A Love Affair with Hats – Women's Hats Around the World – Celebrity Hats

Women in some parts of the world have a definite love of hats. Laura Parker Bowles at the wedding of her mother, Camilla Parker Bowles, to the Prince of Wales.

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All About Aquamarine

Aquamarine is probably one of the most popular gemstones, and if you were born in March it’s even more special to you, because it’s your birthstone. Colors range from pale to vivid blue, and some aquamarines have shades of green thrown in. Top quality aquamarines are very clear (unlike most of their close family members, emeralds, which tend to have more inclusions). But even cloudy aquamarines have a charm all their own (like you’ll see in the ocean-inspired necklaces in my shopping collection).

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Using Crimping Pliers

Crimp beads are most often used when stringing a beaded piece (like a bracelet or necklace) which has been strung with beading wire. The crimp beads finish the end of the beaded piece of jewelry and help create a loop for the clasp to be attached to. They can be used in the place of a bead tip or in addition to one in order to help keep the knot inside of the bead tip.

There are two kinds of crimp beads: tube shaped and round shaped. The tube shaped crimp beads are most often available in sterling or gold-filled, while the round are normally made of base metal. While it’s all a matter a taste and preference, I have to say that I have found the tube shaped crimp beads to be much easier to work with. So, if you are new to crimping, I would recommend starting with tubes, and those are the types of crimp beads (2x2mm) I use in this tutorial.

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How to Make a Half-Knot

Like the name sounds, half-knot is half of a knot, a square knot to be exact, and it is a technique used often in macrame and other related fiber jewelry making.

You can use more than just the three strands of cord shown in this tutorial, but in order to keep it simple, I used just three strands, each a different color.

Begin by connecting your cords together. For the sample piece pictured, I held all three cords together and connecting them using an overhand knot. Use a pin or tape to secure your connected cords to a work surface. I used a bulletin board and quilting pins, which are basically like straight pins used for sewing just longer.

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