Wednesday, January 7, 2015

100 Facebook Likes Jewelry Giveaway! *CLOSED*

I am thrilled to announce that, thanks to the efforts of my friends and followers of my jewelry page on Facebook, Malfait Luciu Jewelry, I have reached the all-important 100 'likes' milestone! As promised, since we've reached (over!) 100 'likes', I'm hosting a free giveaway for a custom jewelry piece. The prize this time is my 'Provençal' Earrings - the first result of my current fascination with white wire.


These 'Provençal' Earrings are carefully handcrafted in an intricate filigree design and feature large faceted opaque turquoise czech glass focal beads, and they hang from comfortable handmade hammered and filed non-tarnish silver earwires. They hang about 3 3/4" from the very top of the earwires. Here are a pair of photos to give a general idea of their overall size:


They were a joy to make and I hope they will be a joy to wear and own for one lucky winner!

The giveaway starts today, Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, and ends at 12:00 AM (EST) on January 15th, 2015. You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. There are two ways to enter, and it is possible to gain six entries - you get one entry for visiting the Malfait Luciu Jewelry Facebook page, and a whopping 5 entries for commenting in the Rafflecopter widget and answering a simple question: What is your opinion of matching earring/necklace sets? Love 'em? Never wear 'em? Let me know in the widget for an easy FIVE entries!

After the giveaway is over, the winner will be chosen at random from all the entries via the Rafflecopter widget I've implemented. The winner will be contacted by email from MalfaitLuciu (at) gmail (dot) com. The winner will also be announced on the Malfait Luciu Jewelry Facebook Page. In the event that the winner does not reply to the email within 48 hours (in order to give me the address to send the earrings to), another winner will be chosen from the remaining entries using random.org.

After leaving a blog post comment, be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget where it says "Leave A Blog Post Comment". A button will pop up that says "I Commented!" - in order to make your comment count and to gain your 5 entries, you've gotta click that button :) (The same goes for visiting Malfait Luciu Jewelry on Facebook - after visiting, come back, click on "Visit Malfait Luciu Jewelry on Facebook" on the widget, and click the "I Visited" button!) To know for sure that your entries have been counted, look at the top of the widget - if it says 6/6 at the top right, it means you've done everything right and have earned your six entries! :D MAKE SURE YOUR COMMENT ACTUALLY POSTS BELOW IN THE COMMENTS SECTION - If you click 'I Commented!' without leaving a comment, it doesnt count. If you have any problems leaving a comment let me know by emailing me at MalfaitLuciu (at) gmail (dot) com - If anyone has trouble getting their comment to appear, email the comment to me and I'll add it manually to ensure your five entries get counted :)

EDIT: I have made a slight change to the giveaway - instead of leaving a comment on this blog post, I've instead integrated the option to comment for five entries into the giveaway directly into the Rafflecopter widget. REST ASSURED ALL, everyone who has entered and commented already, your entries remain valid and you don't have to do anything further. Some people were encountering problems with commenting on the blog post, so I've switched it to this easier alternative. :)

I wish everyone the very best of luck, and thank all of you, my dear friends and followers, for the wonderful support you've all shown me with regards to my work. I'm on cloud nine right now- you all inspire me to keep creating, keep trying new things, and I am so very grateful. :)

Thank you all, and I wish you all the best of luck! :) And don't forget- if you don't end up being the lucky winner, you can always stop by my little jewelry shop for a look around- who knows, you may find something that speaks to you, and I'd be thrilled for a little visit :)

Have fun!

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to Wire, plus a Giveaway! *CLOSED*

Hello! It's been awhile, but I've been busy! It's been all about wirework for me lately, and I've been slowly building up an inventory of pieces in order to set up a table at a neighborhood sale in September. This is a big step for me, but I finally realized that I've got to put myself out there or I'll never sell anything, haha :D I've been thoroughly enjoying wirework, it feels so 'right' to me.

I've been lucky to have quite a bit of support from friends and family on my personal Facebook page, but I've decided I should probably start posting my work on my jewelry page on Facebook (that's what I made it for, after all!). I am approaching a small milestone on my FB page- I'm close to 100 followers. So, to reach that milestone, I've decided to host a giveaway!


