Monday 2 December 2013

Multi-Stands Sets: Four Designs In November

This November, I actually worked on more of multi-strands sets than any other designs. The reasons I guess is because we are getting close to end of the year and a lot of people are preparing for the yuletide season as well as their weddings. Another is the fact that they are trendy and popular in Nigeria.
Here are some of them that I made...

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Saturday 2 November 2013

The Most Popular Beaded Jewelry Design in Nigeria

Nigeria is a country blessed with human resources. Being the country with the largest population in Africa, its no mistake our women set the trend in fashion. Included is our love for jewelry particularly, beaded jewelry.

Without hesitation, I can confidently tell you the most popular beaded jewelry design that is timeless in  Nigeria. It's the Multi-strand Sets! I mean beaded jewelry strung in multiple strands as necklaces or bracelets in sets.They could be as few as just 2 strands or as many as 20-strands depending on the size of beads and choice of the wearer.

This trend has been on for many years and has still remain relevant till today. This is even more prominent in our celebrations like weddings, burials, parties and other occasions that warrant our women to dress up gorgeously in our traditional outfits.

Our women are not tired with this design as almost every woman I know have at least one of these or/and planning to get more as the occasion warrants.

I have made quite a number of them and I keep challenging myself to create and design more exquisite and unique sets that stand out from the crowd! I

I equally love wearing them too! Share with me the jewelry trend in your country! 

Thanks for your time.

                                                                           Linda Aliogo

Sunday 27 October 2013

Jewelry Sets and The Nigerian Woman

I'm from Africa precisely from Nigeria. Being one of the most fashionable countries in the world ( yes, you heard me right), looking good comes  almost as a natural thing for the average Nigerian woman.The Nigerian woman loves to match her outfit way ahead of any occasion. This includes the outfit which could be traditional or western , the headgear (which we call gele), the shoes and of course the jewelries.

Yes, the jewelries are very important and she likes them to be in 'sets'

"Sets?!" What do I mean? I would explain now!

In the jewelry world here in Nigeria, we buy and wear most of our jewelries in matching sets. By sets, I mean, earrings, pendants/necklace,bracelets or and rings in similar design and colours sold together. They have to be the same especially, the earrings and necklace and or pendants. That is, and has been the trend in Nigeria.

Even in the beads and non-beaded jewelries, most of the designs are sold in that manner. It's rare to find an average Nigerian woman wearing her jewelries which do not come in sets. Yes, we do have a few that would wear seperate piece as a necklace, another design of earrings together but its not a popular trend.

The most common jewelry set is earrings with matching necklace. This is followed by the 3-in-1 which includes, earrings, necklace and bracelet. Next to this, is the earrings, pendant/necklace and bracelet. The ring is not mostly included, as any piece can be worn on its own.

Also, I have bought jewelries seperately and matched them to go with my outfit. I guess you can equally describe the combination as a"set" because they have to blend together. Another common thing with the Nigerian woman. This is an accepted trend also when it comes to jewelries here.

Did I also mention that we love it sparkling, shiny, bright and glamorous! The Nigerian woman loves her jewelries colourful and loud (for

 We love beads (traditional or modern), we love crystals (swarovski or czech or chinese), we love our jewelry styles (multi-strands beaded jewelries, so hot here!) and most importantly we love our fashion sense!

Do you agree with me Nigerian ladies? Let me know!

Linda Aliogo

Sunday 20 October 2013

Top 5 Things People Consider When Buying Jewelry

Being in the jewelry world precisely handmade jewelry, there are different things different people consider when buying any type of jewelry. These are based on needs, choice, taste, sex and more! So what do I consider as top 5 things people consider when buying any jewelry?

People look at cost before any other thing simply because they are on a budget or trying to get the best value for their money. Coming from this part of the continent where labour isn't very expensive, most people look at cost before any other thing. They do not really put jewelry (handmade) as a top priority of the numerous things on their NEED list. So its therefore believe that handmade is suppose to be cheap. This is even more common when its handmade jewelry which is considered to be inferior, hence less appreciated than other types of jewelry.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", a popular cliche. This is true in the jewelry world as people look and consider to buy a piece of jewelry they see appealing. The colours, design, texture, materials used all add up to the final look and beauty of any jewelry. As we know beauty comes in different forms hence the availability of many designs out there. It's a very strong factor for people when buying any type of jewelry.

