|A little May Day posy of Spring blooms|
I've always loved the idea of hanging little posies on friends and neighbors' doors to celebrate the optimism of the season on the first day of May. I've never actually run around the neighborhood hanging mini-bouquets off of neighbors doors, but it always seemed like fun. Instead, this year, I'm hosting a virtual May Day celebration with my first-ever freeform peyote Spring Ring Fling Blog Hop and Challenge.
Many, many thanks to everyone who accepted the challenge to make a ring or rings inspired by the season:
* Svetlana, Svetlana’s Gallery
* Lori Finney, Using My Beads
* Monika Burzyńska, Sztuka Magiczina
* Teresa Shelton, KeyGirl Designs
* Vanessa Walilko, Kali Butterfly
|Trees Budding celebrates the first signs of spring, as buds emerge on the trees|
|A view from the back/underside of the ring|
Dyed jasper rounds nestle into a background of soft greens and the coral of dogwood stems. "Magic Apple" Riso seed beads remind me of the texture of the spiky maple 'flowers'. (I checked on wikipedia, and they do call them flowers!)
Combine that with a foray to Itchy's, my father's favorite thrift shop where I picked up a 100yard spool of 3/8" white satin ribbon for a grand total of $5.00, and my second ring was born.
|a side view of Karen's Apple Blossom ring|
This ring was a little blast from the past - old favorites meets new(er). I've always loved ribbon worked flowers, and used to teach how to make them back in the early nineties when my focus was more on crazy quilting and embellished embroidery.
I made three little blossoms and an apple bud, then set them aside and worked on my freeform peyote ring base.
Once I had the base, I stitched each of the flowers in place, using apple green, transparent magatamas and 6mm bugles to add additional textures to the bouquet.
|Worn, the blossoms almost complete hide the structure of the ring|
|The beading is almost a little secret for the wearer|
Karen Williams, Baublicious (you're here)
Svetlana, Svetlana’s Gallery
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Monika Burzyńska, Sztuka Magiczina
Teresa Shelton, KeyGirl Designs
Vanessa Walilko, Kali Butterfly