|Shawnee Moonlight Stroll|
|Beginning using Nicole's Bead Backing|
|Caging focal pieces|
|outlining brings out the colors|
I started out with a piece of green Nicole's Bead Backing. The green background also enhanced the turquoise seed beads. Then I began to bead. I did not have any particular design in mind when I started, but as I surrounded the focal piece with a caged technique I learned from Jamie Cloud Eakin's book, slowly the design just began to present. I tried to stay consistent on each side making them mirror each other, but sometimes things just don't want to stay consistent do they? I had the whole piece finished when I took a good look at it and found something missing. I wanted everything to look complete so I got to thinking about when I was a little girl laying on the floor with my box of 64 Crayolas and a brand new coloring book. With each picture I completed, I would outline the whole piece to bring out all the details. Perfect! I decided to use the size 15 browns to outline the whole collar. It worked out well. I loved it.
Then the fun began of putting it all together and embellishing. I counted out all the drops and crystals I had left dividing them up into equal portions. Then I decided to count the metallic bugles and use them in the fringe. I didn't have many left so I calculated how many I could use in each fringe and adjusted the number in each row reducing the numbers as they fringe worked up into the main body of the piece. I was pretty happy with the finished piece. So happy that I'm planning on making another collar for myself using a few different color variations as I can stray away from the requirements of the kit.
Now all I have left is to fill out the paper work and send with pictures to the Beading For a Cure committee (ie, Kate and Colleen). Changing from making a doll for this project and focusing on my new obsession with making collars has been a great challenge for me. Using the two books I have recently reviewed for Lark Crafts (Jamie Cloud Eakin & Sherry Serafini) has given me more ideas and instructions on successful beaded collars. I think I'm hooked. Now to figure out a name for this piece. I was thinking Shawnee Moonlight Stroll. Many times Chris and I would walk the paths of Shawnee Forrest down in Southern Ohio. A beautiful place filled with exotic sights and quiet places for meditation.