Quality varies when buying things. This is not different in jewelry world. This depends on your budget and taste.So people look into that as well. A good quality stands the test of time and remain useful for a long time. This you would not find obviously in cheap ones. The materials used help to give you an idea of the quality of the jewelry. For instance, a gold plated jewelry is cheaper than a gold-filled jewelry. A gold-filled jewelry is cheaper than a karat-gold jewelry. The reason is simply because of the quantity of gold in each piece which in turn reflects on the durability, beauty and price at the end of the day.

The jewelries used over half a century are not what we are wearing now. Those are considered vintage pieces. People love to follow trends considered now as fashionable and stylish for today's woman. Another contender when people are buying jewelry. They want to buy what is considered as fashionable, current, new and in vogue! They want to be associated with what is regarded as trendy and popular!

People do not want jewelries that are complex to wear or remove. They don't want any jewelry that need special care or maintenance. They don't want any piece that is uncomfortable, too tight or loose, that breaks or falls apart because you didn't follow the maintenance or care instructions! Rather, they love it easy, simple and comfy!

I believe I have pointed out the 5 most important things considered by a lot of people. Let me know if you think otherwise. Better still, you can share your own top 5!

Love to hear from you, thanks :)

                                                               Linda Aliogo

Friday 11 October 2013

Behind My Simple Peyote Bracelet

I have always admired and loved the peyote stitch weaving. It has been on my list of things I want to conquer in the beading world. The right time came along, when I watched a tutorial on one of tuhe numerous videos on You-tube. I decided to get my materials for the project.

Having done my research, I knew I didn't have the type of seed beads required to get that perfect finish. I mean  delicas and toho seed beads. So I decided to use what was available locally, that is within my reach! 

I made this decision simply because, I don't want to run out of beads (if I happen to use the ones I get abroad). Another reason, is because I want to be consistent with the same type of beads used for my customers until I have a large stock of the toho and delicas (imported beads) where I would be comfortable.

This took me a long time to get started. I learned about the even count, odd count, decreasing and increasing patterns. I also got to know about the 2-drop, 3-drop, circular , tubular and do I need to mention more!

Please don't get me wrong. I have learnt just the basic pattern which is the even-count. I'm just saying there are alot of variations in this particular stitch depending on the seed bead type and size? Well, yes there are a lot out there! I hope to learn them one after the other, wish me luck!

Anyway, I  kept searching until eventually I found a video that was suitable with what I have on hand, so I took the plunge. I brought out my locally available materials, my clasp, the seed beads were sorted so that I can get those that are uniform in size and I settled down to work on a bracelet

I did. And the result? Here is it, what do you think?



For those interested in trying out this. Here is the LINK

                                                                  Linda Aliogo

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Spirals: My Dutch Bracelets

I'm just into spirals right now. The first sets were the regular spirals which I made in five different colours and designs. Right now, I tried my hands on another type of spiral. This is called dutch spiral. These bracelets are made with different sizes of beads to give different look or design.

Here are the two bracelets I recently made.

Linda Aliogo

Tuesday 11 June 2013

My First Beaded Kunmihimo Jewelry

In my first kunmihimo jewelry  (bracelet), I used only cords, combining two colours to make a piece. I loved the outcome and so do people who saw it.

 I got my bobbins and s-lon thread so I decided to take the next step by adding beads. I  had a quite a number of seed beads in different colours and sizes. It was a bit difficult and confusing to choose the colours.

I have seen quite a number of beaded kunmihimo jewelries and I wanted to make something different from the regular. This I intended to achieve either through the colours or bead sizes to be used  in this maiden project.

I began by adding the beads to the bobbins then began the braids. Along the way, I had issues with my bobbins- two of them actually came off  wit the beads! I tell you, it wasn't one of my favourite moments.

Eventually, I finished the first one and then added my clasp, a magnetic clasp and my very first time to use it.

My daughters could not get their hands of it. It was fun and they just kept wearing and playing with the clasp. For me, I just loved the colours...the softness. I knew I have achieved that yearning of making something a bit different..

