We are having wonderful today in New Jersey, it is in the upper 40s and a sky blue sunny day. I decided to take advantage of the sun and take some photos of my first jewelry project outside of my jewelry making class. The classes are free at the library including the components to make jewelry, but thought I should get my own materials to make it at home. I purchased the March issue of Bead Style as I wanted to make a necklace that had a spring feel. The photo above is the project from the magazine. I went to four bead store and did not get the materials recommended in the magazine because they were not available and needed to improvise while still keeping with the spring theme, so the photo below is what I purchased.
I could not find the leaf beads or the focal component, so I got the jade tear drop beads, and this crystal leaf from Swarovski-Crystallized. the pendant cost is equal to the rest of the necklace, but cost about under $25.00 to make. The jade does cost $17.00, but I only eight out of the 45 beads on the strand. I see a bracelet with the rest of the jade as a companion piece with the necklace. The only component I am missing to make this necklace is a bail to attach to the pendant to help it lay flat.
I purchased this magazines this week, and subscribed to Bead Style. I like both magazines, but Stringing Magazine is my favorite with more projects and list the name of the company where you can purchase the materials if want to make the project in the magazine. Bead Style is a great reference guide for the beginner
I also have other photos that give me inspiration in what I can create. I purchased Nick Epstein’s “Crochet Flowers and Knitted Flowers” as reference guides to create embellishments for accessories like bags and necklaces.
Another Nick Epstein book “Knitting in Tuscany”, where there are some beautiful things to knit like the Tuscan sun shawl gracing the cover, and the Bella bride’s dress which is stunning, modern yet timeless.
I got the latest issue of Inside Crochet because the project on the cover called a Floating Wrap designed by Robyn Chachula. I read her Crochet by Faye blog and see her on the show Knit and Crochet Today. Robyn has a sweepstakes of yarns, you can enter by purchasing one of her patterns from March 1 to 31.
The last thing I am going to mention is Pampered by Adrienne by Adrienne Nixon. She sells handcrafted soy candles, soaps, body scrubs, and embroidered hand towels. She has great stuff, so go to her website and check it out and do not forget to sign up for her newsletter. Well, that’s it for now. Ciao!