Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The First Snow - Entry for Etsy Bead Embroidy Guild December Challenge

Winter Wonderland Etsy Bead Embroidery Guild Challenge
My oh my what a busy month December is!  As part of the Esty Bead Embroidery Guild, we were posted with the challenge to create a piece inspired by the theme, Winter Wonderland.  

To me, winter speaks of simplicity, elegance and a monotone color palette.  There are shades of silver and white dancing in snowflakes and sticking to tree branches.  But when you look at a landscape as a whole, it's blends together in a monochromatic picture.

I created a necklace that offers the same simple elegance!  I call this bead embroidered necklace "The First Snow."  The pendant features a sparkly Swarovski flat-back crystal.  It's sparkle is completely reminscent of the "diamonds" that sparkle on the first snow of the season.  You know when you first look out the window before the dogs go out or the kids tromp through the beautiful, fluffy white snowy carpet.  Those little snowflakes that capture the light and sparkle like diamonds.
The First Snow - Click to enlarge photos

I kept the necklace simple to really allow the pendant to be the star of the show.  Classic pearls and fire-polished crystals bring in the hues of white and silver with that touch of sparkle.  I hope you can see my interpretation of a Winter Wonderland.  This piece was custom designed for a Christmas gift and the recipient was delighted to have such a special creation.

To check out the rest of my fellow artisans on the Bead Embroidery Guild, visit their website or check out the fan page on Facebook!
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Dawn Doucette is a jewelry artisan that creates one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry out of her studio in Southeastern Wisconsin.  Dawn really loves bringing personality into each of her designs.  To see other work created by Designs by Dawn Marie, check out her website:  http://www.DesignsbyDawnMarie.com or visit her Etsy Store:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/DesignsByDawnMD

7 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

Oh so pretty and sparkly! I love the landscape of Wisconsin in winter. It truly is magical (but I only hate the cold!)
Enjoy the day, Miss Dawn!
Erin

Debby said...

What a beautiful piece. I am determined this year to get better at what I make
debby236 at gmail dot com

Therese's Treasures said...

Dawn, the pendant and necklace are beautiful and really do remind me of a first pristine snowfall.
Therese

Azure Islands Designs said...

Gorgeous Dawn...wouldn't it look stunning with something black!!!

Wow...you have a great deal of snow right now...we actually didn't have any ground cover until it began snowing Christmas day? I have to say I loved it as I'm not a "winter" person!

Cheers

Kristen said...

Droolin, lickin, pouting! You are a embroidery goddess!

Saturday Sequins said...

Dawn, I love this piece! It reminds me exactly of the first snow of the season, so sparkly and pure.

Great job!

Beadwright said...

You captured it all my friend. Very beautiful. Love white jewelry.
Happy 2012
Nicole/Beadwright

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