I’ve been quiet on social media lately, trying to cut down on the amount of time on which my brain is exposed to the world’s hogwash. It’s not all hogwash, I know, but I get sidetracked very easily so I try to stick to crochet pages and news sites (and have limited the latter to precisely two, because my view is that it’s almost impossible to tell who is telling the truth these days anyway). It’s all just become overwhelming and I’m sick of it.
I’ve been spending my creative time on fabric beads and crocheting another Granny Go Round jersey, and trying to get back into my books in the evenings instead of too much netflix or britbox (although I have to say I’m hooked right now on The Bay – those west Lancashire accents take me right back! I love them).
And I’ve also spent some time writing up a tutorial on making fabric beads from straws and using them in a necklace. It’s available on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1115954156 and is priced at US$4 (the equivalent of South African R65). My friend Kathryn proofed it for me and made some very useful suggestions. I make these beads all the time now and find it both enjoyable and relaxing, and of course it’s a brilliant stashbuster for fabric scraps as well as threads.
I’d be delighted if you took a look :)
I don’t have enough fabric scraps to try but your necklaces have a very ‘ethnic’ look and so colourful.
I’m glad – ‘ethnic’ is good !!!
Thank you for the link – I will explore that later. Love the colourful beads.
Thanks, Sue :)
These are lovely – I’m so sorry I’ve been neglecting the tutorial I promised to test for you, but I will get onto it in the next week or so…
It’s not a problem – as you can see, I have many other projects on the go!!!
I got a little closer today, auditioning fabrics for the big ‘beads’ and sorting out some smaller glass beads for the rest. If I’m honest, I’m putting off quilting Hopscotch, which I’m totally not in the mood for!
Sounds promising! And I know all about procrastination – it is my superpower ;)
Hehehe! Mine is Losing Things. As in “where’s that dratted needle, I had it in my hand literally a second ago?”
Fab. Have you got a Ravelry account? You can list stuff like that for free on one of the forums. I do do occasionally, if you can’t find where, message me there
Thanks very much, I didn’t know that. I’ve just sent you a message via Ravelry, hope I got the right Dawn and that it lands in your inbox!
lol. I’ve been busy, busy, and only just spotted this message, but there’s not one awaiting me on Rav. and when I just searched for you as Nice Piece Of Work or Jill Golberg no one came up. I’m @DawnGillDesigns there too, I’ll try and find a way to send you a link, I can’t find one at the moment, but it can’t be impossible, can it?!
Not impossible, but with me – pretty close *facepalm*
I can’t work out how to send you a link. And coz i can’t find you I can’t add you as a friend either!! I’ll DM you in a minute.
Very bright and cheerful x
You don’t think it’s a bit short on pompoms? ;)
I think it’s perfectly short on pom-poms!
Beautiful as ever! Off to Etsy now, thank you very much!!
Oh yay, thank you! I was playing around with some more this morning and discovered quite a neat trick which I’ll pass on via email x
Thank you! I’ll let you know once I have something done; I’ve been stuck for a while and not creating, while a few projects sit glowering at me sullenly . . .
I do happen to have quite a few plastic straws saved up, because, you know . . .
Yes, I do know *lol*
Sometimes it’s nice to have a quick-and-easy project on hand, especially if you want to make a gift for someone xx
They look fun. I’ll give it another look when I get back home. We are in Germany now and everything I own is in storage. They are quite pretty.
Enjoy your journey! Don’t forget the bratwurst!
Love the fabric beads. The news is so downright horrible at the moment. It would probably do me good to stop listening to it.
Even just a 24-hour break from it can help. It’s not to try and bury my head in the sand, it’s to aim for some kind of equilibrium.
Jill, well here I am, and I’ve no idea how my blog reading has got out of the box and forgetting my friends who faithfully come to mine and comment.
Your necklaces look intriguing – I have a whole lot of “cup cake sticks” which I got to do with Bohemian bead making for when making books. But for some reason never got “around2it”.
I too have found the “virus news” disheartening and I was just thinking that when it was all the “rage” I would be glued to our daily live updates but now, I just look at 2 online news stands and then wonder afterwards what happened to “other news”
Oh there is plenty of other “news” out there as well – I also need a break from that %@#* from time to time. That is one of the reasons I like to work with my hands and fiddle around in the garden. Helps me become more detached which, sometimes, is essential (for me, anyway).