I want to start this off with a huge thanks to our wonderful organizer, Linda Anderson! You can check out her blog at From the Bead Board.
I feel honored to have been a part of this year's exchange and really appreciate all the hard work that goes into organizing an event of this magnitude. Thank you so much, Linda!
For those who have not read my blog in the past (shame...shame...shame), my partner for this year's Bead Peeps Swap N Hop is Palak Udeshi.
For a full introduction to my partner, please check out my previous post - Meet My 2018 Bead Peeps Swap-n-Hop Partner. What you won't find in my previous introduction is my pet name for my partner, which is "Crazy Partner". She has named me the "Meticulous One", but I'll let her tell that story in her reveal (or she may not LOL). Check out her blog at Palak Udeshi Blog.
Now, to explain the pet name I gave to Palak. Palak is from India and I am from Florida in the United States. I was worried at first about being an international swapper, but was excited at the same time. Since I was in the midst of getting my house finished and ready to sell, ALL of my bead supplies were in storage so I drove an hour to the nearest bead store on the hunt for the perfect combination to send my partner. I didn't want to take a chance of ordering anything online due to the time restrictions, and even though I could fill two stores with my supplies they are all in storage, so on the hunt I went. Got everything together and in the mail it goes.
Palak receives my package and is so worried that she didn't send enough and that I would not be happy with what I received. And that was before Customs came into the picture. Then she was really upset that I would not get my package and was going to send another package. I told her NO that whatever I received would be wonderful and that Linda would understand if I didn't get it in time to make any jewelry. It was not her fault that we have a sucky postal system that held my package in Customs for 7 days!!!!
I receive my package not knowing what to expect. After all, Palak kept worrying that it wasn't enough and concerned I was not going to like what she had sent.
Well, here is the "Crazy Partner" part. I receive this box FULL of beads and silk. Did I say silk???? Not just small swatches, but full panels! I am absolutely in love with all that she sent me! I love all the colors and textures!
Her package contained 3 different silks, 6 shades of seed beads, resin beads and pendant, sun focal, large faceted agate bead, leaf findings and toggle clasp, resin flowers, glass beads, flat disk beads, crystal beads, and a wooden pendant that she hand-painted. Not enough???...........Crazy Partner!!!!
I have a huge red acrylic breakfast tray that I use for inspiration. So everything goes on the tray and every time I would go by it I would move things around to see what they were begging to be.
I knew immediately when I saw the silks that I wanted to make an embroidered cuff with some of the fabric. So I make a pattern and get out my mini-ironing board and with the help of my cat, Bailey, I get to work.
But there is so much gorgeous fabric that I couldn't make a decision so here are TWO of the THREE embroidered cuffs I designed!
In my first cuff I used the border pattern from one of the silk fabrics as the focal and bead embroidered some of the flowers from the fabric. I finished the back with lambskin leather.
My next beaded cuff was made with the same two silk fabrics, but focusing on the striped one instead. It is also finished using lambskin leather.
Next, I tackled the beautiful large faceted agate bead. I used wire from my stash to wire weave a frame to wrap the cabachon and then I hand-beaded the necklace using some of the leaves and flowers and finished it off with the flower clasp. I wanted to show off the lovely floral clasp so I designed an asymmetrical closure on the front of the necklace.
Next up is a hand-beaded necklace which detaches to become a smaller necklace and bracelet combo. I added peyote beads, crystals and a dragonfly charm from my stash for the hand-beaded toggle bars.
When I saw the paper clay sun focal I just knew I had to make a doll. With all the silk it seemed to be a perfect match, but when I started gathering my supplies I changed my mind - kind of. I decided to make a pendant instead. I designed a pattern, added a silver chain and blue leather backing from my stash for the final touches. With a little alcohol ink to tone down the silver chain and some blue leather for the backing, my Keyhole Princess Pendant is complete.
I knew that I wanted to do something very special with the handmade portion of my goodies. The wooden disk was hand-painted by Palak herself in the traditional painting technique of "Kerala Mural".
According to Kerala Tourism:
So using rattail and S-Lon from my stash, I first knotted in the resin beads she sent to me and then finished with a Kumihimo braid, adding a chain to finish the necklace. I asked Palak the name of this particular Goddess and she stated that she had been concerned about it being about a religious icon so it was not based on anyone in particular. When I told her that I would not be offended and that I wanted to honor her country in my design she suggested:
If you want to give her name you could call her ‘Radha’ the beautiful consort of Lord Krishna . Indian mythology and religion is full of the eternal love of Radha Krishna.
