Ellen Talbott

This little feather amulet bag may not let you fly like a parrot, but your spirits will soar while wearing it around your neck.

The finished piece measures 1" x 5" including fringe.

1 oz light pale green seed beads, size 11*

One hundred and three transparent iridescent gold seed beads, size 1 r

One hundred and two turguoise white heart seed beads, size 11* Ninety-eight medium pale green seed beads, size 11° Sixty-six transparent green seed beads, size 11° Thirty-two iridescent opague yellow seed beads, size 11° Thirteen transparent red seed beads, size 11°

Forty-five l/2" iridescent blue-green bugle beads, size 5 Seventeen malachite chips Fourteen transparent blue seed beads, size 6° Eleven transparent dark red seed beads, size 6° Ten transparent green seed beads, size 6°

Two Va" transparent red oblong beads

Two gold bugle beads, size 5° White nylon beading thread, size D Two beading needles, size #12 Scissors Pliers l"hread two needles on either end of a length of thread about 5' long. Use this to make a ladder stitch band twenty-four bugle beads long. Sort your bugle beads so that the ones you choose arc the same length and don't have obvious chips on the outer edges. After making the band, connect the first and last beads to form a cylinder. This cylinder is the base from which you will build the body of the bag. Use one needle now to make the body of the bag and the other needle to create the edge at the top of the bag later.


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between the first two beads and then under the loop on the opposite side. Continue to the end. Sew up one more time, going back over what you just sewed. Weave excess thread back up through work and cut.

Next create the edge at the top of the bag. Using the second needle, make a round of light pale green beads in the brick stitch, l or the second round, use six green seed beads, si/.e 6°, and six blue seed beads, size 6*. Alternate the green beads with the blue ones, using every other loop of thread from the light pale green round to compensate for the larger si/.e of the beads. See Fig. 2. At the end of the round, weave excess thread back into work and cut.

Antique Collecting

Antique Collecting

ABOUT fifty years ago, when the subject of English furniture first began to be studied and to be written about, it was divided conveniently into four distinct types. One writer called his books on the subject The Age of Oak, The Age of Walnut, The Age of Mahogany and The Age of Satinwood. It is not really quite as simple as that, for each of the so-called Ages overlaps the others and it is quite impossible to lagt down strict dates as to when any one timber was introduced or when it finally, if ever, went out of favour.

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  • Bernd
    Why did Ellen Talbott chose to do bead work?
    2 years ago

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