Studio Musings

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Stitch Until Done

Working title:  Coral Reef
Bead Soup, my recipe
  • Take a generous helping of lamp worked beads by  trading partner JJ Jacobs
  • Mix with seed beads from my stash. 
  • Combine with six colors of beading thread.
  • Stitch until done. 
JJ's beads reminded me of the ocean. Since that's an easy association for me, I tried for a couple of weeks to go in a different direction with my piece.  Especially since one of the points of this project was to challenge ourselves.

Giving in, I finally let myself play, doodling with beads just to see what would happen.  Experimenting with random right angle weave for another project, I came up with something that reminds me of sea fans.  The shapes and forms were so fun, I added them in here for accent as well.

    Nearing completion, still needs a clasp. 
    As of Thursday evening, here was the state of my bead soup project.  Promising, but no where near complete.

    It didn't look too bad laying on my bead table, but when I picked it up, gravity did terrible things to the right hand side of the composition, causing it to droop and sag into a limp tangle. Ugh!  Not good. Unable to come up with a good fix, I put it away for the day.

    After a night's sleep, I still hadn't come up with an easy solution, except to cut.  So, first thing this morning, before I could chicken out, I performed surgery (yes, I've now mixed metaphors).  I then had to "cauterize" the amputation - securing the surrounding beads - before I could continue.  Wish I'd taken some photos of the process.  I finally declared the piece done at 5:01 yesterday afternoon.  Just in time to take a few photos before the sun slipped below the mountains.  Yeah!!!! 

    Despite adding in as many of JJ's beads as I could manage, I still have quite a number waiting to be made into several additional projects. Should keep me out of trouble for a while yet...

    Bead Soup Tour

    Over 200 "cooks" participated in the Bead Soup party, and all will be revealing their final recipes today.  Here's the complete list so that you can explore the myriad variations of this simple, but versatile recipe.

    Closeup, finished necklace and focal bead
    1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things (your hostess)
    2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
    3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
    4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
    5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
    6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
    7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
    8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
    9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
    10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
    11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
    12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
    13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
    14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
    15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
    16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
    17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
    18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
    19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
    20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats
    21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
    22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 

    23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
    24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
    25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
    26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
    27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
    28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
    29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
    30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
    31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
    32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
    33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
    34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
    35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
    36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
    37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
    38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
    39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
    40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
    41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
    42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
    43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
    44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
    45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
    46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
    47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
    48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
    49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

    50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
    51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks

    52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
    53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
    54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
    55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
    56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
    57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
    58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
    59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

    Detail, finished piece
    60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
    61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
    62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
    63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
    64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
    65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
    66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
    67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
    68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
    69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

    70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
    71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
    72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
    73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
    74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
    75.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
    76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
    77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
    78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
    79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

    80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
    81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
    82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
    83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
    84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
    85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
    86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
    87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
    88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
    89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

    detail, JJ's lamp worked beads
    90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
    91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
    92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
    93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
    94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
    95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
    96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
    97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
    98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
    99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

    100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
    101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
    102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
    103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
    104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
    105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
    106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
    107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
    108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
    109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
    110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

    111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
    112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
    113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
    114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
    115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
    116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
    117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
    118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
    119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
    Detail, the clasp (not pictured in other photos)
    120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

    121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
    122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
    123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
    124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
    125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
    126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
    127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
    128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
    129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

    130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
    131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
    132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
    133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
    134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
    135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
    136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
    137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
    138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
    139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

    140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
    141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
    142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
    143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
    144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
    145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
    146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
    147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
    148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
    149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 

    Early, early stages
    150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
    151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
    152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
    153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
    154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
    155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
    156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
    157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
    158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
    159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 

    160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
    161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
    162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
    163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
    164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
    165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
    166. Anna Motz, Stunning
    167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
    168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
    169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

    170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
    171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
    172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
    173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
    174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
    175.  Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass 
    176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
    177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
    178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
    179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

    180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
    181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
    182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
    183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
    184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
    185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
    186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
    187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
    188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
    189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

    Starfish charm and coral with trapped beads
    190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
    191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
    192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
    193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
    194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
    195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
    196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
    197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
    198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
    199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

    200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
    201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
    202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
    203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
    204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
    205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
    206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
    207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
    208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
    209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
    210.  Shirley Moore, Homeschooling Life


    1. Oh my goodness - What an incredible amount of work. You did a beautiful job putting the pieces together. Great creative imagination. It all works.

