Remember what my partner Marti Conrad sent to me in this really cute packaging: I immediately thought of my friend Jeannie who made my husband Gary a yo-yo quilt when we got married. Jeannie is such an excellent quilter. We all spent many hours making over 500 yo yo's. I vowed I would never make another one until I saw the packaging!
Marti loves buttons so as soon as I took these little packages out of the box I remembered I had these cute buttons made out of polymer clay ( I am sorry I don't remember the artist) that look like quilting squares:
So from the packaging and my buttons I made this necklace after I made yo-yo's out of the blue jean wrappers for my friend Jeannie!
I just love how it turned out. I even used the yarn Marti tied it in. I also used the adorable heart clasp in the necklace because it went so well with it. The clasp was made by Jean Wells especially for Marti to send to me. The clasp is handmade in copper.
Now the actual Bead Soup!
Marti sent me a huge array of beads and a beautiful focal
I never work with gemstones but this soup was so colorful and had so many different textures it was really fun to step outside the box and come up with a necklace. I added some gold links and a gold clasp. Here is my finished piece. Reminds me of summer which is just around the corner.
I also made 4 different earring sets so you could wear different pairs depending on your mood:) I added some chain from my stash and a couple of beads. I have enough beads to later make a bracelet!
Also please visit our wonderful leader Lori Anderson who started this event and does all the work to keep track of everybody, match partners and keeps us up to date which is no small feat because there are almost 500 of us.
Here is where you can find the list of participants. Bead Soup 8 participants Please visit as many as you can.