Thursday, November 27, 2014

Free Beaded Bauble Tutorial From Julia Camilleri of Julia's Place Blog



Beaded Bauble Tutorial...
Copyright © 2007 — All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri

Gumbo Lilly has asked me if there is tutorial for the beaded bauble...

There must be lots of ideas for the beaded baubles, but here I will try to explain how I do mine.

Once you get the basic idea, you can change the layout and the beads to suit yourself.

For this bauble ...

You will need:
Christmas tree ball.
Size 11 gold seed beads.
Gold Bugle beads.
Size 11 green accent seed beads.
Gold flower beads.
Gold teardrop beads.Beading thread.
Size 10 Milliner's (straw) needle.

Thread the needle with a long thread..I cut mine about three metres, it's better than ending off and starting a new piece of thread on all the time, but be very careful when pulling thread through so that it doesn't knot up..

Row 1: String 36 of the gold seed beads, take them down the thread leaving a 3 inch tail, then tie the thread securely together to form a circle... run the short end of thread back through the circle of beads and cut off.

Row 2: Thread on three gold beads, miss two beads in the circle, then take the needle and thread through the next bead and pick up three more beads...Continue in this way to the end of the circle forming 12 loops.

Row 3: Take the needle through to the second bead of row 2 and pick up two gold, one green and two gold beads (5 beads ), and then take needle and thread through to the next second of the three beads from the previous row...continue in this way until you have completed the circle of row 3.

At the end of each row, I like to do a locking knot to keep beads in place and stop them from coming loose as I work the next round.



Pull thread taught and Make a loop with thread in between the last two beads slip needle through loop and carefully pull to secure.



Row 4: Take the needle through to the third (green) bead of row 3 and pick up three gold, one green and three gold beads (7 beads ), and then take needle and thread through to the next third of the five beads from the previous row...continue in this way until you have completed the circle of row 4.

Do a locking knot.

Row 5:Take the needle through to the fourth (green) bead of row 4 and pick up four gold, one green and four gold beads (9 beads ), and then take needle and thread through to the next fourth of the seven beads from the previous row...continue in this way until you have completed the circle of row 5.Locking knot.

Row 6:Take the needle through to the fifth (green) bead of row 5 and pick up one gold bead, one gold bugle bead, one gold bead, one green bead, one gold bead, than another gold bugle bead and one gold bead...refer to picture above.Take these through the green bead of the previous row and continue in the way until you have completed row 6.

Locking knot.

Row 7: Take the needle through to the (green) bead of row 6 and pick up one gold bead, one gold bugle bead, one gold bead, one green bead, one gold bead, than another gold bugle bead and one gold bead...refer to picture above.Take these through the green bead of the previous row and continue in the way until you have completed row 7.

Locking knot.

Row 8 & 9: Same as row 6 & 7.

Row 10: Take the needle through to the (green) bead of row 8 and pick up eleven gold seed beads,

NOTE: (you can put a green bead in the middle of these 11 if you like, it does make it easier to see the middle bead then).Take thread through to the next green bead of previous row, and continue around the circle until completed.Do a double locking knot.

Drops: Take thread to centre of the eleven beads ( sixth bead) from previous row and string on six gold beads, one flower bead, six gold beads, one flower bead, six gold beads, one gold teardrop bead, then one gold bead....bypass this last gold bead and take thread up through the teardrop and the rest of this group of beads to form the drop, then take the thread through the the remaining five beads over to the next green bead of previous row and continue making drops the same length or alternate the lengths like I have, if you like....refer to picture.To end off, just take thread along through some beads and do a locking knot, then take thread through some more beads, do a locking knot and run thread through more beads and cut off.

I hope you can understand my tutorial... you still have a few days to make some beaded baubles before Christmas...have fun!


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Copyright © 2007 — All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri for her "Julia's Place" Blog. For more crafting tips and techniques visit Julia's "Julia's Place" blog. Julia is a seamstress who specializes in crazy quilting, ribbon embroidery, and all things Victorian. She sells her handmade items on her "Ribbonwiz Etsy Shoppe." For more pictures of Julia's creations please visit Julia's Flickr site.

How To Make A Green Painted Pinecone Basket - Free How-To by Linda Walsh

Since I had just finished my Linda's Blog post on all the pine cone baskets I had made over twenty years ago I thought you might enjoy a step-by-step "How-to" on how to make one of your own.

My instructions on how to make a pine cone basket of your own are shown below.

