Sunday, June 24, 2012

Beading Babes Reveal

Hi all! Today is reveal day for our current Beading Babes projects.  We were extremely blessed to be offered a pattern from Helena Tang-Lim's shop, Manek-Manek Beads at a special price. We also chose Helena's pattern, Nefertiti, from the June 2012 issue of Bead and Button.  I was able to make both projects, which was a close thing, due to my obsession commitment to some other challenges.
When I first started out, I couldn't understand why people would make someone else's design, if they were trying to sell their own stuff. It didn't apply to me, since I wasn't selling, but I just kept wondering. Well, now I know. Helena takes some simple ideas, and turns them into beautiful designs. Her instructions are well written, and easy to understand. And if you don't understand...she's so very available to answer any questions.  I also appreciate how adaptable her patterns are to your personal taste. The bracelet pattern could be worked up in one, two, or three rows. I chose to work mine in 2 rows, using some wonderful bronze iris Czech beads and white pearls. I love the contrast, and the organic feel the Czech beads gave to it. I followed that organic theme by using freshwater pearls for the clasps.

The Nefertiti necklace is a serious statement, designed to get noticed. I adapted the pattern a bit, since I didn't have any luck finding the coin beads needed for the project quickly enough. I chose an open MOP circle, and inserted a FP bead in the middle. I also decided to make the necklace with the 3 small pendants, since my personal style is a bit more casual than the full version.

I only used the small pendants for my version.

Close up of the clasp. I did not add the fringe beads to it, again going for that more casual look.

 I added more of the fire polished every 2 inches to the herringbone rope.

I fell in love with the clasp on this necklace.  And I know, without a doubt, that I would not have been able to make it if I hadn't made Nancy Dale's Trellis necklace for our last project.  That is what I discovered about other people's patterns. They make you better, and help you with your creative process. They also make you extremely grateful to the talented folks who spend their time and effort to make their designs available to everyone.
This has, as usual, been a blast, and I'm already excited about our next project reveal! To find out more, please head over to Karyn's blog,

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Time to Stitch Challenge

Hi all! I'm quite excited to show this reveal to you. It's way outside my normal style!
I snuck in on the back end of this challenge. Therese and Christine were so gracious to allow me to hop in.  The girls wanted to give everyone a chance to explore two specific stitches, peyote, and herringbone. Now these happen to be my all time favorite stitches, so you'd think I created something over the top, right? Well, if you've read any of my blog posts, you'll see that I'm a wee bit addicted to challenges, so of course I'm always hopping from one deadline to the next! :)
Anyway, enough of that, let's see some pics, shall we??

I have another project I'm working on with a twisted herringbone rope, but I wasn't able to finish it to include it in this challenge, so I whipped up a quick little bracelet for my daughter last night, to show off the versatility of herringbone.

Here are the list of participants. Please go visit and see their creations! Blessings, Shirley

Katherine Gale