Saturday, January 12, 2013

Adventures in Beading!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I don't feel very wordy today, so I'll share some photos with you, instead.

Here's a necklace I made in December. I combined freeform bead weaving with bead embroidery and even did a little freeform on top of the cabochon. I like the way it turned out -- it's a great embellishment for plainer stones. 

Also, note the secret sequins on the back. I've added this little detail to other pieces, too.

Here's a beaded cabochon pendant. As much as I am (and always will be) a color fiend, I still enjoy playing with the neutral colors and am looking forward to creating similar pieces with the new sequins I bought.

So that's 2012. The first days of 2013 have brought about my very own Precambrian explosion... of bead-woven pieces.

 Here are some rings I made. I started off teaching myself how to make a diagonal stripe, and then I figured out that I could turn it into chevrons and zig-zags.

One ring was too small for even my ridiculously small fingers, so I turned it into a tiny beaded basket. I might fill it with sequin flowers.

Once I'd played with patterns a little, I decided to play around with increases in peyote stitch. What I got out of it was a little beaded plant. I added some other little touches, and it became...

A tiny little creature! I've made a lot of these little guys, and I have some exciting plans for them. These plans might even trump the Top Secret Project I keep alluding to.

While I was busy with my new friends and all my plans for them... I almost forgot that I wanted to submit a piece to Hatch, a creative reuse festival. So I beaded a game piece and embellished it with letter beads and a striped beaded bail. And... voila! 

It's small, but it stands out. And it announces the competitive nature that I try so hard to hide.

There were plenty of other beaded creations, but I didn't want to exhaust Mr. Sequin, my talented photographer, who's been sick for over a week. So they'll have to wait for another day. 

Now it's your turn: have you made anything you'd like to share?

Thanks for reading and commenting, and thanks for sharing your projects with me! And of course, have a sequintastic day. <3


  1. WOW, so many gorgeous pieces! I love the oolours so much. And I also love the wittiness of the playing-piece pendant, and the cute little animals of course.

  2. Sorry your photographer is under the weather. I know you are taking good care of him. I like all of your pieces. You have been busy. Sorry to say I am having some problems with my hands from the lupus and have not been able to create at all.
    I do enjoy seeing your work.

  3. I love all your pieces, Sarah! The first necklace is gorgeous. I love doing some freeform across a cab and I also love putting little details on the back or inside a project. People ask why, but it's so cool to know something is there to be seen if only you look!!! I love the game piece pendant. That is soooo cool!

  4. Those rings are very cute! Happy saturday, Sarah!

  5. These are STUNNING Sarah!!! Since I have been following you your work has just topped itself time and again =) absolutely beautiful xx

  6. Oh, so much fun! Love the hidden sequins. And the funky ring with the googly eyes. I have funky wire rings on my agenda this year, too. Maybe we can sponsor a ring hop this spring?

  7. Gorgeous pieces, Sarah. Love the little creature, so cute!

  8. You've been busy my beady friend! I love your beautiful pieces! I LOVE them all! Thank you so much for sharing them!!

  9. Oh I love your beady friends, they are so cute how could you not love them. The rings are gorgeous...wait a minute eveything is gorgeous.

  10. Wow! You have been so busy! Even if that is both December and January. They are all lovely, but I really love your little critter. He made me laugh! Reminds me of the Sesame street character who lived in the trash can and loved cookies. Was that Oscar?

  11. Everything is beautiful! I love that first necklace...the colors are perfect.

  12. Each time I saw a piece I'd think "that's my favorite". And then I'd see the next one...I love the idea of the secret sequins in the back of the cabochons. The game piece necklace is fabulous, but the critter truly captured my heart. He's precious!

    Hope Mr. S. is feeling better (and that he didn't share the ickiness with you)!

  13. I think the rings are my favorite and the beaded cabochon pendant, and... {I can't choose just one}!

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