Sunday, August 31, 2014

Freeform beadwork

I finished my first freeform beadwork recently. I am happy with it, but even though there are no set rules I am not sure I am working with the right process. Somehow I didn't use much peyote stitch, instead it is more square stitch and right angle weave. I mixed some pearls, blue apatite and labradorite beads in with the blue iris and matte black iris seed beads. I enjoyed the random progression through the bracelet, and have already begun another one in brighter blues and greens which has more of a layered look. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Snowdrops and Ivy

Last weekend I went to Bead Fest Philadelphia. I had not been to a bead show since Tuscon in 2006. I was excited to be able to do some bead buying in person since the bead shopping around here is limited to chain craft stores. Judging from the crowds at the seed bead bead booths I wasn't the only one who felt that way. They had more than enough beads at the show that I easily blew my budget. Even though it's only a fraction of the mega show held in Arizona every February, I was still overwhelmed by all the beads. I bought a few tubes of colors I thought I needed and some other random treasure. There were lots of stone beads and I bought a few strands even though I have no thoughts yet on how I will use them. 
The winners of the Bead Star competition were on display, and one of my floral necklaces, Late Winter Garden, won second place in the glass bead category. 

There were a lot of beautiful necklaces there. I really liked a couple in the Emerging Artists category. It was great to see my necklace next to the other winning designs, and nice to live so close to the show!