The First Beading Daily Bead Along: Wrap Up and a Giveaway!

Oct 10, 2011

Well, wow! I can't believe that it's been nearly a month since we finished the first Beading Daily Bead Along! It took me way longer to finish my piece than I thought it would, but here it is, and I love it.


Here it is! My Net Full of Gems! If you look closely, you'll see where I substituted for the cylinder beads at the very ends of the necklace.

I used a strand of white howlite chips and some gunmetal lined Delicas to create this beaded necklace using Linda Richmond's Net Full of Gems design. I tried some new Glinter silver bead caps and clasp, and I love the way they look with the beads and the overall design. I'm especially proud of the way I improvised when I ran out of Delicas! Look very closely - you'll notice that the ends are actually stitched with size 150 beads in the same color as the Delicas. (Another reason why I keep a well-stocked supply cabinet of those tiny little beads!)

Two of your fellow beady peeps here on Beading Daily sent me the photos of their finished Net Full of Gems necklace, and here they are! Take a bow, Karen Firnberg of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Diane Duncan of Calgary, Alberta (Canada). You ladies did a fabulous job, and your finished beaded necklaces just go to show what a versatile this free beading pattern is!

Karen Firnberg of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA) used quartz chips for her stunning rendition of this necklace. Diane Duncan of Calgary, Alberta (Canada) made a distinctly earthy version of this beautiful beading pattern!

So are you ready for the next Beading Daily Bead Along? We're working on a new page here for the Beading Daily site that will include all the information and how you can participate, and maybe even get your finished piece of beaded jewelry included in a future Beading Daily blog.

First, we need to vote on the next projects! I've chosen a selection of projects from the Beading Daily Shop, and now it's time to vote on them. Head on over to Survey Monkey and take the survey, choosing one favorite from each category of necklace, bracelet and earrings. I'll leave the voting open until Monday, October 24, 2011 at noon EST.

So, while you're picking which beading projects you want to try your hand at next, here's another giveaway for you! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you want to participate in the next Beading Daily Bead Along. I'll leave the comments open until Monday, October 17, 2011 at noon EST. At that time, I'll close the comments and pick a winner using my trust random number generator.

The winner will receive a kit for making their own Net Full of Gems necklace including: a strand of gemstone chips, an ample supply of cylinder beads in a coordinating color, a set of Glinter silver bead caps and a sterling silver clasp. The winner will also receive a copy of Jean Campbell's 18 Beaded Gifts. (Sorry, we can only open this giveaway contest to those living in the U.S. at this time due to customs regulations.)

So what are you waiting for? Check out the poll over at Survey Monkey and vote for your favorite beading projects for our next Bead Along!

Bead Happy (and don't forget to leave a comment on the blog!),

Jennifer


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beadbuyher wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 11:32 AM

I have taken classes in person, online, participated in swaps and round robins but I have never done a bead along and now seems like the perfect time to try one.

jamesdean wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 11:33 AM

I'd like to join the next Beading Daily Bead Along because it looks like so much fun. Plus seeing the different interpretations of the same patterns is always inspiring.

WeaveABead wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 11:37 AM

Thanks for including me in your blog, Jennifer! I had a great time participating in this bead along. I loved that I was able to use beads from my stash for Net Full of Gems. I will participate again because, I enjoy sharing with other beaders. As a group, beaders are quick to respond with solutions to problems, sources for supplies and other forms of support. I can't wait to see what the next project will be.

Rebecca_jake wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 11:43 AM

I would love to participate in the next bead along!  Having somewhat a say in what the project will be makes it all the more fun and exciting!

Dolly@29 wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 11:50 AM

i have never done a contest like this but i think it will be fun to do...can't wait to see which project it will be...thank you

toleteacher wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 12:12 PM

I'd like to take part in the next bead along because all the projects would make terrific Christmas gifts!

JinB wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 1:44 PM

I like to see how different each person's item will be.

JinB wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 1:44 PM

I like to see how different each person's item will be.

traci staves wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 3:19 PM

I want to participate in the Bead Along because I love a challenge; it is conducive to growth and inspiration.

c3sagibson wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 5:13 PM

I'm interested in participating in the next bead along.  I recently read about the bead soup blog party in the Beading Daily newsletter and am going to participate in the next one of those as well.  I am a beginner/intermediate beader, but I've mostly just been a bead collector for the past year.  It's time to start using my beads by sharpening my skills and broadening my horizons.  I also recently got an application to rejoin my local beaders guild.  A hobby is always more fun when you can share it with others.

on Oct 11, 2011 6:54 PM

"Beading Daily Bead Along" sounds fun <3  count me in :)

pugbeader1 wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 8:13 PM

Sounds like fun and will be a bit of a stretch for me! Love a new challenge (and a deadline always helps!)  I've been doing a lot of wire work so it will be fun to get back to a beading project, bring on the beads!

fcaffey wrote
on Oct 11, 2011 10:07 PM

I would like to  participate in the next bead along because I might get something finished in a timely manner ;)

patrish128 wrote
on Oct 12, 2011 5:45 AM

I enjoyed the bead along. It was great to see what others choose for materials and liked the hints Jenifer gave

asmdgl wrote
on Oct 12, 2011 6:31 AM

That is a beautiful necklace! Hope I can win the giveaway!

