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Cafe Noir Beaded Cab Cuff

Designed by Susan Blessinger

This is a great project for our advanced and experienced beaders. You need to know how to do the right angle weave and peyote stitch to complete this project.

By Susan Blessinger

Supplies Needed:

One package 9″ 3001 Black WireKnitZ
One Package 9″ 4002 Silver Plate WireKnitZ
One 1-1/2″ square Cabochon
Five Grams #8 Flat Black Seed Beads
Five Grams #11 Flat Black Seed Beads
6 lb. Smoke Fireline – braided bead thread
#10 beading needle

Directions:

Unroll both pieces of WireKnitZ and insert the 4002 Silver Plate inside of the
3001 Black WireKnitZ.
Gently ease out the creases with your fingers and create a tube bangle.
Fold the 3001 Black raw ends over 1/4″on each side. Do this twice.
Fold both the Silver and Black about 1/2″ toward the center so they meet.

Cut a 30″ piece of Fireline and attach the needle. Using the #8 Seed Beads,
Right Angle Weave one strip until it will wrap around the perimeter edge of the
cabochon minus one final stitch. You may find it helpful to place a 1/8” wide strip
of double stick clear tape around the cabochon to hold the first strip of seed
beads in place while you make the beaded bezel. Place your strip of right angle
weave stitching around the cabochon and make the final Right Angel Weave
attachment with two beads. Starting on the back side of the cabochon, step
down to #11 seed bead to make a bezel. One round should be enough. Needle
to the front of the piece and peyote stitch one row of #8 seed beads. Step up to
two rounds of peyote #11 seed beads and you’re ready to attach to the bangle.
Needle down to the base of the #8 beads.

Place the cabochon in the desired position and going through the # 8 beads
closest to the WireKnitZ, sew through the WireKnitZ and up through the #8 beads
surrounding the cabochon. Knot and tie off. Using Fireline, whip stitch the black
folded edges for a professional look. Enjoy your Cafe Noir Bangle!

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Maribou and WireKnitZ Brooch

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend the Martha Stewart show– it was so exciting! And I think that there must be some kind of unwritten law that you should wear something handmade to show off. (Well, at least that’s my feeling!) So I asked the marvelous Eva Sherman to design something to wear with my new blouse. Here’s what she came up with:

Designed by Eva Sherman

I just LOVE the colors! And Eva made it so I could wear it in my hair or as a brooch. If you’d like to make one, Eva generously made this video:

Here you can see it on my shoulder while on camera:

And here’s a better photo of me and Martha herself…and again, you can just barely see the brooch peeking out!

Didn’t Eva do a marvelous job?

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Spiral Cuff Bracelet

Straddle the line between sweet and edgy with this spiral cuff designed by Norma Melton.

Materials

  • 1 – 9-inch length of 3000 Series WireKnitZ®
  • Braided Beading Thread or 28 – 30 gauge craft wire
  • Approximately 39 – 3.5 to 4.0 mm freshwater pearls
  • Extra fine beading needle
  • Scissors (you may want to dedicate a pair just for WireKnitZ®)
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Flat utensil 

1.  Begin with one 9” length of WireKnitZ®.

2.  Lay the knit on a flat surface and without stretching, find the center point by folding the 9” length in half, and press flat.  Fold knitted wire 1.5-inches or so from each side of the centerfold and press, resulting in 3 equally spaced distinct creases. 

3. Place a flat utensil inside the knit to open the knitted tube.  Starting with the center crease on the outside

fold, grasp the fold between your thumb and index finger and pinch the crease along one side.  Remove the

utensil.  Hold the knit on the pinched side between your thumb and finger; with your other hand pinch the

crease on the other side, creating a continuous raised crease.

4.  Repeat for the other two creases.

5.  Manipulate each crease one at a time by pinching with both hands on opposite sides.  Pinch and rotate several times around each crease, creating three uniform creases.

6.  With creases in place, open one end of the knitted tube.  Place fingers from both hands back to back inside the end with thumbs on the outside, and gently pull and rotate the opening, allowing the edge to roll back on itself  a couple of times, all the while coaxing in place with your thumbs.  This action will automatically curl the opening, creating a rolled edge – no need to stitch the end in place!

 7.  Repeat on the other end.

8.  Stitch pearls, beads, whatever you prefer to the creased edges.  For a tidy edge, keep stitches near the creased edges.

9.  The finished piece will measure 3.5 – 4-inches long, depending upon the rise of your creases

 

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