Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blog Hop: A Time to Stitch 2

It's time for the reveal from Lisa Lodge's My Bead Table Blog Hop. The fringe I gave you a peek at is the end of a St Petersburg lariat. 

Christine and Therese have paired up for a second A Time to Stitch Blog Hop. For this one, they asked us to use either a St Petersburg stitch or a RAW (right angle weave) or both. I managed to do both this time around.  

I actually really like St Pete's and for some reason just kept right on going past the length of a bracelet. Watching all the blind auditions for The Voice was good background noise, and went on for days, and days. And since I don't knit ... I bead... and well... bead, and bead.

I did add my own twist to the pattern. I used a double St Pete's stitch, andI went back through the entire lariat to add a lighter color blue through the center which helps to accentuate the pattern. 

Now you might be asking what is behind the name of this one? When I started this piece it was mid September. Fall was only just creeping in, but it was still warm. I was thinking of summer and how pretty these beads would look with a simple summer dress. 

By the time I was ready to take pictures we had our first hard frost and it didn't get above 40 degrees mid day. So A) it was a grey day, and B) while my favorite model wore white I had to let the poor thing wear a coat! She was such a good sport since I asked her to pose for these pieces, and several others at the same time (7 pieces in all!). You can see she went from a faint smile, to a bit of a pout, to teeth chattering. Can you blame her? Thus the name Frozen Blue refers to her lips! And yes, that is a little Cyrillic translation to Russian for Frozen Blue, but please don't ask me to pronounce it!


For my RAW project I decided to do a take off on my Biker Chick Cuff and switched out the peyote stitch for a RAW band instead. I did the same thing with pillow cord as the trim to the cuff, but this time used a loose weave with soft Fall colors. Yes, by the time I started the cuff I was resigned to the fact that is was indeed Fall. And my lovely model got to crisscross her arms for warmth and to show off the cuff.

This cuff uses a hook and chain closure, which I added a cute little glass tiger bead as a dangle. 

Ok those are my creations. Now it's time to hop over and see all the other bead weaving going on from these other lovely ladies:


Our Blog Hosts      Therese Frank    and   Christine Altmiller
                             Nikki Byers                Karen Williams              
                             Shirley Moore               Lola Surwillo
    (You are here)  Cynthia Machata        Shannon Hicks                 
                             Maryanne Gross          Alenka                            Karin Slaton
                             Katherine Gale           Sally Russick                   Amy Severino 
                             Alicia Marinache         Sonya Stille                    Tanya Goodwin
                             Lisa Stukel                 Marla Gibson                   Sarah Sequins
                             Mandy                       Andra Weber                   Kim Hora

37 comments:

Evi @ sexta-feira said...

Good morning Cynthia! I love the cuff. It's a work of art.

Alicia said...

Beautiful! I love both piece - I almost made a lariat too (St. Pete seems to call for one, doesn't it?!).

Interesting enough: I know how to pronounce your Cyrillic translation (although had no idea what it means, I forgot most of the Russian I knew... after 12 years of study)

Kashmira Patel said...

Love the cuff!

Duni said...

It's freezing here too!
Both your pieces are stunning! I can imagine the hours of work that went into these! I love that the necklace can be worn in different ways. My Mom would know how to pronounce the Cyrillic translation. She grew up in East Germany and learning Russian was mandatory at that time!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Love both pieces, so pretty! Your favourite model is adorable btw.

KJ said...

I like that lariat tied close to the neck.

I agree with Jacqueline your model is adorable.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great colors in both pieces! The blue is striking and the gold is very classy!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful work on both pieces Cynthia! Your model did a wonderful job dealing with the chilliness too. :) I love the cuff!!

Christine Altmiller said...

Oh, you have such a pretty model and she is a trooper too!
Your Biker Chic has endless color and stitch combos~you are really onto something goooooood with this one. I love the one you made here~it is gorgeous (like biker chick with royal wedding elegance)!
The lariat~I smiled wide when I saw it for a couple reasons. One being that the one I started 4 years ago then never touched again after the class was over was intended to be a lariat. When I saw the stitch way back when, it screamed "LARIAT". The other reason for the big smile was as soon as I saw the piece, I thought "Under the Sea". It completely has that water vibe to it. I LOVE it!!! You had me at "Fringe". Thanks so much for signing up for this one :-)

Amy said...

