Beginning Bracelet Design Class

Bracelet Design–you’ll love it!

Learn Bracelet Design with Misti's Jewelry
Learn bracelet design–it’s fun & easy.

Bracelet design can be fun!  Come see!  In this 1-hour class you will learn construction basics as well as theory behind color selection & design.   First, you choose a pre-designed kit, like the one pictured.  Then, you get to choose from a variety of beads to create your own bracelet design.  I’ll be on hand to coach you along the way & make it fun!  Hee hee!

Click HERE for more information.

Stop on by!
Misti’s Jewelry booth

Class is held at the Misti’s Jewelry booth at Gem Faire, Costa Mesa daily.  See times, dates and location information below.  You may also email me for more information at Classes@mistisjewelry.com.

Beginning Bracelet Design Class Details

Class fee: $35                   Supplies: $28.99 – includes complimentary instruction guide and supplies.  (Other colors & style available.)

Friday – Sunday, October 13 – 15, 2017

  • Daily:  2pm,  Pre-registration by Monday, October 9, 2017 required

Admission to the Gem Faire: $7  (Get a FREE pass, if you join my mailing list by the Monday before the show)

  • Parking is $10, I believe.

Location:

OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA

Come ready to bead!  I will have all the tools & supplies that you need.   (This class replaces DIY Jewelry-Making, Course 1.)  For more information, visit Misti’s Jewelry Calendar HERE.   Also, you can visit the Gem Faire Website for my Class List.

I suggest you bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable shoes because you’ll most likely want to spend the day shopping!!!  Hee hee!  Gem Faire is so much fun, and so is this project!  So, I really hope you can make it to my class. And don’t forget to at least stop by and say hello!  I’m always thrilled when I get a chance to say hello to you and see all the goodies you’ve found.  If you need help or suggestions of what booths to visit, I can help with that, as well.  Gem Faire–it’s only a few short weeks away, so make sure to start planning your classes now!

Visit Misti’s Jewelry’s Square Market to register for all Misti’s Jewelry’s classes at the Gem Faire.

 

 

Freestyle Wire-Wrapping Class

Gem Faire Class Beginning Freestyle Wire-Wrapping
Beginning Freestyle Wire-Wrapping

Have you tried Freestyle Wire-wrapping yet?  I don’t know about you, but I like to be creative and do my own thing. That’s what my Freestyle Wire-wrapping Class at Gem Faire Costa Mesa, October 14 – 16, 2016, is all about.  In this 1-hour class, you will learn how to design your own wire wrapping style.  Do you like swirly?  Maybe you like the clean look. Or maybe you just like to see what happens!  And with some basic techniques, you can do whatever you like!  So, let’s create!

Stop on by!
Misti’s Jewelry booth

Class is held at the Misti’s Jewelry booth at Gem Faire Costa Mesa Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2016.  Register online at my Square Store by Tuesday, October 11th.  You may also email me for more information at Classes@mistisjewelry.com.

Also, if you would like to be on my mailing list to receive my approximately monthly email newsletter with classes & events, and free passes to Gem Faire, please click HERE.  To receive your FREE Gem Faire pass or October’s Gem Faire, you must join my mailing list by Tuesday, October 11th.

Freestyle Wire-Wrapping Class Details

Class fee: $30                   Supplies: $19.50 – includes complimentary instruction guide.

Date & Time:  Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2016

  • Daily:    10:15 – 11:15am: Click HERE to register12:45 – 1:45pm: Click HERE to registerOther times available:  Walk-up & ask for availability.Location:

Gem Faire Costa Mesa, OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA

Stones pictured are samples only.  Actual supplies differ.  For more information, visit Misti’s Jewelry Calendar HERE.   Also, you can visit the Gem Faire Website for my Class List from August’s Gem Faire in Costa Mesa.  Check back regularly, my October Class list will be up soon.

Bail-making tool sold separately.  Click HERE to purchase one.

I suggest you bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable shoes because you’ll most likely want to spend the day shopping!!!  Hee hee!  Gem Faire is so much fun, and so is wire wrapping!  So, I really hope you can make it to my class. And don’t forget to at least stop by and say hello!  I’m always thrilled when I get a chance to say hello to you and see all the goodies you’ve found.  If you need help or suggestions of what booths to visit, I can help with that, as well.  Gem Faire–it’s only a few short weeks away, so make sure to start planning your classes now!

Visit Misti’s Jewelry’s Square Market to register for all Misti’s Jewelry’s classes at the Gem Faire.

