I am set to be creative this winter. I have my needles, yarn, crochet thread, beads, hooks, instruction books and kits.
New this winter: bead knitting, beaded knitting (there is a difference), making cowls, knitting socks, slippers, and crocheting a table runner. Yes, I will macrame also.
It may have taken two months to get the hang of knitting with beads, but I am really enjoying it. It is so much fun watching the article form and become something small and beautiful.
I finished the body of a gray/silver bead pouch, but I am waiting to finish a couple different colored ones before adding the neck and fringe. I have just separated all the decorative beads that I have and I will be able to create a pretty pattern for them later.
I will show and tell more later. Thanks for stopping by.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I am so happy to share this beaded knit pouch necklace project called The Paulette by Nancy Alison. I first met Nancy in the beginning of September and then purposely looked for her two weeks later at another craft fair.I was able to ask her many questions and look over the finished items on sale. Nancy works in knitting and crochet; I liked all the knitted patterns best, but have not knit anything for many years.
The crochet designs I recognized the technique, but did not want my first project to be a beaded item in a swirl pattern. I decided to purchase this knit kit and give it a try. Nancy made the whole process easy with this complete kit; she includes everything, even the needles.
Needless to say, I started and restarted this pattern over two dozen times. Mainly because I had not knit in so long, but also I had never knit anything so small before and of course I chose black to make it even easier.
With the help of my avid knitting sister Karen, I got the body complete in two days.
The directions were so clear and helpful; the next morning the fringe and necklace were added.
I still have my gold beaded creation to finish, then I will start another couple in this pattern as gifts.
Look for Nancy Alison’s website link on the right side of this web page for other patterns and styles.
Recently I visited a Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI with my sister-in-law Karen. There we met Nancy Alison who creates knit and crotchet beaded purses. Nancy was very gracious to show us how to knit or crochet these little beauties. This started my mind thinking of the seed beads I had at home from my daughter Renee. One container had gold and silver combined and next to it was gold only. I purchased a coin purse closure for the top of my beaded purse. I loaded the thread with gold and silver beads and roughly chained out enough stitches to match the width of the purse frame. After working in a round twice; the beads were added randomly from the gold and silver blend to each stitch. As that compartment emptied, I added more gold to it until all the silver had been use. I am now working on gold beads only from here to the end.
Soon I will need to figure how many rows are needed to fill the area from the coin purse hinge to the top. I will stop going around in a spiral and crotchet back and forth on one side, decreasing stitches to make a side flap to fill the arch of the frame. Then do the same on the other side to create flaps to sew onto the frame. I hope this works; I am making this up as I go.
I will post again when it is finished. But in the meantime, visit nancyalison.com to view her Gallery and if you dare, order a pattern. All of her patterns come complete with everything you will need to make the design; needles, thread beads and instructions. I only saw knit patterns, but contact her to see what she has available in crotchet if that is what you prefer.
Can you tell them apart?
Debbie from South Carolina was my first customer on our new Square Market store front called MacramePurse.com.
She purchased the purse on the right. It was included as a stock item on our new store. To my surprise, the purse had already been purchased. I was able to replicate it for her as shown in the picture on the left. It is the same size and features the Berry Knot on the front.
The only difference is the liner. The first purse had a light blue liner with 3 single pockets, where as Debbie’s purse has a white liner with one single pocket and two double pockets.
These purses are great for everyday use. I am currently using a smaller version of the Texas Flare purse style. My color scheme is cactus green, black and white; you can see it in the Gallery. It goes everywhere with me. If I notice that the white has a little something on it or maybe the colors look a little dusty, I toss it into my wash machine, let it air dry with the liner pulled up a bit; it will look like new.
Thank you again Debbie for allowing me to make you a MacramePurse.
Jessica from Grapevine Texas contacted me to make this purse for her. It is a little bit different from a black, white and green version you can see on our Gallery page.
This purse uses rust, pearl and almond colored cord; it is fully washable and very durable. It measures 14″ x 9.5″ with 11″ straps.
I hope she enjoys this purse for many years to come.
What three colors would you choose for this pattern?
It has come to my attention that there is a website that houses a dictionary of collections; it is called The Collectionary. It houses hundreds of different Collectionaries that you can join.
They have expert collectors called moderators that help add items to each collection under that category. The site offers history, facts or unique attributes regarding a particular collectible or item. It allows you to find the places you can find the item; whether it is new or something you remember from when you were younger.
Purses Collectionary carries many high end purses. Maybe sometime in the near future MacramePurses will be one of their collections.
Let me know if you found anything you were looking for at the collectionary.
This has been an interesting adventure. I have learned many things.
I know that I have been absent in the last 9 months; but I think I may be coming back slowly this year.
Much attention has been spent on our Aquaponics project last year and it will continue this spring.
I had forgotten it was our anniversary, but an additional surprise was the amount of hits the site continues to get. So the interest is still there, I like that, 30,000 hits and counting.
Thank you all for stopping by to look around and I hope to have the time to pick things back up this year.