Today is a very special and exciting Saturday. It's the day of the Sequintastic September blog hop!
My challenge to the participants was to create an original work of art featuring sequins and write a blog post with photos of what they made. If they were so inclined, they could also write about what it's like to work with sequins and what sequins mean to them. And of course, I participated, too.
Is it weird that I started the month off with a little performance anxiety? Because I did. I had a couple of project ideas in mind, but I kept skipping from one to the other, looking for something just right for the blog hop.
And then I found it!
I'd never finished the sequin heart I used for our Sequintastic button, and I realized that now was the perfect time. I added the beaded edging, connected the big heart to two smaller ones I made, added a simple necklace strand... and voila!
This was my first time using more than one bead-embroidered component in a piece, and it's something I want to do again. It opens up a whole world of design possibilities!
I was going to work on a huge, elaborate collar for my second project, but two things happened. One, I got sick! And two, the very day I started feeling better, I also felt the need to work with cabochons again.
Here's my second project:
I captured the stone with a peyote bezel and embellished it with seed beads and sequins in shades of green and brown. Usually I'm about color, color, and more color, as bright as I can get it, but working with the neutral, natural-looking colors was soothing. And fun! After I finished this one, I made a couple more -- which I won't reveal right now, because I don't want to overwhelm you.
Sarah Loves Sequins
You just have to look at the title of this blog to know what sequins mean to me. I really do believe that they're not just something we wear -- they're a way of life. An attitude. Of course, it doesn't hurt that they're really, really sparkly.
I love working with them because they're so versatile. I've strung them, I've added them to chain, I've sewn them, and I've even added them to traditional metal work. Just when I think I've seen or done it all, I find something incredible that someone else has made, and my imagination goes into overdrive.
Sequins are a lot of fun to handle and work with. My only complaint would be that when they get loose, they turn up in weird places... like on my forehead or in Mr. Sequin's hair. Or in the fridge. Other than that, we have a great relationship, and they're a perfect fit for me, physically and emotionally. They're just the right fit for my hilariously small hands, my microscope vision, and my tendency to chase after anything that sparkles.
Participants! You're Awesome.
So that's my take on the challenge. Now it's time to visit my sequintastic friends!
Thanks for visiting and commenting on all the wonderful blogs I've listed today. And participants, thank you so, so much for signing up! It means so much to me that you've joined in and turned my blog hop into our blog hop -- it's sappy, but it's true! I might just do another hop in April, and I hope you'll join me for that one, too.
Have a sequintastic day and a wonderful blog hop!