For this challenge, I wanted to try a couple different approaches. The first is a more traditional bead embroidery piece using the design Button Fan by Tracy Van Niel (B&B August 2009). I had squirreled this pattern away and re-discovered it when I was looking for inspiration for this challenge. I adapted it a bit since it was a gift for my friend, Darlene, who has the smallest wrists of any adult I have ever known, thus limiting the required area of bead embroidery!
Next was a non-jewelry project: a purse designed by Ann Benson who offered it as a kit, which is one of my favorite ways to learn new techniques. If you've been driven crazy by bead crochet, you might want to give it another try. Watching Ann's tutorials is like yoga class for beads - her voice is so calm and soothing. I purchased this kit last year and when I first saw the super-skinny crochet thread, I felt anything but calm and put it away for a day when I felt braver. Along came Therese and Christine's challenge and that was the perfect motivation to give it a go.
|Yikes! Skinny Crochet Thread!|
Thanks to Ann's mentorship, I was able to complete it with minimal cursing. Even though the foundation of this piece is bead crochet, the motifs are embroidered on the surface along with more beads for additional pizzazz, so I thought it would be an interesting piece for this challenge.
My last piece is another adaptation of a design called Tuscan Sunset by Julia Gerlach (B&B April 2014). Julia's design called for cutting ultra suede to form the bead foundation but I decided to use this cuff I found at the Lipstick Ranch booth in Tucson this year. Beside the cuff display was a sign that said "great for bead embroidery" and that enticed me to buy three. The cab was also a Tucson purchase by Lisa Peters. Aren't they a great pair?
The original design used a large button as the focal and I adapted the surround to accommodate a cab. The other elements were pretty much the same. This was not a gift and I am thinking I may just keep it.
Hosting these challenges is a lot of work, herding beady cats you might say. So thanks again to Therese and Christine for always coming up with fun concepts and thanks to all the many bead friends who worked hard to bring their creations alive. Take some time to feast your eyes on their creations!
2. Christine (Host)
5. Lori F
8. Karin G.
26. Karen W.