Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I do love my flowers!

This is the kit I bought at BeadFest. I do love the flowers. I've been working on it a little bit each night. So far, it has been all chevron stitch. There were a few different color options for this necklace and I liked this one. I'm glad I got to see it in person because if I had seen only the picture in the kit, I don't think I would have been as eager for these colors. The colors in the picture are sharper and contrast more than the beads in the actual necklace. I almost wonder if maybe she used a slightly different color scheme for the pictures or if it was actually adjusted to contrast that much more. The colors in the picture actually hurt my eyes.

Field of Flowers

Sunday, August 22, 2010


I went up to Princeton to visit a friend this weekend and took the long way to get there. I stopped in Valley Forge, PA where there was BeadFest!. I did a little bit of shopping but I didn't go nuts

My Loot from BeadFest

I bought a necklace/earring set from Melanie Potter at the School of Beadwork booth. I'm really excited. I even got started on it while I was at my friend's place

Start of the necklace

There are some heads in there that I hope to use in bead embroidery, made by Fired Up Ladies:
head cabochons

And a focal bead head that, well, I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with it yet
head focal piece

The plier thing is similar to the wrap and tap. It lets me make rings in 6 different sizes. I flipped through the class catalog and found a couple of wirework classes that I would have liked to have taken this year (like this) so hopefully, there will be similar classes next year. It's certainly much less expensive than going to Bead & Button, which I do hope to get back to in a couple of years!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Blinding myself with little black beads

A while back, I needed a break from this piece, I needed to work with color. Maybe it's the color overload from the Cynthia Rutledge piece, I don't know. This seems to be the piece that's calling to me right now. Bits of progress.


Monday, August 02, 2010

Changing it up

Yeah, I have a bit of an attention span problem :)

The last time you saw this piece, it looked like this:
Working another corner

A few days of progress you hadn't seen and now it looks like this:

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Romancing the Lariat - a start

Romancing the Lariat

I've been working on this for a while, slowly. I'm taking a bit of a break from knitting and instead am trying to finish up some beading projects. This is a Cynthia Rutledge kit that I bought in March when she was at Bead Obsessions. Before I give you the next detail, remember that this is a kit and I DID NOT HAVE TO PICK THE BEADS. The lariat is 60 inches long and is a color gradient made with 24 different colors of beads. This part is done. Onto the dangles!