Saturday, October 13, 2012

Bead Table Blog Hop - hosted by Lisa Lodge

Hi Y'all,

It is the reveal day for Bead Table Blog Hop hosted by Lisa Lodge Grateful Artist blog.  The rules were to purchase a bead soup site unseen from Lisa's bead table, make as many items as you could using the bead soup and items from your own stash.  You did not have to use all of the beads, but you were not to go and buy new to go with the beads in the bead soup.

Here is the bead soup I received from Lisa...

Here is what I made...

When I saw the ceramic pieces in the soup I knew I wanted to incorporate them in to a bead woven piece.  The challenge in this piece was what stitch and how was I going to make it look like all the pieces just flowed with the design.  I recently learned Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW) and I decided that I would use CRAW for the piece with the ceramic beads.  Lisa also included a few size 6 seed beads that were the perfect color to go with the ceramic beads.  From my stash I used black size 8 seed beads, silver tone base metal daisy spacers, and hypo allergenic earring hooks.  The design was moving along smoothly until I got to the point where I added the first ceramic bead, then I had problems.  Let me just tell you it is not easy to rip out CRAW, so I put the project down and went to bed.   I have heard people say that an idea came to them in a dream.  I was sort of skeptical until now, because the solution to my problem came to me in a dream.  I woke up knowing exactly what I had to do to fix the problem and it worked like a charm. By the time I got to the end of the CRAW rope I had ten of the size 6 seed beads left, so I put eight of them in rectangle part of the clasp and the other two on the ends of the toggle part of the clasp.  Ta dah  my first CRAW piece.  I took two of my silver tone base metal head pins and made earrings with the last two remaining ceramic beads.

In the bead soup there were fifteen 10 mm teal Czech glass beads, some gold tone base metal bicone beads, ten 8 mm jet Czech glass bead, and four 2 x 4 mm teal AB Czech glass beads.  From my stash I added 12 mm teal Fire Agate gem stones, 6 mm round jet glass beads, lobster claw, crimp beads and wire guards to make this Princess length necklace, bracelet, and two pairs of earrings.

Last, but not least I made two pairs of earrings.  The first pair I used the Reindeer charms, clear AB 6 mm Czech glass beads, and red, white, and green lamp work beads, from my stash I used gold tone wire and earring hooks. The second pair I used the pretty green 12 mm bumpy beads and the 16 mm white bumpy beads two of my head pins and earring hooks.  These are fun festive earrings for the up coming holiday season.  

I have lots more beads to play with, but if I weren't such a procrastinator I would have been able to create more pieces, so I would not have ran out of time!   

I want to thank Lisa for thinking up this fun challenge and it was a challenge believe me.  Look for more challenges to come hosted by Lisa in the near future.  I have sign up for one more of her challenges to be revealed in February.

Now go and check out all of these other participants and see what wonderful creations they made with their  Bead Soup from Lisa's Bead Table.

Your Host: Lisa Lodge 
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings
Michelle Buettner, Mishel Designs
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Mary Anne Klinglesmith Flesch, Hand Crafted Serenity
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures (you are here)
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress
Mary Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Shelly Joyce, Au jour le jour
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Susan Lloyd, Designs by Susan
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Kristen Stevens, My Bead Journey
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories

Happy hopping Y'all,


  1. I like the blue necklace set. Very nice ;)

  2. Nice work. I am curious how you attached the ceramic beads. Would you share your dream solution? Honestly I am still a bit afraid for RAW so CRAW is not on the table for me yet. It's a great piece. I can imagine how much time it took. Not to say your others aren't great, it's just the beadweaver in me talking.

  3. Your CRAW turned out well. Good job on the necklace. You were quite productive with all the goodies you received.

  4. You should definitely be proud of that CRAW necklace Therese. You made it work beautifully with the other pieces! I love how the solution came to you in a dream. It's like dreamweaving! Love how you put the teals and black together as well. Very nice. :)

  5. Again and again, beadweavers fascinate me. You'll see what I mean in my post. Great job on all, but my favorite is those adorable Reindeer earrings. Guess I am in the Christmas mood early this year!

  6. WOW!!! I love all these pieces Therese! Those reindeer earrings are darn adorable! Great chain on the first piece. This was a clever challenge, I wish I had done it, but it's also nice to sit here with my coffee and see what everyone else did!!! :)

  7. You really did a great job, Therese! I always adore what you end up with. The first necklace is so beautiful. And your dream came just at the right time! ;0) Lovely!!!
    I love most the bead woven style and you really know how to use your skills.

  8. I love that dreamweaver! and that you are my friend! I continue to be in awe of your weaving talents!! I dream about beads ... and wake up with patterns dancing in my head. hehe I absolutely LOVE your CRAW necklace-- that is stunning!

  9. Oh how lovely! The teal necklace is gorgeous!

  10. I love both your necklaces, the CRAW work is exceptional and the blend is perfect. And those little reindeer earrings are so cute and just in time for Christmas!

  11. I LOVE your piece as always :-) Specialy the beaded necklace is beautiful!

  12. Sweet!! I love your first CRAW!!! And I have to tell you, my first one was with size 11's and I swore I'd never do it again. Now, it's my current favorite stitch, and everything I make seems to be CRAW. The green and white earrings are totally cute. You are so good to show what you used from the stash, and what was yours. I forget to do that every time. GREAT job girl!!

  13. I love the necklace with the ceramic focal and the reindeer earrings the best! Great job!

  14. Those are just gorgeous! Congratulations on your first CRAW piece -- it looks fantastic! I love how you added the other beads into it. The teal necklace is awesome also. The beads you added were perfect.

  15. LOVe that first necklace, and the reindeer too :)

  16. Therese, these are all so pretty!! I love those reindeer earrings, especially. And your first necklace,...I just can't believe what you can do w/all those tiny little seedbeads - as I've said before - I'm always in awe!! Just Beautiful,..simply beautiful!

  17. Ok - I have a confession to make Therese: I am a big fan of yours. Why? Because you always deliver - big time. I was thrilled when you joined the hop. I love your style of jewelry, and how you take seed beads and make awesome things with them. Case in point - the CRAW piece. Lovely! Thanks again for being in the hop!

  18. That was a heck of a good dream! Lovely work, as always.

  19. You bead weavers blow my mind. That first necklace is SO cool. Bet is looks even better worn -- not something that will disappear.

  20. Beautiful, stunning work again, Therese!

  21. The teal blues are delightful.Your bead weaving is awesome as well.I was hoping to learn.I think it might become a plan for the future if I make it out of this one.Love and hugs Tanya

  22. Lovely pieces, Therese. As usual, you're doing a wonderful job with seed beads :)

  23. Beautiful CRAW! I am really impressed with that piece. And the reindeer earrings are adorable :-)

  24. I love your CRAW, I just recently did this stitch for the first time and I want to try to add some beads, wonderful job.

  25. The CRAW looks beautiful and really shows off those ceramic pieces! I adore those reindeer drops. So sweet!!!

  26. Love your CRAW necklace and your earrings are very festive!!

  27. Oh Therese these are beautiful as always. You seem to make pieces so effortlessly and I wish I could spend a few hours with you and absorb some of your wisdom.

  28. O wow, these are beautiful! I especially love the second necklace; such deep, oceanic colours.

  29. Katherine and I need to gang up on you and come visit! Beautiful work as always!! I really need to take you to see Mary!!

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