Saturday, December 6, 2014

Today is the reveal of the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop. I have been wanting to try Soutache embroidery for a while and I let this challenge inspire me to do just that. I used  lampworked beads by Heather Kelly that I bought on etsy and have been hoarding to start my design. Three colors of green and a metallic brown soutache braids surround the beautiful lampworked focal. I bezeled the focal with light green beads and added a dark green hex bead halo around the inner layer of  soutache cords. I put another layer of the cords and finished it with bronze seed beads. The bottom had three dark green teardrop pearls with the center one capped by bronze flower bead caps. The top of the piece has two  lampworked spacers also by Heather  that match the center bead. There are two jump rings that will have the straps hung on them but they will have to wait for another day. It is not perfect but I am happy with my first attempt at soutache embroidery.  I hope that you like it too. I want to thank Lori Anderson of  http://www.prettythingsblog.com/ for hosting this fun hop. To see what the other participants created click on the link to Lori's blog.

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  1. Thanx Divya. I am proud of it. I wish I had gotten the straps finished too but life got in the way.

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  2. YAY! Another seed bead/soutache enthusiast! Love that this is a FIRST attempt. No one will ever see my FIRST try - but my second try piece is now in an art gallery.
    Hope to see the finished piece - complete with strap and closure - when you're done - post it on the FB BSC page!

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    1. Thanx. Seed beads and my favorite thing to work with. I do lots of other things too, but I always come back to the seed beads. I did enjoy the soutache and I am sure I will do more of it in the future. I will post the finished piece.Congratulations on being in an art gallery.

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  3. I never would have guessed that was your first try! very lovely!

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    1. Thanx Hannah, such a positive comment from another bead artist feels wonderful.

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  4. Wow, very intricate work and it looks outstanding for a first effort.

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    1. Thanx, To be called outstanding by someone with your talent for polymer clay warms my heart. Your clay pieces are much more intricate than this piece is.

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  5. Soutache...ehhhh, gosh, I think I'm hoarding that as well :-) To be honest, I never dared to actually use it. Love your first attempt.

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    1. Thanx Janine, I was nervous to try soutache also but I am so glad that I did. It was an enjoyable experience. I recommend that you try it too.

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  6. Lovely bead work and beautiful color combination.

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    1. Thanx Tammy, I am very glad that you like my design.

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  7. I've been wanting to try soustache too, but im too scared ! Congratulations on suceedeeding where I failed, with such an amazing piece, too !

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    1. Thanx Audrey for the positive comment. At first it was a little difficult to control the four strands of braid at once but once I got going it went well. I recommend that you try it too. If you don't like the results you don't need to show it to anyone.

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  8. I don't know anything about Soutache. I will have to look it up. It is very pretty.

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    1. Thanx Kathy, I just did a book review for my bead group's newsletter of Aimee Sweet-McNamara's book so I figured that I should use what I learned. I am very glad that you like my design.

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  9. Beautiful and brilliant design! One talented lady!

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    1. Thanx Terri, It feels really good to be called talented by another bead artist.I am pleased that you like my design.

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  10. Congratulations on your foray into soutache!

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    1. Thanx Nicole, I really enjoyed the soutache experience.

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  11. Wow! That is beautiful. Love the colors.

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    1. Thanx It feels good to have other bead artists like my work.

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  13. I hope you'll post again when you attach the straps. The first word that came to mind was Ireland when I saw this post. I hope you do more of this because your first attempt is quite pretty.

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    1. Hi Kelly, I do plan on posting when the straps are done. I have a strap that did not work for another project that I think will work well for this. I hope to finish it soon.I am Irish so your comments suits me well.

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  14. You did great! It is always a good thing to learn new things. I really am impressed. I hope you enjoy wearing it when the straps are finished.

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    1. Thanx KJ, The ability to keep learning new things is one of the reasons I was drawn to jewelry design from the start. Yes this is one piece that will stay with me not be sold.

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  15. Love your detailed execution of this piece... and green is one of my favorite colors.. well done

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    1. Thanx Fay, I appreciate your positive comments. I did enjoy the process and I will do more of it.

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  16. WHOA! This is a show stopper! I applaud you in your efforts...I cannot imagine creating something with this much detail! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanx Patti, I am thrilled that you like my design. I find the details exciting.

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  17. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your work with us. I like the idea of using the hop to try something you've wanted to do, too. Very successful piece.

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    1. Thanx Hannah, To have my design called beautiful by someone with your talent warms my heart.

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  18. This is awesome! Love the color and style both.

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    1. Thanx. It feels great to have other jewelry artists like my designs.

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  19. Wow I can't believe that's your first go at soutache absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Thanx Maria, I appreciate your kind comments and I an very glad that you like my design.

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  20. Beautiful piece, great soutache. I tried soutache and was not nearly as successful as you, the colors are so rich and soutache is the perfect medium. Lovely design

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    1. Thanx Debi, It feels wonderful to have someone with your talent think that my design is beautiful.

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  21. The intricacy of your work is incredible...I am in awe of artists who work with soutache! I love the colors; I'm so drawn to the beauty of this gorgeous focal.

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    1. Thanx Donetta, I appreciate your kind comments. I am pleased that you like my design.

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  22. This is beautiful. And on your first try! What fun that the hop inspired you to try something you had been wanting to try.

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    1. Thanx Ann, I am so glad that you like my design. I like to challenge myself to learn something new when I do a blog hop.

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  23. Soutache looks so difficult and I'm afraid if I tried it, it would look like a Kindergarten project. You did SUCH a good job!


    Thank you so much for participating, and don't forget to post your pieces in the special Pinterest board, http://www.pinterest.com/limamike/bead-hoarders-blog-hop/

    Plus, join the Facebook group (also welcome to your friends) www.BeadSoupCafe.com -- hope to see you at other hops!

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    1. Thanx Lori, I am so glad that you like my design. I try to learn new techniques for blog hops and I am pleased with this one. Thank you so much for hosting this fun hop.

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  24. Amazing work for your first attempt at soutache embroidery. Plus I am always partial yo green.

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    1. Thanx Mary, I am pleased with how it turned out for my first attempt.

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  25. Ooh, what a gorgeous piece! I am always in awe of such detail beading - and your first attempt, congratulations! Beautiful :)

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  26. What sumptuous colours. You would never guess that was your first attempt. Lovely!

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    1. Thanx Lori, I and very glad that you like my design and I appreciate your kind comments.

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  27. Your first attempt at soutach is lovely Becky, you chose your colours so well, to compliment the lampwork beads and obviously enjoyed making this one. Hope to see more from you!
    Jackie

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    1. Thanx Jackie, I am very glad that you like my design. I do plan on doing more soutache.

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  28. Wow! I can't believe that it is the first time you have done this style of beading. You have soooo nailed. And that focal is amazing.

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    1. Thanx Shai, I always try to learn something new for challenges and this time is was soutache. I enjoyed the process and i will do more of it. I appreciate you positive comments.

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  29. Your soutache piece came out great. You made it look easy.

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  30. Thanx Cece, I am glad that you like my design. It was difficult at first trying to control 4 layers at once but once I got started it went pretty well. I enjoyed the process and i will do more of it.

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