Work Table Wednesday: Purple Mandala Bead Embroidered Collar

This week, I'm stitching away on a bead embroidered collar that I want to wear during my trip to the Tucson shows next week!

This week, I'm frantically stitching away on a bead embroidered collar in hopes that I will have it finished in time for my big trip to Tucson for the bead shows!

I got hooked on making bead embroidered collars using Diane Hyde's wonderful brass bead embroidery blanks several years ago, and I started this collar with some beautiful vintage glass cabochons from the Beadin' Path. Right after I started the collar, I found out I was pregnant with my son, and once the morning sickness kicked in full-force, I had to set the beadwork aside for several months.

Recently, I started cleaning out my bead drawers and I came across this piece and the beautiful long bugle beads that I had envisioned for the fringe. I loved it, but I had no idea where to start on the bead embroidery between the cabochons. After a little thought, I found myself inspired by my little beaded mandalas from Wendy Ellsworth's book and I decided to stitch little circular mandalas between each cabochon on the collar. 

I was inspired to stitch tiny circular mandalas between each vintage glass cabochon.

The bead embroidery went a lot faster than I had planned, which was great, since I want to have the collar finished before I leave on February first. I dug through my stash of Ultrasuede and found a very pale lilac to stitch on the back of the bead embroidery, and now comes the hard part: the fringe!

Even though I love making beaded fringe, I find it can really be the hardest part of a bead embroidered necklace project. In this case, I'll try a couple of styles before I settle on one.

What's on your work table this Wednesday? Leave a comment and share with us!

Bead Happy,


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