I've decided that resistance is futile. I love making these hearts. It really can't be denied. Every evening I make another. You may wonder why I need so many? Well, in March I'm exhibiting at the NEC in Birmingham and I intend to have a bunting of felt hearts. So I have a reason. Well, that's the one that I'm using and I'm sticking to it.
Here's the latest:
If you want to see the hearts on display then please come and find the stand.
I,m working my way through a rainbow of felt colours as I want to make a felt heart bunting to hang on my stand at the NEC in March this year. I realised that I hadn't made any hearts from the cerise felt so I put that right this morning and came up with this design.
It's a kit too so, if you want one, you can get it from Craft Fairy. Just click on 'kits'.
My banner is coming on a pace. It measures 2 metres when the hearts are touching. All I need to do is make sure that it will be about 7 metres long. If I leave a space between each heart I think that I may be about there. I'll get a long piece of 16mm grosgrain out and give it a try.
Hubby wonders how we are going to attach it to the stand. I have the solution:
Self adhesive velcro.
The hearts are really light so they won't put much pull on the bunting and the velcro. That's my idea and I'm going with it. Fingers crossed.
This is my first lariat. I believe that I am proud as I have managed to make a necklace from very few components. The trick in this piece is to bunch all of the beads used at the ends so that they make a striking focal point.
The other thing about this lariat is that you don't really need any findings. The necklace is closed by looping one side over the other. I used the new P'Leather to string the beads and it is wonderfully non slip so it can be placed without the fear of your beads ending up in colourful pile on the floor.
So, what do we have to do?
In the picture below are the beads and P'Leather that I used.
Start by cutting your 5 metrese of P'leather into three equal lengths.
On to two of the ends, thread a 4mm rose bead, a platinum spacer, a pink glass bead and a 4mm rose bead. Tie a knot at the end of the p'leather to keep the beads from falling off the end. Then tie another knot after the last rose bead. See below:
Once you have done this on two of the ends, you can add a little variety and thread the third cord ens with a silver oval bead instead.
Before you tie the know in the p'leather stager the length of the cords as shown above. Tie a knot about 10 - 15 cm from the end of the last bead. You don't have to be too precious about this, it all depends on how long you want to have the dangling beads.
Now on two of the cords only, thread on a silver faceted bead. Tie all three cords into a knot after the bead.
Now leave a gap of about 10 cm and tie another knot. Then thread a large pink bead onto 1 thread. You won't be able to get two threads through. Tie a knot after the bead.
Leave another 10 ch and tie a knot. Thread all three cords through one of the platinmum spacers and thie another knot.
Leave 20 cm and tie another knot. Add a platinum spacer and knot.
Leave 10 cm and tie a knot. Thread on a Silver faceted bead and tie a knot.
Leave 10cm and tie a knot. Thread on a pink bead and tie a knot.
Now leave a space equivalent to ont of the spaces on the first side of the lariat and tie a knot in just one of the cords. Thread on 1 small bead, 1 silver faceted bead, 1 platinum spacer and 1 small seed bead. Tie a knot trim.
Repeat this with the rest of the beads to match the first side. I varied it a bit on this side and had two faceted silver beads and just one pink one. That way I ended up with a total of 3 pink beads and three silver beads when the lariat is folded over. Look down to see what I mean.
A couple of years ago I dragged my friend along to a jewellery making course. Just for fun I said. Little did I know that I would love it to the point that I wanted to bring the beads to the Craft Fairy web site. I plotted and I planned and now they have arrived. So, of course, I had first dibs and this is what I made. It's a simple spiral rope and it is finished with cones and a toggle clasp to make it a bit more up to date. No fuddy duddy beading for me thank you.
I'll put a tutorial as soon as I've time after doing the Bristol Parchment Craft Show tomorrow.