Saturday, March 25, 2017

BSBP BeadHoarders Blog Hop 2017

The amazing Lori Anderson of http://www.prettythingsblog.com/ is having the Bead Soup Blog Hop again. This time it is called Bead Hoarders Edition. We were asked to choose beads that we had been hoarding because they were special to us. This is one of the most important days in my year. Lori assigns us a partner and we exchange beads. Then we create something with them and post what we created on our blogs. Today is the reveal. This year my partner is Sharyl King. She will be posting on her Pinterist page which is https://www.pinterest.com/sharylk/bead-soup-blog-hop/  She makes beautiful lampworked beads. I am in awe of people who do this. I hope one day to do it myself. Sharyl sent me some of the first lentil beads that she made. She said that they remind her of spring. I agree. The picture above is what she sent. I felt honored to receive these lovely bead and I wanted to create something special with them. Here is what I created.
 
Bead embroidery is my favorite technique so that is where I started. I wanted the lentil to be able to turn inside the focal pendant so that both sides could be seen. I chose the colors that Sharyl used in the bead as my inspiration. I stitched areas of each color and combined them all in the top portion. Bead caps accent the center bead and fringe finishes the bottom of the focal. The straps were stitched in spiral rope technique. They are finished with bead caps, white lentils from Sharyl and light blue crystal rondelles. I used a hook style clasp for the closure. The light blue lentils from Sharyl became earrings to go with this necklace. I added bead caps, white fire polished rounds, light blue flowers, and white drops. I am pleased with the outcome and I hope you like this set too.


 
Sharyl also sent four jasper beads that she had hoarder for years. She said that she could not decide what to do with them. I started out to create a wire worked pendant, but as you know beads sometimes have a mind of their own. I ended up putting three of them on headpins and attaching them to a chandelier finding to create the focal for my second necklace. I had some tiny fire polished rounds that matched the jasper perfectly in color so by adding them and hematite colored triangle seed beads to the headpins I was off and running. I had purchased a necklace last year at the Bead and Button show that was the same mottled green as the jasper and by reworking it I had my necklace. It had gold bead caps which I replaced with silver and I changed the beads that were between the glass ovals with smoky quartz ovals and gray discs to better match the jasper beads. I again chose a hook style clasp. I also made earrings to match. I hope it pleases Sharyl. You can check out what I sent her and  her amazing beads by clicking on the link above to her Pinterist page. Please click on Lori Anderson's link to see the other participants designs. I think you will be amazed by all of the talent this ladies have. Thank you Lori for being a wonderful hostess.


82 comments:

  1. Becky! You really had some beautiful beads to work with and you didn't disappoint! Beautiful pieces!!

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    1. Thanx Amy, I am glad that you like my designs. I agree that I hit the jackpot with the beads that I received. I hope Sharyl like what I created.

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  2. Becky, both necklaces are gorgeous, but that first one is out of this world. I am amazed and I have spent some time trying to figure out how you engineered it. :)

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    1. Thanx Tanya, It feels great to have other beader like my designs. I put the lentil on wire and glued it between the foundation and the backing once the embroidery was done. The wire ends turned into the bail and bottom loop to finish it.

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  3. Very creative! Lovely pieces.

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  4. Whoo, another seed beader! The embroidery on the top pendant is incredible!

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    1. Thanx Sarah. I am pleased that you like my design. I had fun making it.

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  5. Your bead embroidery is amazing. Great work!

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    1. Thanx Ann, I had fun creating my design. It feels good to have other bead artists like my work.

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  6. Very nice - I like your idea of the turning lampwork bead so much!

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    1. Thanks Lisi, I am very glad that you like my design.

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  7. Wow, that bead embroidery is intense! I love how the lentil bead seems to float in the middle of it. The spiral robe is perfect with the focal. Sweet little earrings to complete both necklaces. Great job!

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    1. Thanx Barb, I appreciate your wonderful comments.

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  8. My partner is a seed beader and I admire anyone who works with those small beads!
    You did an excellent job with your creations. Well done.

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    1. Thanx April, I admire lampworkers. I am pleased that you like my designs.

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  9. I love your bead embroidery. It highlighted and so perfectly complimented the lentil focal, which is hard to do. Wonderful!

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    1. Thanx Liz, It feels great to have other beaders like my designs.

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  10. Your bead embroidery is amazing and I thought your pendant in the other necklace was very clever. Well done!

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    1. Thanx Kathy, I appreciate you flattering comments. I am very glad that you like my designs.

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  11. Becky, your bead embroidery is so pretty!! I love all the detail and textures!! And I love the beaded rope, it's perfect!! Beautifully done!!

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    1. Thanx Sally, Such high praise from you is heartfelt.

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  12. Hi Becky, We were partners once (in some form of an exchange). I was happy to see a familiar name on the list. Even happier to be amazed at what you made. You are really skilled in your t i n y beaded embroidery. I don't think I could see well enough to even do that. Those pieces are really great, fantastic and artistic. Looks like I need to sign up for more swap/hops to increase my exposure. Great job on your soup!!!
    Joyce Becker

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    1. Thanx Joyce, I am thrilled that you like my designs.

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  13. what a great beaded embroidery!I love it!

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    1. Thanx I am please that other beaders like my designs.

