Sunday, 4 September 2011

Beaded musings

Hello lovely readers. Hope you are all well today :o) Its been a while since I posted about anything other than the folksy listing clubs. I've just checked- it was May with this post about my beadbusting goals. (If you're interested, they didn't go spectacularly well! I did enter the moodboard but my Anemone Cuff did not get completed. I still haven't finished it- really should get on and do that).

Well anyway, the point of this post....
Last month Operation Tackle that Bead Stash had a fab moodboard with gorgeous colours of purple, blue and turquoise green. You can check out all the lovely entries here. My entry was a little late (oops) but this is what I produced. It's a choker mostly in herringbone stitch. The different sized beads make it curve.


Now I like this a lot. Love the colours etc but the prob is, the size 12, delicas and 15s make it curve too much. I have a skinny neck but really it wants to be bracelet sized so it just doesn't lie flat against the neck. I thought I could get a way with it but the more I try it on the more I think not. I've made a couple of these before but must have misremembered the bead sizes. Have to dig out the others to see what I used.

The upshot is, I think I'll be taking it apart and remaking it once I have the same beads in the right size. So, what should I do with these ones? I have more of the purple and blue but mot many of the turquoise left so whatever I do with them it can't be much bigger. I love the colour combination though so would like to reuse them as they are.

I've had some thoughts. I could cut it into pieces and make a bracelet (or possibly choker if I have enough) along the lines of this.


Or, maybe.. this.
I was twisting it and liked what happened. I think I could produce something like this with tubular peyote...or maybe beaded crochet although I do find that quite tricky.

What do you think?


Oh and do stop by OTTBS and check out this month's moodboard. Liz picked gorgeous colours!

6 comments:

Squintessential said...

Oooh Gemma it looks lovely! Love the colour combination.

I'm in awe of anyone who can do intricate beading.

I do like the twisty style would work well on bracelets I think. :)

Hannah.x

NEDbeads said...

The twisty one is awesome, but I really like the serpentine look of the over and under curls, too.... what a hard choice!!! Good luck with it, it's a lovely combination of beads!

Sarah said...

Beautiful! The colours work so well together. I think the twist is so lovely.

I don't know how anyone has the patience to work with seed beads! lol!

Sarah xx

SimJaTa said...

You must have excellent eyes Gemma, I have done a bit with seed beads for brooches and have to say I find it very difficult.

I love your creations, have you thought about brooches with them?

Lynda

pennydog said...

Oh, oh! I made a bracelet that's similar to what you're going for- I totally need to write it as a tutorial for Crafteroo magazine! Anyways if you brick stitch rows of 3-5 seed beads into a thin strip, repeat 3 times and then attach them togehter at the top by going through a few rows, you can then brid and fasten at the end in the same way. i think I then put a press stud fastener on- we're taking 10 years ago but I remember it vividly, maybe I still have it somewhere...

Gemma said...

Thanks Kerry! I can't quite get my head around what you're on about but will look out for it in the mag soon
Gemxxx

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