Tag Archive | Red

Ruffled Wreaths

RuffledEarrings3aThough it’s still the sweltering dogs days of August, my thoughts have been floating over green pine needles and fresh red cranberries like white snowflakes on a calm winter morning.  I like the combination of pine needles, fresh cranberries, and soft flurries; they evoke winter warmth and hospitality to me.   Besides, thoughts of cooler weather do help during this summer heat.

Some leftover lava red rizo and minty green SuperDuo beads were sitting on my studio worktable in a jumbled pile.  I had some creamy white rulla beads, too, so I added them to the pile.  Beautiful!  The colors melded and played off each other so well, that a new tutorial was in the works.

Developing this new tutorial took a few attempts.  However, how I envisioned the final product was different as to how it came out – ruffled, rather than flat.

It wasn’t a mistake – it was meant to be!  The beads seem to burst like little fireworks, or the hodge-podge orderliness of a cluster of snowflakes.  They are like ruffled wreaths.

My new tutorial is now available in my Etsy shop, Miss Poppy’s  Boutique; cliek HERE for more information.

©Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

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Peeking into Queen Twosret’s Jewel Box

QueenTwosretWrapBraceletTutorialI admit it: I am a fanatic for anything ancient Egyptian, and have been as far back as I can remember.

This week, I obtained some of the new 6mm pyramid beads. They are half the size of the similarly-shaped studs, and much more versatile for my type of creations. This summer I’ve been designing many new projects, and wrap bracelets are just one type.

I took the pyramid beads and combined them with other specialty beads in roughly the same sized category, added seed beads, and I came up with an easy to make wrap bracelet. I enjoy making my own beaded clasps, too, which is what I did for this project.

I used beads in traditional ancient Egyptian colors, and the piece feels like the Pharaohs had an extraordinary influence on this! The blue is like the prized lapis lazuli they used in their jewelry; the precious gold they prized for its flash; the reds of ochre and jasper; the black of the Nile’s rich silt; and the stripes on their headdresses when I created the clasp.

I named this piece “Queen Twosret’s Wrap” after the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Seti II’s wife. Two colors of seed beads are used to give a striped appearance between the larger beads. It adds a little something special, don’t you think?

The tutorial is available now in my shop, Miss Poppy’s Boutique (click HERE to purchase).

Beads are from Poppy and Gene’s Beadery (click HERE for fabulous, high quality beads at affordable prices) .

©Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

Dressing Up Your Table with Embroidery

Though I normally have been teaching beading over the past few months, I offered a beginner class on thread embroidery. My students only had to bring their choice of plain cotton napkins, embroidery threads and needles, and I provided the hot iron transfers, iron, and ironing board.

So last week, I hosted this small class to teach a few embroidery basics. My students learned the satin, lazy daisy, and outline stitches, and best of all, we had fun, with childhood stories of attempting embroidery, but not continuing this craft – until now.

We used Aunt Martha’s hot iron transfers, specifically “Assorted Alphabets” #9240 and “New Monograms” #3739.

We took plain cotton napkins and hot ironed the transfers onto the edges of the napkins. Each student placed her monogram and/or flower design where she most creatively thought best.

Following are my finished projects in sets of two. I chose red cotton napkins made in India. I was pleased with my outcomes, though the napkins’ weave wasn’t as even as I liked. It made some of my embroidery stitches a little uneven. Future projects in this vein will be high quality cotton weave or linen.

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I plan on hosting more thread embroidery classes to teach other and more complicated stitches.
©Susan Marie Molloy, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

Heart’s Desire

Normally, when I write about specific items for sale in my shop, I only publish articles on items that are currently for sale. Today is an exception.

Last week, I designed and created a purse charm with a Valentine’s Day theme: Pinks and reds, hearts and beads, et cetera.

I took 20 gauge red copper wire and fashioned a head pin. I added on a large acrylic heart bead, and hand wrapped it. Taking clear, pink, and red glass beads, I added clusters to the bottom of the heart and above it. Here is where I believe the more beads, the better. It resulted in a full, rich, and lush charm.

A silver plated clasp was what I used to bring it all together, and the result was a cute purse/zipper charm ready for Valentine’s Day and every loving day of the year.

It sold within a couple days after I listed it.

Though this charm I made as one-of-a-kind, I will be able to create a similar one for you. Just contact me through my Etsy shop, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, or on my Facebook page, and we can discuss the possibilities.

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~Susan Marie Molloy
Owner and Designer at Miss Poppy’s Boutique

©Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

The Importance of Hand Wrapping Your Beads

The Importance of Hand Wrapping Your Beads

By Susan Marie Molloy at Miss Poppy’s Boutique

Many moons ago, when I was just barely venturing into the world of beads, I tried my hand at using wire headpins to connect my beads. It was clumsy, at best, and definitely sloppy work at first. Bending too much or too little, and bending inconsistently gave my work an amateurish look. I even gave up the whole idea of being able to make a circular loop that didn’t turn out oval and went into the easy world of elastic bracelets. Looping and wrapping beads seemed to elude me.

Then something magnificent happened. Gene, from Gene’s Joint, saw that I was struggling with wire wrapping. He offered to take the time to show me exactly how to bend the wire just so and loop the wire around the headpin to make perfectly formed and esthetically pleasing wraps. His patience put up with my continued frustration until one day, I got it – I made professional level wrapped beads!

Indeed, just like everything else, practice is key. It took a lot of beads and wire to get my style down pat – and if it wasn’t for Gene, I might still be making cheesy-looking single loops without the wrapping.

Creativity does not operate within a vacuum. Indeed, the artist pulls whatever he can from the world around him, uses the knowledge and talents from others, and hopefully creates something unique from his own mind and hands.

One of my most fun creations is a pink, red, and white beaded charm bracelet. I took more than one hundred beads in various media (cat’s eye, crystal, vintage glass pearls, glass, crystal, lamp work, Murano glass) and hand wrapped each cluster with gold wire. As you can see in the photograph, hand wrapping gives a clean, finished look. Moreover, hand wrapping keeps the beads securely in place.  Gene even specifically created the hook you see on the bracelet.

I invite you to click on the photograph to learn more about this lovely piece, and to look around my shop for the newest items I listed.

Valentine Pink Bracelet

To see what Gene creates in his studio, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/GenesJoint

© Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique and all works within.