I've decided to take a more focused approach to learning bead stitches. I'm still trying to learn how to make Miguel Ases Style jewelry. I have made progress with simple designs like brick stitch circle components, but I know I need to understand more stitches and the thread paths. There's only so much I can figure out on my own - lol. I also need to understand how to build patterns.
I wish I could take credit for the design, but it's not mine. It is from the book Seed Bead Stitching by Beth Stone. I got the book used on Amazon for just over $1.00 plus $3.50 shipping. I'm very proud of myself for that, since the book is usually $15.00 or more new and the one I received was in near perfect condition (it may have had a bent corner on the cover). It was my first used book purchase and I may be hooked!
I looooove this book. It explains the stitches really well, provides several projects for each stitch and then gives variations on those projects.
I used 6 lb Smoke Fireline and Japanese Cylinder Beads for my bracelet. It was very relaxing to weave the beads - much more so than I expected. But it took many hours just to make this bracelet strap.
I still haven't decided how to finish my bracelet. There are instructions for a nice beaded toggle clasp that I think I will try.
I am enjoying this book so much, I have decided to resurrect my blog where I make projects from jewelry books and review them - appropriately called Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog: Reading.