Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cabs, cabs, cabs!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I'd like to start this off by thanking everyone who left such wonderful comments on the Sequintastic September reveal posts. And, once again, everyone who participated. You made this such a fun event!

(One of my Sequintastic projects, in case you missed it.)

I'm in the process of writing a special highlights post about the hop and updating the participants' links so they go to the actual Sequintastic posts. I'll even have a link to an honorary member, who didn't technically sign up, but who ended up creating a beautiful sequiny project for a contest!

I should have everything ready by next week, and until then, here are some of the other bead and sequin-embroidered cabochons I'm working on. 

(Note: all cabs have been backed with Nicole's BeadBacking, which I love, and which I reviewed here.)


 Here's one I did using one of my favorite stones. I bought it at a bead show in Chicago years ago and had no idea how to do it justice -- until now! I'm happy with this project so far, and I can't wait to see what it looks like when I add the beaded edging and bail. And... maybe more fringe?


 Here's another one I made with a stone I bought at the bead show. It has such an icy, wintery feel to it!


I liked the look of the white and grey so much, I had to make another one. It's plainer than the others, but the simple look is perfect for the stone, which deserves to be the center of attention.


 And finally, here's one I finished beading on Thursday. It's one of my favorites because of the colors, the beading across the cabochon, and the fact that the poor cab had been a part of my modest collection for 15 years. It's old enough to get a learner's permit! I have three more just like it, which I might use in the same necklace -- but like most of my projects, it all depends on how things turn out.

At this point, I'm close to exhausting my supply of cabs, so I'm on the hunt for new ones. We'll see how that goes. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!

Does this mean I'm done playing with bright colors? No way! In fact, I have two other works in progress that are very wild, and I can't wait to share them when they're finished. But the neutral colors and subtle variations have become interesting to me, and I can see myself exploring them some more. It's kind of like I'm honoring two parts of my personality; the loud, boingy, bouncy side that loves to entertain and the reserved, pensive side that's happy sitting in silence with some deep thoughts and a good book.

(Both sides love pie. I'm just sayin'.)


And that's all I have to say for now, but stay tuned for the highlights post, as well as a very special post in which I discuss something awesome the Sequintastic hop has taught me. And in the meantime, thanks for reading, thanks so much for commenting, and have a sequintastic day!

19 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah,
    Those are gorgeous cabs and the beading around them is beautifully done, you rock!
    Thanks again for letting me play in the Sequintastic challenge I had fun and I'm now working on another sequin project, yes I have been bitten!
    Therese

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  2. Your cabs are beautiful,Sarah!

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  3. Gorgeous cabs Sarah, love your designs. I too have been bitten by sequins, thank you, thank you! Love your work!

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  4. Wow more gorgeous work! you make sequins look so easy :) Thanks for letting me play last week ... I did really have fun

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    1. Thank you!!

      Aww, I'm so glad you had fun. You're more than welcome to join us again in April... you're a great addition to the sequintastic group. :)

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  5. You know I love bright colors as much as you do, but these are really quite lovely. I love the copper-y colors! :)

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  6. So pretty, and earthy. :) I need to go to a bead show for cabs sometime!

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    1. Thanks, Annie!

      If you can, go to a show where Gary Wilson is selling his stones. They are so freaking unbelievably beautiful!

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  7. Okay, you made me snort/laugh with the bit about the one cab being old enough for a learner's permit! I love how you're exploring the muted colors of the gemstones with these pieces.

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  8. Beautiful work, Sarah! I love beaded cabochons. It's on my list of things to learn. :) You make it look easy and sequintastic!

    Tela

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    1. Thanks, Tela!

      I'll send you some links to beaded cabochon tutorials -- there are some great books out there, but there are also some awesome things for free. <3

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  9. I love the colors you've used in these pieces. The second one and the last one are my favorites. You've been busy!

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  10. Love the mix of seed beads and sequins! Send me your address - I've got cabs for you!

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  11. Your cabs are beautifully enhanced by your amazing beadwork!! love the sequins incorporated into thendesigns!! Lovely!!!!

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  12. This last new piece is so rich. I love the color shift into a more toned down Autumn mood. xox

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