Trending Now – Romance, Beaded Designs, and Spring!
Here in North America, spring has arrived! Our temps are getting warmer, the days longer, the flowers beginning to bloom, the grass greener and the trees bursting with blossoms. This is also a season of love and a time of great happiness for so many. From junior proms to bridal showers to weddings – this is a season of renewal, hope, happiness and romance! So why not bead and create jewelry designs for these special occasions and incorporate the “colors of the season?”
Let’s start with the color of the year, courtesy of Pantone®.
Pantone chose two colors for their 2016 color of the year selection – rose quartz and serenity. Pantone’s quote “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”
Based on trends from fashion, including hair, nails and accessories – other colors to include in designs for this year: light greens, aqua, bold shades of, yellow blue and red.
With our color story defined, now it’s only a matter of choosing the beads and the design. To get us started, here are a few romance-inspired beaded designs, perfect for the season and that next special occasion.
“Simply Romantic,” by Carol Horan Reesha. This design is not only romantic and sweet, it’s also on trend! Choker-style necklaces have been seen on many walking the red carpets this year and on runways from Milan to New York. To make this more on-trend, consider swapping out the cream-colored pearls for Swarovski’s pastel rose or creamrose crystal pearls.
“Frost Blossom,” by Erin Prais-Hintz is perfect for the bride (or mother-of-the-bride), with its delicate strands of pearls and hint of sparkle from the clear crystals. The crystal and cream-colored beads are simply beautiful but could also be traded for a pastel rose or cream rose color, or even something in a light blue or grey.
“Heather and Pearls,” by Elizabeth Terrell is right on-trend with the use of alexandrite faceted briolettes. Mmm.mmm.mmm! They are just beautiful, aren’t they? This design could be changed to match the metal color of your jewelry or, say the other jewelry being worn by the bridesmaids by changing the chain and other jewelry-making findings and materials.
“Pearl Embrace Collar,” by Lisa Kan is also on trend in its choker length and colors used – it is also, simply divine.
Complete any outfit using any color combination with this “Little Black Dress” earring design by Marcia DeCoster. It’s a simply stated beaded design, easy to stitch up, elegant and definitely romantic.
Instructions for all of these designs, along with so many other romance-inspired beaded jewelry making projects, can be found in the “Romantic Jewelry for the Perfect Day” collection.
Have you made a design inspired by romance? Please share your story and images with us at BeadingDaily.com
Happy Beading and Happy Spring!