Friday, May 6, 2016

Falling in love.... with beautiful designs

I have a tendency to go ga-ga over certain designs. They just bowl me over and I make them repeatedly until my fancies are captured by a new one. And often it's the simplest of designs that become the most compelling. Such was the case with the Seed of Life earring design by Svetlana Chernitsky from the April 2016 Bead&Button.

Design by Svetlana Chernitsky, April 2016 Bead&Button

I saved the pattern because I thought it would be a nice motif for bead embroidered pieces I have been making as wedding gifts. Here's a peak at the motif from a gift I am just finishing and will write more about in a later post.

Once I finished the pieces for my keepsake design I had some beads left over and decided to make a pendant. I am just smitten with these turquoise picasso super duo beads. I paired the pendant with a sweet charm from The Lipstick Ranch and strung them on bronze silver silk chain. And then I thought it would be nice to have earrings to go with the pendant. Before stringing, I dunked the pendant and earrings in a little Future floor wax to give them some stability and let them dry on wax paper.

I was so enamored with the colorway, I decided to make a bracelet to round out the set. The bracelet design is the Pathways cuff by This link takes you to the page for all the kits but each kit page has a link to a free downloadable tutorial. There is also a series of YouTube tutorials to go along with the printed tutorial but unless you are a beginner, the printed tutorial is super-clear and easy-to-follow. I had admired a similar piece made by Therese Frank and was happy to find the tutorial so I could try my hand at it.

Pathways Design by

I liked the set so well, I decided to gift it to my niece for her birthday this week. Happy Birthday, Kelsey!


AntiquityTravelers said...

Oh I love this pattern and I keep meaning to try out this stitch. Thank you for the link to the tutorial. What a lovely set for Kelsey - I'm sure she'll love it

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