    2. I so envy your expertise with seedbead work-- I'm really going to try to get going on some soon-- if I could only do it as well as you have! Beautiful work.

    3. May I have a second helping? That's some delicious bead soup!

    4. Such a unique necklace, very artistic <3

    5. So impressed you seed bead ladies rock! I cannot imagine the hours that went into this it's just beautiful!

    6. Your seed bead work is outstanding! Love all the fun elements on this!

    7. What a wonderful piece and it soooo resembles what you were trying to capture!! Nicely done. I love your blog and how you carry the readers through your creative proces. have a great weekend!

    8. Very creative, I bet it will get lots of comments when worn.

    9. This makes me want to learn a little seed bead weaving! Very cool!

    10. I love it so much!! It totally evokes a coral reef in both color and composition; your beadwork is just amazing. Thanks for sharing both the finished piece and the process you went through to make it!

    11. Girl, this is soupilicious! Love the coral part. Is that the RAW section?What an awesome presentation of skill. You nailed it!

    12. I want to go to the beach now! Love the airy-ness of this! So cool!

    13. Hi Karen, Wow, and double wow! Isn't it gut-wrenching to see all your hard work sink into a mound? But you recovered beautifully! (My piece is sort of beach-themed as well.)

      I decided to start at the bottom of the list (I'm in the middle at #95). I hope you get a really good response from the swap/hop -- So much fun!

      Artemisia's Studio

    14. Great soup recipe!! This has been so much fun...can't wait for the next party to begin:)

    15. WOW Karen -- I'm absolutely speechless. This necklace is stunning and I'm amazed at the way you made my humble beads sing.

      I'm so glad I was partnered with you and am honored to have contributed to a lovely work of art made by the uber-talented Karen Williams!

    16. Wow! That is beautiful! I love the colors and the structure...and the fact that you master seed beading makes me envious. Very nice.

    17. #209 so different, love it...great job...

    18. Such a fun summer necklace! Great job! ;)

    19. Your piece is an amazing free-form -- it reminds me of a coral reef! And I really like how you put the photos along the sides of the other bloggers names -- clever!

      I have NO idea how you even can do what you did -- that's beyond my level of creativity. WELL DONE!

    20. Your design turned out like the waves on the sea. Surrounded with the treasures we find on the sand, and layered with beach and tides. I live on the Oregon Coast, and I love it here. This piece is so special!!

    21. Reminds me of the little mermaid! :)

    22. how fun! It looks just like coral - I love it!

    23. Beautiful work and I would really love to know how you preformed surgery without ripping the whole thing out! I am amazed!

    24. What a lovely piece. I too love to do freeform seed bead work and yours is fantastic. Its almost as if the piece is alive.. Wonderful.

    25. I"m really, really going to have to try freeform peyote! Wonderful job!!

    26. Glad you didn't give up, That would have been tragic. I love your piece. Great job!

    27. Amazing, I don't work in sead beads they drive me crazy but I sure do love how they look.

    28. Oh, all that work. Very interesting and different. I can just see it with a spring outfit.

    29. very pretty - look at all those terrific elements - beautiful!

    30. Ah...the RAW! Hats off to you for even attempting it! I even see the words "right-angle-weave" on a magazine project, and my fingers start flipping so fast that sparks start flying off the page! Congrats on turning some RAW ingredients into a cooked soup! ;)

    31. Wow, this is awesome! Like Lori said, it looks like a coral reef! So cool! :)

    32. Beautiful and unique! ANother sea themed piece, totally different to my own though (which features some sea life lampworks!) I love all the different stage photos - thanks for sharing those.

