So, this post has come about due to some recent conversations on facebook, and some exciting changes in my personal life.
As a beadweaver, there is a dedicated learning curve. Some folks instinctively grasp the math behind the beads, and some can effortlessly put colors together in fantastic displays of gorgeousness.
The rest of us? Well, it takes work, and more work, and more work.
I do feel that I have made huge strides in my technical skills, and choosing colors that play well together. Some of my favorites......
And....some of my 'not so favorites'...
The important thing is, I've learned with each design. I've found which colors I work best with, which materials, and the techniques that really make me feel good.
It has truly been and enjoyable journey, and I am finally opening a shop!!!!
It is a components shop, so those folks that love seed bead creations, but don't like working with them, can now use them in their designs.
It is still very small, with limited inventory, but hey, you've gotta start somewhere!
I know, I know, it's not polite to brag on yourself....but seriously, I'm just rather impressed at where this piece took me!
If you are not familiar with AJE, you are in for a treat. It's a blog of super talented folks, and each month they create a piece from a component one of them created. They are also nice enough to have a few folks join in each month as well. I've been very privileged to participate in the past.
This month the component is created by the fabulous Kristi Bowman. What that woman can do with clay is awesome!
I grabbed this image from the AJE site. Mine piece is the bottom row, on the right. I just adore the warm, coppery tones in it.
There is also a hint of purple, so that pretty much set the color choices for me.
However.....I hit a major hiccup in my process.
See, there was this gorgeous sexy, double St. Pete in Beadwork a few months ago that I just knew would marry so well with the pendant. I started it with plenty of time to spare...colors were awesome...I knew it would work, even with the modifications I was making to the pattern. But, confidence is great to trip you up at times. I made a major uh-oh in my beadweaving. So, I had to decide very quickly whether I would Ripppit, Ripppit, or start something totally new.
I'm crazy, so I decided to start something completely new. Fingers flying, brain sizzling with ideas, I tried some things I've not tried before; and, well, I love it! I hope you do as well...
I chose some luscious purples, blues, coppers, and metallics to show off the pendant's rich patina.
The chain is a mix of triple spiral, seen here, along with some new peyote beaded beads as well.
Obviously, I need to learn how to photo the entire length of a longer necklace...sigh.
Closeup of the beaded beads I stumbled upon. I'm not going to be prideful enough to say, 'I created'. However, I do love the look, and they are very tactile. The wavy strands move freely upon the bead.
Lampwork toggle from The Beading Room. The soft mottled colors work perfectly with the overall palette.
I was so excited to finally get to use these fabulous disc beads by Lea Avroch. They show off the peyote beaded beads perfectly.
Look how everyone plays so well together!!
I've used this RAW variation several times. I love how easy it is, and the silver lined beads meander like a stream through the matte beads.
So, were you wondering what happened with the original design? Well, I went ahead and took a pic of it for ya, cause I'm nice like that....
See how pretty and feminine? And the pattern was for a double layer St. Pete, so these oranges would have been peeking out through the purples.
You can wear it with the fringes inside our outside. I hope I decide to finish it. But, you just never know....
Thanks for hangin' with me through all those pics. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Kristi's components, and thrilled to create for AJE.
You can check out everyone's work from the links over at AJE.
Today's the day!! I'm so very excited to show you what I've created!!!
I'm thrilled to not only participate in this blog hop by the wonderful Rita (Toltec Jewels), but to get to play with Diana Ptaszynski's beads!!! I just adore Diana's beads, and this is one of my most worn bracelets. That girl knows her stuff!
Here's a pic of the beads I received for this challenge. And you can go here to pick up some of your own!
I love the soft color of these babies. I could have gone in a green direction, or blue, or grey.
I knew what style I wanted for them, I just wasn't sure how to accomplish my idea. So off I went to Pinterest. I love heading over there for ideas and inspiration. I just typed anchors and sea in the search box, and got lots of ideas!!!
I chose to go with a 'rope' theme. I kept it very simple, because I wanted the rope idea to lead the way.
Sigh, I seriously need to learn some image skills. You really can't see the different colors in the images, but I used a soft grey accented with tiny silver 15's. The other side is a soft, matte white lined in silver.
A soft and simple interlocking knot.
Perfectly accented with that gorgeous anchor bead!
The colors glow in the sunlight!
