This is the Time to Bead for Pleasure!

I can’t remember when we last experienced a summer as lovely as this.  We have been graced with such beautiful weather thus far!  Surrounded by the dense leafy green of our forest, I watch woodland creatures foraging and scampering about and listen to the sweet serenades of birds as they flit from branch to branch.  I am thoroughly enjoying every moment!  The cats keep me company and have chosen their favorite lounging spots to snooze…I so wish I could peek into their minds and view the dreams that are making their tails twitch to and fro!  These days have been a true gift!  Rather than working in the studio I have had the good fortune to be able to spend every day on our screened porch!  It is a wonderful place to do beadwork! Summers are all too brief in the Midwest so I plan to keep beading outdoors as much as I can.  Months of cold weather will arrive all too soon…I’ll have plenty of time to hunker down in the studio then!

Above is a geometric beaded pendant I finished a few weeks ago.  Until now I wasn’t quite sure which would be the perfect vehicle on which to wear this pendant…a chain, cord, or ribbon?  Today I came across two tubes of 8/0 Delica beads and found that the their holes are large enough to allow them to be slipped onto a 16 gauge wire neck ring.  I adore neck rings for the versatility they offer!  Not only can long and short pendants be worn on a neck ring with equal panache, it fills the exposed area of one’s throat and chest when low-cut or v-neck garments are worn.  A neck ring can serve as an armature for beaded ropes or a bevy of beaded beads that strung otherwise would just hang with the pull of gravity.  I’m very pleased and am definitely going to enjoy wearing this pendant!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on June 12, 2020.

3 Responses to “This is the Time to Bead for Pleasure!”

  1. Love it! Will there be a pattern and/it kit soon?? Please!

    Hugs & kisses




    • Thanks, Kat! I’m working on a mockup for a pendant with neck ring design that will become a tutorial and kit, but it probably won’t be ready until late Summer. The step-by-step process photos take a lot of time to do (thus far I’m up to Row 35 with many more to add on the pendant…that translates to lots of photos to take and steps to write out) and I have to be working in my studio to take the photos. It’s just too beautiful on the screened porch to be indoors at the moment! Sending Big Hugs! Stay well!


  2. Great piece…looking forward to the pattern.


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