This month Etsy Beadweavers hosted another monthly challenge, which was announced by June's winner, multi talented artist and wonderful person Ileana from enchantedbeads.
Thinking of a summer theme for our July Challenge, I am obsessing with beautiful flowers, magical gardens, sunny landscapes. Every artist has a beadwoven creation with a picture that inspired you. Happy beading!You may start your entry today and must complete and list it by midnight Etsy time, July 5, 2010!"So my entry was a mini garden in lilac colour , real or imaginary. A garden full of colors! Birds, butterflies, lizards could be guests as well. I am inviting you to stir up your imagination and to introduce your own secret garden to us. It would be even more exciting if you accompany your beautiful palette. (Getting to sort all the beads I was collecting for Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest)
( http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/2010/05/july-challenge-theme-secret-garden.html )
Today is the last day of voting, so browse and vote for your favorite there are some magical and clever designs CLICK
Lilac Dream Garden was created in a week or so. The design was changed due to weaving the necklace and turned out the better way it planned, the focal flower is a total improvisation and I could hardly repeat the exact one.
I used just few techniques:
The flowers - peyote 1x1
The cabochon-bead embroidery
and for the base - net, which was slightly embroidered
Stringing for supportive connectors ( lower part with cabochons and where net attaches the clasp)
I used mix of Japanese beads, mostly from Matsuno bead manufacturer, because of lovely colour shades, some Toho (purple , gold lilac for the cabochons), Miyuki (for the net) beads and bugles and Czech 8/0 for the stringing part.
Lilac dyed freshwater beads,
two cabochons :Serpentine in Stichite and dyed purple Marble
24 carat gold filled clasp