I'm so pleased with this piece, thank you Rita for the challenge, and Diana for the wonderful inspiration!
Please go check out all the challenge participants.
Oh my Gosh!!! Are y'all as frantically tired as I am?? School has started with a bang!
I addition to that, I've got lots of new irons in the fire.One of which is the honor of being a guest blogger for Art Jewelry Elements! I love this blog, it's one of the few I actually keep up with on a regular basis.
I know, I have been a total slacker on posts...All I can say is, I'm trying to do better. It is rather hard to keep up with all the social media outlets and keep your finger in the pie, so to speak.
Facebook can literally eat up your day, but if you don't maintain a presence there, you're not going to have folks remember you when they are in need of a pretty piece of jewelry, you know?
I do have a Twitter account, and Instagram. I use the Twitter to post for giveaways, and that's about it.
I post pics of food I make on Instagram, and the adorable clay pieces my daughter creates.
I'm in the process of creating an online shop to finally! sell my designs. That was a looonngg time coming, let me tell you! I still don't have all the ins and outs figured out, but I just can't wait til I do, otherwise I'll be dead and someone else will be selling them!
Hope you're all doing well, gearing up for the Holiday Season! It is an exciting time, I love this part of the year, even though it's rather hectic. The weather turns cooler...
I start baking PUMPKIN EVERTHING!!!!!
So, what about you? Do you love this season of busyness, or dread it? Blessings, Shirley
Ok, this was such a fun challenge!
The awesome Rita (Toltec Jewels) put out a request for artists interested in playing with some of Sue Kennedy's new bead design, chicklets.
If you've ever had the pleasure of designing with Sue's beads, you will totally understand why it was a joy to create with this bead!
I received the top bead on the last row. Yes, that yummy orangey pinkey color. Sooo gorgeous!!!
This is a small bead, so you would think I would choose to create a bracelet, right?
I wanted to make a necklace, so I could feature this baby front and center.
Wanna see? Course you do, that's why you came. Insert dramatic cloak swishing....TADA!!!!!!!
I created a double rope with kumihimo and 3 bead spiral peyote.
Here is a close up of the kumihimo. I looped the end, and added some jump rings to the loop for a fun texture. This has 8 elements, with a chocolate bamboo yarn creating grounding for the sparkle yarns in burgundy, yellow, and orange.
The peyote spiral picks up the darker tones in the bead, along with a softer shade of the oranges. The spiral has two size 8's, and 1 size 11 seed bead. This is a quick spiral that packs a lot of visual punch.
I created a butterfly bail to suspend the bead from the ropes,
and added some simple fringe to the bottom. The butterfly bail gives such a nice contrast to the ropes, and the darker beads just point straight to that fabulous chicklet!!
I may go back and add more fringe, it's driving me crazy the way it keeps separating to either side!
Today's the day people! It's here, it's here! What? Well, the reveal for A Time to Stitch, of course!
This is one of my very favorite challenges, and it is run by the awesome Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller.
So this challenge was to take one stitch, and make 3 identical pieces, changing either the size, or the color of the beads.
I chose flat herringbone, it's one of my favorite stitches for it versatility. I took this challenge one step further, and used silver-lined, opaque, and matte finishes as well as the three different colors. I guess I cheated a bit, because I also used a silver metallic in each of the bracelets, and a coordinating size 15 for the edge beads.
I really love how they turned out, and I hope you do as well!
I found these awesome buttons to use as my clasps.
I am so thrilled to see the differences in each bracelet.
Because of the silver lining on the purple bead, this one has an overall shiny look, and you don't see the pattern as much.
This one has such a dainty look, and the button fit perfectly with that feel. The matte finish really allows the pattern to stand out.
I adore this one! The opaque beads show off the pattern so well, and that mother of pearl button has just the tiniest hint of green in it. I was working on this one while not at home, and there were lots of distractions around. So....it was a bit short. But the longer clasp looks fine when it's on, and I love how I ended up creating it. I will definitely use the technique again. After stringing enough beads to fit around the button, I strung 16 more. Then I square stitched the last 8 to the first 8, and embellished the top with a tiny 15. Worked great!
Just like the bracelets themselves, each loop showed off the personality of the bracelet.
Yep, these three girls are stars of the show around here! Thanks for joining me on this wonderful challenge.