I was all heck-bent on trying to finish up my Kalmbach Bead Soup Party Piece today.

As a background, a while ago I posted about getting my wonderful selection of beads in the mail via Kalmbach Publishing Company.  They were donated from Eva Sherman at Grand River Beads.

The whole idea stemmed from Lori Anderson, who has hosted a “Bead Soup Blog Party” for a couple of years now.  You can read about the original idea here: https://sites.google.com/site/beadsoupparty2012/.  Anyhow, Lori has written a book based off her Blog Party called Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash.  You can get it on Amazon.  Its less than $14.00

This is my sixth installment on the series and I really just wanted to get the piece done and off to Kalmbach.  However, I think I’ll get another photoshoot before I do that.  You can see the finished piece below, but
I’m going to want a better shot before I put it up for sale and before I send it off to Kalmbach.

This piece ended up using one of my favorite color combos.  Purple and orange look like a fantastic sunset but I haven’t named it yet.  To finish it off, I had to complete the bead embroidery on the collar and then back it with ultrasuede and edge it.  I also had to add the front piece and fringe it (of course).  I know, this doesn’t have a lot of fringe on it for one of my pieces.  I might go back and add more.

 I have to tell you that while I was edging, I planned on adding the fringe at the same time but I was watching this silly show in which three guys compare three cars. I wouldn’t necessarily have stopped on the show except they were trying out these mini cars and it was ridiculous.  To make it even more ridiculous, they took then hunting out in the Louisiana Bayou with some folks who lived down there and… well, you can imagine how that all turned out.  I am embarrassed to admit that by the end of it my sides hurt because I was laughing so hard.

Its actually going to hang quite a bit lower on a person – below the neck, not around it.  I’ll have to get my lovely model Danielle involved so you can really see it.

A little while ago, I posted about getting my wonderful selection of beads in the mail via Kalmbach Publishing Company.  They were donated from Eva Sherman at Grand River Beads.

As an overview, the whole idea stemmed from Lori Anderson, who has hosted a “Bead Soup Blog Party” for a couple of years now.  You can read about the original idea here: https://sites.google.com/site/beadsoupparty2012/.  Anyhow, Lori has written a book based off her Blog Party called Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash.  You can get it on Amazon.  Its less than $14.00

This is my fifth installment on the series.  I was stymied for a little bit on my project because the top half was bead embroidered and the bottom half was all wirewrapped and it looked like two different projects. I’d already removed some of the fringe, which breaks two of my rules (always add more fringe and never take things apart).  So, I set it aside for a little while.

Carol, from Dancing Beads in Oregon, actually came to my rescue.  She suggested that perhaps there needed to be more about the butterfly on the top section.  I realized that she was 100% correct.  Her idea was to remove some of the purple triangular beads and re-angle them so they looked like wings.  The problem with that was twofold – firstly, they were REALLY glued and sewn down.  Secondly, I actually working on pretty crummy fabric stiffener.  Once its complete and backed with the steel form, it’ll be nice and sturdy, but just now if i even THINK about cutting that off I’ll probably rip the stuff.  Always use good quality backing (don’t do what I did).

Anyhow, so here’s the update.  I’ve added angled filigree wings on the upper part that are backed in orange ultrasuede (it’ll be trimmed and cut to size later) and I took apart the flower at the bottom and backed it with the same ultrasueded.  This makes it lighter than it was beforehand (it was backed with a big bead) plus adds some of the bead embroidery down below.

See you next time!

As an overview, I’m working on a piece that is a Bead Soup Challenge.  Eva Sherman from Grand River Beads sent a selection of fun beads over to Kalmbach Publishing Company and they forwarded the selection to me.  Deadline is October 31st and I thought I was doing ok, but I just ran across a snag.  I’ll get to it in a second.  I think I’m still okay for time.

Check out the links that the bottom of this posting to see where this piece started and how it is progressing.

Last night, I added more wirewrapping to the base and also some more bead embroidery to the top.  There was actually more fringe onthe base, but I actually removed it because it was getting too heavy and I wanted to reserve some of those cool tube beads for the side fringe.

Here’s what I’ve got right now.

Anyhow, so I’m not too happy with it today.  I should say I like the top, and I like the bottom, but I DON’T LIKE THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER.  They look like two different necklaces.  Also, those leaves still look pretty pink, even though are orange IRL.

So, I think I’ll probably set aside this project and let it stew for a day or two.  I’ve got orders I’ve been ignoring anyhow that I ought to catch up on.

Tune in later for the next installment…

As an overview, I’m working on a piece that is a Bead Soup Challenge.  Eva Sherman from Grand River Beads sent a selection of fun beads over to Kalmbach Publishing Company and they forwarded the selection to me.  I’d be interested in knowing if they kept all the beads “in-state” since Grand River Beads is in Ohio

Check out the links that the bottom of this posting to see where this piece started and how it is progressing.

So here’s what happened last night on my bead soup piece. Lets see…

  • Purple? Check.
  • Fringe? Check.
  • Bead embroidery? Check.
  • Wirewrapping? WHAT?!? That’s not normal operating procedure.

The lucite leaves at the bottom are actually more orange and less pink. I’ll get a better shot in tomorrow’s photo.  Somehow it looked like I’d gotten more done while it was all hanging on my work table.