Very pretty pieces - I love the biker girl cuff! Really great design!!

Marla said...

Fantastic pieces as always! But I am really loving how you do your cuffs! I think you need to make a tutorial for them and share it with me! Ha! I would be happy to "test" it for you lol. <3

Shirley Moore said...

Love your model, what a trooper. That blue is such a great color, and I really appreciate you showing the different ways it can be worn. I'm just totally in love with the cuff, and I agree with Marla, a tute is needed!!!

kimmykats said...

Cynthia, your St Petersburg really put me over the top in wanting to learn the stich..I really need a lariat necklace! Blue does match cold lips and hands..... The bikers cuff is a work of art too...oh my!

Sally Russick said...

Cynthia, I can't stop staring at the RAW bracelet! The pillow cord trim is so cool! (I've got to take a look at the Biker Chick cuff!) What an innovative jewelry design and the color palette is so elegant.

Nice work on the lariat, too! Your model is doing a great job modeling the piece!

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

Wonderful pieces, your cuff is amazing!
Sonya

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
Thank you for joining in on mine and Christine's challenge. I love the lariat you made using St Petersburg it is beautiful and so is your model.
The Biker's cuff is gorgeous I love the trim.
I hope that you will join in on the next ATTS challenge.
Therese

Tanya said...

Those are awesome. Your model certainly is a trooper! I love your lariat, but that bracelet is just stunning! I love the ribbon/cording on the edges .. what a brilliant design!

BackstoryBeads said...

Every design detail in your cuff is just inspired, and I love how you've adapted it here. Great color combination! I also love the extra spine detail on your lariat, you're so right about how it directs the eye to the details that otherwise might be missed in the St. Petersburg stitch. Beautiful photos, but then you had such a charming model!

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

Both pieces are a work of art Cynthia. I love lariats but shy away from making them. What a lot of splendid work! The biker cuff is the bomb - so very cool!

Maryanne said...

Both of your pieces are gorgeous! The St.Petersburg is wonderful. I love the blue beads going through the middle. The cuff is super. Really beautiful colors and the cording really adds a nice touch.

Janet Bocciardi said...

The cuff is fabulous - it looks so elegant. Your St. Petersburg necklace is a definite winner!

Mama Zen said...

I love that lariat! So pretty!

Bobbie said...

The lariat's a real eye-catcher, and the bracelet's lovely, but your model's the star of this one! Terrific work!

LisaS said...

Wow I love the versatility of the first piece. And the gold bracelet is so elegant. -Can't even begin to imagine how you wove that beautiful pillow cord edging. Wonderful combinations of different techniques ;)

Karen Williams said...

ochen preyatna! Tak krasivaya!

It's really hard to write Russian with Latin characters! But it translates to 'very nice' and 'how beautiful'! Which are both very, very true.

And I love your pictures and your story about your model. We finally broke down and turned on the heat two days ago when I started wearing wool fingerless gloves to do my beading. :)

Amanda Duffy said...

Wow! Those are gorgeous! How brave to do a lariat, anything longer than a bracelet drives me nuts. LOL. The RAW insert is so cool, how did you do that??

Saturday Sequins said...

Beautiful job on both of your pieces! The blue necklace is fantastic, and your model is adorable. :)

Patti Van said...

Oh my goodness...both pieces are gorgeous..,but that beacelet is absolutley a stunner! (so is the model!). I wish I had the patience to learn this...I keep seeing these beautiful works of art and keep telling myself to just sit down and try it! you are inspiring!

Linda Y said...

Great pieces but I love the Biker cuff. What a great job.

About Last Weekend said...

That blue is so so pretty and reminds me of the Aegean Sea!

Lola said...

I love the lariat you created, but that bracelet is really something special! Beautiful!

BeadedTail said...

Love how you named the necklace! Kudos to your model! That cuff is absolutely fabulous!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Very pleasing to the eyes!Congrats!

Katherines Corner said...

lovely lariat! Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy weekend wishes xo

Pepita said...

I love both of your pieces, but the bracelet is special! Trying to figure out how the edges are made ...

Andra said...

Beautiful pieces of work. I love the lariat esp. the fringe. The bracelet is fantastic. The edging is really cool.

Ashley of Southern (California) Belle said...

This is so cool! Never seen anything like this before.


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Ashley

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