Just in time for Valentine's Day - a bead embroidered heart! I made this at Texas Bead Retreat this year. It was it a fun class that really got my imagination going. The chain is a simple RAW stitch.
I really don't know what to call this thing. It's part scarf, part necklace, but all fabulous. I wanted something to keep my neck warm but not add all the bulk. After all, in doesn't get THAT cold in Texas. Bonus points for the extra pizzazz it added to my outfits.
Background: I attended a craft fair a month or so back and ran into a lady that had made several of these in all kinds of colors. She immediately came over and told me how to make them. I knew I had to have one. I adjusted the concept a bit and changed up the colors to work with my color cravings. I liked it so much I made a few more.
What do you think? What would you call it?
Sometimes happy accidents are the most fun. That's the case with this piece. The focal is made from polymer clay where I was trying to learn a new technique. I was about half way through conditioning the clay with the pasta machine (trying to make gray) when my mom stopped me - the marbled effect was fantastic! So, being a clay newbie I shaped it and baked it.
Well, as expected - and as all clay newbies learn the hard way - clay not properly conditioned will crack. I also managed to get some bubbles in this one too. Even with all the imperfections, I still loved it so I knew I had to try and save it. I covered those imperfections with the dots. I even added glass seed beads to some of the dots and baked again. YAY! Happy results.
The piece then sat around for MONTHS trying to decide what it wanted to be when it grew up. After a few months of thought, I decided to use bead embroider techniques and then add a CRAW chain. TA DA!
I'm very happy with how it turned out. What do you think?
Earlier this month a beading buddy of mine brought her starfish with her. It reminded me that I had this project on my "to do" list, After petting her finished piece for a while (and, truthfully, trying to hide it in MY bag), I decided it was time to get cracking on mine.
The starfish pendant is designed by Diane Dennis and works up pretty quickly. I used pewter-toned beads and pearls and finished up in an afternoon. I then spent most of the time trying to decide what type of chain I wanted to make. Evenually I settled on PRAW with silver seed beads and gold seed beads sprinkled throughout.
I love how this turned out!
I'm sure more of these are in my future.
The good news is that I finally managed to stop making Megan Scarfs. The better news is now I'm making Maddison Necklaces! I have a couple of these in my personal collection that I made a few years back, and they always get compliments. Part of it is the metallic yarn that I use to create these. The other cool thing is - like Megan - you can wear her SO many different way. I've even worn two at a time during cooler weather to make it bulkier. This is one of those go-to accessories that will be a great enhancement to your wardrobe. Some of the ways I've worn it:
The Maddison Necklace is designed by Carolyn Carleton of Living Skies Crochet. I have several of these ready to be shipped if you'd like to purchase one pre-made. I also am working on a few in a yummy green color (my favorite) and those will be available for purchase soon.