My plan this year was to "do something with it" and I feel like I did that. I made something from at least one magazine from every year I own. I spent time experimenting with Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. I used beads and cabs from my stash and even finished a couple of UFO's! I would call it a success! I didn't bead anything this week, but I do get to show off the beaded gifts that I made this year!
First is the brooch I made for my sister-in-law. It is a bead embroidered piece of Eudialyte that I surrounded with seed beads and finished with a gorgeous white leather.
My sister-in-law is from Russia and so is the stone, so I thought that was nice, and she seemed to really like it when she opened it! Bead Honesty- I struggled for weeks to figure out how to surround it and make it look good. I ripped out at least five tries before I made the alternating seeds and mini crystals work. I ended up very happy with the final results.
The other beaded gift I made this year was for my mom- who reads my blog so I really couldn't share it till now! Hi Mom! It was a framed peyote panel of her kitty. (I made the kitty wider and striped to better resemble her cat :)
I used a frame from Micheals and inserted the stitched panel. I based my pattern on a picture of a panel from the internet, but changed it so the kitty was bigger and tabby striped and the bead count fit into the frame! The edges of the Peyote panel are red but the frame covers most of it. I really like this one, and my mom loved it when she opened it! It was obvious it was her kitty!
I have debated back and forth about my decision for next years plan. I had first decided that I was going to make earrings each week, but as I thought about it while beading the Cellini donuts I changed my plan and decided that 2019 is going to be the year of Cellini. Each week I am going to make a donut or some kind of Cellini inspired beadwork. I might make a bracelet, or earrings, or beaded beads, or maybe some thing I haven't even envisioned yet, but every week I will be using beads in multiple sizes to create my blog post!
Happy New Year! I will be back and posting on the 3rd with my first Cellini of 2019!
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Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth