The Beautiful Beadwork of Melanie Potter

Melanie Potter was one of my earliest influences and inspiration for learning how to bead. Her stunning intricate beaded jewelry designs using chevron chain, herringbone stitch, and peyote stitch inspired me to learn more about bead-weaving, and eventually led me to start creating my own beaded jewelry designs. So when I saw the new Best of Beadwork: 8 Projects by Designer of the Year Melanie Potter, I was inspired to take some time to make one of the beautiful beading projects in it just for myself.

I've always loved the look of Melanie's String Quartet Collar, but since I didn't have that many 3mm crystal rounds handy, I used the next best thing: a handful of colorful glass pearls that I acquired over the summer from my friend Kelli Burns at The Hole Bead Shop. Since most of my favorite winter shirts are a deep maroon color, I chose that as my main color, and then accented it with purple, my second-favorite color of the moment. The combination of the two with a few silver plated size 15 beads as accents, combined with a lovely extra-long box clasp from A Grain of Sand, made for a festive beaded collar that I'll be able to wear all through the holiday season!

Looking at the photo, you might be thinking that my finished collar looks a tad uneven.  You'd be right. I made a mistake when calculating the size of my clasp, so the necklace actually came out just a bit too short. I tried to lengthen it up with an extra-long loop to attach the clasp, but I just might have to cut it apart and start all over. Fortunately, this one worked up so quickly that it won't take me long to fix the mistake. Because it's made with an easy combination of right-angle weave and netting, I'm thinking about making a few more for special holiday gifts using gemstones or even crystal pearls.

Can't get enough of beautiful beaded jewelry designs by Melanie Potter? You'll love the beading projects in the Best of Beadwork: 8 Projects by Designer of the Year Melanie Potter. With 5 favorites from the pages of Beadwork magazine plus 3 brand-new projects, you'll find that these innovative and elegant beading projects are perfect for both holiday gift-giving and to add a little bit of glamor to your own holiday outfits. These classic bead-weaving projects will look just as beautiful in twenty years as they do now, and for someone like me who doesn't believe in overdoing the bling thing, these beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings have just the right amount of sparkle from the crystal bead accents. 

Download your copy of the Best of Beadwork: 8 Projects by Designer of the Year Melanie Potter and start stitching these timeless beaded jewelry designs today!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

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