The time has finally arrived for Therese and I to post our first She Made ~ She Made Monthly Challenge :-D Yippeee!!!!!
The details of the monthly challenge and the stash involved can be found here.
These Blue Amazonites have a very beautiful color the the shape and faceting on these made them real easy to work with. I used every single one of them and will definitely keep my eyes open for more when I shop for beads.
My first design brought me back to the first class I ever taught for pay. I call this design "Girl's Best Friend". I have used picasso donuts, tiger's eye, Swarovski crystals of various shapes, and carnelian in this design in the past. The first time I saw these blue beauties, I knew I wanted to make this bracelet.
Next, I went with tilas. They sit on my table, seldom used, almost taunting me. I rarely know what to do with them. Then this happened:
And last, but certainly not least, a necklace. This was a challenge x2. The challenge between Therese, the blue amazonites and me, and the challenge of weaving around a cab. I am still not comfortable with this. Maybe if I stuck with peyote I would be. But I am interested in finding other stitches that work well around the cab. I think I found a Great method, but that picture cannot be shown until the Time to Stitch 2 reveal on October 25th (that should give you a Big Hint as to what stitch I have fallen in love with to go around the cab!). I played around and came up with what essentially is ladder and picot for this one.
Here is a closer look at the cab. It was made by Erin at Elysian Studios. It is made of polymer clay and is the most comfortable thing to hold in my hand. It reminded me of a worry stone. As I fondled it, I could feel the smoothness and beauty and it really gave me peace. And peace is not something I ever feel when working with cabs! Erin will soon be carrying these jewelry components and other handmade beads in her Etsy shop. Can't wait until they are in the shop and I can order more!
I may redo a bit of the area right above the cab. The teardrops do lay well above the cab, despite what story the picture tells. And I do like the twist the beads take that are immediately above the cab, but I am not sure I love it yet. I was trying to get a more "imperfect" feel there and I think I achieved that. But it might be too imperfect.
Thank You to Erin for making such a beautiful cab!
And Thank You Therese for the generous gift of all the beads you gave me, for the inspiration to go new places with my weaving, for putting up with my lack of computer knowledge, for the fantastic badge!, for being my Hop partner, and for your friendship. A few hours in Carlisle was not nearly enough. I cannot wait to see you again :-)
Now it is time for you to go over to Therese's Treasures and see what she made with these lovely Blue Amazonites. Thank you for stopping by and sharing a bit of your day with us!