You just have no idea how thrilled I was to be able to work with these components. I have been a
Have you ever had so many ideas floating around in your head, you just don't know which to do? Well, that was me. It took a bit for the beads to get here from the UK, so I was also short on time.
My design process definitely gave me fits for this challenge, but hey, that's part of the fun!
Where is my before pic, you ask? Why, of course I forgot to take one! But, in my defense, I was excited!
Lesley sent a bracelet bar, and a leaf, and Caroline sent a strand of oh so luscious beads.
I'm part of a kumihimo facebook group, and one of the members, Pru McRae, had just released a new tutorial that I had been itching to get my hands on. When I saw that bracelet bar, I knew exactly what I wanted to do!
Ok, so my pics are definitely off in color a bit. I promise you, those goldstone beads are a perfect match for the colors in the bar.
Here is a bit more full size view of the bracelet. I didn't like the way I ended it, so you don't get to see that part....cause it's my blog, that's why! The gold beads are size 5 triangles, and they worked perfectly with the goldstone beads in Pru's fabulous pattern.
Next up are the leaves...oh yeah baby! Caroline's bead set included a ceramic leaf, and I wanted to use them together. I happily set out to bead a leaf to go with them....
I adore this leaf, but sadly, it didn't make the cut. My idea, and what we ended up with are worlds apart.....
But, oh, how I love it! My vision had lots of leaves in various sizes, with tons of fringes, and a peyote band to bring them together....hmm, guess I thought I was in charge here....
My poor pics do not do these beads justice, they are so beautiful, and just really didn't need a lot of busyness.
I was so excited to finally get to use the UFO beads from The Beading Room. They have a bit of a weathered look, like picasso, and the light shines through them beautifully.
I still had several of Caroline's beads to work with, and spent two days creating an awesome CRAW bracelet....and then just didn't feel the love. What to do, what to do (insert image of me pulling hair)
Every time I looked at those beads, they just said 'necklace'. Which is fine, but a speedy beader I'm not. All the beadwoven rope techniques I wanted to use, I knew I didn't have time to complete.
So, as I'm sitting there staring at my VERY MESSY desk, I keep looking at this awesome teal clon kumihimo cord, sitting next to one of those beads....
This is another of my favorite kumi patterns. This one is by the talented Sally Battis, of Sallybeadjewelry.
Huge apologies, I finished this up too late for decent pics. The magatamas have a gorgeous hybrid of colors, and that cord just sings next to Caroline's bead.
Here's the list of participants. Have fun checking out the designs! Blessings, Shirley
Lesley Watt - http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.co.uk/
Caroline Dewison – http://blueberribeads.co.uk
Gay Messander - http://gaysiemay.blogspot.co.uk/
Made By Jules -http://madebyjulesjewellery.blogspot.co.uk/
Heidi Post - http://expostfactojewelry.blogspot.co.uk/
Janet Bocciardi - http://www.honeyfromthebee.com/
Dolores Raml - http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com/
Lucy Haslam - http://faerystone.blogspot.co.uk/
Pine Ridge treasures - http://pineridgetreasures.blogspot.com
Shirley Moore - http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com You are here
Tracy Collins - http://travelsintimedesigns.blogspot.co.uk
Melissa Trudinger – http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/
Toltec Jewels - http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com
Judith Johnston – http://www.judith-johnston.com/blog/blog
Janine Lucas – http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Madeline Bunyan – http://madelinebunyan.wordpress.com/
Chic and frog – http://www.chicandfrog.wordpress.com/