Thursday, April 4, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • D

D is for Design.  Design makes all the difference in a piece of artwork.  A craft is just a craft until you bring design into the mix. Design can come easily.  Design can be elusive.  Design can be simple.  Design can be intricate.  Design can look good.  Or design can look bad!  It's all subjective though, isn't it? Or is it?

Elements, colors, and textures must all come together in a balanced harmonious are just a few examples of some pieces where I felt my design was just off! (in fact, all three of these pieces don't even exist anymore - I pulled them all apart to reuse the beads!)

Right now I am struggling with my design for the Bead Soup Blog Party! Sneak peak:

Although I'm sorry our host, Lori isn't feeling well, I was relieved that our reveal got pushed back a week.  And thankfully - I've got an idea for my design that I think just might work!

Do you create? What is your design process?  Do you sketch first? Lay out your materials? Just go at it with no firm ideas in mind? Let the medium do the designing for you? 


  1. I agree that design is subjective. It's also a talent! For example, I've wanted to learn how to knit. I realize though that knowing how to knit and being able to knit a beautiful design don't necessarily go hand in hand.

    You have beautiful creations! My hubby and I used to make jewelry for fun with larger beads but never seed beads and never with intricate threading (is that a correct term?) like what you have here. These are great!

    Check out my A to Z! Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

  2. Like you, I'm putting the final touches to my Bead Soup design this week! I just started sketching out my designs this year, and I find it helps tremendously to solve connection and movement questions before I pick up that first bead!

  3. I tend to just go for it! I have a general idea of how I want something to look and that's where I start but a piece will tell me where it wants to go as I work lots of times. It's a very fluid process with me!

  4. Visiting from the A-Z Challenge. First your work is beautiful! I crochet and I love every second of it. A lot of times I find myself purchasing other designer's patterns. Every now and then I get inspired to design a crochet pattern of my own. I start by placing all of my yarn in front of me. I then stand over that yarn for sometimes up to an hour trying to decide what colors I want to go with. From there, I sketch and then I begin. My preplanning always takes longer than it does for me to actually crochet the item. Http://

  5. I tend to just go for it; but that's probably why I end up abandoning so many projects and making so many disasters! I'm just too impatient.
    Coffintree Hill

  6. sometimes I lay out the beads and then go from there. And often times, I get part way through, say 'Wow this really sucks', undo it and then start over again. lol

  7. It depends on my mood--sometimes I have a design in mind and work to create what I see in my mind's eye; sometimes I just want to work on a technique (chain maile, wire wrapping, kumihimo) and play with it. Your work is beautiful!

  8. I'm not a jewelry maker but I do have a large collection of beads, just because I like them just like buttons. Not sure what a bead soup party is but it sounds like fun. When I design I try to put it down on paper first but like some of your other commentors I just go for it.

  9. I've played with beads, but my favorite medium is words. Often, an idea will surface in the shower, or doing dishes. When there's enough that I feel I have to write, I freewrite, then draw a plan from that. I often deviate from my plans when the story wants me to - my characters all have ideas of their own! =)

    Many times, stories come from images. When I bring out my camera, I just tend to go for it, with whatever speaks to me.

    When writing, though, I like structure that allows lots of room for inspiration and spontaneity.

    I love your creations, and will be including your post in my Sunday Sampler mashup at =)

  10. Hi Amy,
    We all go about designing in different ways. I tend to just start with an idea in my head and by time the piece is finished it may look totally different then what I had first envisioned, such is the way of art. I am looking forward to seeing what your final BSBP design will be.


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