4 Clever Designs Inspired by Beadwork Projects
It’s no secret that our readers don’t always make projects exactly as they’re published in Beadwork magazine. Readers often put their own touches on a project, whether that means substituting beads, creating a different variation, or going completely rogue and just using a piece as a basis for their own inspiration.
We recently had four readers send us their own versions of previously published Beadwork projects.
A Simpler Approach
Gail McLain took a simpler approach to Cindy Holsclaw’s Chrysanthemum Blossoms necklace from April/May 2015 Beadwork. She adapted Cindy’s design for a class project.
“I used circular peyote stitch to bead the flowers with SuperDuos, triangles, size 11° seed beads, and 4mm crystal bicones. I arranged them into a configuration that hangs nicely.”
Roz Kimerling found inspiration in the bead-embroidered work of Sherry Serafini (April/May 2016 Beadwork).
“The thought of going with the flow and letting my imagination take over was enough to get me started. I recently began doing bead embroidery and really love how liberating it is.”
Renata Minullina pared down Evelína Palmontová’s Stardust Bracelet from June/July 2016 Beadwork. She created a narrower, more subtle version.
“I substituted CzechMates 2-hole brick beads for the Bi-Bo beads and added my favorite little magnetic clasp.”
A Playful Variation
Susan Pelligra put a colorful spin on Phyllis Dintenfass’s Triversible Earrings. She made a playful variation of Phyllis’s December 2008/January 2009 Beadwork project.
“I used solid colors on one side and a cabana stripe on the other, and I added fire-polished rounds to the tips of the triangles.”
For design inspiration of your own, check out the February/March 2017 issue of Beadwork! You’ll find 18 must-have designs, including an ultra-popular Moroccan-inspired bracelet, a fun and stylish wrap, and a mesmerizing cuff of SuperDuos.
We love seeing how our published projects motivate readers to create their own variations. If you have a W.O.R.D. (What Our Readers Did) submission based on one of our published projects, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managing Editor, Beadwork magazine