Saturday, December 5, 2020

Happy Beads Blog Hop

 Hey Y’all,

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, but life takes so many twists and turns and Facebook is just easier, so onto why I’m here.

Lisa Lodge of A Grateful Artist put out the call for anyone that wanted to do a blog hop challenge, and of course I was in, because I love a challenge, especially if it involves beads.  Lisa offered two different bead kits to choose from, purple or blue. I chose purple, not because it was my favorite color, because it’s not, and there in is part of the challenge working with a color that I’m not that fond of. 

My purple kit


Lisa gave us plenty of time to create pieces from the kit, but I’m an procrastinator always thinking I have time. I did play around with the beads, but they just weren’t talking to me except to whisper seed beads.

So I started looking in my stash of beading tutorials for something that the beads in this kit would work with, and I came across a tutorial for a netted necklace designed by Cathy Andrews of Andrea Catherine Jewelry, LLC titled Queen Elizabeth. 

I used the 8mm silver glass pearls from the kit, Toho size 11/0 seed beads per a finish pale lilac, and clear AB 3 mm bicone crystals. 

The second piece I did, well still doing, is a netted ornament. 

I used the 4 mm fire polished Czech beads and the pear shaped glass pearls from the kit. The seed beads are Toho 11/0 hybrid oxidized bronze purple and Toho 15/0 galvanized gold. I have to finish sewing the pearls on and then it can go on my tree.

Then in the last minute I made a very simple necklace and earrings.

I used the purple string and strung on the 16mm clear AB glass beads and the clear AB 8mm Chinese crystals in between the 16mm’s. I took a short piece of the string and strung it through the clear AB square beads tied a knot and then strung the string through a loop in an earring tear drop shape, tied another knot added the ear hooks from the kit.

Well that’s all I have to show you for this blog hop. I hope you like what I’ve done. If you do please leave a comment. Then go and visit what the others in this blog hop have created with their kit. 

Thank you Lisa for inviting me to play along in the blog hop. Thank you to all that stops by my blog. 

Here’s the list of the others that are playing along in this blog hop.

Your hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Kim Dworak  Cianci Blue

Heather Canepa,  
Desert Jewelry Designs

Beti Horvath, 
Stringing Fool Jewelry

Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings

Ann Schroeder, 
Bead Love

Kari Asbury, 
Design Challenges

Therese Frank, 
Therese's Treasures ( you are here)

Linda Anderson, 
From the Beadboard of...

Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs

Ellen Newcombe Gravante, TBD

Happy beading,



  1. Lovely pieces. Beautiful bead weaving, and a great use of the kit.

  2. I'm always impressed by bead weaving - yours is gorgeous. The necklace is so lovely. I really love how the pearls hang down in each diamond of the ornament - so elegant! I also love those clear AB beads on the purple fiber. A very effective design!

  3. All of your pieces are gorgeous, and I love the way you used the pearls in your ornament.

  4. Therese, as always, you create beauty with the challenge materials! The beadwoven necklace is really lovely, and you've inspired me to get working on a few ornaments. Congratulations on some beautiful work!

  5. Lovely bead weaving! The ornament is really pretty. I commend you for sampling a color palette that is not your favorite. I think your necklace and earrings are very elegant.

  6. First, it is SO GOOD to see you blogging again. It warms my heart. Now, you made some beauties for sure. I'm particularly smitten with that ornament. It feels so victorian and delicate. Love it! I hope you continue to share your work some more, please! ;)

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