Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bead-it-Forward is a cause that is dear to my heart. Jeanette Shanigan started it in honor of her mother who died from breast cancer. Each year a theme is chosen and this years theme is fantasy. Beaders from around the world stitch small squares that are assembled into quilts, shadow boxes, ornament, and other items. These items are auctioned off and the money goes to breast cancer research. Since my mom and both sisters have had breast cancer I am committed to this cause. I have participated for for several years. I promote this at my bead group. These are the squares stitched this year from the Upper Midwest Bead Society members. The three squares in the left vertical column bottom were stitched by me.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

I know that with 63 degree weather it is not the time when most people are making Christmas ornaments. I saw this design in the October issue of Bead and Button magazine and I had to make it. I recently purchased an endless loom so I tried it out on this ornament. I am pleased to say it was an enjoyable experience. The reason I have mostly stayed away from loomwork is weaving in all of those ends. With an endless loom the loom is warped through a started strip and there are no ends to weave in. My Mom was a big fan of cardinals . She really enjoyed watching them come to her birdfeeder. I made this ornament in memory of her. I hope you like it. I sure do.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Today's post is for the Color Blog Hop. I signed up again to participate in a challenge hosted by Lisa Lodge of http://gratefulartist.blogspot.com/2017/01/pine-ridge-treasures-color-blog-hop.html  .The lower picture above is the kit that I received from Lisa. Blue is my favorite color so I was pleased. The upper picture is the necklace that I created from this kit. The luscious large blue pearls became the straps with the aid of a few of the silver ovals and matte white glass rounds as accents.The two holey silver discs were the start of my pendant. I stitched them to blue ultra-suede using bead embroidery. The base row was made with the dark blue rice shaped pearls. A row inside of that made using size 8 beads forms the bezel to hold the silver components in. There is a trim row outside of that that uses blue seed beads capped with white points. Dark blue bugles form the base of the fringe. The fringe end sequence is a pair of  4mm lapis colored pearls flanking  a silver corrugated spacer bead and having a silver faceted rondelle below. I used a few of the lapis pearls and two of the white glass rounds as accents on the silver holey discs.  The bail was created with a modified herringbone stitch from the same  blueberry luster colored delica bead the I used in the outside row of the pendant trim. I am proud of the design that I created and I hope you like it too.  Thank you Lisa for another fun challenge. To see what the other participants made  from their kits please click on the link above. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

I did a lecture on bead embroidery at my bead group last week. In it I showed this pendant from start to finish. I choose two stone cabochons in my favorite color. The base row around them is pearls. For the inner bezel row I used size 15 seed beads. It looked too bland in all aqua so I picked up the coppery color from the stones to add flair. Next I stitched on the rondelles as accents. I put copper two hole kheops around them. After filling in the backround it was on to the edging. When I started I was sure that I would use  fringe because I really like fringe but when I came on the idea of daggers the fringe looked too busy. I stitched a row of dark blue daggers then topped it with a row of aqua ones. Inside that is a row of transparent drops to finish it all. I am please with how this piece turned out and my lecture went really well.
I wanted to show several variations in bead embroidery so members could get an idea of what can be done with this wonderful technique. This is the pendant I showed next. I used ladder stitched strips to bezel the cabochon. The connecting row is twisted seed beads. To make the piece cohesive I used a ladder stitched bail and twisted fringed. Picots with seed beads between finish the edge.
The base row of this pendant uses dark purple faceted ovals. The first row of the bezel is two drop hubble stitch and the inner row is a window bezel. I made a herringbone bail and crown points edging. The fringe is gathered with drops at the end.
A serpentine cabochons is the center of this pendant. I used two hole half moons in dark green metallic for the base row. White pearls are inside of that. When making the inner row of  bezel it looked blah until I added the aqua seed beads. I picked up the aqua again in the brick stitched bail. I used graduated fringe to show another option and a side petal edge. I hope that you like what I made.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I was lucky enough to get one of Toho's kits at the Bead and Button Show last summer. We were instructed to make something using only the beads from the kit plus a focal. Most people make necklaces from their kits but I wanted to do something unusual. I chose a flapper style headband.  In the kit were size 11 & 8 matte turquoise seed beads, size 11 & 8 chartreuse seed beads, size 15 & 3mm magatama in dark metallic green, size 15 dark bronze seed beads, size 11 copper seed beads size, 8 transparent dark amber AB seed beads, size 11 dark blue metallic AB seed beads, Aiko dark coppery red seed beads, 8mm dark bronze rounds, 6mm dark bronze quadra tiles, dark bronze 3/10mm daggers, and 6mm chartreuse 2 hole triangles. I used almost all of the different kinds of beads in my headband.  The pics above show what I came up with. I hope you like it. Thank you Toho for letting me join this challenge. I had fun.To see what the others made click on this link http://teamtoho.net/challenges-and-contests/2016-toho-challenge/

Friday, October 28, 2016

French Countryside

It's time for another challenge. The theme this time is French Countryside. The hostess is Lisa Lodge of  http://gratefulartist.blogspot.com/2016/10/french-countryside-blog-hop-link-list.html
I enjoyed the colors that were in my kit. French countryside makes me think of flowers so that was the inspiration for this set. I used patina to color the pendant, link, and clasp flowers lilac to help them stand out. The necklace uses the green crystal rondelles, clear crystal bicones, black rounds, and purple fire polished beads in a repeating pattern. The bracelet features the large black flat sea glass shapes with a purple lucite flower center.  The rondelles and bicones space the sea glass shapes apart for definition. The earrings have a pair of the black sea glass bicones at the top with a clear bicones and green rounds. The dangle is a pair of the purple flowers which I used in the center of the bracelet lucite flower. To me this set says springtime in the country. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed making them. To see what the other participants made please click on the link above. Thank you Lisa for another fun challenge.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Maria Rypan taught weekend workshops at the Upper Midwest Bead Society at the beginning of August. This is one of the necklaces that I made from her kit. It is called 3 color X. I added the crystals from my stash. I am pleased with the outcome of this piece. I hope you like it too.