 

 

 

 

Here’s My Beading Story, It’s Easy, Really!

Beading? It’s Easy?  Really?

“Here’s My Beading Story, It’s Easy, Really!” you read and think, “Yeah, right!  I don’t even know where to begin!”  Maybe you want to try beading, but just don’t know if you can do it.  Well, I’m here to say, “It’s easy, really!”  If I can do it, YOU can do it.  Or maybe you are already beading jewelry & you KNOW how easy it is.  Either way…

Here’s my Beading Story.

This is me. I'm the Happy Beader. Read "My Beading Story, It's Easy!"
The Happy Beader, who discovered, “Beading, it’s Easy!”

My first time making a bracelet got me hooked.  It was so easy, I couldn’t believe it.   A friend called me up and invited me over for a beading party.  I was a little skeptical, never having done it before, but agreed.  “It’s easy, really!”  she assured me.  So I figured, “Why not give beading a try?”  She provided the beads, I picked the colors, strung them on & she showed me how to add the clasp.  My very first bracelet and it was really easy!  Easy & fun!  (Hey, we “Otter personalities” have to have fun!  If it’s not fun, it’s not worth it!)

As a child, my story was that I when I didn’t understand something in class, it was very stressful to me because the Golden Retriever Personality part of me wanted to please.  So, I worked really hard to do well.

Part of My Beading Story is that my personality is part "Golden Retriever". I care, I want to help, I'm loyal, just like Gold Retrievers.
Golden Retriever Service Dog Changes Owner’s Life. Click to read the story.

Let me explain a little more about my challenges.  My chiropractor, Dr. Rod Melvin, says I live inside the clock.  What he is referring to is the Clock Tower in Back to the Future Movie–you know the scene where the Doc has just climbed out of the Clock Tower?

My Beading Story is that I can see things from inside the clock tower (seeing the back side of the clock face) or outside the Clock Tower, like the majority.
Doc just climbed out of the clock…

Inside the tower, the clock chimed loudly but you could see the back of the clock face.

My story is that I can see things from both sides.  I can imagine being in the clock or outside–seeing it like everyone else.  Afterall, clockwise is relative to which side of the clock face you’re on!  LOL  That can be a really good thing, it helps with creativity & being able to show others how to do things in many different ways, but it also can make learning new things (like Math or even creative arts) a real challenge for me at times.  For example, when I was in Geometry class in high school, what would take others only 3 or 4 steps to prove took me 14!  My story is I just see things differently, and usually make them way harder than they really are.  But once I’ve conquered something, then I can usually explain things really well because I can see it more than one way.  Math was my biggest struggle in school, and I had many a tear over it.  BUT I worked & worked at it & even majored in it in College.   Then I went on to be a (very understanding) math tutor.  Now, as an adult, I don’t want the kind of stress I had learning math.  It’s gotta be fun.  If I don’t get it, it’s stressful!  And stress is not fun!

Okay, so what does all that have to do with to my beading story?  Read on…

After the beading party was over, I wanted to continue this fun beading story!  (Of course, right?!)  But then I found myself feeling lost in the bead store with no one to help me make good selections.  I wanted to get some beads & supplies so I could do more beading, but just didn’t know  where to begin.  My friend wasn’t an instructor, and didn’t know how to help me choose.  But that didn’t stop me!  LOL  My beading story didn’t end there!  This little otter girl was up for the adventure!

Once I had a collection of beads to play with, I did some basic stringing & loved it!  I was hooked!  I decided to try out some beading patterns.  Man, oh man!  That can be tricky for a beginner who lives “inside the clock”!   But being the determined little otter I am, I worked at it until I got it!  And is it fun!  And my beading story is, “It’s easy, really”!   You don’t have to worry–even if you are inside the Clock Tower like me!   This little otter girl is here to help!  I have beading classespatterns, kits & supplies, and even FREE Resources to help you on your way, and lots of experience in helping others.  I even schedule Gem Faire Shopping Experiences, for personal assistance.  And whether you are experienced and just want to follow the charts, or are brand new and need the step by step words & pictures, my goal has been to provide that in all of my patterns!  Granted, there may be a few that aren’t as thorough as others, but I’m here to help either way.  Just call or email me!

 

 

What do you love?

