Saturday, November 27, 2010

Margie & Me Challenge - Mosaic of Color

Happy Thanksgiving folks! I had a great couple of days and ate plenty. Headed up to the City of Brotherly Love for our feast with the in-laws, and looped around to Cape May and then took the ferry for the first time across the bay to Lewes! It was fun - but the water was unbelievably choppy. So choppy you could barely stand up in the ferry, the boat was rocking so much!

I've been working on my Margie & Me Challenge since Marcie selected and posted the palette. Mosaics of Color based on Islamic architecture!

It is deliciously colorful and uses a lot of colors I don't normally use. I was cracking up, in fact, when I looked at my Nymo thread collection and noticed that the only spools that are practically empty are pink, green, gold and brown. Plenty of every other color available for use!

I swear that half the fun of this challenge is just looking at the palette and picking out beads. I had 3 of the five delica colors in the book. And started playing around with my bead selection immediately and did this:

I was planning a cuff, but right angle weave used with the aqua/turquoise bicones was feeling flimsy. And the peyote just wasn't attaching neatly.

So then I did this:

Which was going to end up as a single beaded bead, but I didn't have a plan for incorporating the rest of the colors in the palette.

So then I did this:

But this one had too much of a Mexican feel to it.

So I ended up with this!

This little donut, had several prior incarnations. But when I compared it to the inspiration I decided it was time to rest!

I also want to send out a CONGRATULATIONS to the talented winners of the Haute Couture Contest. The entries were amazing and the two winners' pieces were quite spectacular!


  1. Beautiful work Amy! I have been in the same boat with the color challenge I am doing but I think I nailed what I like like this one for you!

  2. You got all the colors together! I love the dark blue seeds setting off the turquoise.

  3. This is awesome! I think you'll enjoy wearing this, there's something to be said about a simple piece of beadwork that really shines. Thanks for joining me for the challenge!

  4. I had to laugh at your persistence... you were after perfection and you did it :0) The pendant and the way in which you designed the complete necklace is perfect... a beautiful piece

  5. I think you hit it! Looks perfect to me. And your creating process sounds like mine. I wasn't sure about my design until I added the clasp.

  6. Really wonderful - I love the faceted rounds you used.

  7. I agree with you on the one that has the Mexican feel. It totally does. Your final piece is really lovely!! Awesome work!


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