Wow for some reason I thought this wasn't til the 12th. I hope I am not in for any more calendar issues this year. That would be bad.
So if you are not familiar with Beading Babes I will let you know about it. Karyn at Releases by Rufydoof gathered a pretty cool bunch of beaders to pick then work on a project from either Bead and Button or Beadwork magazine. It is so much fun to see what others think of the patterns and also offer advise to each other when we hit stumbling blocks. So how about this month.
Well it seemed that many of us hit several stumbling blocks on our projects for this round. Either the time was at issue or the pieces weren't coming together as expected. I did attempt both projects for the month but ran into some difficulties myself.
First up is Smadar Grossman and Ravishing Rosettes published in the December 2011 issue of Bead and Button. I will totally admit that the color scheme in the magazine is not me in any way so initially I overlooked it. I have decided not to vote on the projects because I need the challenge so when this was one of the picks I had to take a second look. And I love it. I needed to adjust it a bit to either fit the beads I was using or the tension issues you all know I have. Smadar is a fabulous designer and I hope to one day get one of her own patterns as we all know the magazines tend to edit some pretty important tips right out of print. So here is my Tangerine Tango
See Dawn I told you I was totally rocking tangerine!
What a fun and cheery necklace this makes and I have to tell you I (yes really) I made a simple 2 by 2 chain maille connection to finish it!
And as promised I have it as a pairing! Yay!
I also tried Barbara Falkowitz Runway of Pearls published in the Dec/Jan 2012 issue of Beadwork but that was not as successful as I would have hoped. I am not sure if the triangles I used were right and I ran out of pearls. So what I want you to do is hop over to Amy's blog and check hers out. It is Awesome!
So I mentioned the Echo Creative Club too right. Well I received my beads from Jeannie this week and WOW I really can not believe she made them out of polymer clay. I was so excited I was working on them when I got a sweet little email from her asking if we would also post when we receive the beads. OOPS I already opened it up. But you know what? I was so careful opening it because I love her packaging that it was easy to put most of them back in the bag and make it look like I hadn't touched them yet. LOOK at these!
I have told Jeannie (probably way too many times) I love being part of this and playing with her beads more than I can really put into words.
I do have a bit of a busy week ahead but things are beginning to get better. Hope I didn't just jinxed it.
Hugs and Blessings