My ‘that color’ is chartreuse. Just try and stop me from buying beads in bright yellow-green shades. I can’t explain my obsession, and I’m always left scratching my head, wondering what to do with the beads when I have them.
Recently I purchased some lovely rainbow lime 4mm cubes. After I spent some time admiring them, I brainstormed ideas for putting them to work.
A flat piece like a herringbone bracelet seemed too obvious. Because of their size - bigger than seed beads but still tiny - I thought it would be nice to do something delicate with them. I decided to flip through some old beading magazines for ideas.
I came across a stringing project from the August 2006 issue of Bead & Button. I remember being really taken with Julia Gerlach’s multi-strand shell donut necklace. The design seemed like a perfect way to show off my chartreuse cubes. I only had to come up with a way to do it without wire, crimps or shell donuts.
Along with the lime cubes, I grabbed some lemon-lime and gold-lined black diamond 15o Tohos, moss green AB 10o’s, and green Picasso 8o’s. I liked the way the four colors seemed to flow into one another. Any two would have made a great pair of colors, and the whole set seemed to fit just so.
I used circular peyote stitch to create my own set of donut ‘beads’ - 12 tiny ones and four large. Instead of stringing everything together with a clasp, I created the top and bottom halves of the necklace separately, and used two of the large donuts to weave off the threads.
With only one packet of moss green 10o’s, I didn’t have quite enough to assemble the necklace with, so I grabbed some gunmetal 10o beads instead. I love the way they make the chartreuse beads pop. Although I am a little sad to see my precious cubes go, I’m very happy with the results.