Saturday, August 25, 2012

Strawberry Fields Forever

Today is the 3rd reveal for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party.  I had two partners for the 6th event.  My original partner is Geneva Collins.  Here is the link to her blog.  She and are are both seed bead addicts so we were both very excited about being partnered with another person who enjoys bead weaving.  Geneva sent me such an abundance of pieces to work with. As with the rules, she sent me a gorgeous metal flower and a beautiful clasp.  She actually sent me two color pathways letting me decide which one would work for me.

Bead Soup Geneva sent me

I wanted to make another collar with these lovely beads Geneva sent me.  I started by sewing down the metallic flower onto Nicole Bead Backing.  I wanted to make this into a two component piece so I spent the beginning working on the flower as a pendent focal with the crystals sent to me.  I also loved the crystal tear drops and used them as part of the fringe.  For the collar, I started with a very simple neck collar once again using black Nicole's Bead Backing.  I used the glass beads from the bead soup mix and added pink pearls.  Up to this point, this all looked very Victorian to me using the gunmetal and pink colors.  I was working on the actually collar part when my husband began to play a Beatle album.  I started to hum along while looking at the bags of beads in my soup.  Once package label caught my eye being size 8 seed bead strawberry mix, and then I realized I was humming Strawberry Fields Forever.  Every have a click moment when you just know what you want to name something?  I usually have such a difficult time naming things so I was a little put back that this came so easy.  Maybe I should start listening to old music when I'm beading.  Wonder how Pink Floyd will impact my designs.  I'm smiling right now just thinking of the line "shine on your crazy diamond".  Hummm...maybe the focus of my next experiment?
Beautiful metallic flower I received.  I added the crystals to hide where I'd sewn the flower down

Nicole's Bead Backing is the perfect foundation for heavy bead embroidery collars

Both components are completed and ready to be put together
I added a scallop look around the edge of the collar to give it a more dainty look 

The pinkish tear drop crystals were perfect in joining the two components

If you look at the above photo you'll notice that after I joined the two components together, I finished off the pearl scallop look and added pearl dangles joining them to the middle of the metallic flower focal pendent.

Now please join with me with me and take time to whirl around the world visiting the blogs of the other artist in the third reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party.  You'll probably need some a loaf of bread and a drink as all this traveling and looking at delicious Bead soups are going to make you hungry

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss,
Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson,
Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents

Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty,
Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle, 
Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier,
The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka,
Clay Space
Cherrie Fick,
En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles,
Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow,
Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles,
Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel,
Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield,
Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards,
Live to Design
CJ Bauschka,
4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith,
Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs,
Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler,
Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro,
Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie,
Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington,
Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn,
Speedie Beadie
Elizabeth Bunn,
Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs,
Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry,
Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden,
Torch Fairy
Fen Li,
Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang,
Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins,
Torque Story
Grace Dorsey,
Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation, 
Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear,
Heather Goldsmith,
As I Bead It
Heather Otto,
The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman,
My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman,
Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez,
Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller,
Jane Haag,
Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen,
Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter,
Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd,
Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman,
Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk,
Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown,
Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood,
Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker,
Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley,
Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell,
Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams,
Karin von Hoeren,
Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan,
Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel,
Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg,
We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke,
Kathy Combs,
Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer,
Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson,
Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle,
My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson,
Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon,
Only Road
Lara Lutrick,
Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther,
Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde,
HourGlass Studio
Lilik Kristiani,
Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman,
Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman,
Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge,
Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen,
Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann,
Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington,
Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter,
Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis,

Malin de Koning,
Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron,
Mandy Williamson,
Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter,
The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow,
Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter,
Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina,
Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas,
Room for Change
Marelene Cupo,
Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal,
Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska,
Mary Govaars,
MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger,
Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta,
Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett,
Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero,
The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati,
Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope, 
LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner,
Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley,
Natalie McKenna,

Noemi Baena,
fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari,
Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears,
Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville,
Copper Penny
Rachel Baron,
R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers,
Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson,
Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson,
Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag,
Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher,
Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya,
Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari,
Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson,
Wild Sally Road
Sandi James,
Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe,
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg,
City of Brass Stories
Sarah Small,
blog by salla
Shai Williams,
Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills,
Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis,
Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens,
Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie,
Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin, 
Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille,
Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon,
The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy,
Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan,
Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson,
Sweet Freedom,
Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger,
Modernly Created
Tania Hagen,
Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden,
Fusion Muse
Terry Carter,
Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman,
Tracy Stillman Designs


Shirley said...

You certainly titled your blog well. It would take me months, I'm sure to make such an incredible piece. What a beautiful work of art!

coolmoon said...

Yowza, Dot! While you're having fun with Marcia and Liz, I'm hoppin through the soup! I LOVE how this collar turned out. So much detail - you are truly a girl after my own heart.
Can't wait to see what you do when you're NOT under pressure!
Hugs to scotties!
Cool Moon

moonsafari said...

Your collar is breathtaking! AMazing work! :)

Torque Story said...

Beautiful, beautiful job, Dot. And you'll see that you inspired me to try bead embroidery on the focal you sent me!

roomforchange said...

Your necklace is simply stunning!!! a labour of Love that has taken you hours. Amazing!!!

KayzKreationz said...

Wow! I'm in awe of all your bead work. That piece is gorgeous! And I love the dangles from your wonderful focal. Although I think it looked great even without them. But I'm a dangle girl and love that.

adlinah said...

I'm gobsmacked - that is one stunning, beautiful, outstanding piece of work/art. The amount of work that went into making it must have been astounding. As always, I'm in awe of you seed beaders/embroiderers.