How To Make A Green Painted Pinecone Basket

Supplies Needed

1 Large Handle Basket
1 Can Green Spray Paint
1 Can Spray Varnish or Lacquer
1 Bag of Spanish Moss
4 pk OASIS RAINBOW FOAM BRICK TURQUOISE - Enough Floral Foam Bricks To Line The Bottom Of The Basket
1 1/2" to 2" Wide Green Wired Ribbon
Package of Green Preserved Boxwood
Batch of Green Preserved Evergreen Sprigs or Other Green Silk Floral
1/2" to 1" Plaid Cloth Covered Box Decorations
Red Berry Spray With Multiple Berries or Red Berry Picks
1/2" to 1" Shiny Red Apple Decorations
Wire
Dried or Preserved Pine Cones of Various Shapes and Sizes
Dual Temperature Glue Gun
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Wire Cutters

Instructions

(Note - These instructions are for ADULT use only as they require the use of a hot glue gun.  Always use caution when working with any kind of hot glue gun.)

1.  Spray paint the inside and outside of the basket with the green paint.  Let dry completely.
2.  Place the Spanish moss along the inside of the basket so as to cover any openings in the sides of the basket.
3.  Pack the bottom of the basket tightly with the floral brick foam to within 4 inches of the top rim of the basket.
4.  Glue the first layer of pine cones to the floral brick foam using the low temperature setting of the dual temperature glue gun.
5.  Arrange the pine cones of various shapes and sizes that you are going to see until they fill the basket and the arrangement is pleasing to the eye.  Then glue them in place using the low temperature setting of the dual temperature glue gun.
6.  Glue the smaller pine cones in between the larger pine cones until all the gaps are filled.
7.  Spray the basket and pine cones with varnish or lacquer.  Let dry completely.
8.  Glue the preserved box wood amongst the pine cones until the arrangement is pleasing to the eye.
9.  Glue the preserved evergreen sprigs or other green silk floral amongst the pine cones until the arrangement is pleasing to the eye.
10.  Glue the 1/2" to 1" plaid cloth covered box decorations amongst the pine cones until their placement is pleasing to the eye.
11.  Glue the 1/2" to 1" Shiny Red Apple Decorations amongst the pine cones until their placement is pleasing to the eye.
12.  Cut the red berries so they are individual and then glue the red berries amongst the pine cones until their placement is pleasing to the eye.
13.  Tie the 1 1/2" to 2" wide green wired ribbon into a large decorative bow with many, many  loops so it is very full and then fasten the bow to the middle of the handle of the basket with the wire.
14.  Congratulations - You're Done!

I also created a .PDF "Linda's How-Do-I Series How To Make A Green Painted Pinecone Basket" e-book for this as well.

To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products © 2004-2014 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved, including downloading, mass producing, photocopying, enlargements, reductions,and all other forms of reproduction, website sharing, Email, RSS feeds, or any other means of redistribution. Commercial selling or reselling by any means, including eBay or any other website by permission only.

Products made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) including wholesale distribution, catalog sales, and all other forms of large scale commercial production are by permission only. Items made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for decoration only and are not intended for use by children. Not responsible for human error, individual workmanship, or printing errors in the E-books, E-products, tutorials, how-to's, patterns or the E-Patterns.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tippy The Snow Bunny - Free Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I just LOVE adorable "softies."  If you do, too, then you'll be happy to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties has another wonderful "softie" pattern to share. I just love Lisa's creations and "Tippy" is just too cute!


Tippy The Snow Bunny
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


Here's the instructions and what Lisa said about Tippy The Snow Bunny: This pattern is a one that I shared with my newsletter members last year for a cute kid bundled up in a bunny snow suit. You may remember seeing Tippy, the True Blue Snow Bunny on my Blog and briefly in my Etsy shop. Just follow the instructions to make your own Tippy. 

All you need to do is to click on the pattern below and save it to your computer. After you click, the pattern will enlarge.  You should be able to right click, save the image and then print it out. I usually print mine out on card stock so it's easier to trace onto fabric.

You can either insert the face from the back as I did or you can omit cutting out the face in the main body piece of the pattern and just top stitch the face pattern onto the body pattern. There is no seam allowance included in the pattern. I usually just trace it onto the felt fabric and then sew on the line. Also, I used floral wire in my feet so they could be bent and posed. If you have some pipe cleaners they work just as well and then you don't have to stuff the feet as much!

 Click on picture above to enlarge.

Please remember though that the patterns I share with you are for your own personal enjoyment and not to be sold for profit.

Enjoy!!!

