Come on In - it's Bead Soup Blog Party!

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog hop!

If you are new and aren't familiar with the blog hop, here's how it works.  We (the participants) were paired up with a partner and the object of the game was to swap our most coveted hoarded beads, along with coordinating pieces if we chose to.   Once we got the beads in the mail, our only task was to create something using the beads we were sent and to blog about it on Hop day. Which is TODAY! yay!

My partner this go-around was the lovely Ann Schroeder.  You can find her blog and what I sent to her, HERE> ANN'S BLOG ....BUT WAIT! Don't go yet!!  You haven't seen MY piece yet!

So as you can see above, Ann sent me a wonderful assortment of coordinating beads.  The top Left was the Piece de Resistance.   A lovely Ceramic lentil from Joan Miller Porcelain.  She also seen some Wooly Wire, some faceted stones, a lovely handmade hook clasp, Linen cording, Sari Silk, and a couple of strands of glass.

I have to be honest. I procrastinated. I only just created my finished piece, yesterday. YEP. Yesterday!  Nothing like working under pressure eh??

So I sat down this morning, and pulled out my beads.... and let them do the talking. It didn't take long! They had a lot to say!

I created a long Lariat style necklace using the Sari silk, the Joan Miller focal bead, and some of the stones and glass beads. I added in my own wire, and pewter Bird button from Green Girl Studios.

I am on a total bird kick lately so it was not a surprise that I pulled in a bird element for my finished piece. 

Flipping around online today, revealed that there is one overwhelming trend these days that cannot be ignored. The tassel. So I knew I wanted to incorporated some sort of tassel element in this piece.

I used the linen cording, to string the glass bead dangles. And frayed the bottoms of the cording for a bit of a more rustic look- to go along with the Sari silk.  On the ends of the silk, I added wire wrapped beads.

The Focal bead- is strung on the linen cording, and anchored onto the silk with knots.  The bird is anchored above the focal bead, And the silk is doubled and knotted, creating a natural button loop at the end, that attaches to the button at the front.

I wrapped wire around the silk necklace, and thread on a few of the faceted stones, for a little extra interest, and it provides a bit of structure to the necklace itself.

 I really dig it! It's just what I had envisioned and I think I showcased Ann's favorite beads in a unique and funky way! I can't wait to see what she thinks of it ... and I can't wait to see what she created!

Here is the blog hop list!

Happy Hopping!

Julia Lund-Trott
Jean Wells
Joelyn Bissing