The First Beading Daily Bead Along: Wrap Up and a Giveaway!

Well, wow! I can't believe that it's been nearly a month since we finished the first Beading Daily Bead Along! It took me way longer to finish my piece than I thought it would, but here it is, and I love it.

Here it is! My Net Full of Gems! If you look closely, you'll see where I substituted for the cylinder beads at the very ends of the necklace.

I used a strand of white howlite chips and some gunmetal lined Delicas to create this beaded necklace using Linda Richmond's Net Full of Gems design. I tried some new Glinter silver bead caps and clasp, and I love the way they look with the beads and the overall design. I'm especially proud of the way I improvised when I ran out of Delicas! Look very closely – you'll notice that the ends are actually stitched with size 150 beads in the same color as the Delicas. (Another reason why I keep a well-stocked supply cabinet of those tiny little beads!)

Two of your fellow beady peeps here on Beading Daily sent me the photos of their finished Net Full of Gems necklace, and here they are! Take a bow, Karen Firnberg of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Diane Duncan of Calgary, Alberta (Canada). You ladies did a fabulous job, and your finished beaded necklaces just go to show what a versatile this free beading pattern is!

Karen Firnberg of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA) used quartz chips for her stunning rendition of this necklace. Diane Duncan of Calgary, Alberta (Canada) made a distinctly earthy version of this beautiful beading pattern!

So are you ready for the next Beading Daily Bead Along? We're working on a new page here for the Beading Daily site that will include all the information and how you can participate, and maybe even get your finished piece of beaded jewelry included in a future Beading Daily blog.

First, we need to vote on the next projects! I've chosen a selection of projects from the Beading Daily Shop, and now it's time to vote on them. Head on over to Survey Monkey and take the survey, choosing one favorite from each category of necklace, bracelet and earrings. I'll leave the voting open until Monday, October 24, 2011 at noon EST.

So, while you're picking which beading projects you want to try your hand at next, here's another giveaway for you! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you want to participate in the next Beading Daily Bead Along. I'll leave the comments open until Monday, October 17, 2011 at noon EST. At that time, I'll close the comments and pick a winner using my trust random number generator.

The winner will receive a kit for making their own Net Full of Gems necklace including: a strand of gemstone chips, an ample supply of cylinder beads in a coordinating color, a set of Glinter silver bead caps and a sterling silver clasp. The winner will also receive a copy of Jean Campbell's 18 Beaded Gifts. (Sorry, we can only open this giveaway contest to those living in the U.S. at this time due to customs regulations.)

So what are you waiting for? Check out the poll over at Survey Monkey and vote for your favorite beading projects for our next Bead Along!

Bead Happy (and don't forget to leave a comment on the blog!),


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