Sunday, March 25, 2012

Beaded Beads

I posted a few weeks ago about Beadwork Magazine's Beaded Bead contest.

I've been trying to come up with a design to showcase all five beaded beads, but haven't thought of anything yet.  It is probably just as well since only two of the beaded bead patterns have been published.

The first pattern is Seeing Stars by Melinda Barta and was published in the February/March issue of Beadwork.

I didn't think I would like this pattern at first.  You bead four tiny stars and then start to link them together.  I don't usually like beading the same motif several times, but I made an exception for this project.  The little starts are adorable.

I loved them so much, I made a second bead.

These took almost no time at all and are a great way to use those left over seed beads.

I kept the same multi-color scheme in the Cube Cluster Beaded Bead, designed by Gwen Fisher and published in the April/May issue of Beadwork.  Gwen is a mathematician and incorporates a great amount of  geometry and symmetry in her designs.  I am constantly blown away by what she can imagine and then put into beaded form.

Gwen's beaded bead was no exception.  I loved this bead.  As complicated as it seems, it is a very simple, symmetrical (and organized) beaded bead.

I'm very excited to see the next few beaded bead patterns.  I am hoping an idea will begin to form.

Florence Turnour designed the beaded bead for the June/July issue.  You can see a sneak peak here.  Are you as excited as I am?


  1. Hi Tanya,
    Your beaded beads are very pretty I like the color scheme you are using. I need to get it together and get started on my bead weaving projects.

  2. Ohhh nice beads! These are on my "to d" list. You've done a great job with them...can't wait to see the rest of them, especially if you are sticking with the same colour scheme.


  3. I love it when I find beaded beads! They are so mysterious to me. I think yours are very pretty and I look forward to seeing them grow up into something lovely!
    Enjoy the day.

  4. Ooooh, I had missed that sneak peek! Thanks for the link! LOVE your multi-colored beads, they look like little flowers. :-) I'm still waiting for the blinding flash of inspiration too LOL.
    How funny that we both posted these together! I did not see your blog first....:-)

  5. Those are awesome! I like how you've varied the colors in the lace overlay on Gwen's bead, as well as adding the sparkly crystals! I can't wait to try out Florence's bead too... I think I'm going to order some coordinating colors of crystals so I can make sparkly versions of both Gwen and Florence's beaded beads. I love your color palette; the contest entries will be due by the time fall rolls around, so yours will be a perfect match for the season.

    1. Cindy, I loved your versions of Melinda's bead and your brown/teal version of Gwen's bead was awesome. I always love sparkles and will look forward to seeing your take on Florence's bead. Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a great deal coming from one of the bead contributors. :)

  6. Great colors! Thank you so much for your kind comments about my bead weaving!

    1. Gwen, thank you for taking the time to look at my version of your bead. It means a great deal to me when the author likes my rendition of her pattern. :)