My most recent work, this pair of Five-Point Copper Flower Earrings, could be yours! All you have to do to enter is like MalfaitLuciu Jewelry on Facebook and enter through the Rafflecopter widget below for 5 entries into the giveaway. After that, you can earn one more entry by commenting and telling me what your favorite type of jewelry to wear is, whether it be earrings, rings, necklaces, whatever! The giveaway starts today and ends Friday, September 5 at 12:00am.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

My plan is to host yet another giveaway when I hit the 100 likes milestone on Facebook, so be sure to share and check back often! Thanks everyone for all your support, and good luck! :)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Adventures in Cross Stitch and Blackwork


Hello! It's been awhile as usual, but during that time I've been busy! I developed a sudden interest in embroidery. My family got me a gift card to Michael's for my birthday and when I went to spend it, I happened upon this gorgeous cross stitch kit by Dimensions, featuring a flamboyant peacock. It's an ambitious pattern but I've gotten quite a bit of it done...

peacock cross stitch

...but in between working on the peacock, I discovered the joys of blackwork embroidery (thanks to Pinterest!) and so I picked a couple smallish patterns to complete:

blackwork embroidery square


blackwork embroidery square

As you can tell, for awhile I only had purple embroidery floss, haha. I finally picked up some black floss and am now in the middle of this design (click the link below to see the full pattern). I intend to use red floss for the heart shapes in this pattern just for something a little different.

blackwork embroidery square


And I've been busy on Pinterest in general pinning all sorts of things. Have a look at my Blackwork board for a ton of free blackwork patterns.

That's all for today. I'll leave you this time with Trinity telling me to take a break from stitching. 'Til next time!

black cat Trinity


Monday, September 24, 2012

Crochet on the Brain

Normally I'm all about the beadwork, but recently I picked up a crochet hook, and now I can't stop! I've been working on so many things!

crocheted lined green bag

First was a bag (I lined it myself! Thanks to futuregirl's tutorial) I've since added one strap, I still need to add the other, but I got too wrapped up in.....

coco the cat crochet amigurumi

...crocheting Coco the Cat! (the free pattern can be found here at the Crochet Today website- scroll down to find the pdf link) She's almost done, she just needs a tail- but before I got busy adding it I got distracted by...

thread crochet doily

...this thread crochet doily! The free pattern can be found here (it's the 'Aqua Doily'). Finally, something finished completely! After posting this on facebook (and then giving it to my beloved Grams), a friend asked me for some halloweeny spiderweb doilies, so I stitched up these....

thread crochet spiderweb doily

...and she loved them! The free pattern can be found here - it's a fun one, and it stitches up quickly.

After those, I was a little doily-ed out, so I switched to snowflakes- and have been gleefully stitching up some of Snowcatcher's lovely flakes- (they're being starched right now :P)

thread crochet snowflakes

My plan for the snowflakes is to make a couple for each of the families in my extended family. I don't plan on ever having children, so I want to make something that will be passed down through generations so that I'll be remembered by my family that way :) They'll be ornaments for christmas trees, and I've decided to hang them from ribbons with the year embroidered on them:

embroidered ribbon

I'm not sure if this is the right ribbon (it's very.. meshy). I also have some blue glitter I think I'll add to the snowflakes, mixed in with some white glue to make them stiff and durable. After that (because I'm still a beader at heart) I plan to hang some crystal beads from the bottom points of the snowflakes. :)

So, that's what I've been up to! (Also I've been crocheting a granny square afghan, but I haven't taken any photos of that yet).

I almost forgot- I've picked up Tunisian crochet, too! I'm making a scarf for a very good friend. (It's much longer than this now lol.)

tunisian crochet scarf


I'll leave you today with Neo snoozing with his little mouf open :3 'Til Next Time!


orange cat Neo


Monday, July 23, 2012

Spiral Stitch Variation

Hello! Just a quick post today- I wanted to share a little tip I discovered awhile back on how to make your spiral stitched ropes more... spirally :)


A recent post on the OTTBS facebook page asked us members to post pictures of our very first beaded creations. This spiral stitched bracelet here I think was my first (but my memory is faulty), and I remember liking it because I added an extra step to it to make the bracelet more solid and less slinky- I didn't like how the bugles kept moving around, so I added one last stitch to the completed bracelet (look at that awful toggle, lmao!)

Looking at this old photo, it made me want to revisit spiral stitch, which I haven't touched in quite awhile! I decided to go with some delicious faceted cylinder beads (I believe they're Toho's) with a taupe coloring and an iridescent sheen, spiralled around some 8/0's in three metallic shades. I implemented my 'trick' for this one too, and here is the result!



