Monday, March 5, 2012

Beading Babes Reveal - And Echo Creative Club part 1

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


  1. It looks fantastic!Real'rocking tangerine'.Fresh and happy colors,nice stitch and fine beaded connections.Very happily looking,Summer design.

  2. Kristen,
    I love your take on Smadar's Ravishing Rosettes it is beautiful, I love your color choice and the fact that you used glass pearls instead of crystals. The bracelet you made to go with it is gorgeous, great job! I am so looking forward to seeing what is up for project 4.
    Those polymer clay beads are luscious I love their color. I can not wait to see what you create with them, I just know it will be fab!

  3. Your necklace is fabulous, Kristen! I love the colors and the fact that you made the chain maille for it!!!! Way to go! I'm looking forward to the 4th project. I love that you don't vote so that you're challenged. That's a great idea!

  4. What a wonderful color palette for Ravishing Rosettes. The colors in the magazine made me skip over it at first also. I'm glad we chose it, though. It turned out beautifully. I love your bracelet also. Awesome work.

  5. I have to agree about the colour of Ravishing Rosettes - such a bright and happy piece perfect for Summer. I too love how you have used the pearls instead of the crytals - gives the piece a whole different look and feel.

    Thanks so much for taking part in Project 3 and I look forward to seeing you for Project 4.


  6. Holy Cow that's a fabulous necklace! It's amazing what you can do w/those tiny little seed beads (I just tend to drop them all over the floor!)

    It's truly 'rockin'!!

  7. I love the colors and I love the bracelet.

  8. You are amazing. I love this new set. Yellow is a color I'd never think of but it's so perfect and summery. I love it. And your music challenge pieces? So elegant and classy. I'm in awe!

  9. It is amazing how color totally changes the look - I saw There's and it reminded me of the sea and this reminds me of sunflowers! Great job! - and I didn't find a I am hoping it too was an outside job! lol

  10. This was the post I wanted to come back to and read as, earlier, my hungry hubby was at my elbow wondering if we were going to have lunch or if we were dieting again.

    Love the lustrous white pearls against that sunshine yellow it does (as Patty pointed out) remind one of happy sunflowers. I can picture this worn in the summer with a crisp, white cotton sundress, what a knock-out ! :)


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