Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!

I have had such fun participating in the bead soup blog party this spring! What a great way to work out of the winter doldrums - especially when working with beads in springy colors and styles. First, my partner Leslie sent me a mix of beads. You can see my original post about it here. It was really a challenge for me to work with what she sent because I don't work with big beads often, generally don't do stringing or wire work, and just couldn't figure out what to do with that butterfly focal. The idea of the brown leather cording came to me early on, but I had a hard time getting it to do what I wanted it to and had a hard time stringing it in a pleasing way through the holes in the butterfly. I ended up first making some beaded beads to match what she sent me and finally, after discarding other ideas, made simple peyote bails for each hole of the butterfly and strung the leather cord through that. I also embellished the bails with Russian leaves and a little rose to go with the idea of the butterfly. I'm really happy with the way it turned out and happy for the chance to push my creativity this way. You can see what Leslie made with what I sent her here.

You can see what other people made with their soups by hopping the blogs. You can find a full list of participants in the third reveal below. Enjoy hopping!

Adlinah Kamsir
Agi Kiss
Alenka Obid
Alison Sachs
Amanda Tibbetts
Amy Sims
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Andria Poole
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James Hoppensteadt
Birgit Klughardt
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason McNair
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Cassie Donlen
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christina Stofmeel
Christine Hansen
Christine Stonefield
Cilla Watkins
Cindy Cima Edwards
Claire Lockwood
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Dana Fowler
Danielle Kelley
Deb Fortin
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diana Gonzalez
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Evelyn Duberry
Fay Wolfenden
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis Allman
Giorgia Rossini
Hannah Annear
Heather Otto
Heidi Kingman
Ildiko Jarai
Iveth Caruso
Jackie Locantore
Jacqueline Keller
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica Klaaren Http://
Joanna Matuszczyk
Joyce Becker
Judith Johnston
Judy Riley
JuLee Wolfe
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin King
Karin von Hoeren
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Kelley Fogle
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Krista Quantrill
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Kristina Johansson
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Laura Guenther
Lauren Potts
Laurie Vyselaar
Leah Tees
Lena Adams
Lesley Watt
Leslie Wayment
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Linda Younkman
Lisa Boucher
Lizzie Clarke
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Anderson
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Marsela Schroth
Martha Aleo
Mary Govaars
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Mea-B. Uebler
Melissa Trudinger
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Milla Hope
Miranda Ackerely

Mowse Doyle
Mrs M Makes
Nan Smith
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Natascha Marty
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Pam Hurst
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Penny Mills
Rachel Van-Walsh
Rebecca Sirevaag
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood
Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson

Rose Johnson
Rosemary Cheslock
Rossana De Gaspari
Sabine Dittrich
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sharon Palac
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Stephanie Stamper
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan Kennedy
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Suse Stelljes
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh
Tina Noonan
Toltec Jewels

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O'Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman


  1. Beautiful necklace, I love the colors!!! Great Job on your SOUP!!!

  2. Lovly. It looks like a butterfly coming out of a caccoon and landing on a flower.

  3. Very nice - the colors are great and your bead work is amazing!

  4. WONDERFUL Katy. I love what you did with the butterfly. I knew you would be up for a challenge.

  5. What a cute necklace! Congrats!

  6. What you've made with the seed beads is amazing and your necklace looks gorgeous. I love the beaded beads you've made( I still have to learn that technique). I've had some trouble commenting on your blog: I couldn't find the comment option in the Magazine format. It's a good thing I was able to change it to the Classic format. Have a great Sunday!

  7. Beautiful necklace. I love the colors and the design too.

  8. Now this is something fresh and different!

  9. I love the beadweaved parts, they make the necklace even more beautiful and unexpected!

  10. Fantastic work. Love the necklace

  11. Very cute and creative!!! The butterfly looks sweet.

  12. Love the combination of seed bead and beads. Beautiful design work.

  13. Lovely lovely spring necklace. Great job!

  14. What a fun the colors. Nice job!

  15. Your beadwork is amazing - lovely necklace!!

  16. Amazing design and beadwork. Gorgeous use of your soup!

  17. Oh, this is super cute! I really love your embellishments with the seed beads. It gives the design a little extra something special. Nice work!