Beyond Beadwork: Alternate Colorways & Inspiration

For each beautiful project in Beadwork, we ask contributors to provide alternate colorways. This is a long-standing tradition for the magazine because we hope that, if one color palette doesn’t grab you, a second (or third!) will provide the inspiration you need to get started.

Beadwork Technical Editor Meredith Steele says, “I love that Beadwork projects have multiple colorways, because everybody has totally different tastes. I’m a really monochromatic person, so the colorways that feature multiple shades of one color are always the ones that appeal to me the most. Sometimes I prefer one of the alternate colorways, and sometimes I will create my own palette. If I happen to have the same color as one of the beads from the materials list of the project in my stash already, I will work from there to create a similar colorway with the project as my guide.”

Alternate Colorways in Beadwork

Sometimes, we have more inspiration and colorways than we can print—read on for bonus content and insights into the alternate colorways in Beadwork February/March 2020.

Vezsuzsi’s Peadar Beaded Bead necklace

Vezsuzsi’s Peadar Beaded Bead necklace

Peadar Beaded Bead Set

We profiled Hungarian-born Bead Artist Vezsuzi in Beadwork October/November 2019. Her beadwork is intricate and colorful, and she loves making tiny beaded jewelry. Beaded beads are among her favorite things to stitch. Vezsuzsi has made many beaded beads over the years and quite a few of them have made their way into Beadwork.

Vezsuzsi’s Peadar Beaded Bead bracelet Beadwork

Vezsuzsi’s Peadar Beaded Bead bracelet

Vezsuzsi’s Peadar Beaded Bead Set appears in the February/March 2020 issue. (If you’re wondering about the title, Vezsuzsi often names her projects after a friend.) We love the idea that you could start with any of the beaded beads and build your set as your time and creativity allows. But, be warned! This lovely combo will definitely invite a beader’s handshake, which is just our way of saying, “I love your jewelry!” instead of hello.

Peadar Beaded Bead earrings

Peadar Beaded Bead earrings

No jewelry set would be complete without earrings and these colorful little drops don’t disappoint. Vezsuzsi made this colorway as a solution for people who aren’t into pink. One thing that makes alternate colorways especially appealing is the way they show you that substitutions can be made to the original design. You can see the pattern in a different way. You’ll find the materials list for Vezsuzsi’s Peadar Beaded Bead Set at the end of this post.

Lisa Krupp Dooley’s Pearly Peaks Bracelet

Lisa Krupp Dooley’s Pearly Peaks Bracelet

Pearly Peaks Bracelet & Earrings

Lisa Krupp-Dooley generously made a version of this bracelet and earring set for one of Beadwork Editor Tamara Honaman’s appearances on Jewelry Television (JTV). The two beaders were talking at Bead Fest last August and Tamara confided that she was feeling stressed about making enough jewelry samples using the cotton pearls she was going to present on JTV. That night, Lisa whipped up the prototype for this sweet design using cotton pearls with Tila beads, just for Tamara!

Lisa created the version shown here, called Pearly Peaks, for the February/March 2020 issue of Beadwork. This is the first time Lisa has had a design in the magazine. We hope there are many more to come! Two colors of these bracelets appear in Beadwork, one with turquoise color scheme and one with a subtle pink color palette. This alternate colorway also provides a lovely take on the design. It’s a bracelet so nice, you’ll want to make it twice.

Lisa Krupp-Dooley’s Pearly Peaks earrings Beadwork

Lisa Krupp-Dooley’s Pearly Peaks Earrings

Sometimes, a contributor gets on a roll with their project and experiments to see how many different ways they can use a stitch or beaded component. Earrings are a great use for these experiments and we love it when contributors send them along with their bracelets or necklaces. These Pearly Peaks earrings are a good place to start if you aren’t quite ready to dive into the bracelet. Plus, earrings are one-size-fits-all, so they make wonderful gifts. Find the materials list for this alternate colorway at the end of this post.