So I am happy to introduce you to my 'Radha' and pray that it honors its namesake. I know that I will treasure this piece forever!
So to recap all of the pieces above, these are all the pieces I designed (and completed) using the beautiful beads and silk fabrics from Palak.
The last 5 days have been a whirlwind of prospective buyers in my house leaving me with no time to finish two pieces I had hoped to include with this collection. I have, however, taken a teaser photo of each of them and will be doing a continued post at a later date to reveal them, along with any others that may appear!
As you can tell from the photo below, I still have a good bit of supplies remaining from what Palak sent to me. I know, CRAZY, right???!!! As soon as I have a permanent home and my sewing machine is out of storage I plan to design an art doll with these supplies. I will link this post when it is complete.
I started on one piece of jewelry and immediately began the next project. At times doing two simultaneously. After years, I finally no longer have to take a sleeping pill at night to keep from waking up to the nightmare that was my life.
So, Palak, I thank you and will be grateful to you for the rest of my life. I am so glad we were paired for this Swap and would be honored to be paired with you again in the future!!!
What a lovely surprise!!!! It is Tuesday, March 27th and I get to talk to my partner via Facetime!!!! It was so wonderful to actually hear your voice and to have a physical conversation!!!! If you make it to the U.S. I would love to show you any technique that you are interested in learning. It would be my honor!!!
Below is a photo of the beads I sent to Palak. I also included a few little extras as a gift to my partner, but I won't spoil it and she can decide whether to share those in her blog post. My handmade item to her is a cabachon that I hand-cut and polished. I built my colorway on the ocean, but they are also colors of both the dragonfly and peacock.
Let's check her blog to see what she has created with these beads at Art in Beads and Thread BLOG!
Now that I have shared the Swap it is time for you to HOP. The Swap N Hop is designed as an inspirational platform. Meeting other jewelry artists (and, hopefully, making a new friend) and getting & giving inspiration. To step out of your box and try something new. If you would like to participate in a future Swap N Blog challenge, you can contact our WONDERFUL hostess Linda Anderson, by following the link on her name.
Below you will find the participants of the 2018 Bead Peeps Swap N Hop and a link to their blog. I have grouped them with their partner to make it easier to see their full story. Have fun HOPPING around and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make a comment below. Constructive criticism is always welcome!
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MY PARTNER - Palak Udeshi - Art in Beads and Thread BLOG
Linda Anderson (HOSTESS) - From the Bead Board BLOG
Inge von Roos - Inge Traud BLOG
Kari Asbury - Kari Asbury Design Challenges BLOG
Nadine Edris - Moon Dance Maine INSTAGRAM
Kathy Lindemer - Bay Moon Design BLOG
Hope Smitherman - Crafty Hope BLOG
Marde Lowe - Fanci Mar Designs BLOG
Christina Hickman - Laughing Salmon INSTAGRAM
Terry Jeanette Carter - Tapping Flamingo BLOG
Lisa Johnson - Spud and Mrs Butters BLOG
Catherine La Vite - Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry BLOG
Joanne Bell - Joanne Tinks BLOG
Rosantia Petkova - Bairozan BLOG
Bonnie Robbins - B Robbins INSTAGRAM
Natalie Davidson - North Shore Days BLOG
Robin Reed - Willow Dragon BLOG
Karin King - The Sparklie Things BLOG
Jenny Kyrlack - Wonder and Whimsy BLOG
Erika Price - Erica Price Jewellery INSTAGRAM
Sarah Reid - Sarah Reid Designs INSTAGRAM
Divya N - Jewels of Sayuri BLOG
Lori Schneider - Bead Addicted BLOG
Robin Showstack - Hearts Desires Jewelry for You BLOG
Nicole Rennell - Nicole Rennell Designs INSTAGRAM
Fay Wolfenden - Torch Fairy BLOG
Shai Williams - Shaiha's Ramblings BLOG
Andrea Frank - Andrea Frank INSTAGRAM
Cheri Reed - Creative Designs by Cheri BLOG
Penny Houghton - The Forgotten Track BLOG
Paulina Russell - The Wild Bead INSTAGRAM
Heather Canepa - Heather Canepa INSTAGRAM
Tina Hemr - Marie Carol Designs
Naomi Knafla - Naomi Knafla INSTAGRAM
Michelle Marson - Elle Country INSTAGRAM
Rebecca White - Morgana Fey Creations BLOG
Laura Bosch - Laura Harrison Bosch INSTAGRAM
Kathleen Breeding - Kathleen Breeding INSTAGRAM
Becky Pancake - Becky Pancake Bead Designs BLOG