Thursday, September 18, 2014

Anchors Away Challenge


Since I accidentally deleted my pictures for the blog hop on my ipad while on vacation,   I decided that I would add a second blog post to show you the pic.  After seeing all the great designs from the other participants,  I was a little embarrassed to show mine but I didn't want you to think that I really didn't do my earrings.

As I mentioned in my previous post I loved these anchors and went to Suburban Girl Studio's etsy shop to pick up a pair so that I could participate in the challenge.  Time got away from me and I delayed making my piece until the day before I left on vacation.  I had won a kit with the same focal at Bead Fest along with yellow waxed linen, navy and white seed beads.  I decided to use them in my earrings and put together a hasty design with fringe and the cute focals.  Hopefully I have learned my lesson and in the future I get started sooner so that more thought can be put into my piece.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beading with Friends: Beadweaving with Lentil Beads




 Beading with friends is always more fun than beading alone.  Recently I had the great fortune of going to Bead Fest in Philadelphia and meeting up with two of my good friends from our facebook group, Creative Bead Chat.  It had been a year since we had been able to see each other in person and shopping and beading with Cynthia Machata and Melinda Orr was the highlight of my trip. 

During the shopping portion of our trip, we discovered a vendor that carried some outstanding beading patterns.  Recently I had begun to play around with seed beads again and particularly the new two hole beads that are very popular right now.  A certain pattern by Bead Dreamers called Lentille using two hole lentil beads caught our eye and we decided to give the pattern a try. Getting started with this pattern was a little tricky but once the first two rows were completed, it was a snap to make.


Each of us had a different take on the pattern.  Mine are both monochromatic while Cynthia's is an elegant piece using two colors with an extra special flower clasp.  You can see Cynthia's bracelet on her blog, Antiquity Travelers.   Melinda's bracelet is still in progress but she also utilized two colors.  My clasp is a knock off of the "M" clasp that I handcrafted out of copper 
wire.

It really is fun to bead with friends even if it sometime is only thru the internet sharing pictures back and forth in messages.