Summer is coming to a close, and boy have I neglected my blog! I had a big case of beader block earlier on this summer, and managed to get a few things done that had deadlines, but I havent stopped to update here. Boy oh boy am I overdue!
I managed to get my BFAC piece done on the due date, and get it mailed off. Thought I would try to get back into the swing of things by posting some pics! I named it 'Xylia' which means woodland, or wood dweller. The colors this year were blue, green and brown which are not my favorites, but I managed to find a stone focal bead that worked well with them. I think it is a Jasper, but I am not sure. I also added a bunch of volcano swarovski rivolis to add that extra sparkle.
It is 18" long, with a 38mm focal piece. The fringe is 2" at its longest. I like the way it all turned out, and the colors ended up being fantastic! I think it has a woodsy, outdoor-ish feel, hence the name.
I bezelled the focal, and all the rivolis with peyote stitch. Then I connected them all with swooping strands of beads (boy that sounds silly). I added most of the odd sized beads to the fringe.
Finished it all off with a peyote toggle using the swarovski sequins on the ends of the toggle bar. I originally thought of bead embroidery because of those sequins, but went the route of beadweaving instead.
I really like to participate in BFAC not only for the challenge, but because of the donation. Cancer (colorectal in this case) has affected almost everyone I know in some way or another, and I am proud to do what I can to help find a cure for it. Please check out the Beading for a Cure website (www.beadingforacure.org) for more information on how you can get involved either through participating in the challenge, or maybe helping by buying one of the items when they are auctioned off in March.