Use the Muse II Kit is Here!!

I just LOVe the colors in this wonderful little kit! My first thought was the kit was just so elegant . . . and so perhaps what I will create will be more 'me' than competition material, but I am SO looking forward to working with these wonderful goodies! I really, really love the Swarovski crystals -- I've never actually used this larger size of bead. This kit DOES present a number of challenges for me but I know once I've settled on what I'd like to create, that it will be a pleasure to work with these beads!

If you are thinking of participating in this wonderful contest, I'd encourage you to just jump in see what you can do! (You can enter here!) It is truly amazing what different people can do with the same kit of beads! And I'm already looking forward to the Big Reveal later this summer! Check out all the fabulous and diverse entries for the first Use the Muse contest -- there are truly some VERY talented beaders out there! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone does.

Congrats and thanks to Scarlett for another wonderful beady palette!

Another step in the journey

I joined the ladies of the local Bead Society for the first time on Saturday and have to say I spent a wonderful few hours meeting some VERY talented beaders! I actually learned to slip-stitch a length of bead-crochet rope and must at some point in the future set aside some time to practice this. Our teacher's methods were most thorough and I truly felt I'd accomplished a LOT by learning how to start and finish the rope. Progress!

Also at the meeting a few volunteers (I was one!) received some size 15/o Delicas, as well as some Swarovski beads to experiment with. These came from Artbeads. I completed a pair of earrings from directions in Diane Fitzgerald's Book "Shaped Beadwork" and just love the results.
These are intertwining hexagon shapes. The tiny Delicas are SO fine (NOT the easiest to work with in the dark iris color) and the finished earrings are delicate and lightweight.

I'm looking forward to the next gathering and whatever excitement it brings!

Murphy's Law!

Well I worked hard this past weekend to try and finish the Pharoah's Daughter necklace by Marcia DeCoster, the pattern directions for which are published in the June/July Beadwork Magazine. Right Angle Weave is not a favorite stitch for me, and therefor one I needed a lot more practice with -- I certainly feel I've gotten that practice in working this project! Well I was very happy to be getting toward the end of all the stitching BUT . . . "Murphy's Law" reared it's ugly head and wouldn't you just believe it? I was all of 24 size 8 beads SHORT. How frustrating!! Almost there . . . but unable to finish it.

I'm a little perplexed, as the pattern calls for 23 grams of the size 8/o beads and while I did not use the EXACT same beads stipulated in the pattern, (the ones I chose are shiny and have a slight AB finish) I did have a 30 gram tube of size 8/o beads! AND I also made a slight adjustment in the pattern as I did not make the center of the necklace as deep as Marcia's pattern suggests. So to get through the complete 30 gram tube and STILL be a few beads short (to finish the very last rib) was just too much for me at the time. Sigh.

Today I brought home the much-needed tube of beads, with thanks to my eldest daughter who did the shopping for me, and saved me the fifty mile journey there and the same back! Guess what I'll be doing tonight? Hopefully tomorrow I can take some photos!