Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Seed Beads Only: EBW April Challenge

Seed beads...the primary tool of every beadweaver.  Oh, how I love the tiny little creatures and their myriad colors, shapes and sizes.  A tube of seed beads carries within it a hundred possibilities just waiting to be realized by the beadweaver.  OK, so maybe I don't need to wax poetic about them, but have I mentioned how happy seed beads make me?! 

Our EBW team's April Challenge is "seed beads only".  Hey, I'm there!  I'm all about the seed beads!  Oh, wait, no crystals, no cabochons, no gemstones, no pearls.  Hmmm, maybe not so easy.  One of the things I love about seed beads is creating a structure to feature a favorite clay focal or gemstone cabochon.  I love to take inspiration from a great focal piece and choose the seed beads to best accent the colors or texture of the piece. 

This spring, I've been inspired by the color palette of the Pantone Spring 2012 color report.  Pretty much all my favorite colors all together.  I wanted to try and highlight as many colors as possible and the perfect way to do that would be with a cellini spiral necklace!  You know I love doing a cellini spiral.  You can feature a rainbow of colors or a variety of monochromatic hues in an array of sizes.  So I dove into my bead stash and found the colors and sizes I needed and created "Spring Carnival" using 8 of the pantone colors and 4 sizes of seed beads.

For more beautiful beadwoven jewelry, search EBW Team on Etsy. And for more great entries in the April Challenge, search EBWC on Etsy. Please stop by our blog http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/ and vote for your favorite entry April 9-15.


  1. I love seed beads too...cannot get enough. Admiring your cellini spiral and the colors are so beautiful together for a Spring Carnival. Love your talent!

  2. Hi Chris,
    Oh, I meant to tell you also that 'back in the day' when I was a furniture rep for The Lane Co., I'd travel to Charlotte twice a year. I would stay in Greensboro and drive each day into High Point for our two week furniture market. I met a lot of really kind and nice people while visiting. I noticed the young people had such good manners, with "yes ma'am" and "yes sir". Such lush tree's, everyone was courteous, and I really enjoyed my time spent there with such great people.