On May 25th of this year, I celebrated my 2nd Beading Anniversary. I know that may sound funny to some, but to me it is a really special day that I hold dear to my heart along with my children's birthdays!
I had the pleasure of celebrating my beading anniversary bead-weaving a couple of great patterns that Karyn Healy-White, had chosen for Project 5 for the Beading Babes Group on Facebook. She had chosen two delightful designs that were created by Helena Tang-Lim.
The first one being the "Four Leaf Clover Cuff." This was a very addictive pattern for me. I wanted to make it in every possible 3mm bead and colorway that existed. I ended making the three cuffs that you see above. The first one is Helena's original design. The second one I added a fourth row along with some extra odd and end 3mm crystals. The third one was actually made in five separate pieces that I sewed together with 3mm Czech Fire Polish beads and Swarovski crystals.
The second design being the "Echoes of Nefertiti Necklace." I definitely learned a lot from this pattern. I started beading this pattern a little at a time, making a couple of small pendants here and a couple of large pendants there. I really enjoyed Helena's amazing skill of embellishing. This pattern never ceased to amaze me with all of the techniques and details.
Well, along came summer for my kids and the, "Echoes of Nefertiti Necklace", became neglected until the very last moment before the"Reveal", on Sunday, June 24th. I was so upset with myself for not working on it before! I finished the large pendant in the middle on the Friday before the,"Reveal". I still had to make the toggle and the clasp and the Herringbone ropes on the sides. On Saturday morning I finished the toggle then in the afternoon the clasp, the early evening came along and I had to make dinner for the kids and my husband and a house guest that felt neglected by me because I had been ignoring them the entire time with headphones in my ears! I was not able to sit back down again till three hours later to finally start beading up the Herringbone ropes. I failed to remind myself that I had never learned how to make a Twisted Tubular Herringbone before!
Well, to make a long story short, I finally learned how to make a Twisted Tubular Herringbone Rope, after several panicking attempts at 2:00 in the morning of the, "Reveal." I finally finished everything, pictures and all around 12:00pm that very afternoon!
I have definitely enjoyed being part of this wonderful group of inspiring ladies! They all have been so sweet with their compliments and comments! I have really enjoyed beading Helena's designs and I am grateful that her patterns have taught me so much! I am looking forward to Project 6. This time I won't wait till the last minute to finish it, hopefully!