Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Black and White Challenge



My first beading challenge of the year! Thanks for hosting, Sally. As usual, I had trouble deciding what to do, so I made a couple different pieces. My favorite is this bead embroidery pendant with a right angle weave strap.


Here's a close-up of the bead embroidered piece - two cabochons with a silver charm.


This isn't the greatest photo but it gives a full view of the necklace with the beaded toggle closure.


My other piece is a chevron strap with a peyote bail, bead pendant and earrings to match.



Here are the links and additional details for the other fantastic Black and White Challenge entries.

23 comments:

Sally Russick said...

Paula, thank you so much for participating in the challenge! Oh man! All of the beautiful beadwork! Wow!! Looking at your pieces and a few pieces from the others I think my next hop is going to be a bead embroidery hop or something with a cabochon! Thank you for inspiring me! Gorgeous work!

P.S. I hooked up to Inlinkz on your blog and it worked!

Islandgirl said...

I actually like the bead pendant and earrings the best! the beads you used in those are really pretty... they look like some sort of clay with seed beads embedded in them?

Alice said...

Your beaded pieces are just gorgeous, and I love the beads you used in the earrings. So elegant!

Designed by Vera said...

Beautiful pieces Paula. I love the earrings!!!!! And sally.....what if we can't do bead embroidery......how about those wonderful people like Paula create the beads then those of us who can't use them in a necklace or such???? I am game! Thanks again Paula, You really outdid yourself!!!!!

Vera
http://veradesigns.blogspot.com/2013/07/black-white-jewelry-challenge.html

Patti Van said...

That first focal piece is just stunning - your beadwork is superb! I especially love the bail you created on the last necklace - I can't do this!!! The beaded chains look perfect all by themselves, but the addition of your focals makes these pieces so special!

Shel said...

Oh, Oh, Oh - these are fabulous!! I just love all the seed bead work I'm seeing in this challenge - it's amazing. I can't imagine how you managed to do the first design - looks very hard if you ask me - but it's so beautiful. The second one is my favorite, it's just so striking and classy. And those earrings - LOVE them!! Great black and white jewelry for this challenge.

TesoriTrovati said...

Very pretty, both of them! I like that shape of the beads in the last one, sort of like Morroccan lanterns. And I love the milagro heart! Enjoy the day. Erin

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

What lovely designs, Paula! Are those Kashmiri beads in the second necklace and earrings? They are really quite festive. (Hope everyone is clicking on the pics to zoom in... it is SO worth a closer look, Paula!)

Christine Altmiller said...

There is some true beauty going on here! What great weaving and wonderful designs!

BackstoryBeads said...

Love the trio of treasures in your first necklace, and the design of the RAW neckstrap really showcases the focal. The design aesthetic of the chevron piece is so classic, I would wear it everywhere, every day of the week! Great designs, both!

Pam Sears said...

All the amazing seed beaders in this challenge! Y'all make it look so easy and I know it's not! (I have a friend who's a seed beader... even she can't get me to move over to the "seedier" side ~heheheee~). I like both of your designs. Very well done!

Therese's Treasures said...

Wow Paula, I am a big fan of your work and it has blown me away today, love your pieces! Is the chevron strap tubular or flat?
Therese

Liz E said...

Your work is stunning. I also like your title, Chief Bead Officer. I think the board just voted to give you a raise :-)

Ann Schroeder said...

Oh what fun designs! I especially like the embroidered pendant. All of the pieces are so creative and yet wearable.

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Hi Lynne, These are Maruti beads that I went crazy for last year and ordered a box. I've used them sparingly this year and was happy for the chance to dig them out.

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Haha. I think the corporate-types get the play on words and everyone else just thinks I'm weird. Glad you like it. Considering most of my beading is gifts, a raise would definitely be good!

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Hi Patto - The bail is very easy - odd count peyote stitch. I would be happy to draw out instructions for you if you ever want to give it a try.

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Hi Therese, It is tubular chevron I learned in one of Melanie Potter's kits last year. It about drove me crazy learning it but like most stitches, it gets easier with repetition and works up pretty quickly.

Dee Clark said...

Love, love, love! Your pieces are so interesting and beautiful.

Kashmira said...

OMG! That second set! Is it for sale?

Marlene Cupo said...

Beadwork is so much to be admired, and as usual your's has left me oogling, and wondering "How the heck do you do that?" Fantastic!

lynsey said...

Lovely pieces there, beautiful beadwork, well done

Adrienne said...

Oooohhh, I love those earrings!

Post a Comment

 
© Cave Creek Beads