Motivation Monday: Beadwork Challenge
Bead Master recently sponsored our Beadwork Challenge with a luxurious bead kit that included chalk light rose DiamonDuos, cocoa airy pearl Tango beads, Labrador on silver plate 4mm Preciosa rose montées, frosted amber AB buttercup 5mm flower beads, and silver-lined smoke topaz size 10° Czech seed beads.
We gave this kit to our online editor, Tammy Honaman, and three Beadwork readers to see what they were inspired to create.
Tammy bead-embroidered a playful cuff bracelet. “My favorite kit component to fit into my design were the montées. Their wonderful chrome finish adds such sparkle! I wanted to use the Tango beads in a different way and found them quite interesting standing ‘up.’ Next to the DiamonDuos, they reminded me of feathers—which led to the leather feather cuff I attached my entire bead-embroidered component to. Finished with a Swarovski snap, this bracelet is comfortable and easy to wear.”
Beadwork Challenge Designs from Beadwork Readers!
Alicia Grebe, Beadwork reader, stitched a fun necklace that made wonderful use of all the kit components. “When I opened the kit, I instantly knew I would design an asymmetrical-style necklace. I turned the Tango beads into little pinwheels, and I created dainty flowers from the DiamonDuos. I used herringbone stitch as a base for the beaded rope. I absolutely love the way it all flows together.”
Breanna Garcia, Beadwork reader, created a showy statement necklace. “I was inspired by the DiamonDuos and Tango beads, and I knew I wanted to use them in an edgy, geometric design. I used the yellow daisy beads very sparingly because they didn’t quite match the style and aesthetic I wanted to express. I was determined to use all the beads in the kit, but instead of trying to force them to work together, I decided to just create something I loved.”
Annie Thomas, Beadwork reader, stitched a sweetly simple bracelet. “When I opened the bags and laid out the beads, the first thing I saw was a flower bud between two leaves. I have a mathematical brain, and geometry took over as I played with shapes. The color of the seed beads blocked my vision, so I incorporated some of my own. The resulting design reminds me of the first flowers of spring emerging from the ground still glistening with frost.”
We’d Love to See What You Create
What does this kit of beads inspire you to create? We’d love to see your design if you decide to purchase the beads and make your own piece of jewelry! Send photos to me at Lavon.Peters@fwcommunity.com.