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jaycee message #1
hello
June 17, 2011 at 2:22:10 AM
 
Hi there
I just registered at stitchboard and opened a showcase. I also uploaded a couple of free patterns, so please check them out!
I have been beading a few years and design patterns using various techniques.
Glad to be here!
Jaycee


Patterns: http://www.jayceepatterns.com
Blog: http://jayceepatterns.blogspot.com


 
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Stitchboard Admin message #2
Re: hello
June 17, 2011 at 2:45:53 PM
 
Jaycee,

Welcome...nice to see you here!  Smiley  Your showcase is GORGEOUS!  So everyone reading this can find it easily, I'll put the link here:
/pages/showcase/showcasePlayer.php?ss=1&i=232

You have so many interesting pieces!  Everything is stunning, and your Garnet Wings Bracelet is a current favorite...LOL, though it's really hard to choose just one...the Rainbow Lace, Island and Eternity Bracelets are also nice...glad I don't have to make any concrete choices, because that would be impossible!

Do you have any stories behind the different pieces?  How/when did you get started in beading?

Melanie  (known to the cat as "Rowr" or "Rowr Rowr") =^.^=


Melanie  (cat slave and Official Feline Can Opener) =^.^=
~~~~~
I'm a beading, knitting and crochet addict.  If that means I'm admitting I have a problem, then I admit to nothing. Please refrain from helping me.


 
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jaycee message #3
Re: hello
June 17, 2011 at 7:16:17 PM
 
Hi Melanie
Thank you for the welcome. I was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in Botswana. I currently live in Australia but go back to Africa twice a year to visit my family. About 6 years ago, i bought a Zulu bracelet and when I got back to Oz, it started coming apart, so I studied it to see how it had been done, bought some beads and i was hooked.
All kinds of things inspired me - patterns in nature, photos etc.
When i design something, i choose a color scheme to work with and then just start stitching beads together. I usually make two or three motifs, then figure out how i am going to put them together. When the piece is finished, i draw all the diagrams on the computer, then write out the text instructions.
I have always been artistic and beading just inspires me to keep on creating.
jaycee


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Blog: http://jayceepatterns.blogspot.com


 
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Stitchboard Admin message #4
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June 18, 2011 at 1:06:40 AM
 
Jaycee,

Wow, what interesting places!  You're definitely a world traveler!  Smiley

That's wonderful how you figured out how to bead from the bracelet.  It also sounds like this was probably not the easiest project to start, as well, especially with only the bracelet to guide you.  Many people would have been too discouraged and given up!

Your way of working motifs in a modular fashion is fascinating!  Now that I think about it, that's an interesting way of approaching designing...I'll have to try that.  Sometimes I feel like I start with the right idea, but then can get overwhelmed by the size of the project.  Working in smaller, more manageable pieces sounds like a good answer to that...thank you for the inspiration!  Smiley

Melanie  (known to the cat as "Rowr" or "Rowr Rowr") =^.^=


Melanie  (cat slave and Official Feline Can Opener) =^.^=
~~~~~
I'm a beading, knitting and crochet addict.  If that means I'm admitting I have a problem, then I admit to nothing. Please refrain from helping me.


 
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jaycee message #5
Re: hello
June 19, 2011 at 5:44:46 PM
 
Thanks Melanie
This method works very well for me and i wish you luck if you decide to try designing this way!
It can take a while though - i often make motifs that i decide i don't like, then put them aside and start again.
jaycee


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Stitchboard Admin message #6
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June 19, 2011 at 7:37:47 PM
 
Jaycee,

Oh, yes...the one thing about beadwork, particularly certain stitches (peyote immediately comes to mind) is that it goes veeeeery, veeeeery slowly!  One...bead...at...a...time.  And yes, I always have a tray full of failed experiments with every new idea I try...guess that's part of the process, frustrating though it is!

Do you find that some motifs don't work well for what you're doing at the moment...but then they do fit with something new?  It's always nice to be able to "repurpose" a failed experiment.  Smiley

Melanie  (known to the cat as "Rowr" or "Rowr Rowr") =^.^=


Melanie  (cat slave and Official Feline Can Opener) =^.^=
~~~~~
I'm a beading, knitting and crochet addict.  If that means I'm admitting I have a problem, then I admit to nothing. Please refrain from helping me.


 
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jaycee message #7
Re: hello
June 21, 2011 at 4:59:00 AM
 
I don't always keep the motifs i put aside, I usually take them apart and use the beads for something else.
Peyote is not one of my favorite stitches, I prefer brick stitch, but it takes a long time to do.
I prefer netting, triangle weave and herringbone stitch.
Jaycee


Patterns: http://www.jayceepatterns.com
Blog: http://jayceepatterns.blogspot.com


 
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Stitchboard Admin message #8
Re: hello
June 21, 2011 at 12:15:27 PM
 
Jaycee,

Yes, I've also taken some of mine apart...but many live on, in hopes of being repurposed.  Grin

Peyote is one of my personal favorites.  I agree, brick stitch is very time consuming...I like netting and herringbone.  Netting is also one of my personal favorites, and herringbone is, as well.  I've never had an occasion to use triangle weave.  Most of my projects have been peyote, a few netting, some herringbone, brick stitch, square stitch, and RAW.  Square stitch is nice for "looming without a loom," but that one is very time consuming, as well.  Have you ever done any loom work?  I bought a loom years ago, but never used it.

BTW, I had somehow missed your photo albums and wanted to comment on how much I love what you've posted!  Seed beads are my preference, but after seeing what you've done with pearls and crystals, I want to experiment with more of them!

Melanie  (known to the cat as "Rowr" or "Rowr Rowr") =^.^=



Melanie  (cat slave and Official Feline Can Opener) =^.^=
~~~~~
I'm a beading, knitting and crochet addict.  If that means I'm admitting I have a problem, then I admit to nothing. Please refrain from helping me.

 
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