The second piece came immediately and I just randomly combined the  three colours in 2 of the bobbins, and each of the colours  on 2 bobbins making a total of 8 bobbins used (for both bracelets). This is the result, with the same magnetic clasp but a different bead cap.

Well, I must say, it was an experience as I learnt quite a thing or two along the way....Let me share it with you.

First, I got to know that the you can actually use wire for braiding which I hope to try and of course share with you.

Secondly, for the glue to stay put real hard, you just have to sand paper the inside of the bead cap. This would give a stronger hold and tension when you eventually glue.

I hope to try out the wire braids some day, but meanwhile, this is what I have got!

Linda Aliogo

Monday 13 May 2013

A Wonderful Love

Written by a good friend, this gives an insight of a love that is undiluted and eternal. A love best experienced. Enjoy!

My life was spinning out of control. I was walking the path of destruction when I saw Him! He
looked kind of funny to me, all beaten up and bloody. He seem to stretch His hands out in a beckoning gesture but I didn't care to look His way again. He was creepy and I was in a hurry.

I was on a roller coaster to hell. Truth was far from my heart and my lips; I found wisdom but sold her; hate and bitterness were my friends. I found a place with anger and malice and shut the door against sound knowledge. I couldn't care less for chastity, she was too posh. 

As I danced on my way with pride in my steps, I saw the bloody man again! Wait a minute! I thought I left Him behind! This time He came closer and I saw His face! It was beaten out of shape! His body seem twisted and when He beckoned on me, His fingers dripped blood!

He seemed to say "Child, come to me, I want to save you".
Pfft! "Who needed saving?" I thought....with ears blocked from the loud noise of the world and heart filled with haughtiness, I went on my way faster now to my end.

Darkness was my sister, gloom my blanket at night. I had lost all conscience, my life was a shadow of itself. Tears were my constant solace, revenge, a way of life. There was no stopping me from this verge of destruction, no one could save me, my heart has been hardened from years and years of abuse; I was far gone into a world of nothingness.

But alas! This man wouldn't stop following me, wouldn't stop beckoning! I couldn't tell if I was afraid of Him or afraid that His soothing voice was going to break me. And then I stopped! I looked at Him in the eye and what I saw jolted me! No one has ever looked at me with such tenderness and love!

There He told me of a love so pure and so wonderful, He had the most soothing, reassuring voice. As I stood there and listened, all the years of bitterness, anger flooded my soul. The force brought me to my knees as I let out a cry of anguish. The tears wouldn't stop. I suddenly realized how empty I was, how lost my soul has been, how life has played a fast one on me.

The tears wouldn't stop! What is happening to me? Why do I feel so choked up and awful and dirty and lost all at once? Then I cried out to Him "Save me". All of a sudden, He was on a cross, bleeding from His head, sides,, feet and I heard Him say "It is finished!"

There I was, underneath His feet, His blood pouring on me, and as it poured, it was like water and soap on my soul, the filth was been washed away bit by bit...all the years of pain taken away underneath that cross.

"It is finished!" His words played in my heart over and over, He has taken it all away! As I stood to look up at the wondrous man on the cross, He suddenly was beside me with a dazzling white, gorgeous dress. It was for me. He clothed me and told me it was mine to keep white till He returns to take me home. 

Now, my walk has a spring not of boastful pride but of confidence. He has made my life well.The narrow gate is where my heart is and with his love, I will make it there...Amen..

Thanks for your time.

"Love is not maximum emotion. Love is maximum commitment"- Sinclair B. Ferguson

"Come now, and let us reason together; saith the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow, though they be red as crimson, they shall be as wool - Isaiah1:18

                                                              Fortune Nwoke

Monday 6 May 2013

Hemp: More Fun Bracelets

In my earlier post about hemp jewelry. I made use of wire coils and beads. It was different and fun!
Now, I made more hemp jewelries using different types of beads. The basic pattern is still macramé however, I played with colours and beads.

Hopefully, I would be able to think up more designs that actually appeal to me. And of course different from what is here.

By the way, what do you think about these ones?

                                             Linda Aliogo

Monday 22 April 2013

My First Kunmihimo Jewelry

I came across kunmihimo type of jewelry first in a group which I happen to belong. I fell in love with the sheer beauty and design of the jewelries made with this form of braiding. I knew it is something I have to make...learn. It was added to my 'To Do' list.

