How to make hoop earringsWritten by Janice
Years ago, a friend of mine taught me some simple beading techniques. You can make all sorts of shapes using beading wire and beads. The simplest is a hoop.
All you do is to thread beads with beading wire and close circle by threading end of wire back into first bead. Now that technique can be used to make pretty gemstone hoop earrings.
First you need earring findings or castings, beading wire and gemstone beads. The full article Make Hoop Earrings explains details as well as lists down where you can get these things at reasonable prices.
Once you have your supplies then arrange beads in 2 identical lines, with largest bead in center and smallest at ends. That way, earrings will fall properly.
Railroading StitchesWritten by Katrina Renouf
Iíve heard a lot lately about people asking how to railroad their stitches. Railroading is a common means of separating threads as you stitch so that they lay flat and create a much smoother neater appearance for your finished piece.
I know for a long time I thought it was just a time consuming and unneeded process, but after you get used to it itís not time consuming at all and in long run will save you time and help you create a beautiful piece. It also can get you more use out of your threads since youíll get more stitches with less twists and tangles. If you plan on entering it into competition it is very necessary though. Judges can tell difference.
It isnít very difficult to do. First, bring needle up through fabric like you normally do, but before you go back down to create leg of stitch, you place needle between two strands of floss. Then with needle between threads you go back down through your fabric.