MarinaK@4 wrote
on Oct 12, 2011 2:27 PM

Because i love beads and persons who loves them. :D

juniejlang wrote
on Oct 12, 2011 2:28 PM

This sounds fun and challenging!

Dianne@65 wrote
on Oct 12, 2011 2:35 PM

I need a little kick in the pants to start a new project, I think this could do the trick!

Dianne

www.artbydianne.blogspot.com

ps plus i am cleaning my studio and need a little prod to get it finished - a challenge is just what i need!

on Oct 12, 2011 2:36 PM

just found you on face book and a bead along looks like it could be very fun.

on Oct 12, 2011 3:21 PM

I am really enjoying a weave-a-long at the moment but I have never participated in a bead-a-long.  I like having to work within a time frame and on a specific project.  I hope the projects I chose in the survey get picked, although really there were no bad ones.

dkirchm1 wrote
on Oct 12, 2011 3:31 PM

I haven't tried a bead along before - a bit scary the first time! Since I voted for my favorite options, I'm hoping one of them will win -. I'm new to beading and am looking for incentive/push/challenge to take part in more of these events. Thanks!!

YvetteF3 wrote
on Oct 12, 2011 6:13 PM

I want to participate in the next Beadalong because although I have not yet finished the first project, it was a lot of fun. I promise this time to finish!

holycrow wrote
on Oct 12, 2011 7:04 PM

I've been a beader for most of the last 25 years and I've never done a bead-along before. I would like to try it.

julesck41 wrote
on Oct 12, 2011 7:20 PM

i try my best to design all my hqandcrafted jewelry, although i do have times when i get a block, and find releif in copying bead instructions of other designers.  usually by the time i'm finished with the project, the block is gone.

TashaMc wrote
on Oct 13, 2011 2:26 AM

Boo - it's times like this I wish I lived in the US!

Beadingbun wrote
on Oct 13, 2011 8:11 AM

I've never done a beadalong and as a novice weaver (but 20 years of wirework and various other forms of jewellery making). The earrings and bracelet on survey monkey would be a great starting point for me! I can't wait!

Farfella68 wrote
on Oct 13, 2011 1:35 PM

I think trying a bead a long is a great idea! It would motivate me to finish a project, instead of having a half finished one on my desk when I start something else!

KathleenF@25 wrote
on Oct 13, 2011 1:52 PM

The projects were fantastic, hope my picks win so I can bead along

on Oct 13, 2011 9:54 PM

I have been watching the projects done by the designers and artists and it is great to see how different artists and designers create different projects from the same items.  The items utilized for each project trigger something different for the creator of each project and I would love to see what my deign would look like in comparison to the other great creations.  This would be really fun to see how others see things differently than I do but yet come up with something new and exciting.

themcclorys wrote
on Oct 14, 2011 8:37 AM

Yea - I have just recently started beading and your bead along was the first big project I have attempted.  I am a shut in due to a recent disabity and these bead alongs are the first thing I've done that helps  me feel a part of a community again.  I can't wait for the next one.  Keep up the good work.  Hugs - Valerie

w_nlambert wrote
on Oct 14, 2011 8:41 AM

Glad to have found you! Cast my vote for future bead-alongs- but any of the projects would be great. Gotta make sure my Ott light is working!!

CLSP wrote
on Oct 14, 2011 5:13 PM

I would love to win this gift.  I would love to make gifts for Christmas.

Radiance@3 wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 10:26 AM

What a wonderful idea!  I'd love to participate in an online bead-along, because I'm so isolated from other beaders in the "real world."  The few times I've had a chance to sit down with a group of fellow beaders and chat and exchange tips and snoop into everyone's work -- well, what could be more fun?  

PamF wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 10:36 AM

Somehow I totally missed the first Bead Along (HOW ?) I would like to be apart of the next one so I can learn the right way to do a specific project.  Looking forward to it.

Betty Box wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 10:39 AM

what a wonderful challenge for someone to create a piece of jewelry that is one of a kind

bamidance wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 11:13 AM

It is great to see how different people interpret the same design.

sweepster49 wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 11:16 AM

I'd like to participate in the next bead along so that I can make something new.  And it's always interesting to see how others mix and match materials to make their projects.  Thanks.

SusannaW@2 wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 11:34 AM

I have trouble sometimes completing projects, but beading along with a group could give me the encouragement to keep going. thanks!