So, here is my first attempt. This bracelet was made with crotchet cord. Being the first time, it took me a bit of time to finish up, but when I finally did, I was quite happy with the outcome. I especially love the heart -shaped dangle attached to the toggle clasp!

Having known the basic (which is without using beads), I have stocked materials for the next stage, and of course, I 'm excited at the thoughts of the possible outcome! There are so many jewelries made with this and I can't wait to get started. I would definitely let you know my result.

Well a bit of kunmihimo, this is a form of braiding where cords and other forms of threads are used. It originated from Japan. To make this type of braids, a kunmihimo disc is used. This disc comes with instructions and even show you the various designs you can make with different cords.

Linda Aliogo

Tuesday 16 April 2013

How to Wear Large Earrings

Large earrings are more common than ever now! This was not the case a decade ago, as we get to see different designs- colours, shapes and lengths. So how do you rock these earrings to get the best out them? How do you look your best wearing them?

Personally, when I wear large earrings, I abide by the principle of "less is more". This means, I don't get to wear any other piece of jewelry near my face- such as necklace. This allows the beauty, size, length and any other details of the earrings to be appreciated and seen.

These details are appreciated even more when they get to complement your outfit,skin tone, and stature. Here, there is no other piece of jewelry competing  for attention. This tends to draw in who ever that, looks at these earrings.

I would advise that petite persons should adhere to this. If you need to wear more jewelries with these earrings, it should be on your fingers, wrist or ankles as the case maybe, not close to the earrings. So go ahead and rock your favourite colours and styles and let me know if this is helpful!

Thanks for your time!

                                                                 Linda Aliogo

Saturday 30 March 2013

Spirals: Mother's Day Gift

Over here, we celebrate Mother's Day in March. So this particular mother's day, I decided, it would be a  spiral pattern jewelry for my mom. I have always made jewelries for my mom regardless of holidays or celebrations.

This time around, I wanted to make a set of jewelry (necklace with matching earrings) with her favourite colour- green. She was with me when I worked on those spiral sets and she loved each and everyone of them!

With this in mind, I decided to challenge myself again by making another design completely different from the first sets. Here, different shades of green, gold, whitish silver in different ratios were mixed together. Mind you, these are seed beads in different sizes. Olive green crystals was used for the spiral pattern.

The result of this idea is this. The earrings are designed like spirals as you can see.
I believe this, was a great gift to celebrate her! Don't you think so?

The red one is also for her. This is designed with smaller seed beads, with a touch of red and clear crystals. Here, a pendant is attached to it, for a different look. So it can be worn with or without a pendant. The earrings are like the pendant, only smaller.

I'm really pleased with these ones and I hope to keep creating diversity with this pattern.

Let me know  what you think.. Happy Mother's Day to every woman out there.

"Honour your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land of the Lord your God is giving you"-Ex 20:12

"God could not be everywhere, therefore he made mothers"-Jewish Proverbs

Linda Aliogo

Saturday 23 March 2013

Simple Wire Wrap Bracelet

I had these interesting beads on my beading mat and I wanted to use them. It has been with me for a while and it didn't fit into any of the projects I am currently working on. They are interesting in shapes and sizes and I just needed to 'play' with them.

So, I took some time-out from my current project and set to work. I had a wrap design in mind, a very simple wire wrap. Within a short time, I was done!
I fell in love with its sheer simplicity and beauty! I decided to keep this for myself, and it was a good decision I made.

The following day, I wnet to pick up my beading stuffs from a local shop and I met a lady there. She kept looking at this bracelet. And I was like... But I kept to myself and continued picking my items. She eventually came to me when I was sitting down waiting to pay for my items. Smiling, she asked "Did you make this?" pointing to my wrist and I answered "Yes".

She brought out her phone and asked if she could take a photo of it, I obliged her. She pressed further, and asked how I made it. I explained and I knew I made her day with the smile on her face. She equally made mine too.

I paid for my items and left the shop. It was an amazing encounter. I am happy I made this bracelet and even happier I kept it for myself.

If you love it too and want to have one for yourself, please contact me.

"Happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your own action"-Dalai Lama XIV

                                                            Linda Aliogo

Friday 15 March 2013

Having Fun with Hemp

Hemp. That's an interesting word. Hemp and jewelry even sounds more interesting! So what is hemp?
Hemp is a twine got from a plant, yes cannabis plant.  This is used to make different things like cosmetics, paints, paper and of course jewelry.

 I came across this when I placed an online order for my jewelry accessories. Actually, I was looking for a cord that would replace the one I use for my shamballa bracelets. I wanted to try something new and different.

By the time, I got it, I was shocked with the feel and texture. I liked the colour but then the size was too big for the holes of the shamballa beads! I didn't consider its size (diameter of 3mm) when I ordered, it skipped my mind!

So here I was, stuck with this huge thread, having no clue on what to do with it. I have never seen or heard of  a jewelry made with this cord.

 I left it for a while and continued with other things on my beading table.

Then one day, I decided to use it. I didn't have any beads that the hemp cord would go through. The beads had smaller holes! After much thought, I came up with something! And of course, my first and one of my greatest critics (my kids) liked the design!

What a happy feeling for me! My son took his to school and never brought it back. His friend took it. He told my son, its different from the regular bracelets out there and it looked special!

Since then, I have made more and I have added beads this time! Still hoping to make new and more interesting designs with them. Yes, I really did have fun working with hemp...finally.

Thanks for your time.

"I'm happy to receive any item of jewelry"-Katie Price

                                                                  Linda Aliogo

Saturday 9 March 2013

Spirals: One Pattern, Four Designs

There is always a first time for everything.  Not being an exception, I happened to be happy with my experience. This is it, how do you recreate a particular beading pattern in four different ways? This is a pattern I worked on years back. At first, I was concerned because I have not made any new jewelry with it. I couldn't remember the exact way it works. I had to go back to my notes and do a little research.

I just didn't want to repeat an old design with this pattern. I wanted to show an improvement in the design. To show growth and development in my creativity as well as show some of the current trends, colours and designs all put together. It was challenging and I was ready to give it a fair shot!

I gathered my materials and got to work. The first design was in Purple, different shades of purple. The beads were in different sizes too. I used crystals, to give it that sparkle, nothing over the top.Two different sizes and colours of seed beads were used here.
At first, I wasn't sure of the spirals (the look of the pattern and design), it was different and interesting. I continued, anxious to see the final look. And I did! Here it is! (The picture above).

The second was made with black and blue-black beads. This particular design was different from the purple as you can see. There is also a touch of gold seed beads to add some brightness to the piece. The gold colour helped to accentuate the overall black giving it an interesting feel.  I loved the simplicity of the earrings too. Goes with anything, with or without the necklace.
This is so cool, like ice, if you ask me. I used two shades of light blue, and the seed beads in the a similar shade but with tiny sparkles of different colors like a subtle rainbow. I didn't want to leave the entire necklace plain like the other two. This is because it was too uniform for me, in terms of the colours. So, I added those three indigo blue rondelles in  front. This really popped out and gave the design a very nice look. Really classy look.

I guess I saved the best for last. Well, this is debatable though. All the beads have gold accent with a touch of whitish silver along the spirals in the middle. This is one piece that gave the most sparkle compared to the rest. The earrings where different too.( I tried to make four different earrings to go with all of them.)

Each of them had what made them stood out. I'm equally happy that, I took up this challenge to make all these. An interesting thing about all four of them is their versatility in terms of wearing them. They go with both western and traditional wears. You can match the necklace with another pair of earrings. You can equally do that with the earrings, they can go with another necklace or wear alone.

All four are sold out and I'm working on two new designs at the moment. I would give you a feedback on that soon.

Let me know which is your favourite.


"Choose your love, love your choice"- Thomas S. Monson

Linda Aliogo

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Hands of Time

During the last holidays, I showed my 2 young daughters an adventure I had the opportunity to embark when I was their age. An adventure that is relatively not known any more all because of  'modern lifestyle'. It's really sad that these things are fading away. I just wonder and wish I could actually take back the hands of time...

Let me tell you what I'm talking about...this adventure.

