Blog, tutorials and resources round up

It has been a while since I have done a round up of what has been happening on the blogs. I decided today I was in the mood. So make a cuppa aand take a break while I share some good links with you.

Over on Plays With Needles Susan Eliot has come up with a great idea on how to turn your kids into angels. She has even given us as step by step tutorial … dont miss it. Jokes aside it is a great idea.

Over on Planet June you will find a Beaded Poinsettia Tutorial which employs a Victorian beading technique to make a small poinsettia.

Annet over on Fat Quater had written a tutorial on how she stitched the TAST 2012 logo

There are a few great ribbon tutorials over on  Inspirational Tips, Techniques and Tutorials. First there is directions on how to make a Christmas Ribbon Rosette . Also  a tutorial on how to make a Handmade Poinsettia Ribbon Flower Tutorial. Another is instructions on making Vintage Twisted Ribbon Roses

I really liked these Embroidery Floss-Decorated Hair Combs Found with thanks via Craftzine

There are some Aemilia Ars Needle Lace Free Patterns. Details can be found on the Italian Needlework website

Over on TextileXplorations  Susan has written a demonstration of how to use Tumble Dyes

This pattern for a beaded snowflake will not only make a great tree decoration but I can also see it as a crazy quilting embellishment particularly if you making crazy quilted Christmas Stockings. Found with thanks via Beading Arts
Over on Stitching by A Cornish Sea Shore there is a blog give away

Sue Bleiweiss has a give away on her blog too!

Dont miss the fantastic blog highlights and resource links over on  Needlework craft gossip particularly this round up of Free hand-embroidery patterns

Well that is more than a cuppa’s worth of reading and browsing. Enjoy!

How to make Beaded Spiders

Spiders on crazy quilts traditionally mean good luck. I was poking about the net and found some instructions on how to make wired spiders that look like they would sit in the top corner of a crazy quilt and be right at home. 

I discovered this great tutorial written by Shawkl which uses 2 beads for the body and has the legs emerging from the middle.

This video demonstrates how to make a beaded spider using wire, glass seed beads, bugle beads and one large bead.  Thanks goes to Kay Shaltha Whitlow who filmed and demonstrated the technique.

Also there is a full round up of tutorials online on how to make wire and bead spiders presented in the Beading Gems Journal 

These are a great way to use up larger beads that are odd which I seam to accumilate. If there are two often I can use them in ear rings but a large single bead can pose a challenge.