Thursday, February 14, 2013

Bead Soup arrived via Hungary

I am super excited, my bead soup arrived today!!!!

First I want to thank Eva my AWESOME partner, she sent me soooo many goodies, I can't wait to play:

Check out those awesome Fimo cabs and that cool fish closure (never have I seen a closure like this), I also included a sample of the mineral beads and cab, as well as the swan beads.  The colors are so beautiful and I am in awe of the talented Eva, she sent me a gift too:

What a beautiful piece, THANK YOU SO MUCH EVA!

Stay tuned, my reveal date is March 30, 2013....

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bead Soup Party

So I am participating in my first Bead Soup Party and I am super excited. My partner is the super talented Eva from Hungary (Blog: I have already sent her bead soup but I am not going to show a picture (not even a distorted one) until she alerts me that she has received her beads. I can't wait to see what she creates, please visit her blog when you have a chance because her work is awesome.

Just a sample of her latest work

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Saraguro Collar - Tendido

Ever since I laid eyes on Anne Severine's collars, I have been determined to make one myself.  Well 2 years later and I have finally attempted and finished my Saraguro Collar (Tendido design).

A little history about this stich can be found on Anne's site (linked ablove), however, I have included a couple of snippets from her site:

The Saraguro are an indigenous people and they are the only native people that produce beadwork in Ecuador. Because they live in a remote region of the Andean highlands, their beadwork has developed with little outside influence. Every woman beads, and wears a 5-6" deep collar daily.

in Saraguro netting, new beads are attached by going around the thread from the previous row and back through one or more beads to anchor the work. This technique is not unique to Saraguro but in this country new beads are usually anchored to previous rows by going through beads without going around the thread. Brick stitch is similar but it results in a tightly woven piece rather than netting.

I loved the outcome of the collar and I am really in love with the Saraguro technique, there are several different designs and I look forward to trying more.