Unfortunately the photo really doesn't do the iridescence justice, but here you can see the tight spiral I was able to achieve with the regular garden variety spiral stitch we all know and love. This rope is rather stiff, but not so stiff that I can't make a bracelet out of it, or a necklace.

If you look close, you can see my trick implemented here in this photo. All I've done is run a thread down the length of the rope through the first bead in every 'set' of small beads. In case that doesn't make sense, here's a photo of what I'm talking about.


Here you can see what I mean- my needle is stitching through the first bead in each set of beads stitched around the core of 8/0's. When you complete your rope (by the way- if you want to do this trick, make your rope longer than you think it should be, because it will shrink when you do this), ensure you have a decent length of thread on your needle, then run your thread through the edge beads of each spiral stitch, as shown. When you get to the end of your rope, pull tight- the rope will curl up and tighten before your eyes! (I find this extremely satisfying for some reason, haha). I like to knot at this point, using the tail thread that is inevitably there from where you started the rope. Then, I go back up the rope using the first seed from each spiral stitch on the other side. I hope this makes some sense.

Regardless of what you decide to do, it will turn out beautifully. Without my 'trick', spiral stitch forms a slinky, supple rope with a straight column of core beads surrounded by spirals of outer beads. My trick forces both the spiral beads AND the core beads to spiral around each other, creating a more sturdy, substantial rope. Either way is great! Just do what seems to be best for the project you're working on :)

For now, I'll leave you with this video of Neo licking the condensation off of some beers, haha. 'Till Next Time!







Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fortune Teller Beads

So, recently I discovered a free PDF for Diane Fitzgerald's awesome Fortune Teller Beads. The PDF contains instructions for a 19mm bead, but after some playing around, I was able to modify the design to work with a 14mm bead and two 20-22mm marbles I've had around for awhile. If you're interested, you can download the instructions here, along with instructions for two other projects.

This is my first go, using transparent lavender and coppery-gold seeds for the netting, and a plastic iridescent 14mm bead for the core. The design allows for room to add bits at either end of the bead, so I stitched a purple glass drop to the bottom and a purple glass bead to the top, with a few more coppery seeds that I aim to turn into the bail for a necklace. I think that since the bead is rather ornate, I'll go clean and simple on the necklace part.

I'm in love with this technique- it's easy, it works up quickly, and at the end you get to gather up all the seeds on each end into a tight circle, and it's really really satisfying to watch them tighten up around the bead when you pull it tight, haha.

Here's my two large beaded marbles- I did the blue one first. I had to modify the design a bit by altering the bead counts in each netting stitch and then adding one seed between each seed at the top and bottom where the netting 'gathers'. I thought the blue one looked a little naked, so I added transparent purple and silver beads in between the 'windows' that the netting creates. I'm not thrilled with the look, but it was fun nonetheless.

The red one I really love :D I used coppery size 8/0 seeds at the intersection points in the netting, and i like the look it gives. I'm imagining a tassle of fringe hanging off the bottom- I'm not good at maintaining the right tension on fringe, so that will be good practice :)

That's all for now. Today I'll leave you with Trinity having a conversation with me. 'Til Next Time! :)




Saturday, June 30, 2012

Leaf Flower Mini Tutorial

Hello again. Two posts in two days? Holy shit!

Today is a little tutorial using Czech glass leaf beads. I fucking love these things. I haven't figured out what the allure is- but there's just something about them that makes me NEED TO OWN THEM. Needless to say, I have a borderline-embarrassingly huge collection of them- embarrassing because I don't think I've EVER used one in a piece. No shit.

Well, I fixed that with a little flowery centerpiece made entirely from beads from my tube of Miyuki Wheatberry Hearty Bead Soup that my husband bought me awhile back. (I love this mix- there's druks, small flowers, leaves, cubes, fringe beads, bugles, and four or five different types of round seed beads in various colors.)

Again, as always, please forgive the odd blurry photo. I desperately need a tripod. Also, partway through the tutorial I switched from a black background to a white one- messy, I know. Please let me know if you have any questions or if anything's unclear.

Since this is a mini-tutorial, I'm not going to spell out every single step to you. This tutorial assumes you are familiar and comfortable with ladder stitch.

Blahblah licencing stuff:

Note: this tutorial is protected by an International Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. This means that you are free to post this wherever you like as long as you give proper Attribution (that is, to me, Jet Kosanke, and my website, malfaitluciu.blogspot.com), it may not be used commercially (you're not allowed to make money off it, that is, sell this tutorial to other people for money), and you're free to make changes to it as long as you also share it under these same restrictions (that is, you still give Attribution to me, you don't sell it, and you allow it to be shared freely.) For more information, click the Creative Commons link at the end of the tutorial.

