|My finished piece of bead embroidery for Beading For a Cure.
A couple of years ago, I sat in my favorite coffee shop one
morning looking for something to blog about. Betcey Ventrella of Beyond Beadery
suggested that I check out the amazing projects that were about to go up for
auction to benefit Beading For a Cure
, so I went on over to eBay and took a
look at what it was all about. What I saw inspired and amazed me.
The story behind Beading For a Cure is all about Layne
Shilling. Layne was a beader who lost her battle with colorectal cancer in 2002.
To keep her memory and spirit alive, her friends got together to found Layne's
Legacy: Beading For a Cure to raise money for colorectal cancer research. Every
year, a limited number of kits are made available from Beading For a Cure.
Participants purchase a kit and have a few months to create a piece of beaded
artwork. The resulting beadwork is both beautiful and inspirational and is
created by some of today's best and emerging bead artists.
This year, I actually managed to get a kit to participate in
the Beading For a Cure challenge and fund-raiser! Getting one of these kits is
hard - after the initial small offering is made to the previous year's
participants, there is a long waiting list. Along with the kit, I received a
copy of the rules:
||I can't believe I actually managed to use at least one of every single type of bead included in that kit! What a challenge!
must use at least one of each bead in the kit.
may add one bead type of your own, like a single additional color seed bead in
one size; an additional accent bead type; or a cohesive set of art beads. You
can't add more than one single size or type of bead.
may add findings as needed to complete your project.
may use fibers, pendants, sequins or other non-bead items to complete your
may add forms to bead on or around such as ornaments, pillows, totes, stuffed
forms or purses.
of course, only one kit per participant.
I was totally stumped when I saw the colors in this year's
kit. The green beads were very much in my comfort zone, but those bright
sapphire blues were not something that I would have considered using before!
Still, I sat down with the beads and started playing with them.
Because it had been a while since I did any bead embroidery,
I dug through my stash of gemstone cabochons and came up with a set of three
deep green cabochons that matched the other colors perfectly. I chose a bag of
forest green cylinder beads as the one bead that I could add and got to work!
My finished bead embroidery piece was called Vertigo, after
my first experience with the disorder earlier this year. I finished it with a
twisted herringbone rope attached with a few seed bead loops and added an
antique brass hook-and-eye clasp from my stash. The piece turned out to be very
light and comfortable to wear, and I was happy with the way the colors worked
together in the finished piece.
All of the gorgeous beaded pieces will be up for auction on
eBay in the spring of 2012 to raise money for the National Colorectal Cancer
Research Association. You can find more information about the auctions, about
Bead For a Cure, and about the beading competition and fund-raiser on the
Beading For a Cure website.
Have you ever beaded for a cause? Leave a comment here on the blog and share your experiences with us!