Thursday, June 7, 2012

Extreme Bead Embroidery Takes a Tropical Vacation -Now for the Umbrella Drink Please

From all white on white to extreme contrast with black & white, I decided to take a little journey with my bead embroidery to the tropics.  Somewhere from way out in left feel I was inspired to create something so beyond my "old shoe" comfort zone it's freaky.

I will say... brace yourself... I used orange *gasp*  as in tropical warm, sunshiney, happy ORANGE!  FREAKY again, I know!

Where is all this inspiration coming from?  Not sure exactly, but I'm loving playing with color.  

So this cuff started as an inspiration from the Etsy Bead Embroidery Guild.  The EBEG Beadfest challenge was fairytales... the variety that started as folk lore long ago and have been passed down through storytelling for generations.  My mind immediately thought of the tale of Hansel and Gretl, a German fairy tale told by the Brother's Grimm in 1812!  The tale is about 2 young children that are abondonded twice by their father and horrid step-mother not once but twice in the woods!  After the 2nd time of being abandoned the children get lost in the woods and find a house made of gingerbread and candy.

Being supremely hungry, the children begin to nibble on the candy home until they are invited in by a witch posing to be an old lady.  Suffice it to say the kids eventually trick the witch at her own game, find a stash of jewels she has hidden and with the help of a good storytelling, find their way back to their father.  His wife has mysteriously passed away and they can now live happily ever after thanks to finding the witch's jewels.

The focal of this cuff reminded me of candy.  Honestly it looks good enough to lick!  I added "jewels" in shades of lime both in beads and in the Nicole's beadbacking, aqua and accents of tangerine to create a bright, joyful "path" of treasure to emulate the journey Hansel & Gretl took.

While I'll be out of town while the blog hop takes place for the Fairytale Reveal during Etsy Bead Embroidery Guild's Beadfest on June 30th, I had to share this as it was truly a wonderful journey to create.  You can check out the other members of EBEG on Facebook: I never thought I would use orange - in fact I surprised a really good friend who was shocked I even had any orange in my bead inventory.  I tried the cuff just to capture a picture, and wouldn't you know, it decided to own me.  Yep, this baby is now part of my private jewelry collection!

Hope your day is inspired and your journey is sweet!
Designs by Dawn Marie
Dawn Doucette is a jewelry artist creating OOAK bead embroidered jewelry in Lake Geneva, WI.  Inspired by the beauty around her, each piece is unique and something that can be passed down from generation to generation.  Much like a great painting, Dawn's bead embroidery tells a story and it's translation is very personal to each person that sees it.  Specializing in custom beaded jewelry, Dawn loves turning a personal experience or story of her customers into a OOAK piece of jewelry they will treasure for years to come!


Praevka said...

The bracelet is really cute with all the colors you've used! I like it much! And I have to say that Czech version of the fairy tale is a little bit different and, ehm, more drastic...

Lisa Crone said...

Wow, very impressive! You amaze me!

Shirley said...

*Jumping up and down* It was Kristen, it was Kristen!!! She has corrupted us all!! (Actually, I already loved orange before I met her obsessive self). You did such a stunning job with this one girl, I can see why you feel the need to keep it! The details are exquisite!!

H.T. said...

Fantastic,Summer design for the beading embroidery bracelet.I love those contrasing colors-orange+ light shades of green.It makes the optimistic mood and the bracelet looks so 'happy'.The black and white was really elegant,but this one has got the expression of celebrating the happy Summer time.You should wear it and really drink the 'umbrella drink' to honor the beauty of that design:-)
Warm Greetings-Halinka-

Gutukas said...

Very beautiful game of coulour this tropical bracelet- very playful. Good look in your beading projects, thanks for the blog :)

DVArtist said...

OKAYYYY you know orange and green are my colors!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Candy and sherbert. Wish you could come to my class too. We would have soooo much fun before, during, and after.

Azure Accessories said...

Love it Dawn...and the black and white is stunning!!!

You are wonderful at this bead embroidery "stuff".



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