Monthly Archives: January 2011

Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet

I found some nice pictures of those Chan Luu style bracelets on the net. They don’t seem to be very popular in the UK yet by the looks of it. You can get some tho, and the prices are extortionate.

Chan Luu Ruby Zoisite on laneknight.com

My favourite one is this here, you can buy it here if you like. For as little as 262 pounds. 262 pounds my butt! The Ruby Zoisite they use is very pretty, I do like the little bits of pink in it, and it goes lovely with the pink/purple leather strap. Now I do admit that my knowledge about gemstones and precious and semiprecious and AAA graded or just A graded and what not is not too great, so I cannot judge if this piece is worth the price. But I know just too damn well that there is no way that I’d spend more than a tenner on a Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet like this.

Here is an awesome tutorial on how to make them, including video clips, detailed explanations and hints and tips.  Another fantastic Video Tutorial is here.
It seems to be easy enough, round the leather, through the bead, round the leather, back through the bead, round the leather and to the next bead. Quick shopping trip on ebay and I ended up with 2 16 inch strands of pretty green moss agate beads, 4mm round, 3 meters of brown leather cord, 1mm diameter, brown nylon thread, and silver buttons. All under a tenner.

And then I started beading.
It took me about 2.5hrs to get a 5 wrap bracelet, it was quite straight froward to do. My wrists are quite thin, so I started with 1.80 meters of leather cord and twice as much thread, the thread taken double. The thread was long enough to get me about halfway through it, so I had to knot some together (mental note for the next time: use longer thread). And I noticed that the whole bracelet started bending when the loop around the leather cord (the one loop that goes BACK through the bead) is not at the correct height. That makes the bead lie in a slight angle and it pulls the leather cord to the side.

And this is what I came up with:

my first beaded leather wrap bracelet

I do quite like it. I am a little surprised tho how thin/small it is tho. From the pictures on the net I would have thought that they are much bigger and heavier.

I think I’d like one with slightly bigger beads but therefore only one or two wraps. Guess I’ll have to try that out next 🙂

WIP Wednesday 19 jan

Oh that damn Whippoorwill shawl! I was nearly done when I noticed that I had made a mistake 5 or 6 rows below! For some reason I must have purled about 30 stitches instead of knitted them! Nooooo! So I had to unravel  about 3000 stitches and I got to knit them again. Knitting them was hard work, but unravelling them was torture and much slower than knitting them. Sigh. I think I must be a very masochistic knitter 😉

WIP Whipporwill before unravelling 6 rows

Something I’d like to share: Raven Jewellery holder

I stumbeled over this when looking online for a jewellery stand that I could make myself. I found Thorunn Arandottir’s homepage and her awesome Raven Jewellery holder. I don’t think I could attempt that at home tho, maybe in miniature format only. But I really really love this.

Thorunn Arnadottir's Raven

FO Cabled Baby Vest DROPS B17-9

Finally i got the little vest for the BF’s nephew finished. I don’t really like knitting for babies and children to be honest. Since I don’t have any of my own, I have no idea about the dimensions and sizes and fits and so on. That is why I liked the DROPS design pattern, it gives me measurements in cms. Not that I ended up with those measurements of course, but at least I get the idea.

Instead of the recommended Alpaca I used some Karisma superwash DK wool I still had left in my stash’ light olive green, perfect colour for a little boy. He is about 7 months by now, so I went for the 6-9 months size. It was ok to knit up, only the necklines are a bit annoying. You have to pick up stitches for the neckline, knit 4 or 5 rounds, bind off, pick up stitches for the left shoulder, knit four or five rounds, bind off, pick up stitches for the right shoulder, knit four or five rounds, bind off. And that to me, who hates to sew in ends. Oh well, I still like it. Altho it turned out quite bigger than the size I tried to get. I could block it into proportions of the next bigger size, he’ll grow into it. I haven’t given it away yet, but I hope they’ll like it too.

Little Cabled Vest FO

WIP Wednesday Jan 12

Now with the yarn all dyed I of course could not wait to get started on the Whippoorwill shawl. I love how they wool came out with the colours. And it feels marvellously soft, too.

I’m at about 370 stitches per row, it is torture!

Whippoorwill scarf WIP

WIP Whippoorwill

Back to the wool and more dyeing

I want to make the Whippoorwill Wrap-Shawl for me, and it took me ages to find some colours. Finally I decided to go for some grey and pink. The pattern asks for some really nice but expensive sock-yarn or fingering weightish yarn, but they are all so dead expensive, so I had to dye my own. I ordered some organic merino 2-ply sport yarn (they happened to be out of the 4-ply I think) from Yarnundyed, it feels so lovely soft. I wanted to get one gradient from grey to pink into the wool and also get semisolid colours to make the shawl a bit happier. To get one gradient I could not dye the skeins as they were, I wanted one end grey and then pink and the end grey again. So I wrapped 2 undyed skeins of each 100g/375m over my elbow into 6 skeins each. I presoaked them in warm water, squeezed out excess water and then layered them into my pyrex dish. The grey skeins to the left side, then a few pink skeins to the right side, and the last two skeins to be grey again back to the left side. I had quite dilute dyes in squeeze bottles, soaked the wool with grey and pink, splashed a bit pink into the grey, squeezed them all with my fingers to make sure that the dye is fairly good distributed and all the way to the bottom of the dish. Then i covered it with aluminium foil, popped the dish into the oven and baked it for about 40mins. After I had taken it out I left it to cool, the colour has been completely absorbed by the wool, i gave it a rinse and hung the skeins up to dry.

I love how they came out:

skeins of pink-and grey oven dyed wool

and wound into balls

Trying something new

Just before christmas I started trying a few new things. The first was soapmaking. I just ordered a melt-and-pour kit, but to be honest I did not really like it, altho making my own soap sounds so tempting. Oh well.
I also tried to make a bit of jewellery. After playing round for a while I managed some nice things I’m quite happy with:
My friend from work is a Harley-girl, yes she has her own bike and is not just a passenger. Just before Christmas she started to knit and she knitted herself a stripey Harley Davidson Sweater (yeah, normal people start with a scarf or something easy like that, but it came out quite well indeed), so I decided to make her something Harley-related too. I found those perfect guitar picks in a music shop and turned them into some nice earrings. With wings of course.

guitarpick earrings for a Harley Girl

I’m immensely proud how they came out, I really love them. And I quite enjoyed making them, too. Too bad I have stretched earholes, so I cannot really wear any nice fine earrings…

I also make a bracelet for myself. I got the instructions from the beginners book making wire jewellery and more by Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey. It was fairly easy to make. You can probably see that I did not use Sterling silver wire, the copper core shows through at the ends and where I hammered a bit too much, but you can hardly notice it when it’s on.

hammered bracelet