2012-08-25_15-19-09_543Summit House Dessert!What do you love?  Do you love your children and your spouse?   Do you love the sound of rain tinkling on the roof, the smell of cookies baking, the sound of the birds singing at the first sign of morning as the sun begins to light up the sky?  Do you love your parents and siblings, your car, your house, and your neighborhood?  Do you love to read, love a good joke, or love ice cream?  What do you love?  Love takes many forms.  Even when considering human relationships only, there are different kinds of love.  There’s the romantic kind of love we have for our spouses (which in and of itself takes many forms),My babies

the family kind of love we have for our parents, siblings & children,

I love my parents

there’s the love we have for friends and neighbors,

my friend Vickiand the love we have for acquaintances, for the clerk at the store, for Civil Servants like our police & fire fighters, 20130806_211015and for the person we pass on the street.  (I know, you’re probably thinking, love the person on the street?  Well, I pray for people I don’t know all the time–and that’s a form of love!)  And there’s our love for God.  Then there’s the kind of love we have for things like our pets,

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our homes, our neighborhoods, our cities, our country, food, etc.

And there’s the love we have for things we do–maybe you’re like me and love beading.

Maybe you love gardening, golfing, bicycling, cooking, wood-working, barbecuing, fishing or reading.

fishing

Each kind of love, whether for a person, an object, or activity, is unique. Have you ever stopped and thought about HOW you show that you love a person, object or activity?  Do you put thought and effort into it?  Do you think about the outcome?  How do you know you love that person/object/hobby?  Love is uniquely expressed in varying degrees dependent upon the recipient.   You wouldn’t kiss your beads!  You wouldn’t clean your neighbor!  And you wouldn’t hug your ice cream cone!  LOL  And you certainly wouldn’t kiss your child in the same way you kiss your husband.   So, how you express love matters.  When my husband Gary and I were in the early years of our marriage, we attended a young marrieds Sunday School class.  The leader, a long-time-married lady who was one of the associate pastors of the church, talked about perfectionism.  She encouraged us that not everything requires an A+, like when you’re mowing the lawn or cleaning house.  You don’t have to worry about if you missed a blade of grassimperfect grass or a speck of dust!  It doesn’t matter.  A good job, not a perfect job, is good enough.  There’s a Bible verse that says, “Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.”  I used to think that that meant I had to do a perfect job!  (And I don’t know about you, but that disqualifies me!)  But in reality, the kind of perfection God desires is when we show love.  He wants us to show our love by how we act–to do it wholeheartedly.  We may not do something perfectly, but we can always be endeavoring to show our love–and that’s what God really wants.  So, if you’re hung up on “doing-your-work-unto-the-Lord”-perfectionism, be free!  Let it go!  Just do whatever you have to do with love for Him, and the rest will follow.  After all, “the first & greatest commandment is, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul & all your mind’.  And the second is like it.  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”’ Matt. 22:37-40  I can do that!  And so can you!

Single Needle Flat Right Angle Weave FREE Tutorial by Misti’s Jewelry

“Understanding Single Needle Right Angle Weave” FREE Misti’s Jewelry Tutorial

by Misti Cleveland ©2015 All rights reserved.

 I’m a right angle weave girl.  I love to create with right angle weave.  Because I have so much experience using it, charting it, and creating my own patterns using it, I thought it only fitting to share my understanding of right angle weave and offer you this tutorial FREE.

Although the basis of this stitch or “weave” is the right angle, I like to think of it as circles, only these circles have square corners.  You are always “circling around” through your work.  If you came into a bead from the left, you are going to circle around and come into it from the left again in the same circle/column.  It’s like circling around your block.  You head down the street and turn right, then you turn right again, and right again.  Then you end up back where you left off.  That’s the whole idea!

For the first circle/column of right angle weave, you circle around clockwise (from left to right) through the beads.  For the second circle/column, you change directions and circle counter-clockwise (from right to left) through all.   Think of it as a series of figure 8s.

Please note:  diagrams in this FREE Right Angle Weave tutorial are illustrated with Fireline, not Illusion Cord.  When using Illusion Cord, there is no need to reinforce each circle.

Okay, let’s get started on this fun adventure exploring my “Understanding Right Angle Weave” Tutorial:

Understanding Right Angle Weave Tutorial Concept #1:

In true right angle weave, you never go “back through” by changing directions of entry through a bead in the same circle/column.

Right Angle Weave Basic Pattern
The basic pattern of Right Angle Weave (Figure 1)

For example, if you were to insert your threaded needle into bead #1 from the bottom, you would circle clockwise around through #2, 3 and 4 and then up through #1 again.  You would never go through 1-4 and then reverse directions and go “back through” #4.  If you were to go “back through” #4, and continue to #1, all the beads would fall off.  And that’s not quite the goal here, hee hee.