    33. Lovely. It looks like you grew your necklace... it looks so effortlessly organic. Sometimes when folks strive for an organic look (myself included at times), the piece looks overworked. Your's is like a thing of nature. I can almost see it shimmering under water with little fishies swimming around it. Good job!

    34. This sooo pretty!! It looks like it took so much time to create!

    35. Your design is so cool! The beadwork is amazing! Love the beads trapped in the coral:)

    36. Freeform peyote is what got me hooked on seed beads... I bought a bracelet and a whole bunch of beads fell off... so I had to figure out how to fix it!

      I love what you made! Will have to check out your book!

    37. Great RAW with a fantastic feel.

    38. I am always in awe of the ability to do this kind of beadwork, stunning piece!

    39. Funny that just as soon as I saw your first picture I was reminded of the water. . .I guess that's a good thing. So sorry that you had so many problems, but it looks just divine!!

    40. What a fantastic piece. I love the oceany theme. I'm happy to see your reconstructive surgery worked out :) Clever girl to put pictures in the "credits" ;)

    41. This reminds me of a seafloor, that's teaming with life! Congratulations on an excellent representation of Nature!

    42. Oh wow! Really cool. Your beadwork is amazing.

    43. I see the ocean, waves churning, sea life teeming, great vision, great necklace. Love the beadwork.

    44. Oooooh, is this ever gorgeous!! I'm a real fan of free form beadweaving but I've never actually tried it myself. Your necklace is amazing!

    45. wow, how many hours? this is an awesome necklace.

    46. so many tiny seed beads went into that piece, I've got major respect of see beaders, wow, thanks for sharing ^_^ Virginie

    47. Hi Karen i can only think of one work right now "AMAZING" i would love to know how to do that all those teeny tiny beads must b a lot of work thank-you very good job!

    48. I love freeform! This is a fun necklace and it showcases your soup beads very nicely.

    49. Oh my goodness some one has some serious beading skills!!! I'm taken back by all the work that went in to your necklace. You did a Soup-er terrific job!!!

    50. wow! I just love free form jewelery, and your definitely has an ocen theme going on! its beautiful!

    51. You really made a Snazzy necklace here! It would be so fun to wear this anywhere. You have made a wonderful Soup you really have!

    52. Oh, goodness - you beadweavers are rocking my world on this Soupy Journey! What a wonderful, artistic piece this necklace is!

    53. Totally awesome and unqiue! There were a lot of beach and ocean-themed stashes swapped in this bead soup, but you know, they were all completely different from each other and so were the pieces that were made with them. That is so impressive! I totally LOVE what you did here! It looks so fantastic (that must have been a lot of work, though... *faint*). You recreated the look of a coral reef perfectly! I like that you took the picture of it against a sweater; it looks so at home there! Funny. XD Love the colors and the design, amazing work!

    54. I love what you did! It reminds me of the waves of the ocean and snokeling among the coral and fishes...lovely work!!! Bravo!

    55. This piece makes me see myself lying on the beach in the sun and then snorkeling to cool off. Love it! Your work with seed beads is gorgeous!

    56. colorful coral reef, amazing job!

    57. Colorful coral reef, amazing job!

    58. Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components... Beautiful work!Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

    59. What a wonderful, time intensive, fabulous and gorgeous beaded necklace! Love, Love, Love!

    60. What a creative and unique necklace! I'm always fond of freeform. And it's doing a very good job of picturing the underwater scene with the corals.

    61. Oh how fun! I love the freeform look :-)

    62. Nice - so much work went into that!

    63. What an unusual and interesting necklace very nice.

    64. I see waves, coral, fishies, this is amazing. I can only admire all of the tiny time consuming work involved in this bead soup. AWESOME!

    65. Wow I love your seed work... you've done an amazing job. Very unique and definitely wearable art! Well done!


    66. Puuuhrrrty! I love the freestyle organic styling!!

    67. I love what you did here! I like wearable art and truly one of a kind pieces! I am still hopping for the BSBP too! Thanks for your comment on mine. You do incredible work... love your fabric art too!