polish.
Section 11: Macramé Flat knot and 5mm rondelles.
Section 12: Ovals with 6mm and 5mm Firepolish with the Macramé flat knot.

BSDT: Danielle's Mountain Glow Mix Ideas

Hey gang! We wanted to share Beadshop Design Team member Danielle's gorgeous beadwork using July's Monthly Mix...check out these great pieces!! 

Thanks so much for haring your creativity with us, Danielle...and for your ingredients list work, too!

Originally posted in our private Facebook Group, Danielle's famous brick stitch earrings look great with her cute bracelet ideas.

For more inspiring looks and ideas, join the fun on Facebook!

 Ingredients Lists: 
Used on butterfly wrap 1 (silver butterfly charm)


Jul 12, 2019

Free Tip Friday: Beaded Bead with Kate and Emily

July's monthly mix, Mountain Glow was perfect inspiration for a beaded bead... and who better to instruct us than Emily!
Ingredients used:

Here are Emily's notes from the broadcast:

Design Notes.
  • Color Block with mix....use colors from the mix in groups of the same color, freeform is crazy enough!
  • Divide mix in 1/2 so you have enough to finish bead.
  • Wax thread for extra tension. 
  • Even count peyote starts with an even number of beads, double check your count to be sure you have an even number
  • Needle the thread, not thread the needle. 
  • Freeform is by definition not regular, think of this as problem solving, not following a pattern or excessive rules.  If there is a hole, (you don't like) put a bead in it! 


1.  Cut 1 1/2 yards of thread. Thread onto size 10 needle and wax it.
2. Tie onto a wooden bead.
3. String enough beads to reach from hole to hole, an even number!
4. Peyote, pick up a bead, skip a bead, pass the needle through the next bead. Repeat to end of beads.
5. Bead 5-7 rows, counted on the diagonal.
6 Begin again, creating a second strip of beadwork attached to the bead. Bead 5-7 rows.
7. Ladder stitch between the strips to create a circle around the top and bottom bead holes.

8. Make a bridge between the strips, using duos and tilas, enough to reach across the gap from strip to strip, attach to strip.

9. Peyote on the bridge by adding a bead in between each hole in two hole beads and peyote until you reach each strip.
10. Create a second bridge over gap of second side, repeating steps 8 &9.

11. String on a small chain, like Satellite or Simplicity, or use a head pin to create a dangle that would look great on a bigger chain like Rustico.

Drea's Mountain Glow Wrap

Hey gang!
I really dropped the ball on this one...I keep forgetting to mail this wrap out to Karen to photograph! So you'll just have to make-do with my iPhone and shoddy cut-and-paste skills. But!! Here's what I created with my Monthly Mix for July 2019, Mountain Glow. Using my original inspiration photo as a guide, I created five wraps going from greens to greys to browns to imitate the trees, water, and rocks in my waterfall scene. It was a lot of fun to make! I have about half a tube of Mountain Glow left, and I think I'll make a Patterning With Stones style necklace to match with the remaining beads.


Bird in a Tree Button- Silver
1 Spool Light Grey KO Thread
1 Pkg 1mm Metallic Cement Indian Leather
1 Tube Mountain Glow Monthly Mix 
1 Pkg Big Shadows- Silver Plate

Is the mix sold out? The recipe is right on the Mountain Glow Page, and also below:
Emerald Matte Rembrandt SuperDuos
TLH1865 Galvanized Gray Luster Half Tilas
6-2066 Matte Metallic Dark Green Iris 6/0s
6-1255 Matte Metallic Bronze 6/0s
8-9576 Smoky Opal S/L Alabaster 8/0s
8-650 Dyed Grey S/L Alabaster 8/0s
8-4222 Duracoat Galvanized Pewter 8/0s
8-4506 Picasso Transparent Olivine 8/0s
11-4473 Duracoat Opaque Fennel 11/0s

1 Pkg Size 10 Beading Needles
Thread Burner
Project Tray of your choice
Flush Cutters

Additional Learning:
How to set up a Project Tray

How to Macramé
Infinity Stitch
Herringbone Laddering

Again, I don't have Karen's photo skills!! But here's a closeup of each section:

Jul 5, 2019

Free Tip Friday: Circle Stitch Leather Bracelet

Thanks for tuning in today for this Free Tip Friday Circle Stitch Leather Bracelet episode!

For this demo I used:
Dubliner Button Copper
Mini Hoop Copper
Shadows Brass
1.5mm Indian Leather in Distressed Grey and Distressed Light Brown
.5 or 1mm Distressed Light Brown for silk wrap on leather
Fine C-Lon Sable for silk wrap on Trail’s End Closure.

Cut two cords 2 yards each.

Find center of both cords and silk wrap to button or hoop.
If attaching to hoop, use our “Trail’s End” finishing technique to add a 
button to the bracelet.

Circle Stitch

Left Strand: Right and UP
Right Stand: Left and DOWN

Bottom Strand: Left and UP
Top Strand: Right and DOWN

Pull Tightly.

To add beads: 
Every fourth round, add bead to each leg before making the stitch.

Continue until desired length is reached. Finish with a simple knot for the button loop, or using closure of choice.

Here are a few candid shots from the completed sample, after the broadcast ended:

Competed bracelet fits my 6 1/2" wrist. Extra length needed due to the width of the finished bracelet.

Lark's head knot closure. I tucked the ends of two 12" strands of  C-Lon under the silk wrap and then used one each to knot along the leather buttonhole.

Fits right in to my stack!


Flash Sale Friday...get creative!

Last week Kate went shopping for some special strands at a local gem show, and she brought back six stone strands she couldn't live with...