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Ring a Ding!

Monday, December 5th, 2011
By Twistie

I love it when people combine jewelry making with fiber techniques. Etsy artist lauren, who runs the shop lapisbeach, does just that.

I’m loving this knitted ring, enhanced with a cluster of colorful beads. And at just $40.00, it makes a statement without stating that you’re going to go broke wearing it! Each ring is custom knitted to the required size (include sizing information with your order), so each one is unique.

Oh, and if rings aren’t your thing, be sure to check out her beaded, wire knitted chokers, bracelets, and pendants,  too. Now, what do I need knitted up for me?

Crafting With Kids: Beads!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
By Twistie

If there’s one thing that most kids love when it comes to crafts, it’s bright, shiny stuff. In particular, it’s hard to have too many beads. But beads can get expensive. How to get the most bang for your buck? Shop in bulk, of course!

Amazon has this attractive collection of 150 grams of lampwork glass beads for $9.99. That works out to more than 50 beads, in a variety of colors, sizes (mostly 6 – 14mm), and techniques of production. In short, it’s a fun grab bag that will appeal to nearly any kid old enough to safely enjoy them.

Or, if you’re looking for more variety, there’s always Mr. Kitty’s Big Bead Bonanza. It weighs in at half a pound, filled with beads of every color, material, and shape. You may even find a few findings mixed in!

Get them for your kids, get them for yourself… I won’t tell. Just have fun with whatever arrives in the bag.

Bead Me Up, Scotty

Friday, April 15th, 2011
By Twistie

I love beads. They can be strung together in so many different ways, each of which brings beauty and grace to a person or a place. For instance, this rather spectacular 3-D choker of apple blossoms would make the woman who wears it stand out in any crowd as someone interesting.

But maybe you’re not a pink kind of girl. I know I’m not! But I am all about purple, so this lilac choker grabs my attention, not least because of how it’s worn:

If you like these, or if they intrigue you enough to make you want to see more, head on over to Beading With Vavara. You’ll find the kits for both these chokers and dozens of other pieces of beaded jewelry and amulet bags. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a pattern you can do. There are also books on technique available.

But what if you don’t bead jewelry? That’s okay! Vavara’s got you covered there, too, with finished pieces for sale.

Not feeling very flush? Don’t worry. There are also free patterns available to download.

Mmm… pretty.

Black Friday Deals for the Crafty People on Your Holiday List

Friday, November 26th, 2010
By Twistie

It’s that time of year again! Yes, consumerism run rampant through the streets in an ecstasy of excess. What’s not to love about that?

For my part, I enjoy the heck out of the pageantry and the excess, but part of my fun is making things myself… or giving others the tools with which to do so. In the spirit of that particular form of excess, here are my personal picks for all the crafty folks you may be giving to this year… or yourself, if nobody thinks to add to your crafting collections.

The Jewelry Architect by Kate McKinnon is a study in technique for all jewelry makers out there. She uses a variety of methods to make gorgeous, imaginative pieces sure to appeal to a wide variety of wearers.

As if that weren’t enough to get the salivary glands on overdrive, it’s on sale at Amazon, as well! Regularly priced at $26.95, it’s available for just $17.79, and eligible for Super Saving Shipping, too.

Or maybe it’s time for a new sewing machine in your life.

The Janome 8050 has many features to recommend it, including 50 built in stitches and digital length and width adjustments.  On top of all that, it’s on a great sale at Hancock Fabrics. Regularly priced at $399.99, it’s available now for just $249.99.

This one may not look like much, but it’s a brilliant piece of design for embroiderers of every kind. It’s the Stitcher’s Delight Needlework Frame. Each piece is made of quality wood, with no screws or sharp edges to snag your work. It’s also hugely adjustable.  The scroll rods come in: 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″, 14″, 16″, and 18″. The extender bars are 6″ and 8″. In all, you can make fourteen different sized frames in one. Okay, it’s not actually on sale, but it’s hard to beat this level of versatility for just $78.59 at Roberts Crafts.

All you knitters and crocheters out there, don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten about you!

This pretty and practical knitting needle case also works wonders for crochet hooks. There are divisions for regular and circular needles, removable snap in holders with vinyl see-through holders for smaller notions, a main zipper closure and convenient carry handles. It measures 8″ x 17″ x 1″. And while it usually runs $49.99, it’s currently marked down to just $29.99 at

If Scrapbooking is what you or a person close to you finds appealing, now is the time to head over to to take a look at the amazing deals on equipment and supplies. For instance, this grab bag of goodies includes: 20 12″ x 12″ sheets of patterned paper, one 8″ x 8″ album, one flower embellishment kit, one package of ribbon, one package of brads, one package of felt stickers, one package of clear cuts shapes, one package of photo mats, three packages of cardstock stickers, one package of rub ons, one package of fabric stickers, and one clear acrylic stamp set. Altogether, it’s worth $100.47, but it’s on sale right now for just $40.18.

Whatever your craft, there’s a great deal waiting out there for you. Have fun with it!

Beads, Glorious Beads!

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
By Twistie

Oh how I love a pretty string of beads! It has so many uses, and is decorative even before you decide whether to make it into a necklace, weave it into a pretty bookmark, embed it in a ceramic project, or sew it onto a piece of clothing.

The bad news is that getting those pretty beads can add up quickly. The good news is that Shipwreck Beads is having a sale now through Oct. 31 on a huge variety of gorgeous beads. Whether you’re looking for strands of seed beads, a single cloisonne or bone beauty, some gorgeous gems, or elegant glass, there’s something on sale 30% off the regular price.

And if you don’t know what to do with your wonderful purchase… well, they have plenty of instructional books and videos as well as every possible finding you’ll need to get underway.

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