Please respect Lisa's TERMS OF USE:  My FREE tutorials, patterns, and how-to's are for personal use only and are not not intended for commercial use. They may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or reproduced and distributed in any manner without my permission.

Lisa's Bio: Lisa is a professional teddy bear artist selling heirloom quality collectible bears to Adults and has been making bears professionally since November 1997. Her creations have been nominated for several Awards including the TITA, Teddy Bear Scene Reader's Choice Awards and the Ace Awards. They've also been included on a regular basis in many of the major doll and crafts magazines.

Copyright © 2007-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


Super Sweet Snowman Free Pattern by Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

I thought you might all like to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties has a wonderful snowman doll pattern to share that I know you're going to love.



Super Sweet Snowman Pattern
Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties


CLICK on picture above to enlarge.

Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her Super Sweet Snowman pattern:  Well Christmas may be over but we still have time for Snowmen! At least until March when the weather warms up and the last snowflake disappears. I made this Super Sweet Snowman out of a fat quarter of Alpaca/Cotton Blend batting from Pacafil. To help him stand upright, I used some weighted beads in the bottom of my snowman. I sewed the snowman's body together including the base and then stuffed from the neck opening. Since this batting does have some stretch, it was easy to do. If you're using a fabric with no stretch, leave an opening on the side for stuffing. For the head, I left one of the sides of the snowman's head open a little and then stitched it closed after I stuffed it. The hat hid the hand stitching so it's not even noticeable.

The pattern I made for you includes the pieces for the snowman's head and body. For the hat, I just took a wool sock and cut a tube from it that stood up on his head and added about four extra inches to his height. Then, I just gathered it as close to his head as possible with some embroidery floss and fringed the top to look like a pom pom. I sewed my hat onto the head but you don't have to do that if you don't want to as you may prefer to decorate yours differently. The felt snowman hats that you purchase at your local craft store fit this pattern perfectly. Since the batting has some stretch to it, your snowman will turn out taller than in the pattern. If you use a fabric that doesn't have much stretch, he will be a little stubbier so take that into consideration when you pick your fabric. Or, you may want to just add on a couple of inches to the bottom of your pattern to give him a little more height. I also did not include the pattern for the nose because you may prefer to use a button nose. If you want to make a carrot nose like I did, I took a piece of orange wool felt that was about 2 inches in length and then cut it at an angle. 

Anyway, have fun with this winter project and make yourself a chilly little friend. You can really make him prim if you like or you can make him really contemporary by using some funky fleece. If you make one, please send me a picture as I'd love to see it!
All you need to do is to click on the pattern below and save it to your computer. After you click, the pattern will enlarge. Then, just right click and "Save Image As" to save it to your computer. 

Enjoy!


Please respect Lisa's TERMS OF USE:  My FREE tutorials, patterns, and how-to's are for personal use only and are not not intended for commercial use. They may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or reproduced and distributed in any manner without my permission.

Lisa's Bio: Lisa is a professional teddy bear artist selling heirloom quality collectible bears to Adults and has been making bears professionally since November 1997. Her creations have been nominated for several Awards including the TITA, Teddy Bear Scene Reader's Choice Awards and the Ace Awards. They've also been included on a regular basis in many of the major doll and crafts magazines.

Copyright © 2007-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lucy Angel Free E-Pattern From Linda Walsh Of Linda Walsh Originals


Lucy is not only the most adorable of our angels, she is also one of the smallest. She only stands 4" tall, but she is a mighty angel. In fact, Lucy is the "boss" of all the angels. She assigns the tasks to the various other angels and keeps an eye out for them. Despite her small size Lucy has a HUGE heart.

Lucy Angel is an adorable little angel. She is a free-standing angel doll with a wood doll pin body and head. Her wood head is painted and she has short curly hair and a halo. Her dress is made from wide wired ribbon and is decorated with a ribbon sash, and floral ribbon decoration.


“Lucy Angel”, 4” Angel - Country Angel Woodcraft Doll E-Pattern - Christmas Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh 

To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products © 2004-2014 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved, including downloading, mass producing, photocopying, enlargements, reductions,and all other forms of reproduction, website sharing, Email, RSS feeds, or any other means of redistribution. Commercial selling or reselling by any means, including eBay or any other website by permission only.

Products made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) including wholesale distribution, catalog sales, and all other forms of large scale commercial production are by permission only. Items made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for decoration only and are not intended for use by children. Not responsible for human error, individual workmanship, or printing errors in the E-books, E-products, tutorials, how-to's, patterns or the E-Patterns.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/