7th Bead Soup Blog Party – Reveal

A lovely assortment of soup mix from Shirley Moore – Bread and Beads blog. See the original boxed soup in an earlier post.

This is the first time I have taken part in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog party and I am sooooooo GLAD I did. She wants us to challenge and stretch our design selves and it sure worked. Learning new ways to use colour, specially colours I am not fond of, new stitch combinations, and new shapes.

I have said it before, and no doubt I will say it again – BEADWORK IS THE MOST UN-DOING-EST CRAFT!.

Summertime Necklace

Summertime Necklace - beadwork, herringbone, peyote, square stitch, donut, magatamas.

Summertime Necklace

Pendant of Summertime Necklace

Pendant of Summertime Necklace

I can’t tell you how many times I reworked the pendant on this necklace. And I love the end result. Emerald green is the Pantone colour of the year but damn, it’s a strong colour to work with.

What do you do with a donut? They are just so round! After much scouring the internet, beading books, and magazines I discovered netting. OK – step 1, net the donut.

Got to do more than that. Mmmmmm…….

After many interations the focal donut bead became a netted flower with inside embellishments of emerald green silver lined magatamas. Never used those before. And a peyote bail to slip over the twisted herringbone chain.

Clasp for Summertime Necklace

Clasp for Summertime Necklace

Rope embellishment on Summertime Necklace

Rope embellishment on Summertime Necklace










Can you believe it? Shirley gave me EXACTLY the right number of emerald magatamas to include in the rope embellishments and to go around the toggle. How could she have known? Just love the way the toggle balances out the pendant.

The necklace is approximately 31 inches long from toggle to clasp. It’s a long rope and the pendant hangs quite low.

Purple Netting Necklace

Purple Netted Necklace

Purple Netted Necklace

Now purple is not a favorite colour of mine. I like its effect, its meaning and how it works with other colours. But I seldom if ever, wear it or use it in my decorations. So this box of purple/lavender shaded beads slightly floored me.

Pendant of Purple Netted Necklace

Pendant of Purple Netted Necklace

The look of netted beads appeals so here they are together in one hayuge lump as the focal point of this necklace. They feel substantial and weighty. To keep the netting going I used some peach pearls, jasper semi-gemstone beads and some of the soup seed beads. To continue the sides of the necklace I transitioned to tubular peyote and spiralled some size 8 seed beads around the core.

And then Shirley did it again. She read my mind and sent me EXACTLY the right amount of crackle lentil beads and 2 extra gemstones so I could string the rest of the necklace. Isn’t she brilliant!?

Clasp for Purple Netted Necklace

Clasp for Purple Netted Necklace

The clasp came with Shirley’s soup mix and is made by Sharyl’s Jewelry. The bright copper complements the purple/lavender, browns/creams theme of the necklace.

Look at that! One lavender pearl left to put onto the other side of the clasp.

Guess what? I’ll probably wear this as it looks so interesting.

Lavender Pearls Bracelet

Lavender Pearls bracelet

Lavender Pearls bracelet

This bracelet is a simple design – beaded components stitched onto a band. It is made from some of the extra beads in Shirley’s mix. Having already used the focal bead and clasp I wanted to make something else.

Lavender pearls bracelet open view

Lavender pearls bracelet open view

The band is done in peyote stitch using the twin beads from the soup mix, with size 15 seed beads filling in the gaps. I calculated how long the band needed to be and then stitched 4 rows.

Lavender pearls bracelet component

Lavender pearls bracelet component

Lavender glass beads are encircled with seed beads and tipped with fire polish beads – brick stitch around the center. The lavender pearls are in the mix too. So I was able to use two things from the soup.

The purple/violet colour family is out of my comfort zone. This really made me stretch my colour chops. But in the end the amber/peach glow around the lavender, along with a tiny accent of lime greens worked.

And I find I wear the bracelet a lot. I think it makes me happy!

All together this was a great experience. I made some pieces I would not have made otherwise. Used colour schemes I would not have thought of without this outside nudge, and came away with some great additions to my jewelry box.

The only thing which was a bit stressful was the timing. This blog post was written while I was in America. All the pieces had to be finished and photographed early as I left for England on March 27th. Yikes! It cut my time short by a few days.

So worth it.

Go here to see the list of the other 1st reveals – http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-first-reveal.html

56 thoughts on “7th Bead Soup Blog Party – Reveal

  1. Gite

    Yours is one of that posts where i am with the nose almost inside of the monitor. You did it so well. Perfect work. Great and i am happy to see such amazing beadwork
    So and now i will take a look to the rest of your blog
    Greets Gite

  2. CraftyHope

    Seed Beading is such an amazing art form! You really did a great job with the challenge of working with colors you don’t like. I really like your violet necklace. The focal you made for it is really neat. Nicely done!!

  3. sharylsjewelry

    What amazing pieces! I’m impressed with the emerald, but absolutely love what you did with the purples and lavenders and peaches! Your bracelet looks so happy and fun! And your purple necklace looks regal!

    I’m happily surprised to see one of my copper clasps put to such beautiful use here! What an honor! My thanks to you and Shirley for that, and congrats to you for your lovely work! ~Sharyl

  4. Cory

    WOW Rose, you really should work with purple more often…that netted necklace is stunning! I love how you made the two sides opposites with the peach pearls and the jasper! The bracelet is adorable too!

  5. Robin Kae Reed

    Amazing work! I love all of the designs! My favorite is the purple necklace. It seems very renascence era to me! And I love that era!! I think you did an amazing job with the stretching outside your comfort zone! Have a Blessed Day!

  6. Bobbie Rafferty

    FANTASTIC pieces! I particularly love the purple netted, because I know how tricky those transitions can be from stitch to stich. And how fortunate that your partner was so prophetic (and accurate!) in her selection of beads! Love your work, and I’m happy to have discovered you through the hop.

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  8. Liz Engriser

    Ooooooo Aaaaaaaa Woweeeeeee Zowie. You hit the bead shaped baseball out of the park! The first necklace is simply gorgeous, the second necklace absolutely stunning, and then the bracelet is basically out of this world beautiful. I have signed up to be notifed of new posts, and will definitely be back to further explore your varied talents. You get an A+++ for your Soup use ! Thank you for sharing these wonderful creations.

  9. Cheryl Gangle

    WOW! WOW! WOW! I don’t know that there is anymore to say! Your talents are amazing! You make me want to learn this technique! But, with my big man hands (hee-hee) I don’t know how good I would do! I would be proud to wear any of these pieces of ART.

  10. Barbara Bechtel

    Wait to go!!!! The time commitment that you ladies give to beadweaving always inspires me and as I’m just beginning to do a little peyote myself, I’m fascinated by the different shapes like the magatamas and the twins and how more experienced people use them!!!

  11. I’m on the 3rd reveal, I’m partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP
    I love all your stunning pieces, you are so talented.
    I’m fascinated by beadweawing (is it the right name?), I think it is very difficult… 🙂
    ciao dall’ Italia

  12. Shirley Moore

    Oh wow! I knew you would knock this palette out of the park, I just could not have imagined how beautiful! Love, love, love the netted donut! I think it’s so funny that I sent you a color you don’t work with, because I didn’t know that, but that is what happens so much in this party. That netted pearl necklace is the bomb! I’m so very glad you enjoyed working with new products, and I hope you continue to explore new ideas with the wire bead and the woolly wire. Those are actually personal challenges for me too, so maybe we need to do another reveal for those! Hope you have a wonderful trip!
    Thanks for being such a great partner!!!!

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