Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bead Soup Party Kalmbach

Come back Bead Soup Party!

I had join this Bead Soup Party hosted by our beloved Lori Anderson with 400 beaders across the globe.  That was in August.   Then as a cherry on the top,  a couple of months later I received a  packet with  some wonderful beads from the Kalmbach store.

If you  have ever browsed the craft section in a book store or the  library you know who they are, you are already  well acquainted with the Kalmbach Books.

Now I got this packet from  a bead store in  Lodi, CA named Bunches of Beads.  I was so  glad to know that they are in California and not that far from where I live.  Some day I wish to pay them a surprise visit and buy their awesome beads.  For now, my heart felt thanks to them.   I bow down to their generosity for sending me this awesome selection.

Here is what they sent me;

Look more closely-

Aren't they awesome?  Now there are so many things I can do with them.

Finally I made  a knitted wire necklace with the autumn beads;
Autumn Knitted


It was tricky in the sense that  the beads I chose to wire knit  were of different dimension and shapes.  I faced some challenges with three beads, the heavier ones.  I wanted them to be secured on top of the delicate lacy knitted wire.  So I incorporated some wire work with extra wire .  I had never done it before in a knitted wire piece.  But I think it was a good solution.

What other things could I have done?  Do you have some suggestions?

But there were still many beads not used.  Especially, I was itching to do something with those  three beautiful oval  agate beads  with orange, red, yellow stripes that reminded me of the setting sun.

So I made another necklace

Sun set
 If you are a beader you may want to check out Lori Anderson's new Bead Soup book in your book store or in  They have a discount going on now too until 11/9/12.  So I am going to go there now.

I was very sad yesterday watching the news from the hurricane devastation  in the East Coast.  Today I am feeling much happy.  It's true what Picasso had said - " Art washes away the dirt of every day life"

Some how today   I feel hopeful that the sunny days are coming soon and as a nation we will overcome.


AntiquityTravelers said...

Both pieces are so beautiful! I haven't tried to wire knit, but it looks so great I just might have to add that to my list of beady things to learn. I really, really love the coral necklace - the colors are so rich!

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Great job with your Kalmbach soup! See you this upcoming weekend for the "Window Shop Holiday Hop" :)

Lori Anderson said...

Oh my gosh, all that work! They're both amazing!!!!

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