Category Archives: Design Challenges

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.

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.

Bead Soup Blog Party

Bead Soup Blog Party 7

Here we go with the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party led by Lori Anderson. I’ve not done this before so am rather looking forward to joining in. Apparently over 500 beaders have signed up.

Soon we will receive the info on our allocated partner. I am feverishly making a beaded pendant and clasp as I am a seed beader. Will eventually post photos of the beads I receive in exchange. Probably go into a fugue for a while and then come up with a design for the goodies I get.