Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sequintastic September, part II!

Welcome to the second post in the Sequintastic September series!

This post features projects from people who wanted to join us for the blog hop, but who didn't have blogs -- an idea I got from Karen Williams (thanks, Karen!!!). As I write this, I haven't received all the submissions, so keep an eye on this link. I expect to add more fantastic things as they come in.

The first piece comes from one of my favorite beaders, Sarah Louise Gordon. It's called Strawberries and Cream, and it features sequined strawberries, pearl cream, and an amazing beaded Willow Pattern jug. I'd love to go on and on and on about how awesome it is, but I think I'll just show you, instead:

See? A simply splendid symphony of sequined strawberries. There's no end to her creativity.

I hope you've enjoyed the eye candy! I certainly have. Check back for more, and of course, don't forget to leave a comment, telling these participants just how amazing they are.

Sequintastically yours,


Sequintastic September!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

Today is a super special Saturday... because it's the day of the Sequintastic September blog hop!

Here's my project, a work in progress that will eventually be a collar.

This piece features sequins in neutral/earth tones, seed beads, Chinese crystal beads, and more cabochons than I've ever used on a single necklace.

And even though this piece is all about the sparklies, I thought I'd mention that the larger cabs came from The Idea Store of all places, and the smaller ones were given to me by Skylar, who is twenty kinds of awesome (at least). I'm so happy that I finally found the right home for them!

(And in case you're curious, the foundation is Nicole's BeadBacking. Awesome stuff.)

As you can see, I have a lot of beading left to do! This piece has been very improvisational, so I'm not sure what will happen next. The only thing I know for sure is, I'll continue with the turquoise and earth tones. Oh, and also? I'll avoid the fearful symmetry. Stitching the stones in more-or-less the same pattern is enough for me.

So that's what I came up with. Now I hope you'll join me in visiting the rest of the participants! I'm seriously excited to see what they made.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins

Sequintastic Participants!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sequinspiration: Bead Creature Necklace!!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

You might have noticed that I missed a whole month's worth of posts. It's a long story, but for now, let's just say that I'm officially back from my (mostly unplanned) blogcation, and I'm ready with this week's sequinspiration. Here's something I've been saving for a special occasion....

We See You!!!

Maybe you remember the bead creatures from this post? 

 And from this one?

Well, I was seriously smitten with these little guys and their googly eyes, so I decided to make them a habitat.

And that habitat turned into a beaded collar! It appeals to their adventurous nature and their curiosity about the human world. They can go everywhere I go, taking everything in with their beady eyes.

(Although if I'm not careful, sometimes they'll hop right off and start causing mischief. I was barely able to stop them from setting off every single bouncy ball in the Idea Store this week, and I could have sworn I heard them planning to build a battleship out of popsicle sticks...)

One of my favorite things about this necklace, besides the bead creatures, is the texture of the background. To make it organic-looking like moss, I used seed beads of all shapes and sizes. And even though the pattern looks random, let me tell you, it took a lot of planning to get it like that!

And of course -- and most importantly -- I used a variety of sequins. Some of them were flat. Some of them were cupped. I used at least four kinds of flower sequins, including some that were so tiny, I could barely see them against all the beadwork!

And if you look closely, you can see some other little details. Some of the bead creatures are a bit shy. They're not ready to come out just yet, but still, they really want to know what's going on. So their curious eyeballs peek out of the moss.

I call this piece We See You, because no matter where I am when I look at it, there's always a bead creature staring at me. Sometimes they look at me as if to say... why aren't you making more bead creatures? But mostly they want to know... what are we doing today? And what kind of trouble can we get into?

I hope the cuteness and quirkiness of bead creatures makes up for my month of silence! And I hope you'll join us next weekend for the Sequintastic September reveal. As long as the bead creatures don't tamper with my account again, I'll send out a reminder email this weekend.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins