Monthly Archives: February 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party – What I Got!

bead-soup-boxesLook how beautifully Shirley packaged her bead soup mix. An envelope containing a sweet note and a package of Woolly Wire.

Yup, something called Woolly Wire. Something I have never heard of – most certainly pushing me in different direction. A certain amount of research is required!

Along with two colourways of beads, purples and greens. Neither of which are favourite colours for me so this is a challenge. Have to learn how to use other colours with these.

bead-soup-purplesA gorgeous selection of purples and lavenders. Pearls, crystals, seed beads, crackle coins, round gemstone beads, twin beads, and the best of all, a wire bead hand made by Shirley. Very cool.

bead-soup-greensThe focal bead which is a pretty stone donut, and the clasp which is another handmade goodie. Plus a lovely seed bead mix, magatamas, and crystals.

Pebble Plants Hybrid Quilt

Pebble Plants Fractal Image

Pebble Plants Fractal Image

A new fractal image to work with. Very monochromatic but interesting shapes and design. This time I will increase the impact the beadwork has on the finished piece.

I have used a sheet of EQ printable cotton. The larger size – 13″ x 19″ which is the most my wide body printer can manage. My heart pounds when I feed the paper in and start printing – you never know if the printer will stick, the ink will suddenly dry up, the edges will get caught, blobs of black will land on the paper. Any number of nasties could happen so it’s very nerve wracking to watch the fabric sheet slowly emerge.

However, it printed just fine.

Now I need to sandwich and baste it together ready for hand quilting. And start designing beadwork to enhance the image.

Bead Soup Blog Party – My Mix

Bead Soup Blog Party Mix

Bead Soup Blog Party Mix

Here is the mix I put together for the Bead Soup Blog Party.

The focal bead is a self supporting beaded star made with size 11 delicas and size 15 seed beads. Along with a matching clasp. The star was inspired by Jean Power’s technique of joining distorted squares. I added the bail so the star can be hung on a rope or chain.

Around the star are the co-ordinating delicas, seed beads and Swarovski crystals.

This package went off to Shirley Moore. Go and see her blog – Beads and Bread. She is sending me a package of Bead Soup in exchange.

Peyote Bracelet Cuff by Shirley Moore

Peyote Bracelet by Shirley Moore

Here is a peyote cuff she made – a Rainfall of Color.