Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!

Yay! Finally! The bead soup reveal date is here! Last year I participated in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party for the first time. It was such a challenge and so much fun; I absolutely LOVED it. (You can see my post about last year's hop here.) This year, I knew I had to do it again. So I signed up and started looking at the calendar only to realize that the reveal date (original date of May 3) was the same day that all of the final work for my Masters degree was due by. Always one to work better under a really long to-do list, I managed to complete everything with time to spare. Then, the reveal date was pushed back one week, so I even had time to procrastinate writing about my piece and taking pictures.

This year I was paired up with Liz E. of Bead Contagion blog and the color palette she sent me was quite a challenge. Because of my mounds of schoolwork, I didn't want to create anything too complicated. BUT that didn't really happen. During this same time period I also started to Zentangle. I think my end piece for the blog hop reflects this new skill, but in bead embroidery form. (Which happens to be really similar to bead embroidery in a lot of ways.) I have really been into the neon colors out recently, and the winter was REALLY long. I also tried to mimic the shape of the round focal throughout.

In the end, I love/hate it - which is exactly the same way I felt initially about what I created for last year's party. I have created something I totally love, but it is SO not me and big for me, I think. I ended up wearing it to work last week for my Masters research presentation. The perfect day to wear the other thing I had spent all spring working on. Also, everyone else loved it and thought it looked just fine on me - not too big at all! :)

Enjoy my pictures below. Visit Liz's blog here to see what she made from what I sent her. Have fun hopping other blogs by heading to Lori's blog to see the big list of all the bloggers. Enjoy!
Bead Soup!

Loving neon!


The focal can spin.


29 comments:

  1. This is great, such a zesty colour palette - it makes me feel wide awake just looking at it!
    So pretty :-)

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  2. Wow! Your piece is fabulous!!! I love the combination of colors, the pink and orange sizzle. Zing! It's a power piece, it exudes confidence and is the perfect thing to wear on an important day. I'm intrigued by the open center, how very cleaver. Adds an extra dimension and highlights the glass focal. Should I see you (or whoever) wearing that piece in public I would let out a few ooooos and ahhhhs and then start on the compliments. Well done. Thank you for being a wonderful soup partner, and congratz on your masters :-)

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  3. what a great beaded embroidery!!!!! I'm impressed!

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  4. I love it!! I love how you used the bead almost like the raise of the sun and turned them into the focal... so bright, beautiful and full of life!! ~KM

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  5. Absolutely stunning, just the thing after a long winter :)

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  6. It's really beautiful how you made the circles overlap and seem transparent. That's a new one to me!

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  7. I love the bright colors! Beautiful!

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  8. I so much admire the embroidery with beads! Awesome colors!

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  9. Congrats on making such a beautiful piece of jewellery. The pattern you used is beautiful and the tiny black beads around the focal pieces map the whole design pop.

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  10. Love the bright Happy colors you've put together here. I've been so into pink for the last year this really makes me happy to see it :) Love it!

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  11. That necklace is stunning!! I have felt the same way about the pieces I made. I love/hate them because they don't feel like "me."
    But, your necklace is amazing. I love everything about it!

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  12. As soon as I saw the soup I knew I was going to like whatever you made. I don't like it, I LOVE it. Beautiful necklace, well done bead embroidery.

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  13. I scrolled over your blog and realized how good your beadwork and embroidery are, and this necklace is just the last example. The color combo here is magnificent, an original and beautiful piece

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  14. Wow this is a labour of LOVE!! Gorgeous. I love how the edge of black makes the colours pop!

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  15. Love the colours. The necklace is very unique.

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  16. Wow, great colours! I love the combination of yellows, oranges, pinks and gold with this bit of black. Gorgeous design!

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  17. So bright, sunshiny and cheerful - can't help but smile at this!

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  18. Love your design, and the fact that it spins is just frosting on the cake! Such a happy color palette!!

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  19. Though not my colors either, this is an amazing piece! I do see hints of zentangling there! I started tangling myself this spring and like the relaxing, mind freeing feeling I get from it. You did beautiful work!

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  20. What a beauty, Katy! And animated, no less :)

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  21. Gorgeous bead work and a fabulous necklace design. The larger black beads of the necklace nicely ground the bright colors in the focal.

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  22. How can you love/hate it?! It's GORGEOUS! =) So bright, fun, and amazing! You did a FANTASTIC JOB!

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  23. Wow! Powerful bright colors in the soup! Your bead embroidery is awesome.

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  24. Beautiful bead work and so rich in colours! Nice to read that people liked it, when you were wearing this beauty!

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  25. Really creative and intricate piece. I love the design that you beaded around the fiery center bead. I love the contrast of the black as well.

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  26. Gorgeous work! Really Soup-perb! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

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  27. Wow. Intricate and involved indeed. Beautiful!

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  28. The first thing that captured my attention were the strikingly vivid colors and the unusual color combination - what a statement piece! Your design flows from one circle to the other without any break - what a craftsmanship!

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