Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Ribbon Dreamcatcher for Gwen Studios

 Hi Everyone!

Today I'm featuring a project using some wonderful new ribbons from Gwen Studios. 

Ribbon Dreamcatcher

They are a new company that is just entering the craft arena and reached out to us at Designer Crafts Connection to create project ideas for them.  They sent out a fabulous amount of product - ribbons as well as a snap setting tool and a sewing kit.  

Gwen Studios

Although this is a freeform project, here is a list of the items I used for this dreamcatcher.  

12" embroidery hoop

12" doily

4 reels of 7/8" - 1" wide mint green prints (9')

2 reels of trim (pom-poms and tassels (6')

1 reel of 1" burlap ribbon in mint green and tan (9') plus 1 foot more

1/4" mint green ribbon and 5/8" ribbon in mint green and gold from Sweet Shop card (6' each)

Assorted driftwood, shells and a dried starfish

Thread for hanging

Hot glue gun and glue

The photo above shows the ribbons I pulled out for my dreamcatcher.  I love the minty green set that came in the clear box, but I also found that same color on some of the carded ribbons and in the burlap ribbon, too.  It's a perfect mix for my project.  I cut the 6' and 9' lengths in half.

I was going to use a piece of driftwood for the dreamcatcher, but decided to use a hoop instead.  The hoop I used is 12" and so is the white doily.  I used the embroidery thread for the hanger.

I used hot glue to tack the doily to the edge of the hoop.  You can tie it on also with the embroidery thread or more ribbon.

Then, I used a Lark's Head knot to tie on the ribbons.  I interspersed them with the pom-pom and tassel trim and the narrower ribbons from the Sweet Shop cards.  The trims are tacked to the hoop with hot glue.

Next, I added some ribbon, shells, a starfish and driftwood to the top of the hoop with hot glue.  The ribbon at the top is the mint green and tan burlap ribbon scrunched and glued to the hoop first.  The last step is to trim the ends of the ribbons as you wish.

And, here it is completed - a quick and easy summer craft that catches the winds and lifts your spirits!

I can't wait to try this craft again.  It's the first dreamcatcher I've ever made, and it was so easy.  Did you see those wonderful red, white and blue ribbons in the first photo?  Those will be next!

You can find Gwen Studios ribbons, bows, fabric and kits at Walmart.  Follow them on Pinterest and TikTok.  

Stop by the Designer Crafts Connection blog to see all the other designs using these fabulous ribbons and trims.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Christmas in June

 Hi Folks!

Here is a new kit from Herrschners that I designed for them.  Why not get a head start on your decorations.  It would look great on a wall or door.

Christmas Sled Wall Hanging

And, here's another wall hanging - a Jolly Santa.

Have fun stitching up some Christmas!

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Rainbow Brights Pattern Pack


Hi Friends!

Do you love Beadwork magazine, but you just do the Fast and Fabulous designs?  Interweave assembles the Fast and Fabulous designs in pattern packs just for you.  You can find them here.

Here are a some examples from the pattern pack:

Such fun colors and designs!  And, there's something for every skill level here.  I want to try the leather cord and bead bracelet with my granddaughter.  She's six and I think she will love making that one.  And, I love the rainbow-wrapped raffia circles.  Such fun and easy earrings!

Have fun!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Joyful Rainbow

 Hi Everyone!  

The colorful summer issue of Beadwork magazine just arrived in my mailbox, and I had to share!  

The Fast and Fabulous section is themed Rainbow Brights, and filled with fun designs for your summer wear.

Joyful Rainbow Necklace in Beadwork Summer 2021

Beadwork Summer 2021

Beadwork magazine will now be published four times a year, so get your copy now at Interweave.

Here's my photo of the necklace spread out so you can see the hanging strands.  This was a lot of fun to make.  I love stringing on waxed cord and using the colorful howlite beads.  It feels like a fiesta! 

Joyful Rainbow by Terry Ricioli

I'm looking forward to creating a pair of earrings to go with this - maybe some butterflies and tassels.

Happy Beading!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Lake House Wall Hanging

 Hi folks!

Here's a new design of mine published by Herrschners in their plastic canvas kit line.  This is a wall hanging with Lake House spelled out in camping and lake motifs.  It was a lot of fun to create because it was kind of like a rebus puzzle, and I love all kinds of puzzles!  I had to figure out motifs to fit each letter to spell out Lake House. Now I want to head to a camp site in the woods with a lake or a stream and some roasted marshmallows over a campfire! Can't wait for summer!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Leather and Pearls


Do you love the combination of elegant pearls with rustic leather?  Check out these necklaces selected from Beadwork magazine.  So many great ideas! Mine is the bottom center necklace entitled "Casual Elegance"  This pattern pack is available at Interweave.

Here's my photo of the necklace. Carved soapstone, coco wood rondelles and large hole pearls are strung on leather and hemp twine.  It's so fun and easy to do.  Try your own version of this necklace or use the same ideas and make a bracelet or earrings.

Happy beading!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Make a Spring necklace

 Hi friends!

Thanks for stopping by.  I'm excited to show you my latest published design in the Spring 2021 issue of Beadwork magazine.

My latest design, Flower Garden, is in the Fast and Fabulous section of Beadwork under the theme of Fresh Flowers.  My design features a pendant from Golem Design Studio with a lotus design in fresh greens and pinks.  I picked up the colors of the pendant in the beads I used for the necklace in Swarovski crystals, Czech glass and pressed glass flowers.  

Why not try one of the flower designs in Beadwork for spring wear?  There are lots of beautiful ideas like leather flowers, a Japanese Garden-inspired necklace and a pendant made from quick cure clay.  You can get your copy here.