By the way- NonCommercial doesn't mean you can't sell works you make using this tutorial. If you make a necklace, bracelet, or whatever using this, feel free to sell it- however, you may not mass-produce it, and the Attribution part still applies, that is, you still have to attribute the design to me. 

If you're unsure if what you want to do is allowed, just ask me! I'm really pretty laid back about things like this :) I'd rather share my knowledge and discoveries for free so others can learn than charge money for my tutorials. With all that said, on to the good stuff! :)

Click on any image to view a larger version. On with the show!



Materials
  • Your favorite needle
  • Your favorite thread
  • Six 12mm x 7mm Czech pressed glass leaf beads
  • One 6mm Czech druk or other round bead (7mm would work fine too, in fact, probably better)
  • 36 11/0 round seed beads (cylinders work too but I don't think they look as good as round ones)
  • Your favorite music
  • A nice cold pomegranate martini (optional)

Step One


String one leaf bead, three seeds, one leaf, three seeds, one leaf, three seeds on a comfortable length of thread. Stitch through all the beads again  and then knot to form a nice tight little circle, as shown.

Work your thread through the beads so it is exiting a leaf bead.







Step Two


String three seeds, then go through the same leaf your thread is exiting, as shown.













Step Three


Pull your thread through, making sure the three seeds snug up against the top surface of the leaf, as shown. (This is ladder stitch)

Stitch through the three seeds next to the leaf your thread is exiting, then through the next leaf. Repeat the above step, stringing three beads and ladder stitching to the top of that leaf.

Repeat for the third leaf.




Step Four


Position your thread so that it's exiting a set of three seeds on top of one of the leaves, as shown.













Step Five


String one leaf bead, then stitch through the three seeds on top of the next leaf, as shown.













Step Six


Repeat this step twice more, adding two more leaf beads. 

Position your thread so it is exiting one of the top-level leaf beads (which I mistakenly didn't show in the photo)









Step Seven


Flip the beadwork over.

Stitch through the three seeds beneath the leaf bead your thread is exiting.











Step Eight


Flip the beadwork over again. Stitch through the leaf bead above the three seeds your thread is exiting.

Repeat steps seven and eight twice, ladder stitching each top level leaf bead with the three seeds directly below.

Position your thread so it is coming out of one of the top level leaf beads.





Step Nine


String three seeds, then go back through the leaf bead your thread is exiting, as shown.

(In the photo, the thread on the left is the working thread, and the thread on the right is the tail thread)














Step Ten


Stitch through the three existing seed beads on top of the leaf bead next to the one your thread is exiting.

















Step Eleven


String three seeds, then stitch back through the three seeds your thread is exiting.













Step Twelve


Repeat steps nine through eleven twice more, by working your thread through the next leaf, ladder stitching three seeds on top of the leaf, and ladder stitching three seeds to the next set of three existing seeds. I'm hoping the photo makes this clear :P

Position your thread so it is exiting a set of three seeds ON TOP of one of the UPPER layer leaf beads.







Step Thirteen


Stitch through the set of three seeds that is stitched to the seeds on top of the next lower level leaf bead.

Then, stitch through the three seeds on top of the leaf bead after that.

Repeat around the flower until you have created a circle of eighteen seed beads on top of the leaf beads. God I hope that made sense.






Step Fourteen


Position your thread so it is exiting the middle seed of the set of three seeds on top of the next leaf bead.












Step Fifteen


String your druk or round bead, skip eight seed beads, and stitch through the ninth seed bead, so your thread is exiting the seed bead directly across the one your thread was exiting in step fourteen.












Step Sixteen


Stitch back down through the center druk or round bead.














Step Seventeen


Stitch back through the seed bead your thread was exiting in step fourteen.

That's it! Knot, work your thread ends in, and trim.

At this point, you can leave it like this, or you can do what I plan on doing, which is stitching a square stitched ring band two seeds wide to turn this into a cute little ring. :)




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Leaf Flower Mini Tutorial by Jet Kosanke is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


That's it! Let me know if there's any questions, and let me see what you create with this tutorial!

I'll leave you today with Neo and Trinity losing their minds over a handful of clovers (we call it 'kitty salad')


'Til Next Time~!