“Paint the Roses” Etsy Beadweavers Team Challenge – Sept 2015

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The Sept Challenge was to create  a bead woven work using black, white and only one other color. This was definitely a challenge for me because I tend to gravitate toward earthy, neutral palettes. Initially I played with yellow and turquoise as the accent color but I kept coming back to red.

As I worked in the stark black and white, I was reminded of Aunt Em and Uncle Henry’s black and white Kansas farm. The red seemed to be the pop of color from Oz. Maybe some poppies for Aunt Em? But not really poppy shaped.

Then, as I worked on the tila bead checkerboard patterned diamond, I started to think of Harlequin patterns in the Queen of Heart’s dress in Alice in Wonderland. The white and red beads reminded me of the starkness of the white roses with drops of red paint spilling off them.

As far as technical process, the focal is a round onyx surrounded by Superduos and seed beads and backed with ultrasuede. The diamond is made of tila beads, seed beads and daggers.

The rope is 18″ long and is stitched in 3 drop, zipped peyote. The toggle clasp is hand beaded and accented with tila and dagger beads.

Please visit our team blog, http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com between the 9th and 15th and vote for “Paint the Roses.” Thanks! -Heidi

Petals of Pisgah Jasper Stone Beadwork Necklace and Earring Set

jasper pisgah petals necklace, beadworkLately I have been very inspired by the beautiful blooms and wildflowers that we discover during our hikes. In particular, I loved the mountain laurel, dogwoods and lilies that we saw on our hike at Mt Pisgah. I found this cabochon at Ernie’s Rock Shop in Brevard and fell in love with the colors. My photography isn’t great but in person you can see the coral, salmon and delicate mint color in the Leopardskin Jasper stone. It took me a while and many visits to my favorite bead store (A Better Bead & Craft) to find all of the correct hues to match including some perfect glass pearls and salmon colored superduos. Again, my photography is awful but the stones in the background are a color called “honeydew” and they match up very well to the light green color in the stone. As always, the necklace is backed with ultrasuede and has a beaded toggle clasp.

When I was beading this, I knew I wanted the actual chain to be very lacy but simple enough. The earrings I really kind of made as just a freebie to go along with the necklace. I just felt like some dangles were needed! I think it would also look fine with simple pearls.

I think this would be the perfect set for a wedding, garden party or other elegant affair. It’s a bit of a departure for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂

Click here to view the listing on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/241088943/petals-of-pisgah-bead-embroidered-jasper?ref=shop_home_active_2

Prosperity Sunset Necklace

prosperityThis leopardskin jasper and onyx necklace was inspired by the exquisite sunsets on Lake Murray in Prosperity, SC. Our family spent a week in this unique town. It’s not a rich town, but you soon realize that prosperity isn’t always monetary. It really was a special place where we found an abundance of rest and family time. I guess, you could say my soul prospered. The colors from the lake, the land and the sunset all play a part in this necklace.

The leopardskin jasper cabochon is joined by 4 onyx stones, glass pearls, tilas and seed beads to create natural, edgy, sophisticated necklace. The toggle is hand beaded and the necklace measures 19 inches long.

Hope is the Thing with Feathers Necklace

Hope is the thing with feathers necklaceThis necklace was created for a competition and is way outside my comfort zone but I love that about it. The challenge was to incorporate a doodle or zentangle into a piece of jewelry. So…I started with my favorite Emily Dickinson poem and decided to incorporate a blue bird and a stark tree. I painted the bluebird and zentangle tree on a tiny black canvas. Then I embroidered beads around it, continuing the branches and blue sky. The chain is peyote stitch and toggle clasp is also beaded. In the drop down, I incorporated hand stamped verses from the poem and feather like fringe.

Ashevillian Art Deco Labradorite Necklace

Labradorite bead embroidery pendantI love the colors in Labradorite. Within a tiny movement you can see blues, greens, purples, pinks, grays and golds. This pendant was inspired by a trip to Asheville and some of the Art Deco architecture we enjoyed. It’s weird because I grew up near Asheville but rarely did I ever pay attention to the downtown area. When I was growing up it was a wig store, a few quirky shops and a shoe store. Now I can appreciate the exquisite architecture and, like the Labradorite, many hues and nuances.

The pendant features Japanese seed beads, Czech glass beads and the Labradorite cabochon. The beaded chain is 20″ long with a hand beaded toggle clasp.

Storm Sonnet Jasper Necklace

IMG_20150425_185039-02For years I have worked in metals and while I still enjoy working with copper and silver, beads are my newest passion.

I was so excited to find this jasper cabochon at our local gem store with this beautiful, storm-like pattern on the stone. The cabochon is surrounded by Japanese glass seed beads and Picasso Superduos. The chain is handbeaded with seed beads and the clasp is also hand-beaded.