Monday, May 1, 2017

UFO Blog Hop ~ May

Karen Williams  put out the call for another UFO Blog Hop and I signed up again.  I had another four projects in mind, but only got one done...and it wasn't even one of the four I had planned on doing.  Ain't that the way beading usually goes?!

A while back, I made this square to send to Amy for her Bead It Forward event.  My square turned out too big to send, as I used size 10 Delicas instead of size 11 Delicas.  So this botched square just floated around my workshop and house, with no particular purpose.  I came across it a couple weeks ago and thought, "Hmmm, I think THIS will be my UFO project!"

So I took this

And I beaded a cobalt AB back

And I added my Gram's Adventurine Beads as Fringe and on the long neck strap

I had JUST enough of those cobalt AB Delicas to finish the back of the bag and neck strap.  There was not one left when this was finished.  I had them for 10 years and never used them until this UFO project.  It is not a color I am comfortable using.  And obviously, I cannot seem to photograph it too well either.  I am glad I finally used them up.  I do like how Gram's beads are rather washed out.  It makes the amulet bag it should :-)

Here is the list of all the UFOers...we are all trying to get our projects to the finish line, no matter how many years they take :

Karen Williams, Baublicious
Francie Broadie,  FAB
Christine Van Dyke Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Liz Hart, Treetop Life
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Christi Carter, Sweetpea Path
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Margo Lynn Hablutzel, My World and It's Full of Books


CraftyHope said...

That bag is lovely! I'm smitten with your addition of your gram's beads. It makes it even more special. I hate that you had the wrong size beads, but it looks like it made just the right inspiration for THIS challenge and worked out beautifully!
Thanks for your help with the links yesterday. It's always nice to have friends in high places :D

Bobbie said...

So pretty! The fact that you had JUST enough of those cobalt beads, after having held onto them for so long, means that this was exactly the perfect way to use them. And your gram's beads are a lovely addition to the amulet. They'll make it even more wonderful to wear, with the little swish and clink of the fringe to remind you of her with every step.

Amy S. said...

What a perfectly clever thing to do with that beaded dragonfly square!!! LOVE IT!! It reminds me of how peyote stitched amulet bags were my first foray into petyoet stitch beading! I love how this whole piece came together.

Karen Williams said...

What a great way to repurpose your dragonfly square! Amulet bags always seem a little bit magical to me, and this one is no exception. Especially with your gram's beads and the fact that you literally had just enough cobalt blue seed beads to finish. It's like it was meant to be - it just took a while to let you know.

Now you need to put a little something inside as a little secret for the wearer. Maybe one of your beautiful stones? :)

AntiquityTravelers said...

I remember sitting in a bookstore chatting and you beading this pretty little dragonfly! I absolutely love what he became, and that you used a touch of Gram! I bet she'd like this little amulet bag. Isn't it just the best when you end a piece on just enough beads? doesn't happen often, but when it does ....

windrock studio said...

What a wonderful idea, and I sure love your Gram's pretty green beads.

Anonymous said...

Great save! I have had a similar experience with those squares, but I figured out it was too big before I got 4 rows done. Now I kind of wish I had made the whole square. What a great way to repurpose the square. The dragonfly will be fun for summer. And kudos for using a color you aren't comfortable with. That is a great way to expand your horizons.

Liz said...

Those size 10's weren't actually the wrong size. They were the right size because they wanted to stay with you and turn into an amulet bag. Who are you to stand in the way of the will of the beads? I love how you finished it. The perfect size for a house key, and that's about all you need. I would have never thought to try aventurine, but they hang back just enough to let the dragonfly shine!

Therese's Treasures said...

The little dragonfly waited until just the right moment to whisper to your muse that it was time to give it a purpose. Your muse knew that there would be just enough of the cobalt blue size 10 delicas to finish and that Gram's Aventurine beads would be the perfect pairing with the cobalt blue delicas. I agree that you should put one of your rocks in the bag.

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