Monday, May 16, 2016

2016 Bead Peeps Blog Hop Reveal

 Let me start by saying, "I made the entire piece from the beads I was given and my stash." 
That is a huge accomplishment for me all on it's own. 

PLUS my partner, Susanne Stelljes, magically had two silver focal pieces my friend Connie had just mentioned she was looking for. So sometimes it is who you know. I was definitely in the right place at the right time to help Connie. Thanks again for that Susanne. 

Okay so to recap. Here is what I sent:
And here is what I received:
To read more about this check out this post.

Now what did I do with them. Well my Bead Society had just done a class on tubular peyote so I pulled out this pattern I'd been wanting to try for years. I wont tell you which one as I discovered it is very poorly written. So I ended up with this:
Not liking the look anyway, I defaulted to my favorite beaded 
component. The pattern for which was given to me by my first bead swap partner ever.
(Sorry I'm too lazy to dig years back into her blog to find a direct link for you.)
Yeah, I didn't really like it either, but when this is where you are 24 hours 
before the deadline panic can be a great motivator to adapt and overcome. 
Honestly I like there the piece went. 
Here's what I had to use:
 I knew from the beginning I was making a necklace for myself.
Honestly I'm not a fan of toggles on necklaces because they get caught in my hair and pull. 
I think I may have come up with a solution this time. A bit more field testing is required before I can attest to it's effectiveness and not dismantling an updo.
Now, here's the entire piece. I am quite proud of it mismatched bead cap pairs and all.
Ready to see more great creations? Visit the other participants to continue the inspiration.
Linda Anderson - Hostess -
Terry Jeanette Carter 
Rachel Mallis 
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher) 
Bobbie Rafferty