Prior to my new found drive for pursuing my beading career, I allowed my beading magazine subscriptions expire. I hardly took time to look at the magazines and almost never tried any projects or drew inspiration from them. I found that I missed discovering the brightly colored pages in my mailbox and decided to renew my subscriptions, with one condition…
I told myself that I could only renew my two favorite subscriptions (Bead and Button and Beadwork) if I tried a new technique or drew inspiration from at least one project in each issue. The February 2014 issue of Bead and Button Magazine has a lovely project by Jane Danley Cruz called ‘Vintage Vogue’. Since my bead-embroidery skills could use some exercise, I decided to use this project to fill my quota for this issue.
I picked up some cup chain from A Cute Bead a few weeks ago specifically for this project. I already had the other materials in my stash, and was able to sneak in a few studio hours to complete my version of this project.
I chose a light blue Hibiscus flower cabochon, silver and clear cup chain, and matching glass beads. I wanted a little color and some additional texture against the cabochon, so I added a seed bead between each rhinestone in the cup chain. Since I used seed beads in a different size than the pattern called for, I had to do some adjusting, ripping out, and reworking to get the peyote stitch bezel to lay correctly. I started to make the Russian spiral rope, but then decided it wasn’t quite the look I wanted. Instead, I strung some glass pearls and added a bit of ‘frill’ to the strand with some seed beads and am happy with the completed look.
Because of copyright laws, beading etiquette, and respect for the artist, I contacted Jane Danley Cruz and received permission to sell this design as my own. However, I’d like to give her a huge ‘shout out’ for the inspiration and for getting me to try some new techniques.