Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Projects, projects, projects!!

How many different projects are you working on?   I am currently working on three, well, three that I can say I am actively working on.   First, is Edwardian Ruffles bracelet by  Leslie Frazier in the current issue of  Beadwork.   I am about half done with that, but haven't picked it up in a couple of weeks.   I seem to have gotten waylayed by a couple of other things.

This is what I am currently obsessed with.   I think my lace collar is coming along well.   I am going to allow a bit of the lace to show through, but I need to fill in the 'holes' where the Lacy's peeks through with beading.   But something else popped up that is keeping me from working on it.

I need to donate a piece for our neighborhood Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner.   This year it is raising funds for the Bernard Memorial Dog Park, a cause doubly close to my heart.   First, it is a very much needed in our neighborhood dog park, and it is named for my dear departed friend, Jay Bernard, of Jay Design soap store.   Because it is so important to me, I wanted to donate something special, not the usual strung bracelet, or simple earrings.

I dug out this lariat made with St. Petersburg chain that I made last year and never finished.   I guess I realized that I would not wear this green and pink necklace, so I did not finish it.  (I do not like pink!!!)   I made a few Russian leaves and flowers, ala Lisa Kan in her book, Bead Romantique.   I have one side done, only one more to do, then I can go back to what I want to work on!!

Of course, I still have my long term project, the beaded cigar box, but I can't find it.    How many active projects are you working on?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lace Collars

Barb Cherwaty taught her Bead Embroidered Lace Collar this past Saturday.   Her lace collar is really big, and I think it scared potential students off.

 Barb kindly gave me a lace collar to play with.   I started working on it during the Super Bowl.  OK, I listened for the good commercials...especially liked the one with the racing French bulldog (of course!) but I digress.   Since I started with an off white collar, I wanted to keep it in the ivory family, with subtle colors.   I thought Swarovski elements Silk would be a perfect color, but I did not have a rivoli or large stone in that color.   After thinking about it a while, I hit upon using a large coin pearl for my starting point.

What do you think so far?