Welcome to another post at Saturday Sequins! Today my new passion, bead embroidery, meets another passion...
Special thanks with glitter on top to Melissa Creamer, who gave me the idea when she suggested it for another piece. This necklace incorporates two pieces of helm chain that I had sitting around the studio, just begging to go into a project (metal rings from Blue Buddha, rubber rings from Ring Lord). They're joined together by an awesome vintage button, which acts as a clasp.
Besides seed beads and chain, this design also features sequins, more buttons, and lots and lots of electrical wire coating! It also features some Czech glass and some of the gorgeous sparkly beads that I got from Bead Algo last summer.
I'm very excited about the way this turned out, but would you like to know a secret? When I started it, I wasn't sure if I liked it. As I was stitching on the beads, I kept thinking... hmm. We'll see. Something felt a little off until the design started to come together, about halfway through the bead embroidery.
I have similar feelings about a lot of the beadwork I do! I've learned not to be quite as surprised when I end up loving a design because I went through this with one of my all time favorite heart necklaces. I'm learning to trust the process and my beady instincts.
I have several other pieces in the works, two of which will be familiar to you, and one of which is completely new, but these will have to wait for a Work In Progress Wednesday. Stay tuned!
Until then, have a sequintastic day! Thanks again to Melissa, and thanks to my wonderful suppliers, as well as my talented photographer, Mr. Sequin. This just goes to show that unless you're living in a cave in the middle of nowhere, (Bead Cave! Eat your heart out, Bat Cave) most art is a collaboration.