Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Work in Progress: Bee Collar

The past week has been a very busy one at our house, with lots of work and plenty of fun summer activities. For the most part, I’ve had very little time for beading, and when I do I’m often too tired. You know you’re exhausted when beading is too much work. So, the necklace that I was hoping to start on a few days ago, and hoping to be finished by now, is only just under way. It’s already turning out great though.

I really had a craving for black and yellow, so I decided to whip up a quick daisy collar. And since I didn’t want to skimp on the yellow, I reversed the colors and put the white at the center. I’m also putting a flower on every stitch, which at first I worried would look too busy. Instead, I think it will give the impression of a continuous chain of flowers, rather than a row of embellishments, since the background is so simple. I definitely wouldn’t want to have less yellow with spaced flowers.

Daisy Chain Collar in Progress

I’m also still working on a patterned cuff in black and golden yellow. It’s going much quicker than the prototype I made, which used Czech seed beads. I’d almost forgotten how much larger Japanese seed beads can be. The new bracelet will have far fewer rows and a bolder look than the first. It’s going to be a part of the top secret project, and it’s definitely a favorite so far. More on that in just a few short months!

What are you making this week?

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  1. I'm really enjoying looking through your blog, you've written some great beading articles! This week I've been working on a bracelet from Beadwork magazine and then developing my own design using elements of that. Your flowers look gorgeous, black and yellow is so striking. I'm also going to be ordering some beads for decorating baubles.

    1. Thanks very much, Charlotte. Have fun with your projects!

  2. Wow love it so much. Will love to see it when it's completed. You really inspiring.

  3. Love this idea. Love making daisy chains but this is a different spin! Right now am making peyote bracelet 3 wide in #8 beads and embellishing with #11. Works in progress..netted amulet bag (hate doing fringe; necklace with coraling....whatever was I thinking starting that? I want to try some rings next. Have lots of wire and have not done much with it. Love your blog!


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