Saturday, March 22, 2014

We're All Ears - March Reveal

As soon as I saw the inspiration picture for this month, I knew I wanted to use thread in my earrings. 

My two ideas were making tassels or wrapping thread around hoops. Both ideas centered around the rectangular, pressed glass flower beads I got last week. Since I'd never made any, I thought I would try tassels. I still want to try the others with hoops but need to get more of the flower beads or find some similar shaped ones in my bead hoard stash.  

Here's what I ended up with after I added the beads to the tassels. 

The beads represent the embroidered flowers in the inspiration picture...

and the thread colors of the tassels draw from the embroidery. I really like how they swing and I'll definitely make more in some different colors. 

Here's the Earrings Everyday reveal post with everyone's creations!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bead Table Wednesday

My bead table has some polymer clay blobs I'm trying to match to the March color palette at Art Bead Scene. Their colors are a little more correct in person but the three greens aren't right yet. My idea is to make round beads in each of these colors and surround them with blue the different colored birds on the blue bird feeder. 

I'm off of work for spring break this week so I checked out two local bead stores. I got: 
Three strands of speckled porcelain beads. 

Some random loose beads.

A strand of double holed black flowers. 

And two spools of linen cording. I've been wanting to make some knotted necklaces and bracelets since Lorelei's post last week. 

What's on your bead table?