Tutorials Have Moved

Tutorials can now be found over there ——-> in my Sidebar under PAGES. Go to the right side of my blog and scroll down a bit.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/tutorials-tips-help-links/

I collected them all up, including some tips and help links for macrame, beading, crochet and sewing.

It should be easier for you to find what you are looking for with them all on one page.

Don’t forget to send me photos of things you made using my tutorials. I will add them to the “You Made It” photo gallery.

How To Make Flat Spiral Stitch Earrings

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Here’s an easy project for you. I made the complete set. Necklace, bracelet and earrings.

To get you started… You can make just the earrings.


Supplies Needed To Make One Pair of Flat Spiral Stitch Earrings

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  • 11/0 seed beads (black, red, white)
  • 4mm black bicone crystals (6 per earring)
  • black round glass beads (5 per earring)
  • pair of ear wires
  • 3mm CLOSED jumprings (2)
  • Fireline beading thread
  • beading needle size 10 or 12

Step 1

Cut 1 1/2 yards of Fireline, leaving a 7″ tail. Add a bead stopper. Pick up two (2) round black beads. Drop beads down to the bead stopper.

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Step 2

Pick up 6 black seed beads, one 4mm black bicone, 6 red seed beads. Drop these down on top of the two black round beads added in Step 1.

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Take thread up through the 2 black round beads. Thread should exit the top one.

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Pull tight. This creates the “black/red arch”, working bottom up. Push arch to the left.

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Step 3

Pick up 6 black seed beads, one 4mm black bicone, 6 white seed beads. Drop these down on top of the black round beads. Take needle up through the two black round beads. Exit the top one.

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This completes one complete arch. Black/red on the left. Black/white on the right.

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Step 4

Add one black round bead. Slide it down to rest on top of your beadwork.

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Step 5

Pick up 6 black seed beads, one 4mm black bicone, 6 red seed beads. Drop these beads down on top of the black round bead you added in Step 4. Take needle up through the 2nd from bottom round black bead PLUS the one just added.

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Pull tight. Push “black/red arch” to the left. Thread should exit the top black round bead.

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Step 6

Pick up 6 black seed beads, one 4mm black bicone, 6 white seed beads. Repeat the same steps as used for the black/red arch.

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Now you should have two complete arches done.

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Step 7

Repeat Steps 4, 5 and 6 once more to add the 3rd complete arch. Start by adding one black round bead. Slide down.

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That completes the arches. Your beadwork should now look like this. Make sure the black/red is on the left and black/white is on the right. Pull tight.

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OK, now ready for the last step.

Step 8

Pick up two (2) black seed beads, one black round bead, one black seed bead, one 3mm CLOSED jumpring. Drop down.

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In reverse order. Go around the closed jump ring. And down through seed bead, round black bead, two seed beads. Continue down through the center of ALL black round beads. Exit bottom round bead.

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Make your way back up the center of the black round beads. Back up to the top to loop around the closed jump ring. To secure it. Do this a couple times. Pull thread tight. Do the same with the tail thread. Bury it up the center. Cut thread. Add ear wire.

And done!! Now create the 2nd earring.

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Enjoy!!


Here’s the necklace and bracelet.

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Recycle #1: How To Recycle Crystal Light Containers

 

Off and on, for years I have been saving plastic Crystal Light containers. I would get an idea, make one or two, toss the rest.  Then start the cycle over every few years.

Currently I had been storing them to hand out to my crochet classmates to hold their crochet hooks. But since I gave up being able to learn in a free class of 50 students, I was, again, just accumulating them.

There are many uses for these containers.

Here are just a few:

  1. Vase
  2. Floral arrangement
  3. Pen/Pencil holder
  4. Greeting Card holder
  5. Earring holder
  6. Towel holder
  7. Display buttons/photos

To make this vase like I did, you just need a few supplies.

  • One Crystal Light container, 6 1/2″ tall and 2 5/8″ diameter, the taller one.
  • Yarn, approximately 50 yards
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Cardboard

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Directions to make one VASE:

Clean off label residue, punch hole in bottom large enough to insert scissors. Cut out the bottom, tape cut edges to keep container from cracking as you work.

Cut a small rectangle of cardboard and punch hole in top. Wrap yarn around cardboard. (See photo)

Begin wrapping container. Continue until plastic no longer visible or until you are satisfied. Tie off on the underside.

Decorate as desired.  Insert round block of styrofoam in bottom to use as pen/pencil holder.

If Crystal Light containers are not available, use any type round container with open top and bottom. Should work the same way. Have fun!!

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