Friday, June 26, 2015

Creative Continuum of Seven Artist - June - Soft Summer Hues - Sally Russick

Hi Y'all,

Welcome to the June reveal of Creative Continuum of Seven Artist blog hop.  June is Sally Russick's month and she chose a soft color pallet for us to create with.

If you are not familiar with the CC7A group, let me fill you in.  Last year Alicia of All the Pretty Things blog asked six others if we wanted to be a part of a group that chooses themes to create by and each of us will be given a month to host the challenge.  Last year it was based on a title or event of our choice and a bead soup for us to create with. This year it is based on a color pallet from a photo we chose.  It could be a photo we took ourselves or one someone else took.

Sally took this photo of garlic plants and pulled out the soft hues of green, mauve, bluish gray, gray, and off white.  I chose all but the bluish gray to work with in my piece.

Here is the bracelet I made using the green, mauve, gray, and off white colors.

I am a member of the Facebook group Seedbeadersters and this three drop peyote bracelet pattern was this month's challenge. If you want to try this pattern you can find it at Fusion Beads the pattern's name is Mocha Swirl.  Sally's color pallet was perfect for this bracelet. Don't you just love those colors together? I used Miyuki  Delica seed beads:  eggshell, matte rainbow finish gray, a shimmering chartreuse green, and matte mauve. I chose a summer maiden button for the closure.

Thank you Sally for the beautiful soft color pallet. Thank you to all of you that stopped by to take a look at what I created this month. Please leave a comment I love hearing from you and then go by and visit the others in the CC7A group to see what they created with Sally's color pallet.

We are skipping July because too many of us will be vacationing in July, also one of our members had to take a leave of absence from our group for a little while.

April: Alicia
May: Therese  (you are here)
June: Sally
August: Monique
September: Cynthia
November: Christine

Happy beading Y'all,

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Time To Stitch Eight - What's Your Bag Sign Up

This is a reminder that Saturday June 27th is the last day to sign up for ATTS 8 What's Your Bag? challenge.  You can sign up here or here (my original post) or on Christine's blog. So come on and sign up and in November reveal your bag!

Happy beading Y'all,

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Time To Stitch Eight - What's Your Bag? Sign Up

Hi Y'all,

Well Christine and I have made a decision on the theme for ATTS 8. What's Your Bag? Christine's idea was to do an amulet bag, Which I thought was a great idea, but I thought why stop at an amulet bag. How about any type of bag as long as it has stitched beads.  It could be done totally in beads or trimmed in a beaded fringe. You could do a bead crochet bag, or bead embroidery ext...  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

I fell in love with the bag that Paula did for ATTS 7.  Paula purchased the kit for the bag from Beads East, which they have many kits and patterns for bags and all kinds of other beading projects.

Other places to get inspiration are PinterestYou Tube, and magazines just to name a few places.

So if you are interested in playing along for another round of A Time To Stitch please sign up either here on my blog or on Christine's blog.  Sign ups are from June 19th through the 27th (I know the blog badge says the 20th, but we are giving y'all an extra day.). You will have five months to work on your project or projects, for those that are truly ambitious.

Happy beading Y'all

Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Time To Stitch Seven hosted by Therese and Christine

Hi Y'all,

I can not believe that it is time for the reveal of A Time To Stitch Seven co-hosted with my friend Christine.  The first ATTS was in June 2012 we had 22 participants the two stitches that Christine and I chose for the challenge was Herringbone and Peyote the rules were simple, as they still are today. Make a piece with either or both stitches. It does not matter if you finish as long as you gave it a try and post what you made or attempted to make. Since that fist ATTS we have done several stitches and each time Christine and I have tried to raise the bar just a little to keep the challenge interesting.  This time around is my favorite form of free form beading, Bead Embroidery.
Not so much Christine's, but she did give it a try and her piece turned out beautifully.
All of the pieces pictured in the blog badge are my original creations with the exception of the blue cuff it is my version of Sherry Serafini's Ripple Effect cuff featured in June/July 2011 Beadwork magazine.

I am going to be featuring a guest on my blog today.  A dear friend of mine, Cynthia Wilson, that owns one of the local bead shops in Montgomery, AL The Enchanted Bead Store.  Cynthia is in rehab at the moment. This past year she has been having these episodes that mimic small strokes and about the beginning of May Cynthia had a sever episode that put her in the hospital for about two weeks and then into a rehabilitation center.  The episodes were being caused by a rare form of migraine headache called Hemiplegic Migraines only about 1% of migraine suffers get these types of migraines.  Cynthia was very excited when I told her about the ATTS 7 challenge and asked if she could join.  She has been working on this piece when her hands will cooperate and let her bead.  Her piece is not finished, but knowing my friend she will not stop until it is done.
Here is her piece.

Cynthia made the fussed glass cabochon and is using fresh water pearls, glass pearls, and crystals to decorate her piece. Cynthia is planing on using chain for the neck strap. (sorry for the picture I took this in her room) 

Now for my pieces. I made two pendants and a pair of earrings.
The first pendant I did, I used one of my stone cabochons as the focal.

The cabochon is Lemon Grass Jasper.  I followed the design in the stone with the bead embroidery. I am pleased with the end result. A simple piece to let the beauty of the stone shine.

My second pendant and earrings set.

I saw this technique somewhere I thought it was on Pinterest, but when I went to look to for the link I could not find it.  So I will just tell you how I made the cabochons. I purchased plain glass cabs and painted the back of the glass with glitter finger nail polish let it dry and then paint over the glitter polish with plain polish. In this case green glitter polish and bright lime green polish.  When I was looking for the delicas I wanted to use for the beaded bezel I could not find a green that was suitable so I chose the orange.  I then pulled out some orange 4 mm Czech rounds, some green glass beads, some clear drops and some 3mm emerald green bicone crystals.  There you have it a bright and cheerful pendant and earring set.

Thank you so much for dropping by my blog. Thank you once again to Christine for being my co-host and thank you to all of the participants that signed up for this challenge.

Now please go by and visit and see what wonderful items they have created.

                                          1.       Therese (Host) 
2.       Christine  (Host)
3.       Amy
4.       Lola
5.       Lori F
6.       Kim
7.       Becky Pancake
8.       Karin G.
9.       Debbie (Kepi)
10.   LizE
11.   Maryanne
12.   Paula
13.   Wendy
14.   Janet
15.   Jasvanti
16.   Ginger
17.   Alicia
18.   Bobbie
19.   Shirley
20.   Sarah
21.   Cynthia
22.   Lizzie
23.   Samantha
24.   Sally
25.   Niki
26.  Karen W.

Happy beading Y'all