Evelina Palmontova’s Sunlit Wheat Bracelet Beadwork

Evelina Palmontova’s Sunlit Wheat Bracelet

Sunlit Wheat Bracelet

A portion of this alternate image of Evelína Palmontová’s Sunlit Wheat Bracelet appears in Beadwork February/March 2020. This up-close look at the bracelet lets you see all of the elements. Call me a plain Jane, but I’d love to stitch a wrap bracelet with just one row of the chevron pattern. It will take some experimenting to see if it would have enough integrity to stand on its own, but it will be fun to try.

Evelína Palmontová was a 2016 Beadwork Designer of the Year. She has contributed numerous projects to Beadwork, many of which are available in the Interweave Store. If you like the look of intricate bracelets, you’ll enjoy her Checkerboard Cuff and Winter Lily Cuff. Check out her colorful earrings and necklaces patterns, too.

Creative Colorways

When you sit down with your Beadwork February/March 2020 to dream and plan, I hope you’ll come back to this post and be inspired by the additional colorways. Let color be your guide as you follow these color schemes or create your own alternate palettes. You can even borrow color inspiration from one project to apply to another. In any case, enjoy the ride. As Wassily Kandinsky said, “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.”

Happy Beading,
Katie Hacker, interim managing editor of Beadwork

Peadar Beaded Bead Set by Vezsuzsi

Alternate Colorway Materials

Teal Necklace
3 g sea green galvanized Duracoat size 15° seed beads (A)
2 g sea foam galvanized Duracoat size 11° seed beads (B)
1 g chalk white green luster size 8° seed beads (C)
52 metallic light green polychrome 4x2mm 2-hole MiniDuos (D)
28 white blue luster 5x8mm 2-hole Vexolo beads (E)
light blue 10x8mm faceted rondelle
light mint opal 10x8mm faceted rondelle
light brown 14mm wood round
silver 22-gauge 2″ head pin
2 silver 22-gauge 3″ eye pins
light teal 18″ wire necklace
Smoke 6lb FireLine braided beading thread

Teal Bracelet
3 g sea green galvanized Duracoat size 15° seed beads (A)
2 g sea foam galvanized Duracoat size 11° seed beads (B)
2 g chalk white green luster size 8° seed beads (C)
24 metallic light green polychrome 4x2mm 2-hole MiniDuos (D, 6 components)
27 pastel silver 4x2mm 2-hole MiniDuos (D, 4 components and connections)
40 white blue luster 5x8mm 2-hole Vexolo beads (E)
silver 6x9mm magnetic clasp
Smoke 6lb FireLine braided beading thread

Teal Earrings
0.5 g sea green galvanized Duracoat size 15° seed beads (A)
0.5 g sea foam galvanized Duracoat size 11° seed beads (B)
0.5 g chalk white green luster galvanized Duracoat size 8° seed beads (C)
8 metallic light green polychrome 4x2mm 2-hole MiniDuos (D)
8 white blue luster 5x8mm 2-hole Vexolo beads (E)
2 light mint opal 10x8mm faceted rondelles
2 silver 22-gauge 2″ head pins
1 pair of rhodium-plated 20x9mm ear wires
Smoke 6lb FireLine braided beading thread

Pearly Peak by Lisa Krup-Dooley

Alternate Colorway Materials

Saffron
3 g saffron galvanized permanent-finish size 11° seed beads (A)
2 g metallic dark green iris 3mm bugle beads (B)
39 crystal Marea 5mm 2-hole Tilas (C)
96 metallic green iris 2×1.5mm crystal rondelles (D)
32 off-white 6mm cotton pearls (E)
8 off-white 8mm cotton pearls (F)
2 gold-plated 4×7mm Kleftiko Cymbal bead endings
2 gold-plated 4×6mm oval jump rings
gold-plated 7mm magnetic clasp
Black satin 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread
Microcrystalline wax


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