Monday, January 15, 2007


After playing with some size 8/0s on silver thread for a bag, I thought I'd experiment with making my own belt. You know, for that belly dance thing I keep going on and on and on about? ;)

The idea for the belt didn't come until after I'd made a crocheted bracelet and necklace set. I had just enough thread left on the first spool for a head piece. Then, since that was my one and only spool of silver thread, I had to beg my friend Kirsten for a spool, as once those three pieces were done, I just needed to try and complete the set, and I knew I wouldn't have access to purchasing some of my own for at least two weeks - Kirsten's one of those hording crafters, she's got a full stock of EVERYTHING, but she just keeps buying more... I can't see one single human being using even HALF of what she's horded over the years... LoL! - and let's face it, two weeks is just too long to wait to finish something you really WANT! *G*

I took these next few pics a few days ago, so the belt piece is just a tad longer now, but since Blogger wouldn't allow me to post pics, you're getting them now instead... LoL!

See that mess? LoL! I wish I had a bead spinner. I've been meaning to send my dad a few pics of some, making sure to point out exactly what I like (and DON'T like) from each one, and let him design one for me. I like to use his bowls when I work, they're just the right size, and since they're heavy, they're not as easy to tip over when I'm just sitting it on the couch cussions.
I just like the way the closeup of the knitting looks, all those peeks and valleys. The thread has a 'wiry' quality to it, which allows it to retain the shape of the stitch.

The 'set' so far. Of course, you realize that the whole belt piece will be receiving a healthy dose of fringe action, right? Yeah, that's it, I'll forgo the coins' jingle for the nice, water-like movement of beaded fringes...

Okay, now, I'd really like to get back to finishing this project... If I could only find my darned knitting needle... I can't seem to remember where I last put it... Yup! That's my crochet hook in there too... I need it in case I drop a stitch. Much easier than doing the frog stitch!

Oh, and P.S.: How on earth could I forget? I took some pics of Jodie's beads to share with you, and here's the best one:

I haven't got my spacers yet, I'm waiting on them so as I can make myself a pair of kick-butt earrings with them. (I still wear the bead on the chain, to FABULOUS comments)

Peace out!



Jodie said...

Wow! I love it all! Don't forget to show us the finished belt--I'm dying to see it!!

Jewels said...

Thanks Jodie. I believe I'm finished the knitting part of the belt now. Next step: Two bead embroidered medallions! And of course I'll show you the finished product! Not showing it would be mean, wouldn't it? ;)

jin said...

I want to see it finished, too!
All 'dolled up'!
:-) Heeheeee!

Ooooo...maybe even a little video of you in action!

Plus: I really love that blue heart's so 'flowing-like'
or really NEAT!

Jewels said...

U got it! I've been dying to do the whole 'dolling' up bit. You know, makes me look 'authentic' ;)

Dino aka Katy said...

I am with Jin I want to see it as video

Jewels said...

Oh alright! Since you've both asked me, yes, quite nicely, MORE THAN ONCE, I'll take it as a hint that you'd like to see me dance? ;)

Do your dance, Uh!
Do your dance for me, Uh-huh!


Okay, I'll see what I can do. Should be funny!

The Phosgene Kid said...

You must be very patient. The woven bead work is fantastic, can’t wait to see what your do with the larger beads - they remind me of some of the “cat’s eye”marbles I played with a as a kid.

Jewels said...

Thanks Phos. Knitting with such small needles was brutal for me when I first learned bead knitting. They poke those little things, you know... My poor fingers were literally bloody, but I didn't give up until I 'got it' ;)

I'm noting if not tenacious! LoL!

Oh, and yeah, Jodie's beads reminded me of marbles too, man they're YUMMY!!!

cinderelly said...

LOL! i do that hair thing too, only with paintbrushes! that knitted beadwork looks amazing!

Jewels said...

Ha! Ha! Ha! I used to 'lose' my painbrushes and pencils when I was in art school the same way, much to the amusement of my classmates! ;)

Thanks. I'm still plugging away at it. I'm on to the medallions now, but I've still yet to locate myself some 'Stiff Stuff' locally. (and my buddy won't share....) :( LoL!

TeAntae said...

When you go into a creative burst, you really go all out! =)