At the end of July Caroline of Art Elements posted up the design challenge component, a beautiful set of her lovely galaxy beads.. who wouldn’t want to design with these!
Of course I said yes!!
About the same time as the design challenge was set, all the Art Elements team – me included – decided to have a Christmas in July Secret Santa and my partner was Jenny – you can find her blog and website HERE
Amongst a collection of ‘the best’ Summer Christmas gifts I received some ceramic cabs and so when I saw the beads from Caroline I knew what I was going to do. First photo shows my beautiful cab from Jenny and the divine beads from Caroline.
I decided to be inspired by the very talented members of the team and have a go with bead embroidery. I love bead embroidery but I am not very good at it, all those fiddly beads, but it was a challenge so I dragged out my seed beads and blew the dust away and chose some colours and bits to go with my pieces. I wanted a night sky feeling so went for deep blues and purples with a flash of gold.
I didn’t have a design in mind other than I wanted to combine the both elements and have some fun stitching beads. So I did just that over a period of a few days, a few minutes here and a few minutes there….
My result was a very free form piece with dangles, a nod towards a Moon Goddess and the stars.
One of my favourite sayings is ‘you need a certain kind of darkness to be able to see the stars’.
I am going to attach this piece to one of my sketchbooks so that I see it often.
Hope you can join in the blog hop and see what others created with their beautiful beads and to see more of Carolines work take a look at her website HERE, you won’t be disappointed!
Here are the others that followed the challenge