Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What's It To Hue? Tuesday

I've been very bad with beading lately!  But I just started working on my What's It To Hue? piece.  In case you didn't have a chance to take a look at the online brochure, here is the front side of the brochure:
And here is the inside with the palette:

I just love looking at this palette!  And I finally got started a little bit on it, inspired by a bracelet that I saw on Mandy's blog not too long ago.  I just love that picture of the Grand Canyon on the outside of the brochure.  In my youth, my grandparents lived in Sedona, AZ, and I was blessed to have several visits there. 
circa 1980ish

circa 1980ish
And we were lucky to visit the Grand Canyon a few times and the images of true grandeur have always stayed with me! Are you working on a piece for What's It To Hue?  I will have a reveal next Tuesday!
I have also been working on another project that I am very excited about!  A dear friend of mine is modeling in a very special fashion show called Pink Rocks the Runway.  All the models are survivors who were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40.  I am working on a bracelet for Jean to wear with her couture gown!  Her designer wants a cuff that is sparkly with lots of crystals and so I began working on this Bellisima ring pattern:
I don't have the tension quite right on it so I will have to fiddle around with it a bit, but I'm planning on making 10 of them to stitch together for a cuff style bracelet.  


Thursday, September 22, 2011

BTW - oh wait - it's Thursday!

Click here for Beads Soup Blog Party Reveal and participants!

Well - I had intended to blog on Tuesday to talk about how my What's It To Hue? project is going....but it's not really going yet...I only so far have picked out some beads.

Next Tuesday I will post up some more progress and more on the palette!  Don't forget if you would like to play along there is more info here, and the reveal for What's It To Hue? is on October 4th.

So then I was planning on doing a Bead Table Wednesday (BTW), and time slipped away again yesterday, but the above photos are what is on my bead table, and also the piece I'm working on for Beading Babes:
  When I began to collect my materials for this project, I discovered a funny thing....I seem to have something against size 6mm beads!!!  Seriously!  I have been beading for some 17 years now....and I have also procured quite a large stash.  So I started by looking for the bead that was called for - a 6mm bicone.  So I wnt through my Swarovski stash and found 3mm's, 4mm's, and 8mm's - but not a single 6mm!  So then I checked through my Czech glass and had plenty of the previously mentioned sizes, but only ONE SINGLE strand of 6mm fire polished rounds! (Then strictly out of curiosity I inspected other categories of beads and found NO OTHER 6mm beads in my stash!!!) In any case the pattern seems to be working out with the rounds, but during a pass-through of the craft section at Wal-Mart, I picked up a couple strands of 6mm bicones just so I can also try to stay true to what is called for on this pattern!
(I am on a self-imposed bead purchasing moratorium for the year 2011, however, these were in a clearance bin for a $1 each! And....well...you know...I just need to try this pattern with the bicones!)

So are you checking out all the Bead Soup Blog Party reveals?!  I have to say - thanks - I am really humbled by all the nice comments I received over the past few days.....it's really true what they say about comments, they are like crack to a blogger!  In the meanwhile - I am getting STUFFED consuming all this Bead Soup.  But I'm loving it.  The last time I tallied it up - I am about a third of the way through the list, and I truly plan to visit them all!  The creativity is mind-blowing.  I especially love seeing the ones where the beader had to step far outside their comfort zone.

Earlier this month I completed these pieces for my best friend's birthday! I saw this pattern in a recent bead magazine loved the quilt-like quality of the pattern.  I used a vintage Czech button for the clasp and actually pulled the colors for the bracelet together based on the button!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party - REVEAL!

First off, I would like to thank Lori Anderson, for hosting this very fun event - and for pairing me with a terrific partner.  Next I want to thank my Bead Soup partner - Alison at BeadsByEarthTones, for such a beautiful bead soup!

While I typically select brighter colors for my beading, I am a nature lover at heart, and these beads really spoke to me.  I immediately honed in on the handmade focal and matching clay pieces from Alison's Organics collection.

I liked the way the lapis stones had a creamy tint to them and decided to add that to the piece I wanted to create.  The copper beads were such a perfect compliment to the focal, so I whipped up some peyote beaded tubes to go along with the rest of the copper.  And without further ado - here is my first BSBP piece:
I also had some blue died wooden beads and some copper colored fire polished beads to complement.  
I bezeled the smaller clay pieces with denim seed beads in a right angle weave bezel...and for the focal I embroidered around the focal and did a small netted bezel.
Usually - I buy clothes and then make something to go with them....this time I bought a shirt to go with the piece I made!

But alas - I still had many beautiful beads left from Alison's awesome soup!

I especially loved the dark carved wood bead and wanted to be sure to highlight that.  As I began going through my stash I came across some very old beads.  

I received these beads many years ago.  They were a gift from one of my employees at a restaurant I used to manage.....in 1997-1999!  Florcita had visited her home country of Peru and I was in my third year of beading...it was so sweet of her bring these back for me!  However, in all these years, this string of actual SEED beads, stayed in a box labeled "natural beads".   When I pulled them out, I knew the ridged dark brown seed would be perfect for this portion of the soup.  (As an aside, these were a wonderful re-discovery in my beads stash, I look forward to exploring the other 'seed beads' in this collection.)

After a bit of culling the cracked seeds, I put them together with some round jade stones for my second BSBP piece!
I also had some blond colored wooden beads I added to this piece.
This was a spectacular BSBP experience for me.  My husband even commented on "how much fun" I was having with it and noted my excitement for the reveal.  I plan to visit all the participants' blogs, no matter how long it takes.  I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!!  

Here is the soup I sent Alison and I can't wait to see what she did with it!

And finally - here is a list of all the participants - happy blog visiting!
The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel