Amy Blevins (in progress)
Judy Ball Reed
Becs Dean-Skinner (in progress)
Donna Louise Sanders
Donna Louise Sanders
Judy Ball Reed
Kate Larson (in progress)
Rebecca Kemp Brent
Sarah Louise Gordon (ELEPHANT!!!!)
It needs some more coverage and then some embellishment... which brings me to this month's prompt! RUFFLES. Beady ruffles. When the idea struck me to add some ruffles to my rock, it seemed like it would work as April's prompt as well as helping me finish the project. You would think there would be LOTS of ruffles out there in Planet Bead, but really, you'd be wrong, lol. It took some digging to find ruffles, but I did come up with some you can try out, if you're of a mind to.
First off, there is a very nice basic (and free) tutorial by Mortira Vanpelt on the Inspirational Beading Blog for Ogalala stitch. This was maybe the third stitch I learned, and it was a lot of fun. You can add sooooooooo many different beads into this to come up with different looks! You can find her tutorial HERE.
Then, if you're loving ruffles the way I love ruffles (only beaded ones, though - I look hideous in actual ruffles), you HAVE to love these wonderful tutorials by Shelley Nybakke of SturdyGirlDesigns on Etsy. The first is called the Sparkling Waves Bracelet.
And then there is the EPIC Until I Can Breathe Again necklace...
And her Just Call Me Curvy necklace...
If you'd like to make one of these delicious designs, you can find Shelley's shop HERE.
Another lovely ruffly design is this Atlantis bracelet by Hannah Rosner of HannahRachel on Etsy. I can imagine this in so many different colors!
If you'd like to try this out, the tutorial can be found HERE. And, if you're going to be there, Hannah is also teaching a beautiful bracelet at Bead and Button called Royal Ruffles - photo below - and here is the LINK to her class if you want to sign up. )
Sabine Lippert also has a stunning bracelet full of ruffles, called Aattetur. I LOVE this.
You can find Sabine's tutorial for that gloriousness HERE.
Cynthia Newcomer Daniel has a beautiful ring in her book Modern Beaded Lace - and if you don't have the book, you SHOULD! It's a staple for your beading library.
Beverly was also kind enough to let me use a photo of a bracelet she made in a class with Gail Crosman Moore - this is called a Grapevine Cuff, and you can find Gail's tutorial on the Interweave site HERE.
Carol Wilcox Wells added some ruffles onto a decorative bottle in her Creative Bead Weaving book, too - another beaders' staple that I hope you have in your library. :) I hope some of these have inspired you, and that you have some fun ruffling!
Happy beading, see you all next month!
So many beautiful items finished ! Definitely an inspiration to those of us who have not been active with the beads for awhile. Might give those ruffles a try !ReplyDelete
Yay!! I hope you do! I'd love to see photos if you try it, Mowse!Delete
Wow you don't realize how many there was until you see them all in one place like this. So much talent its breathtaking. BxxReplyDelete
I am feeling inspired to try a beaded rock...someday! Beautiful work here, by so many talented people!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful inspiration (this page)! There are so many beautiful things to enjoy, even if you have no intention of making them. :) I LOVE what I see here!ReplyDelete
this looks like so much fun! I would love to join the FB group ... could you let me know the name?ReplyDelete
It's called NEDbeads Monthly Beading Prompts - we'd love to have you! :DDelete