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  14. Your bead embroidery perfectly highlights the lovely lentil focal bead. Just beautiful!

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    1. Thanx Bonnie, I am so glad that you like my design.

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  15. That lentil bead shines out with your bead embroidery. Great job.

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    1. Thanx Nan, It feels great when other beaders like my designs.

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  16. Wow - I can see how much work has gone into your bead embroidery piece, it's absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Thanx Tracy, I am very pleased that you like my design.

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  17. I love the cutout for the lampwork. Great idea! You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing so much inspiration with us.

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    1. Thanx Hannah, Positive comments from someone with your talent mean a lot to me.

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  18. Very well done on both pieces. Your first in the post is gorgeous and so detailed. I had to click on it and enlarge it to see all of the fine work. Beautiful pieces, Becky.

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    1. Thanx Kelly, I appreciate your flattering comments.

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  19. Wow that bead embroidery pendant is amazing, at first glance I thought it was polymer clay. But I took a closer look, wow just wonderful, the colors are so in tune. Love your work.

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    1. Thanx CJ, It is wonderful to have so many talented beaders like my design. I am glad that you like it.

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  20. So pretty!!can't imagine the time it would take with all the tiny beads!! Wow!!

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    1. Thanx Terri, I like working with all those little beads. It lets me express myself in ways that larger beads do not. I am glad that you like my design.

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  21. I have never seen a bead embroidered piece done like this. I love the cutout where the lamp work bead sits. It reminds me a little of a colorful Easter egg. I can't even imagine how long it took to make , you must have the patience of a saint! I also am impressed that you used every bead she sent you, Wow!

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    1. Thanx Maria, When I saw the bead that Sharyl sent I wanted to make it special and I knew right away that I wanted it open so that the bead could be seen on both sides. I appreciate your kind comments.

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  22. That is simply AMAZING! I am always astounded by seed bead work and this is just -- wow.

    Thank you so much for participating again!

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    1. Thanx Lori, I feel honored to be part of your amazing challenges. The fact that you like my design makes me fell so happy.

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  23. Great job Becky! I love the idea of using your beautiful bead embroidery as open framework for the focal bead. That necklace is my fave!

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    1. Thanx Robin, I am pleased that you like my design.

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  24. Your bead embroidery is beautiful and having the lentil free to move is a great idea.

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    1. Thanx Ann I am glad that you like my design.

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  25. What a clever way to showcase both sides of that lovely focal lentil - and very nice bead embroidery, too. Pretty work!

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

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  26. I am in love with your bead embroidery, you have complimented the lentil bead perfectly. Fantastic work.

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    1. Thanx Sam, It is great to hear that another beader thinks my work is perfect.

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  27. I love how you incorporated your bead embroidery with the lamp work bead. Spring colors very lovely.... and thanks for sharing...

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    1. Thanx Vonna, I am pleased that you like my work. I really like the spring colors too.

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  28. Love your bead embroidery and especially that the lampie can turn. So clever. You made great use of your bead soup.

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    1. Thanx Janine, I am glad that you like my design. Yes the colors were fun to work with.

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  29. Wow, gorgeous work, I'm always amazed at people that do beadwork. Ours is very lovely and goes so nicely with the focal bead you received.
    Dolores

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    1. Thanx Delores, I am glad that you like my design. I really enjoy working with seed beads because I can make it look like anything.

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  30. I admire your use of seed beads - I never could get the hang of it...

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    1. Thanx Je, I am glad that you like my work. We each have our strengths and weaknesses. There are other things that I don't do well.

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  31. Wow! Your embroidery work is awesome! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanx Dorothy, I appreciate your flattering comments.

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    1. Thanx Bev, I am glad that you like my work.

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  33. The colors and the patterns of that embroidered focal are amazing! Beautiful work!

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    1. Thanx Liz, I really enjoy doing bead embroidery and it feels great to have other bead artists like what I do.

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  34. Great pieces for Spring, a statement necklace and an every day piece.

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    1. Thanx Lennis, I am pleased that you like my designs. Yes I like the spring colors.

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  35. I love your idea for the focal. Your pattern in the focal is just beautiful. I love to bead embroidery and I have been trying to figure out how to use a normal bead in the focal piece instead of just using cabochons. Do you mind if I copy this concept?

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    1. Thanx Andra, I am very glad that you like my idea. You are welcome to use it.

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  36. Really awesome pieces! I love the the lentil spins, so cool!

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    1. Thanx Elisabeth, It is great when other bead artists like my designs.

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  37. What fun you must have had making that focal. It totally reminds me of Easter. Nicely done!

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    1. Thanx Hope, I am glad that you like my design. It was fun to make.

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  38. Love how you did that beaded chain and then drew the colors into the earrings! Very pretty!

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    1. Thanx Rachel, I am pleased that you like my design.

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  39. This is stunning! I lovethe bead embroidered focal. It has such a presence to it and it has so much attention to detail! Nicely done

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    1. Thanx, I am pleased that you like my design. It feels great to have other bead artists like my work.

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  40. Very creative use of the focal bead. Lovely work.

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    1. Thanx Elizabeth, I appreciate your comments.

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  41. Your bead embroidery is goregous! I'm so impressed! And the colors are so inviting!

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  42. Thanx Dyanne, I appreciate your flattering comments. It is great to have other bead artists like my design.

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