Weekend Beading

Oct 2, 2013

We are enjoying the last few days of warm weather that we are likely to have for a while here in Colorado, so last weekend I decided to pack up a jewelry project to work on at the park. I've been trying to find time to make a project from Quick + Easy Beadwork that came out recently. I fell in love with the piece on the cover as soon as I saw it and placed an order for supplies to make it weeks ago. 

The original piece was very striking and I'm a less-is-more kind of gal when it comes to fashion, so I opted to tone the drama down just a bit by only making three units of the pattern and choosing a simple rose-gold chain to use as a neck strap. I also took liberties with the color palette, swapping some of the pink beads out for clear gray rice beads and chrysolite opal crystal bicones.

I am a stringer first and foremost and my experience with bead stitching is minimal, so my stitches aren't quite as consistent as I would like them to be. I plan to reinforce the whole necklace (I want this baby to last!) and tighten a few spots up, but all in all I was pretty pleased with the end result.

Adapting design palettes is a great way to make a patterned piece of jewelry your own. Many materials that are commonly used in Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing projects are available in a variety of color options, so it is easy to pick out new color combos to try out with a pattern that you like. 

On to the next project!


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Ricki Ayer wrote
on Oct 2, 2013 11:20 AM

Chloe - very nice.  I really like your take on the project.  I am most impressed that you were able to take a project to the park to work on.  I can't even manage to take a project out on my deck to work on without jumping up a dozen times to go in the house and get something I forgot - or didn't think I needed, but of course I did.  I have given up on trying to take a project anywhere away from my stash and "stuff".


Fogey wrote
on Oct 6, 2013 2:40 PM

Excellent! Less is definitely more. I like the color combinations. Very earthy. Vaguely reminiscent of the native Squash Blossom look. Glad you know when to stop.

LindaM@309 wrote
on Oct 8, 2013 9:41 PM

How do I order that magazine shown above (Quick+Easy Beadwork-Special Issue, 39 All New Jewelry Projects)?  help!  :-)

LindaHarty wrote
on Oct 9, 2013 9:51 AM

You can order the Quick + Easy Beadwork special issue at this URL:



-Linda Harty, Beadwork associate editor