Saturday, March 12, 2011

Practice, practice, practice

I'm a firm believer that no matter what your method of expression, as artisans we are always learning.  (In life too!)  While I've been working on some new bead embroidered jewelry, I am always looking at new styles and techniques for the "chain" part of the necklace or matching bracelet.

I've always loved a beaded rope style necklace - there's something about the "tube" that just says WOW on a piece.  So I've used a russian spiral for most of my pieces so far.  Flipping back through a past issue of Beadwork magazine I saw a bracelet by Nancy Cain that featured a netted tube.  I hadn't tried that before, so I thought I'd give it a whirl!

I was surprised at how quickly the netted tube built on itself!  After finishing the embellishments, I had a blast with this piece!  It does have a good structure that can be string with bead caps or spacers and end beads to make a full necklace!

So, stay tuned for more bead embroidery pieces (one I'm finishing up today that's a whole lotta WOW! and a bit of bling too).  As long as we're always learning, we're always growing, right?

What's new in your creative space this weekend?  I'd love to see what you're up to!

P.S. If you're looking for a great outlet to share your blog and design creations, I strongly recommend you check out The Hive!  It's a free forum open to all mediums of creativity!  I've met some incredible people through The Hive and would love to extend the invitation to you to share there too!  Click here to sign up and it out for yourself!

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slmpetersen said...

PRETTY!!! PRETTY!!! I like this style, of course I am kind of addicted to your work, and haven't see a thing I don't LOVE! Your talent amazes me! Keep talking to the beads...this is your calling my dear friend!

Be~Jeweled by Jana said...

Dawn, that's really pretty! I'm going to work up the courage to try something like that one of these days!

Pat Haight said...

It's gorgeous! I have been admiring your bead work for quite awhile and when you said that you used the russian spiral I had to find out how it was done, I always assumed it was bead crochet which I have discovered I cannot, cannot, cannot do. I found a video tutorial over the weekend and I am well on my way to something that looks half-way decent☺ Thanks for the push!


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