Monday, December 26, 2011

Dagger flowers tute for I Might Make That! Monday

Dagger flowers by Maneki of
Wild Roses and Blackberries
A charming blog that I follow is Wild Roses and Blackberries, written in English by a Swedish jewelry artist whose nom de blog is Maneki. She also writes a beading blog in Swedish. (And here's a special message to her: Maneki, your  black kittens look just like mine, only a little bigger!)

Several months back, she featured a tutorial on making these enchanting dagger drop flowers.

This week's blogpost should be called "I MUST Make That! Monday" because, inspired by her, I went and bought a bunch of dagger beads in my October Fire Mountain Gems order. I just haven't had time to play with them yet.

Dagger flowers by Maneki of Wild Roses and Blackberries
Maneki posted a new bouquet of pics earlier this month. Find her original tutorial, from October, here. She has additional examples in her Dec. 11 and Dec. 14 posts.

Keep clicking around and you can find some similar flowers she made with lentil beads. Maneki has a tab on her home page linking to her tutorials, of which the dagger flower instructions are one of many.

Update: I wrote this post several days ago, scheduling it to post today, but since then Maneki posted still another tutorial for the dagger flower series.

She wrote me:

The text doesn't really make it clear that the long magatama bead flower isn't made in the same way as all the other flowers, but I'm afraid I don't have a better photo with just dagger flowers for you. ... Like an evolutionary line, starting with the first lentil flower I made in this design and ending with the latest dagger version], I did discover that the free Christmas tree project at Bead & Button is done in pretty much the same kind of brick stitch I used. The only difference being the sizes and number of tiers.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the feature! I'm glad the tutorials inspired you and I hope you'll have a lot of fun with them.

    You're kittens are so cute -- and if they're anything like ours in terms of personality and not just looks, it will be tricky beading near them... (threads, beads and zip-lock bags are great toys, they say.) But that's the thing with kittens: they're so cute, you always forgive them. <3

    Wishing you -- and the kitties -- a happy new year!


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