Therese's Treasures said...

Oh Wow I love your collar it is gorgeous. The name is perfect for this piece.

JJ Jacobs said...

I'm in awe of your work, Dot! "Strawberry Fields Forever" is absolutely amazing in every way. Outstanding job!!!

Unknown said...

Um WOW!!!! I have no more words. Thank you Tanya

Sally Anderson said...

This is just gorgeous! Congrats!

Grubbi said...

Wow, that certainly looks very time consuming! Wonderful imagination!

Jane Haag said...

Your work is amazing! Lovely use of color and integrating the focal pieces. I love the silver star! Beautiful!

Cherry Obsidia said...

Yummy - I have yet to try bead embroidery - I have a cab glued onto Stiff Stuff ready to go, but seeing the work of people like you makes me wonder if I am ready yet - awesome!

Terri said...

Okay ..there is nothing speedy about that. Beautiful piece. Hope you have fun hopping around to see all the designs.

Joanne said...

Just plain.... WOW! How long did it take? I still have not tried bead embroidery. I might have to have a go now! Beautiful :)

Cece Cormier said...

Dot that is stunning. Your use of color and texture is inspiring. Mouth dropping gorgeous piece.

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

It’s simply stunning!Waiting for the finish!Congrtas!

Unknown said...

wOw. very beautiful

CWSlevin said...

Your work looks suitable for royalty! I am simply amazed by seed beaders!

Becky Pancake said...

Mesmerizing!! I love to do bead embroidery too. Most collars that I see seem to large for my tastes, but your collar seem perfect. I keep going back & staring at it. This is the best piece I have seen in this round of the party. Great. Great. Great

Christine said...

Your necklace is gorgeous - love the back story!

Lupe Meter said...

Awesome idea on beading around the filigree! Your creation is beautiful and your bead work is stunning! Great job!

quirkyhannah said...

I'm impressed! Well done they are looking amazing!

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Kepi said...

Gorgeous work, love love bead embroidery!

BeadsByEarthTones said...

wow, this is an incredible piece of artwork and you are its master. beautiful, beautiful work!

Unknown said...

Great piece!!!! I love it!

bailaora said...

What a fabulous seed bead projects! Congratulations!!!

Sweet Freedom said...

What a jaw-dropping amount of work - so beautiful and creative! Fabulous!

LiliKrist said...

What a masterpiece you've made!
Your partner must be so so happy to see your result =)

Jean A. Wells said...

Oh, my, how beautiful. It is beautiful and truly a piece of art. Loved that you showed the steps. Not being a seed beader myself, that was very interesting. Great job!

Unknown said...

W-O-W This is just amazing, I love the flower focal and what you did with it!!

Shai Williams said...

Wow! That is not just a necklace, it is a piece of art. Incredible job.

Bella Ornamento said...

This is awesome! A real work of art.

Kathy Combs said...

This just makes me feel inept! That's a lot of beautiful work!

Lisa Chapman said...

Your bead embroidery is amazing! So pretty! The collar is my favorite.

Unknown said...

Wow, this necklace is so amazing!
What a great work!

Isolina Perez said...

One word describes your piece - STUNNING!

Rachel said...

Amazing seed beads work! I just love what you made! :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is exquisite. I can't imagine the time you put into each of these necklaces! You must be very patient! And I love the beautiful colors in this one!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Incredible pieces, you are amazing!

CreARTelier - Jacqueline Keller said...

OMG, that is an amazing piece of art!
just LOVE it!

Elizabeth Beads said...

Draw-drop beautiful!

Dolores Raml said...

Wow, your collar is awesome.

Alice said...

Gorgeous! Your beadwork is fabulous!!!!!

Kumi Fisher said...

I am always amazed the amount of work it takes to do bead embroidery. Simply stunning!

Ann said...

Wow, that is certainly impressive. I love looking at bead embroidered collars and this one is gorgeous. I'm probably going to scroll down instead of continue to hope because I want to see more of them. Beautiful!

CraftyHope said...

Thank you so much for walking us through your process. The necklace is absolutely stunning and simply amazing. Your bead skills are awe-inspiring.
Oh, and I have had that kind of moment with the name of a piece. Most of the time, though, I do struggle with their names. But I love when they just come to me like that.
Again, lovely job!

Jean said...

WOW speechless!!beautiful

bwheather said...

This is so lovely. You did a stunning job with the beads. ;-)

GlassBeadArt said...

Jawdropping amazing work!

Sandi Volpe said...

Amazing beadweaving!!!

Lori Anderson said...

This is one of the prettiest pieces I've ever seen, and I'm absolutely amazed at all the work you put into it! Thank you so much for participating!

Anonymous said...

Wowza! Mind-boggling that you could get that done so fast and so beautifully! Fabulous!

Melissa said...

Your beadwork is nothing short of amazing! I love the name, and suits it very well indeed.

Loris Glassworks said...

Oh my gosh! Your soup peice is amazing! So much detail work went into your collar, I love it. Cheers!
Lori D.

Karen Williams said...

Beautiful! What a challenging focal you had to work with, and how beautifully you incorporated it into your design!

I had to go back and forth between your pictures because it looks so different in the piece than in the box.

Thanks for including the process photos too! :)

SueBeads said...

Wow! Amazing beadwork!

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Chrissy said...

Hi Dot...LOVE LOVE LOVE your are an amazing make circles around my by far...Love your soup mix...HUGS...Chris