Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August Monthly Challenge by ABS

August Monthly Challenge by ABS

Twelve Princesses on the Way to the Dance
Kay Nieslen
Published in 1923
Watercolor and ink

At Art Bead Scene this month the above picture was given as inspiration. I fell in love with it. I know the story so this scene by Kay Nieslen was awesome!

It took a while to decide what to make as the colors weren't something I normally use. But I was looking on Etsy and found some fiber beads by Eleanore at Fiber Beads.  They were just the colors I wanted.

Again, I use these challenges to step out of the box to try something new. I wanted to do a cuff bracelet using the fiber beads. 

I got the fiber beads and other beads I had chosen to go with them sewn on the shiny black backing, but ran out of time to put the whole thing together.  

So I am posting what I do have and hope to get the rest finished soon.

The rice pearls I used are reminiscent of the "leaves" in the trees, the black material is the night sky and the the fiber beads are the colors for the dresses.

I plan to encircle the outside of the bracelet with the rice pearls and the gold seed beads.  

Thanks for looking.

Til next time

Keep on Beading

A Day at the beach Design Challenge by Facet

Hi all. Time again for another challenge. At Facet this month we were challenged to do something beachy. Using the colors of the beach, waves, and sky.

I had a lot of sea glass from Znetshows that I needed to use up so I pulled them out of my stash, then got an email they had some new sea glass Sea Life, so I ordered the cute little green turtles. I mean what beach isn't complete without a turtle or two.

The colors I used were aqua, green, red, topaz and some glass rondelles that had had aqua and green running through them. 

I wanted to try something out of the box so I created loops at each end to put silk cord through so you tie it in the back, and then I used bead weaving thread to make a fringe out of sand colored seed beads to represent the sand on the beach.  Plus a set of earrings to match.

This is what I came up with:

I am not sure how I like the fringe yet, I may still redo some of it. And I think I need to make the silk cord in back longer, it didn't tie quite right. But other than that I was very pleased with it. 

I have the colors of the beach with two turtles now more beachy can you get!!!

Til next time..

Keep on Beading!


Friday, August 18, 2017

We're All Ears :: August Inspiration :: Moths

We're All Ears :: August Inspiration :: Moths

OH Yes! It is that time again. Time when Erin challenges us with a new theme... this time it is MOTHS!  Aren't they beautiful!  Talk about color, and designs!  Would keep a beader busy for quite a while!

If you want a little insight into moths, you can check out the website at We're All Ears

When I saw the challenge I was like "YES" I think moths get a bad rap. They are beautiful, just like butterflies!

What drew me in first was the ones with the eyes! Just couldn't get it out of my mind, so that is what I went with. 

I would say that they have a bit of Bohemian look to them. But we all know we do what the beads want. And I know tassels are the in thing, so I tried my hand at some. Kind of fun!

So without further is what I made:

Do you think I could get the eyes to look at me all at the same time. NO....and one eye is going the wrong way, but hey at least it is looking at you.

I really like how these turned out and and I think I may keep them. 

So until next month

   Keep on beading!