I've always admitted to being a bead hoarder. And it appears I'm not alone, as more than 100 participants signed up for Lori's Bead Hoarders Blog Hop.
As always, I started out with the best of intentions: Use up a bunch of those beautiful beads I've collected over the past seven or eight years. And as always, it seems, something gets in the way of my best intentions and I don't get nearly as far along as I expected.
Nevertheless, I did finish a couple of pieces and used a few beads. The first project is a diminutive little necklace that features a pretty clay focal that's been in my stash for at least five years. I'm embarrassed to admit that I can't remember who made this piece (so if you know, or if it was you, please leave me a comment!). But it's a pretty embellished square in a beautiful olive tone with a hint of turquoise. To highlight it, I decided to make an ndebele rope using colors that are found in the focal. The rope, although twisted, also has a square shape. I think they go together wonderfully!
The second piece I made actually serves two purposes... Use a few beads from my stash, and finish off a UFO (UnFinished Object) from my pile of unfinished pieces. :-) This bead crochet rope was just screaming to have a collection of lampwork beads added to each end. The rope is about six feet long, made from a mix of Czech glass seed beads in shades of gray and silver, so the beads I chose for the ends are in the same colors.
I think I need another blog hop challenge to get me to use up more of my bead stash! Maybe the next time I'll get to use more -- this challenge was interrupted by a trip out of town to visit relatives. At least that's the excuse I'm going with. :-)
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