Making Earrings with Beads Inspired by Nature
Inspired by Nature: Making Earrings with Beads Along with Other Jewelry Designs
Slowing Down Just Enough to Bead
Autumn is a beautiful time of year. It also seems to bring with it a contagious buzz and fervor. Maybe it’s the change from the lazier summer days to back-to-school routines. Or the realization it’s time to get ready for the holidays. Or simply, there are just more special dates and events on the calendar. From pumpkin picking to hayrides, from apple picking to special celebrations, there is so much fun to fit in. So, how do we make time for beading with all we have going on? Well, here are a few designs drawing me in and getting me to slow down a bit. From making earrings with beads to beautiful fall-inspired necklaces, I’m guessing you’ll be beading soon, too. Maybe even while on a hayride! Okay, maybe not, but that might’ve made you laugh thinking about it!
Beading with an Autumn Theme in Mind
Carole Horn’s Falling Leaves Lariat from the Earthen Treasures Pattern Bundle is not only beautiful, it’s versatile.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of tubular herringbone, so maybe that’s part of the draw. There’s just something about the net result of herringbone, not to mention the Zen of weaving the stitch into a rope. For this design, I believe it’s also the extra touches Carole included. There is the hint of grass green in the beads and the addition of smoky topaz daggers, which, in my opinion, are the perfect touch to the tassel-fringe-like rope ends.
You can’t miss the bit of summer gold in the rivoli focal or the standout feature it’s woven into. The sunflower-like embellishment is beautiful! And in case you missed it, take a look again at the beaded and crystal accent. It’s stitched to a snap-on band used to gather the ropes. In Carole’s design, she offers two patterns for the band so you can change things up. Not only is that a really cool idea, it also gives you two ways to wear one design – love that!
Making Earrings With Beads
Maybe the beaded rope design isn’t getting you to slow down, just yet. So how about making earrings with beads, like we talked about at the top. Dancing Birch earrings by Agnieszka Watts? Also found in the Earthen Treasures Pattern Bundle, these earrings are rich in color and fancy enough for a night on the town, but not too fancy for the office.
The Dancing Birch beading pattern features netting, picot, and fringe stitches. And not to pressure or suggest this too many times, but earrings made using this pattern would make great gifts! Think of everyone on your list, choose their favorite colors, and get beading. Here’s another color option in the Dancing Birch design to help inspire you further.
Inspiration Abounds and We Want to Hear From You!
Speaking of inspiration. Beadwork magazine will soon be celebrating 20 years strong! In honor of its loyal subscribers, talented contributors, and the amazingly rich beadwork in each issue, we will be celebrating in so many ways. One special feature we’ll be including in each issue is an inspiring story about (or from) one of you! We want to know your story.
How has beading changed your life? How have you used beading to change someone else’s life? Or any other inspiring story you can share which relates to beading.
The first issue of this amazing anniversary year will be Beadwork Dec/Jan 2017. With that, we need to hear from you right away. Please send your stories, 300 words or less, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10/25!
Enjoy the season, all the inspiration around you, and all each talented beading artist shares with us in the pages of Beadwork and here at BeadingDaily.com.
Yours in creativity,