Our Eighth A Time To Stitch Hop is all about beaded bags ~ Amulet bags, Clutches, Purses, Totes. I am so excited about this one! Amulet bags are what inspired me to beadweave in the first place, even though it took me twentysomething years to finally make one (you can see it HERE). I am curious about what got you interested in beading? And did you make it right away or did it simmer for a couple decades?
Today, I get to show my second beaded amulet bag! I really love the way it turned out :-)
|Lovely Blue Quartz Bead holds the buckle in place...the weight of the buckle holds the fabric flap down.|
|Flap open, revealing more of the pocket and the beadweaving.|
The beadweaving stitch I used is called Hubble. The woman who created it is Melanie de Miguel. I found the tutorial in Beadwork Magazine October/November 2015. The irony of this is known only to me, but in brief...after over a decade of receiving the Beadwork Magazine, I decided not to renew my subscription. I never make projects from it...it is mostly a reference for certain stitches I am still needing help with and a source of some inspiration. When Hubble presented itself, I thought it was a sign to renew again. But after the Hubble settled, I decided to stick to my plan. I still have all my issues, so I decided that come January, when there is no new Beadwork in my mailbox, I will go to the workshop and get the very first few issues and treat them all as new again.
|Backside...how I secured that front Hubble pocket on to the fabric. The fabric was from an upholstery store sample book that the owner was getting rid of...she gave it to me and I have all these little fabric squares for projects. |
|The fringe is a smattering of a gifts from two special people ~ my brother gave me all the copper beads a long long long time ago. And my friend Wyndy gave me those garnets, pearls, and crystals. |
|It might be a bit blurry but I like the effect of this zoomed up picture of the Hubble.|
|It isn't quite as long on me as it is on Fleur, because...boobs.|
A funny thing about the Hubble Stitch and me...this bag was my very first attempt at it. I didn't have one problem doing the stitch. It was a breeze! I thought, "I am going to Hubble EVERYTHING from now on!!!"
And since then...I cannot get the damn stitch to work at all for me. I am not sure what happened. I think it might be connected to cancelling my Beadwork Magazine.
But I am going to try and try again and even buy the book. It seems so versatile. And I think it would look great bezeled around rocks. Whatever my one-and-done block with this is, I have to get through it and Hubble again!
Thank you to all the participants, readers, and Therese. You all make ATTS an event to look forward to and enjoy!
Here's the list of all the creative people that took part in the Hop. Please go see what they made!