ClaireUK wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 12:25 PM

I'd love to be involved in the next bead along.

I'm new to beading and it seems a fun thing to do.

It'll be great looking at others interpretations of the same pattern.

Katilein wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 12:26 PM

A bead along is perfect for me. Every day I have set aside a little time to work on a project and having virtual companions will make that time extra special.

cclcinok wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 12:29 PM

Beautiful necklace...would love to join in too!!!!

yarnlady@6 wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 5:06 PM

Our local Wednesday morning knitting group did a beaded necklace and bracelet group project, and we had so much fun -- I'd love to try your next Bead Along!

on Oct 15, 2011 6:09 PM

hi,

id love to participate in the next beadalong. it sounds like fun

melanie silver

kdemra wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 6:40 PM

I have made simple jewelry off and on for years, but just in the past few months have started getting into beading and jewelry-making seriously. I would love to participate in the bead-along to learn something new and see the different directions everyone takes the project.

CRAZYGRANNIE wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 7:17 PM

iT WOULD BE THE GREATEST THING TO BE A PART OF THIS BEAD ALONG.

Cookiesue wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 7:47 PM

Hoping the Bead-a-Long will challenge me enough to make more progress in getting my creative juices flowing.  My butt and eyes are most of my active parts of my body right now.

LoriDarlene wrote
on Oct 15, 2011 8:26 PM

I'd like to join this Bead Along because I've loved making jewelry for years, and this would be a great chance to make, with guidance, something more elaborate than just 1 or 2 strand necklaces and such.  

Beadiecat wrote
on Oct 16, 2011 1:21 AM

It's so much fun seeing how different the same pattern can look when done with different beads, and when each person puts their own spin on it.

Shanon G. wrote
on Oct 16, 2011 3:31 AM

I am new to beading and am really having a lot of fun doing different things. I really liked more than I was able to vote for, but I am sure the one you pick will be lots of fun. The net necklace looks very challenging, and I would enjoy making one or two of them. I also really like the idea of other people doing the same pattern in order to see the different variations.

ChrisR27 wrote
on Oct 16, 2011 6:22 AM

I would like to participate in the next Beading Daily Bead Along as it is a great way to learn something new and to join a group project.  It is wonderful to see what everyone else has made.  Increased knowledge, great inspiration, and fun..... what is there not to love about the Bead Along?

LindaW@168 wrote
on Oct 16, 2011 7:06 AM

This will be my first venture into a bead along - all the pieces you put into the survey are great.  I look forward to seeing all the different variations that are made.

on Oct 16, 2011 10:36 AM

I recently participated in a bead along using bead crochet.  It was a lot of fun and very inspiring seeing the different ways people interpreted the theme and pattern.  I'd love to do this one as well.

CathyD13 wrote
on Oct 16, 2011 12:47 PM

It motivates me to work  with others on the same project.  They all look like fun.

Renee@61 wrote
on Oct 16, 2011 3:19 PM

This sounds like fun!  I'd like to join.

MarianneM@18 wrote
on Oct 16, 2011 8:18 PM

i love to bead and have a million unfinished projects going on.  I've never done a bead along or for that matter any kind of bead challenge....so for me this would be a challenge of sorts, but i'd love to participate and maybe get this project finished and completed!

Anna Paradox wrote
on Oct 16, 2011 8:22 PM

It's just so cool to know many sister (and brother) beaders are making the same pattern at the same time! I like seeing all the different versions, and it stretches me to try something new.

maria ch wrote
on Oct 16, 2011 9:10 PM

I'd like to participate because I love beading and that's my passion.

siobeads wrote
on Oct 17, 2011 7:45 AM

The Bead Along challenge is a great way to expand a beader's repertoire of techniques and use materials they might not have thought of or gravitated toward. Thanks for the inspiration!

MichelleC@79 wrote
on Oct 17, 2011 8:59 AM

Sounds like fun. I would love to try the Bead Along! Besides, I need a good diversion... husband got a new job, have to sell the house and move... I need an escape!!!

4HisGlory wrote
on Oct 17, 2011 9:01 AM

Beading is my passion, so any opportunity to bead makes me a very very happy!  

nmkempm wrote
on Oct 17, 2011 9:23 AM

As a casual beader, I want to learn new techniques, plus the bonus of a bead-along is that there is a group of people all working on the same project from whom I can gain support, ask questions, and be challenged in my own color palate choices.  

nmkempm wrote
on Oct 17, 2011 9:28 AM

(If this is a duplicate post, I apologize.)

I'm a casual beader, and a bead-along allows me to learn new techniques in a forum where there are other beaders from whom I can get assistance and be challenged in my color palate choices.

agraphinia wrote
on Oct 17, 2011 9:41 AM

I've never did a bead along project. I think it would be fun and it's the right time of the year to give it a try!!!