Last minute Valentine's jewellery.

So Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and I for one am looking forward to celebrating it with my partner, with the cinema and a meal out. I have been thinking about what jewellery I want to wear for the day, as I wanted it to be something Valentine's related. I was also thinking about maybe making something new especially for the day, and I thought I would share my Valentine's Day tutorial playlist with you, if you are struggling with the same, as there is still a bit of time left to make something. many of the designs in the playlist are pretty quick and easy to make, so I hope it might be helpful.

Valentine's Day tutorials playlist

❤️ Valentine's Day ❤️

So we're in February already, which means that Valentine's Day is really close. The day of love. Opinions are very split about this day, and wether to celebrate it or not. And as much as I think every day should be filled with love for each other, not just the one day, I don't think having a special day for it does any harm, as we can never have enough love and positivity in the world. I also find that love is a great inspiration within all art forms, and I therefore wanted to share a quick and easy tutorial for a Celtic wirework heart, which can be used in many different ways. You can put them together as links in a chain, use them for earrings, a necklace or even a ring. So you could easily make a set of jewellery, that you could wear if you are going out for Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Valentine's Day, regardless what you are doing 😊

New ideas and features coming

This week I am going to talk about some plans I have for both my Youtube channel and my website for the near future and upcoming things, and I would love to get some feedback on them. 

I am going to start out with some plans I have for my Youtube channel. I am planning on making a series of short videos with wire weaves, where I show how to do a specific wire weave in each video and it will be an ongoing series that I will be posting videos to every now and then in between my regular tutorials. I have also been thinking of another video series that I have been wanting to do for a while. Music is and always has been a very big part of my life, but it isn’t something I have brought into my jewellery making very much. So that is something I have really been wanting to do. To make different designs within different mediums that are music related. I already have a few ideas, but I would love to get some feedback on the interest for tutorials like this and also any suggestions or requests for design ideas that you might have. 

The next thing I want to talk about is my website. I have recently been expanding the features on my website by adding some free tutorials in picture and written form. So far I have focused on kumihimo tutorials, but I am planning to also start adding tutorials for macrame and wirework to my website. I plan on starting this within the next month or two and continue to add new tutorials over time. I am also planning on creating more kits that will be available for purchase like my current ‘Rainbow beaded kumihimo kit’, and this will also be within different mediums. Among these I am planning on making a kumihimo starter kit that will include all the things you will need to get started with kumihimo and beaded kumihimo and that will also be ready within the next month or two. 

I hope that you are as excited about these plans and ideas as me, and I can’t wait to bring them to you. And please feel free to give me some feedback on the ideas and let me know if you have any suggestions or requests for music related designs.

Beaded kumihimo Christmas wreath bracelet

You want to start out your kumihimo braid by doing a section of braid just using the cord, before you start adding in the beads. We will need this section of 1-2cm when we finish off the bracelet at the end. The setup of your cords on the disc are shown in the picture below. It is a regular 8 strand round braid, and instructions for this braid can be found through the following link:

Basic 8 strand kumihimo braid

The next step is to add your beads to all your lengths of cord, and the picture below shows the pattern the beads need to be added in. The next cords that are due to be used are number 24 to be brought down and then number eight to bring up. You will want to add the beads in this way to achieve the final look of the braid. Once you have then added your beads you will need to start incorporating them into your braid. For directions on how to add long magatama beads to your braid, please see the following link:

How to add long magatamas to a kumihimo braid

Once you have then added your beads into your braid until you have reached your desired length, you then continue your braid without beads to repeat the small section of braid like you did in the beginning. 

You have now finished your beaded kumihimo Christmas wreath bracelet, and it should look something like this. A perfect design for a piece of Christmas jewellery.

Tutorial announcement

This week I want to give everyone a heads up on a tutorial I have coming up as one of my next tutorials. It is my most requested one and I have been working hard for the past week to get the tutorial together as it is a fairly big project and I really wanted to get the tutorial right. The tutorial I have been working on is for my micro macrame tree of life, so I hope it will be good enough to help everyone that have requested it and also everyone else.

Like I mentioned it is a fairly big project to take on, but the end result is so worth the time and effort you put into it, however you would choose to make your design. But all you need to complete this project is some time, patience and a basic knowledge of macrame knots. When you first see the piece it might look complicated and intimidating, but the knots that is used are the basic macrame knots. The only complicated thing about this project is the amount of cords you are working with, but this is where the time and patience comes in, so I really hope that if you want to create your own version of this project, that you give it a go.

So here is the tutorial making in progress:

So if you are interested in this tutorial to learn how to make a micro macrame tree of life, then keep an eye out on my Youtube channel as it will be published as one of my next tutorials. 

Sneak peak of future micro macrame tutorial.

This week I have been very busy working on a lot of things behind the scenes. Updating various things like my shop on Etsy, my website and my Youtube channel. Alongside all of this I have been working on a future tutorial for my Youtube channel. This will be a tutorial on a small waves micro macrame tutorial and how to achieve a certain pattern with it. I am using 0.4mm s-lon cord to create this and also incorporate beads into this design. This is a look of the work in progress in between recording. 

For this particular bracelet I am using some silver metal spacer beads, but any kind and different sizes of beads can be used for this. I also explain in the tutorial how to achieve different patterns with this technique all dependant on the final look that you want. Other materials can also be used for this technique, like nylon thread, embroidery thread and even thicker cords like satin cord, but the final look and size will be determined by the choice of materials. So if you’re interested in learning this technique, keep an eye out for the tutorial on my Youtube channel shortly.

 

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