You may recall from my last post that I was making a dress (the final results of which will be seen shortly; I just need to beg someone to take a photo of me) to wear to the wedding of really good friends of ours. As I have recently rediscovered my beady mojo, I decided it was only fitting I made some jewellery to go with it. Now, I’ve always been a bit underwhelmed with the new shaped beads which have been abundant of late, however when I saw this Daydreamer Rope by Jill Wiseman (even better as it’s a free download), I decided to buy some Czech Superduos and give it a go. I decided on Halo finish in Tangerine, French Rose, Razzmatazz, Persian Rose, and Celestial. For my seed beads I chose Miyuki seed beads in Taupe Lined Crystal AB. As I was bursting with beady inspiration, I also decided to try out the new beading technique by Melanie de Miguel’s book, Let’s Hubble. As I love throwing myself in at the deep end, I chose the Solar Flare Pendant and thought the deliciously exotic-sounding Pardparadascha Swarovski rivoli would go really well with my other colours. I’ve never worked with this colour before and when it arrived I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a lovely reddish coral colour and bang on trend this season.
Here’s a what was on my bead board when I began my project (minus the 14mm rivoli, which must be hiding):
Originally I was going to do a necklace and a bracelet, but the sizing worked perfectly for a bangle which meant that I wouldn’t have to worry about a catch slipping round or potentially snagging my dress.
Here’s what I ended up with after a few hours of work:
…and because the pendant doesn’t show up very well from that distance, a little close up showing the padparadascha colour in all it’s beautiful glory.
The colours I used went so well with my fabric. I had originally planned to use brights, but the Superduo colour selection wasn’t wonderful and the ones I did manage to find were too garish and just didn’t give the look I wanted, whereas these muted tones really brought out the vibrant colours in the fabric. Also, taupe lined crystal AB have rocketed into my favourite seedy colour list.
I’m delighted with the finished results (and to have my creative mojo back again).
I strongly encourage you to have a go at the Daydreamer Rope if you’re at all beadily inclined. A really simple yet effective design which works up pretty quickly.
Thanks for looking.