Way back when I was about 7 years old, I used to prepare and 'cook' delicious meals outside in the open at home with my siblings and friends. We would gather dry sticks and use it as firewoods, make our tripod stands with stones and broken cement blocks and then use empty tins of beverages as cooking pots.

We gathered  foodstuffs by contributing from our homes. After gathering the foodstuffs, we commence cooking our meal. We share the responsibilities- who to wash the rice or any food stuff we have agreed to prepare. Who to pour the water into the pot, slice the onion, who to keep the fire burning  and so on.

It was a lot of hard work as we get to run around in the hot scorching sun with drops of sweat running down our dark skin! Oh when I look back, I just remember how much energy we put into this adventure and just how much it meant to us! How much we enjoyed it!  What pure fun it was!

I still remember how the hot tins ( cooking pots) gradually turns black with smoke. How we burn our fingers as a result of  'fanning' the woods  in other to keep the flame burning. How we cough and have tears run down our eyes because of the thick black blue smoke! How we were so committed and determined to finish cooking our meal. And how proud and accomplished we were when we were done.

When the meal is ready, we then decide who takes who and get down to share it. Most times, we invite our guests, the lizards, chickens and other domestic animals to join us in enjoying our meal. Part of the food is given out to them.

Oh I remember those days and they still put pure  fun and joy to my face. I still smile and reflect...
This is the adventure I did subject my girls to during the holidays. The only difference is that theirs was a bit modernized. After fanning the woods for a while, it never produced enough flame so my little daughter began to complain. So we moved our 'pot' from the tripod stand outside to the cooking gas in my kitchen.

Both of them prepared the ingredients- rice, onions, oil, tomatoes, etc. I helped by adding pepper to the meal. What pure fun they had that day! I still see the commitment and determination I once shared with my comrades way back then. I looked at them and smiled because I knew I felt the same way.

We completed the adventure and their excitement was way  over the board. In fact, I have not rested  simply because they want another round of the adventure!

I 'm glad they had fun and I did it with them!

Today's society is all about gadgets and games. Our kids do not have the opportunity to play in the sand, walk on the streets, cook with fire woods, run around with domestic animals and really experience nature.

This is just one out of many adventures and fun I had when I was a child. I hope to continue doing this and expose them more to such fun and interaction  with the environment.

I loved it! and they did too! I believe we didn't have anything to lose!

Make out time for such adventures with your kids! Believe me, its fun!

Please share with your friends and family and let me hear from you, if you ever embarked on this.

"The purpose of life is to live it; to taste and experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for richer and newer experience"- Eleanor Roosevelt

                                       Linda Aliogo

Wednesday 16 January 2013

My Favourite Piece of Jewelry

Though I create and design jewelries, I'm not really a jewelry person per say. I mean I don't really wear  a lot of jewelries. What gives me fulfillment is the creation from the beginning to the final stage; where I get to feast my eyes on it in appreciation or criticism as the case maybe!

I love making different pieces- earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings. However, when I want to wear any piece, I simply go for pieces that are not loud or too big. I love wearing pieces that are simple, classy and elegant. I love jewelries that make statement in a subtle manner.

Pieces that I don't have to worry about because they are too complicated or difficult to wear and maintain. These reasons are simply why I'm always adorn with a particular piece of jewelry. 

My favourite piece gives all these qualities hence the reason I wear it all the time. And do you know my favourite piece of jewelry? Well, let me tell you- a pair of beautiful earrings! I love earrings and I feel very comfortable wearing them. I love trying out different designs and styles. With only my earrings, I can comfortably rock any outfit! I don't feel I'm missing out on any other piece of jewelry. And you know what? I'm mostly adorn with my own designs :)

I choose earrings based on my outfit most of the time. Once it complements my outfit then, I'm ready to go! I 'm  always looking out how my earrings really complement my outfit. If I'm comfortable, I don't add any other piece of jewelry because I just feel complete with my earrings.

If I have to add any other one, it could a necklace  with the earrings, a bracelet with my earrings, a ring  with it. This actually depends on my mood, outfit or occasion.

In all, I can never go wrong with a pair of earrings! It has been and always be my favorite piece of jewelry. And I'm not in a hurry to change!

Kindly share with us your own favourite piece of jewelry and perhaps the reasons behind it.

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do"- Rumi
                                      Linda Aliogo


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