Monday, June 21, 2010

Bead Soup Party

First off, I want to apologize to those who have posted on Saturday and Sunday.  My weekend has been so full that I haven't had much time to sit at the computer to enjoy everyone's soup.  I will be catching up today when I have some time planned to sit here and enjoy everyone's creations.

I have to honestly say that the bead soup has been really hard for me.  I am a seed beader at heart and just don't have the talent for stringing except for a few lucky attempts.  It is so much easier for me to sit and play with seed beads than be challenged by all sorts of bead sizes and shapes.  I have enjoyed everyone's pieces and have strived to create something worthy of the person who took the time to choose beads to send me.

I loved the beads that Norma sent me.  They were a departure from my normal colors.  I was drawn to the black beads along with the open heart she sent.  I created a multi-strand braid with the beads she sent and added in some seeds and bugles and crystals that I had.  In the center, I made a herringbone tube that I embellished and then suspended the heart from the tube.  Norma sent me some lovely caps that I used at each end of the braid.  This is a very different style for me but I like how it came together.  I have a few ideas for the other beads that she sent but haven't had time to make them happen yet.  I will be sure to share when they are complete.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my contribution to the party.  Thanks Lori for hosting another wonderful bead soup!!

~Nancy

50 comments:

Kella said...

This is delicate and beautiful, a lovely marry of the beads she sent you and your design style.

bellajoya said...

Great job! I understand completely the challenge behind creating a piece with something other than seed beads!

Spirited Earth said...

clever way to work with that heart.. very pretty

Patricia Wood said...

So lovely! Congrats:)

Janet said...

What a splendid job youve done! Such beautiful seed beading you do. I wish I had your patience with seed beading! Job well done!!

Pretty Things said...

Oh that turned out just lovely! I think it's amazing! Seed bead work has never been something I could do (I tried it once, whew, took me forever!) so I have a lot of respect for you!

Boot ~C said...

such a beautiful palatte, I like the way you used multiple strands of seed beads

Courtney said...

Nancy,
This is really beautiful! I love what you did.

Nicki said...

I really like this. I am not a seed beader, but I think it is really really nice.

Marieke said...

Such an elegant necklace, love the you incorportated the heart in your design

ccrider2006 said...

I love the design and being a beadweaver myself, it was wonderful to see how you incorporated that into your necklace. Great Job!!!

Betty Ann said...

Great article thanks great photos. I really enjoy reading your blog.

I found a new online beading store today also I posted the link

Barbara Bechtel said...

so pretty and romantic!

cindydolezaldesigns said...

That's one of the things I like about these challenges, They really do force us to work with things we wouldn't normally. But the result is beautiful. Congrats!

Cathryn said...

I have the opposite issue--I envy seed beaders because I know that takes time, energy, and tons of patience! Your design was elegant and very beautiful. I love how you accented that lovely open heart with your bead work--it shows the foundation that should come with love. :D

steufel said...

You did a great job combining stringing and beadwaving. Awesome piece.

moonlitfantaseas said...

wow Nancy! you did my beads proud! this necklace turned out really pretty!I think it is actually a lot of fun to be challenged by adding the bigger components to our bead weaving and making a successful marriage of the two! you did good partner!

Pearl and Pebble said...

I love these colors alot. This is a very pretty necklace, I like how you incorporated the heart. Beautiful piece.

Elisabeth said...

Don't sell yourself short - your bead soup creation is wonderful - so delicate and feminine!

Cindy said...

Nancy, this is such an extremely gorgeous design..and I could imagine no less from you. Your seedbead work has always fascinated me...and you put your own signature touch on this challenge. I especially love the details in the multiple strands...my that must have taken forever to create! :-)

Loretta said...

I love what you did with the heart. This is a fun necklace.

Heather said...

Your herringbone tube is lovely, colors, pattern all of it gorgeous. I love the braid with all those different beads mixed together. Fabulous job!

Megilon said...

I think you did a great job combining elements. I love the seed bead work and the stringing. The heart works great with the design.

ViviBijoux said...

I know how it feels when you are out of your comfort zone, but you did fantastically. gorgeous beading! smiles, Virginie

TesoriTrovati said...

This is wonderful, Nancy! I think that the best part is that we are all seemingly challenged by what we got. I love what you did with these. Seed beads scare me, so I can understand where you are coming from!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Anna Lear said...

I love your piece; I am just in awe of seed-beaders (I have zero dexterity!) and really like you you incorporated it into this necklace. The colors are totally scrumptious, too!

Rebecca said...

Sweet sweet sweet! What a lovely piece. SO delicate and pretty, you have done a great job!

Kate said...

I love it, it has such wonderful texture, tiny, but intriguing, makes you want to look closer. I think you did great!

Laurel said...

I love the way it turned out - what a pretty piece!

Jennifer Cameron said...

Gorgeous! I can't tell you didn't know what to do with them. The design is stunning. Really

Jen V. said...

That is Gorgeous!!!! You really took your seed bead heart and strung it out!!!!

Christine said...

I really love this piece! Nice way to handle the heart, and I like the focal very much!

Releases by Rufydoof said...

Oh what a sweet piece. I love how you have used the heart... sooo sooo pretty. Well done!

Karyn

BahamaDawn said...

stunning necklace!!! you do amazing seed bead work!

Denise Yezbak Moore said...

I love the focal point. You did a beautiful job! Your seed beading is fabulous.

Carol B said...

Very different and lovely!

Emerald Window said...

Beautiful!
Cenya

Michelle said...

Love the focal's bail....Great job!
Bead Happy!

Jo said...

What a great way of showing off the heart! I love the colours too.

Marie Cramp said...

That is a gorgeous necklace!! I would wear it proudly :)

diane hawkey said...

Very beautiful and serene.

Alterity Button Jewelry said...

Beautiful design and bead work. The colors are very appealing to me :)

Silver Parrot said...

Very light and with a vintage feel to it!

missficklemedia.com said...

This is beautiful!
I am lovin the beaded tube bead the heart hangs from. You are so talented!

one-eared pig said...

It is beautiful!

Charlene said...

I think you did a beautiful job and love how much your caring comes through. I can tell you wanted to do right by the beads and - you did.

wildvanilla said...

I really, really like what you've put together. You did a great job working with components that weren't seed beads. I really like the focal, but the necklace part is really deceptively simple and lovely.

Regina said...

I think your design turned out beautifully too. Love the way you hung the open heart on the seed bead tube. You did great!

Patti said...

Very, very lovely!

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