The Bead Soup Party is hosted by Lori Anderson. She matches us up with a partner and we swap a clasp, focal and some extra coordinating beads. That’s part one of the fun: mixing up a lovely Soup for our partner.
Part two of the fun is creating something beautiful with the Soup you received and share it on reveal day. This year over 500 creative people are participating, so the reveal is spread out over a couple of weeks.
Lori matched me with Hajer Waheed, a seed beader with amazing talent.
She sent me a lovely handmade pendant, a handmade clasp and handmade beads. All made with those tiny little treasures: seed beads. Topped off with coordinating glass beads.
The color combination was a bit of a challenge to me, as I normally work with earth tones or pinks. So it took me a little while to create something beautiful with it. I wanted to make something that shows off Hajer’s work.
I decided to combine the pendant with a herringbone-stitched cord. For some time now I wanted to do something with herringbone, a new stitch to me (I normally work with peyote and spiral rope).
I added a silver bead cap and a black glass bead to the pendant and changed the bail, as my rope was a bit to wide for the original one.
For a bit of contrast I combined it with some silver plated chain.
It was obvious to me that the beaded beads and the clasp should be made into a bracelet.
I first combined it with a spiral rope, but it just didn’t look right. It should have been herringbone stitch from the first.
I’m very pleased with the result. And my neighbor as well, she is wearing it proudly right now.
This is what I've send my partner:
A lovely clasp from Humblebeads, a focal from LeAlteredMuse, some lampies from Liz Beads, fresh water pearls, Swarovsky crystals and pearls, Jasper beads, Czech beads, brass filigree beads and sari silk.
Be sure to visit my partner's website to see what she made with this: http://mybeadedworld.wordpress.com/
The full list of blogs that are featured in the second reveal are available here: http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2013/04/the-7th-bead-soup-blog-party-second.html
Hajer, thank you so much for your lovely Soup. I rediscovered my love for seed beads again.
Lori, thank you so much for hosting this wonderful Bead Soup Party. I can imagine it must be loads of work and with all that is going on in your personal live, I’m amazed with all you do. A wonderful super job!
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