Understanding Right Angle Weave Tutorial Concept #2:

In true right angle weave, you never go straight across.

Square knot on first circle of right angle weave
Visit my website for tips on knots.  (fig. 2)

For example, you have just made your first column, or circle as I like to say, by stringing on 4 bi-cone crystals, circling around through #1-4  twice to reinforce, and tying a square knot with the tail & needle- or working-end of the thread.  The tail and working- end then hang loose between #1 & #4. (Figure 2)

To add in another circle or column of beads, (Figure 3) you would continue circling around in the same clockwise direction, going up through #1 and around, just as before, as indicated by the green arrow, so that  the needle is exiting out the bottom of the #3 (Figure 4). This bead (#3) will now be part of your next circle/column, and is called the transition bead.  Then string on your next 3 beads (Figure 5). Now continue around in a counter-clockwise direction.  NOTE: When you transition to the next column, you change overall direction from clockwise to counter-clockwise, as shown. (Figures 4 & 5)

The big picture when doing single needle right angle weave
Starting Right Angle Weave — the big picture (Fig. 3)
The thread path to the next circle of beads.
The thread path of right angle weave. (Fig. 4)

 

 

 

Now go counter-clockwise as you add 3 beads to this single needle right angle weave pattern.
Transitioning to the next “circle” in right angle weave begins to create the figure 8 shape. (Fig. 5)

 

DO: From the knot, continue around in a clockwise direction until you exit out of the bottom of #3, the transition bead. THEN string on 3 beads (#5-7). (Figure 4)    After exiting the transition bead, to attach the beads just strung (#5-7), change the overall direction in this new column from clockwise to counter-clockwise by circling around in a counter-clockwise direction and go through the transition bead just exited (#3), from top to bottom.  (Figure 6)

Now attach the new circle by going down through the transition bead, same as before.  This makes 2 circles/columns of right angle weave.
Even when you circle counter-clockwise to attach the 2nd circle right angle weave, you are still going through the #3 bead in the same direction. (Fig. 6)

 

 

Don't make the mistake of going straight across to add the next circle.
In right angle weave, never go straight across. (Fig. 7)

DON’T:  From the knot, DO NOT change  directions  by going back through #4 then straight across to  string on the next 3 beads. (Figure 7) This will leave exposed thread between #4 & #5.

Remember to change from clockwise to counter-clockwise or you will end up with a drop instead of another cirlce of single needle right angle weave.
If you go through the connecting bead of the completed right angle weave circle in the opposite direction, you will get a drop, instead of another circle. (Fig. 8)

 

DON’T: After exiting the transition bead, #3, DO NOT continue in the same direction through #5, 6 & 7 and then change the direction in the circle/column #1  by going up through #3. (Figure 8)  This will form a teardrop shape, not a full circle.

TRANSITIONING TO A NEW ROW:    All of the same principles apply.  Circle around the last column until the thread has exited a bead that will be part of the new circle, the transition bead. (Figure 9)

transitioning to the 2nd row of single needle right angle weave.
Circle around through the last circle of right angle weave until you pass through the bottom bead. (Fig. 9)

In this case, the row is being added below the first one, so the bottom bead of the last circle/column is the transition bead.

 

Add three beads, as before, but this time the transition bead is at the bottom of the single needle right angle weave.
Notice how in right angle weave, even when adding a second row, you still go through the connecting bead in the same direction. (Figure 10)

Following the same principles as above, string on 3 crystals, circle around counter-clockwise (opposite of the direction of the previous circle) and reinforce. (Figure 10)

To finish the row, you will only be adding 2 beads to each circle/column of right angle weave.
With all the previous circles, you added 3 beads.  When you add your second circle of right angle weave on the second row, you only add 2 beads to complete the circle.  (Figure 11)

For the rest of this row (#2), you will add only 2 crystals at a time, using the existing top crystal & right side crystal previously strung as part of your circle/column. (Figure 11)

Continue the pattern to add more rows.  To read a Right Angle Weave Chart, applying the basic principles outlined above, follow the numbers.

And that is the basics of Right Angle Weave.  You will find, as you practice, you can do a lot of creative things with Right Angle Weave.  And don’t forget that embellishing, or using different shaped beads can change the look dramatically.  So, have fun, experiment, and email me pictures of what you create with Right Angle Weave.

And remember, if you make a “mistake”, it’s okay.  Our flaws make us sparkle!  <3  Misti

Beading Tips Du Jour

Are you like me?  Do you find this really cool pattern & want to give it your own color combination but aren’t sure where to begin?  Well, allow me to share what has helped me.

Tip #1:  It’s okay to try out a combination and see if you like it.  If you don’t, it’s OKAY TO TAKE IT APART & START OVER!  It’s not a waste of time or money or effort.  It’s part of the creative learning process.  And, you don’t necessarily have to make the whole project to see if it will suit your taste or not.  Just GO FOR IT and change it if you want to!

Tip#2:  Maybe you have a peyote stitch or right angle weave chart that was taught in one color and you want to change it to a different color or to more than one.  Here are my suggestions:

1. Scan the chart into your computer, and then open it in an art program, like Paint Shop Pro.  (Or you can print it out & color it by hand, if you like.)

2. Fill/color in all the beads pictured with white, so you have a blank form with which to start.  (If you are coloring it in White-out or Liquid Paper, then you’ll want to let it dry, scan it again and print it out again.)

If the colored pattern is of flowers or some other specific design that you just want to change part of the color, only fill those particular beads with a new color.  Don’t white out all of the beads or you could have a doozy of a time recreating the pattern of flowers or whatever was there.

3. Starting with the last/most complete picture of the pattern, color in the beads as desired.  This will help you see what it actually turn out like.

When I first tried this on a chart, I had started with the first picture which only showed the first three rows.  first two rows

By the time I got to the overall pattern picture, it didn’t look anything like what I wanted.  So it really helps to work your way from an overall picture like this one backwards.  overall rows

Tip #3:  You don’t have to do the whole project on one thread!  It’s OKAY to make individual pieces and then stitch them together later!

Tip #4:  It’s OKAY to use glue to make your beads stay put!

The Bottom Line is:  do what you want to!  There are no hard fast rules in beading.  It’s what works for you!  So, play.  Have fun.  Enjoy.  Don’t make it be work!  Make it yours!  Let it go!  Breathe!  Each piece of artwork has its own beauty–“flaws” and all!  And remember, our flaws are what makes us sparkle!

Have a happy, beadingly fun, sparkly day!

#TheHappyBeader

The Happy Beader
The Happy Beader

A Big Thank You…

I had an absolutely fabulous time this weekend at Gem Faire! So many of you came to see me, took classes and hung out. I loved it! I had a blast! I feel like Tigger personified! Whoo hoo! You all were so nice, too! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you all for a record breaking weekend! God bless you, real good!thank you block

Welcome to Misti’s Jewelry Blog!

Hi all!

I’m excited to share with you my first Misti’s Jewelry Blog using WordPress!  As some of you know, I have been using BlogSpot.  But with WordPress, I can actually add my blog to my website with personalized backgrounds, etc.  This makes for a very #HappyBeader!  I am seeing there are a lot of features to figure out, so I hope you enjoy my discoveries along the way.  For now, I thought I would just keep it simple, and tell you a little bit about what’s on the docket for Misti’s Jewelry.

So, #WhatsNew with Misti’s Jewelry?  If you click on Shows & Events, you see I will be at the Gem Faire in Costa Mesa this coming weekend.  I’m happy to be sharing for the first time at Gem Faire my “Spirals & Swirls Earrings”,2014-10-24 10.30.54 my “You’ve Captured My Heart Pendant”, and a beginning bracelet class.  “Spirals & Swirls” is a beginning wire working class.  I will share a little bit about the nature and kinds of wire available, as well as teaching how to create these cool earrings.  =)  The “You’ve Captured My Heart Pendant” You've Captured My Heart Pendant is a class on how to make a 3d cube with a crystal inside.  It’s fun.  No needle working experience is necessary, but it helps.  The Beginning Bracelet class is pretty self-explanatory.  You don’t have to know a thing about jewelry making to take this class.  It’s a kind of ‘get your feet wet and see if you like it’ class.  =)  You can see pictures of the projects and a sample bracelet for the Beginning class on the Classes page or on the Gem Faire Website.  These are all new classes to Gem Faire.

I have a super cuddly kitty on my lap right now, as I’m typing.  Bless her heart.  Muffin is so prrry & sweet.  She’s funny, she’s a licker!  Go figure!  I have a dog that doesn’t lick people, and cat that does!  LOL  Oops…there she goes, kitty bath time!  LOL   121110150316

And…I better get going.  Gotta spend some time doing something other than blogging and beading–husbands need TLC, too.  =)  So long for now.  And hey, I’d love to hear what you’re up to!  So leave me a comment if you like.  =)

Delightfully beading away,

Misti — #TheHappyBeader