Sunday, January 23, 2011

Felted Beads

Feeling the need to work on something warm, I hand-felted these beads.

Each bead started as a fairly thick pile of wool and silk fibers.

I also added some thick wool strands to each flat felt square,

Here are all the beads rolled, hand stitched and beaded.

I just love the possibility at this point. There was a slim chance that the beads would not be strung. I wanted to keep them just like this.
But in the end I knew that I would rather wear them as a necklace.

If you like this project, it is one of the classes I am teaching at Mixed Minded this May!

Enjoy my Sunday Bead Blogger Links.

A Bead A Day
Lisa's experimenting with alphabet stamps in wood. Please stop by to share your experiences with metal, wood or polymer clay stamping. Jewelry Making
What do you get when you combine yarn, crystals, and metal? A very cool double strand bracelet!

Beading Arts
Beaded objects don't always have to be wearable. How about some beaded postcards?

Beading & Books
If you make a mistake with a piece of jewelry, do you throw it out, start over, or try to fix it? Michelle shares a mistake she made trying to create a pendant using copper, ink, and a gloss sealant.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi creates a special set of felted brooches for a Canadian company.

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Cindy shares a surprise she received during the holidays.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Ceramic pendants with cut-out holes receive a sparkly window treatment in this project using resin from Lima Studios

Katie's Beading Blog
A simple idea for keeping the inspiration flowing.

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Using lovely design elements from Artbeads, Jean creates an evocative pair of winter earrings which remind her of seasons long past...

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
This week one lucky winner will take home a beaded brooch by Cenya AND score some Soft Flex flexible beading wire!

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