Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Necklace a Day - Four

Purple Meadow Bead Palette

After completing the step-by-step photographs for my beaded flower tutorial, I was left with a single yellow and purple beaded bead. I tucked it into a baggie, and hoped that some inspiration would come along and help me make a home for it.

I didn’t want to use the flower in a ring, because that was too obvious. I also didn’t want it to get lost in some elaborate design. So I tried to think of ways to use it where it would be the most interesting part of the piece.

Finally, an idea emerged, and I created one more beaded violet. As a pair, they make the perfect ends for a really simple daisy chain lariat. For this piece, I used a variety of seed bead and fire polish sizes, in as many shades of green and purple as I could find.

Purple Meadow Daisy Chain Lariat by The Sage's Cupboard

At first I was a little worried that so many colors would ruin the palette, but as I started stitching the pattern of daisies and fire polish, the bead colors actually became more attractive! The chartreuse seed beads between each accent seem to lift everything up, while the deep purple fire polish keep it all grounded.

I love the simplicity of a delicate lariat like this one. It has color and sparkle, and length to make a statement, but it doesn’t overpower the person wearing it, or the rest of their ensemble. I think I’ll have to make more sometime!

Copyright 2010 Inspirational Beading


  1. It's a wonderful necklace...I really love your violets;)

  2. Thank you! I find I'm always wanting to replace daisy shaped patterns with purple to make little violets. I love purple with yellows and greens!


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