Archive for June, 2012

Beginning Beading Video – Classic Knotted Silk Pearl Necklace

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

If you’ve never made a classic knotted silk pearl necklace, you’re in luck. We have a how-to video you can watch anytime that is like a Beading 101 class. It’s short and sweet, and you can watch it as many times as you need to complete your first masterpiece.

You’ll need: (more…)

Lady Angela at Oregon Country Fair

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Angela was a Fair goer long before she opened shop there. She especially loves the parades and recalls the enchanting gnome parade she once happened upon with her good buddy, Harlequin Lady Nome. Every year Angela looks forward to munching out at her favorite food booth, the Golden Avatar, where tasty Indian cuisine is served up by the Hari Krishnas. Her most memorable experience was being approached one year by a Psychedelic Flower at sunset, an enlightening encounter and magical conversation that left an indelible impression on her forever. (more…)

A Family Affair at Oregon Country Fair

Monday, June 18th, 2012

For 35 years and counting, Harlequin Lady Michele has been holding court at her Oregon Country Fair booth. At the spunky age of 15, she waltzed into the WOW Hall in Eugene and forked over her forty dollars to register a booth for her mom to showcase her oil paintings. The following year, Michele spread out her jewelry at mom’s table and, at that point, pretty much took over responsibility for their annual booth. Four beautiful bouncing babies, a marital makeover, and many enriching years later, Michele loves hanging out and selling at the Country Fair more than ever. (more…)

Following in her Daughter’s Footsteps

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Meet Adrianna from our Tuesday Beading Circle. For years, whenever her daughter came to visit her from Idaho, Adrianna brought her to Harlequin for beads and supplies. About a year and a half ago, her daughter finally convinced her to try beading herself. (more…)

A Cup of Thread

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

I work primarily with seed beads and go through a lot of thread. Now I get thread on big spools, but for a while I had trouble with the thread getting tangled every time I pulled a length of thread. Then one day a friend said I should put the spool upside down in a coffee cup and draw the thread from the bottom of the spool. What?!! That sounds crazy! I tried it, and it works really well.

Cup of Thread beading tip

Drop your thread down through the spool with a bit to spare. Place the spool upside down in a cup and draw the thread out through the base of the spool. The weight of the spool will keep the thread from unraveling. I also like to keep a pair of scissors in the cup, so it’s always ready to use. These pink scissors were a garage sale find long ago and are my favorites.

by Beverly

UFO Box

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

UFOs = UnFinished Objects

UFO box of unfinished beading projectsYou know, all of those projects you had such great hopes for, but somehow they just didn’t work out quite right.

You ran out of beads of a certain color. “Honey, I need three more red beads to finish these earrings.” Never mind that it’s snowing and the roads are icy. “We have to go right now!”

The colors weren’t quite right. “The background is too blue; it will look so much better in teal.”

You set it aside, knowing you will finish it in a day or two. “I cleaned off the kitchen table yesterday. Now, where did I put that darned bracelet?”

Something else caught your attention. “I’ll finish these earrings tomorrow, but this new pattern – it’s just too cool!”

I have a drawer full of these UFOs, and sometimes I take them out just to see what’s there.  From time to time, I’ll work on one – or even two – but mostly I just put them back in the box.

Do you have a UFO box?

by Beverly

The Special Language of Beads

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Mothers and daughters and bracelets have been a theme for me at Harlequin Beads and Jewelry lately.

The other day a woman comes into the store, and she has her back to me when I come to greet her. I say hello in my best cheerful voice. No response. I think, well, that’s odd, perhaps she doesn’t realize I’m talking to her, so I try again. Nothing. Hmm… maybe she just doesn’t want to be interrupted in her thoughts? (more…)

The Power of Color

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Knotted string necklaces in three thread and bicone color variationsMy favorite thing to do is experiment with color combinations. I am always amazed at how incredibly different a necklace with the same beads will look on a different color of thread.

These pictures show my latest creations that I have been busy making for my booth at the upcoming Oregon Country Fair. I used the same color mix of freshwater pearls but strung each necklace with a  different color of thread and crystal accents that match the thread. I used golden shadow Swarovski crystal bicones with the beige thread, jet with the black, and crystal copper with the carnelian.

I really enjoy making these necklaces knotted on silk. This technique is fast and easy, uses less beads than traditional stringing, and yields a beautiful necklace with a nice drape. Mona recently recorded a great knotted bead necklace video on this technique based on her beginning knotting class that she has been teaching for years.

Come visit me at my booth #22  at Country Fair to see the other combinations I cooked up!

by Stacy

Bead Inventory: “Oops, I Already Have These Beads!”

Monday, June 4th, 2012

We who love to bead often have jars, tubes, strings, hanks and packets of beads tucked hither and yon to have on hand when inspiration strikes. But how do we keep track of so many different beads?

Organize Seed Beads in DrawersToo often I used to come home from the bead store, excited by my new purchases, only to find that I’d bought beads I already had stashed in some forgotten nook.

So I bought a number of good-sized plastic drawers and filled each one with a different color of seed bead. This has helped tremendously. Now all of my seed beads are in some sort of order. If I need olive green size 15/0 beads, I can rifle through the “Green” drawer until I find what I need. If it’s not there, then I am fairly certain I can go out and buy it without duplicating what I already have. I store all of my seed beads in tubes of all different sizes – many of them recycled. I know some beaders like to keep their bead stash in more uniform receptacles of the same size and shape.

I store Czech glass beads in divided plastic boxes – flowers and leaves in one box, other shapes in another. I don’t bother dividing these by color, since they are fairly easy to keep separated in their little compartments. Since I use Czech glass flowers and leaves in much of my free-form bead embroidery, I like to keep a small plastic bag of them along with a few charms in my bead kit. I take my kit with me to Harlequin’s Bead Circle and my booth at the Eugene Saturday Market, so I always have a ready project to work on. (more…)

Rainy Monday

Monday, June 4th, 2012

I just saw the lightening flash and heard the thunder crash. The temperature dropped and it suddenly cool. What happened to summer? Today I’ll act like it’s fall. A cup of warm cocoa and a new bead pattern. Actually it’s an old pattern but one of my favorites – a black cat with golden eyes. This time he will have green eyes and a matching collar. Hopefully, it will be done in a couple of weeks and I’ll have a photo ready to share.

(Here are the photos of the original Mysti Kitty in black and the new Mysti Kitty in white to brighten the rainy day mood. Photos added 7/18/12)

mysti kitties

Do you have any photos of your favorite pieces? We’d love to have you share with everyone in our gallery.

by Beverly