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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Autumn Challenge Reveal Day

The Autumn Design Challenge is hosted by Lesley Watt of Thea Elements and Caroline Dewison of Blueberri beads. They combined Lesley's metal clay components with Caroline's ceramic beads.

Here is what I got from Lesley and Caroline.

These are not components that I would normally work with, so let the challenge begin. I also decided that I was going to work with only what I had in my stash.

I wanted to hi-light the two metal components originally in a bracelet but it became a necklace. I found in my stash this beautiful ombre ribbon. The earth tone would work well with both the heart and the flower. I decided to do a Kumihimo braid with a cream rattail. At this point I decide to make a necklace and made another length of braid using a brown rattail.
Ribbon and rattail
 I am not super happy with the finishing, but I like that I can wear either the heart or the flower.

Braids with Heart
Braids with Flower
Using the ribbon and cream rattail I worked a basic macrame square knot and inserted some of Caroline's ceramic beads. The challenge for me with this project was finding a gold-tone closure. Found this toggle yesterday morning.
Macrame Bracelet

With the last two ceramic beads I made this purse charm with cream rattail and three gold rings.

Purse Charm
Here is a list of all the other participants. Take some time to hop around and see what wonderous things they made.

Jo-Ann Woolverton < you are here


A big thanks to Lesley and Caroline for sharing their wonder handmade items and challenging me to try something different.

Happy Beading!

33 comments:

  1. I love the colors you chose for kumihimo! These braids give terrificly beautiful surroundings for the heart and flower!

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    1. Thanks, the ribbon was beautiful to start with.

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  2. I think these pieces are great Jo-Ann - I love the Kumihimo and it's great to see my components use with the technique as I've yet to try it. Thank you very much for joining in our little challenge - hope you enjoyed it.

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    1. Thanks Lesley. This is only the third time I have done kumihimo. Had to find online instructions.

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  3. Love the deisgns, Lesley's flower looks as though it was made be used in that bracelet, the perfect combination :) Claire.

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    1. Thanks Claire, the plan was for a bracelet but braid was too long... so it became a necklace.

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  4. Beautiful bracelets and purse charm. That's a very clever idea to have the interchangeable pieces on the one bracelet.

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  5. I love all the weaving you did - what a unique way to meet this challenge. I love the flower bracelet the most, but then I'm partial to Lesley's flowers to begin with :)

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    1. Thanks it was great to use techniques I don't normal use.

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  6. Wow, I just love your kumihimo! And choosing macrame knots for the ribbon really shows off its' beauty. Awesome job!!

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    1. Thanks, it took some trial and error to get the macrame to work just right.

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  7. Love the softness of the fibre with ceramic and metal components, Jo-Ann... beautiful interpretations!

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    1. Thanks, I love the earth tones of the ribbon next to the ceramics.

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  8. Very pretty! Your braids work so well with the lively things you were sent.

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  9. Great designs, I love the idea of the first bracelet being interchangeable... brilliant idea!

    Thank you for taking part :)

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    1. Thanks, I like getting the most from the work that I have done.

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  10. Both kumihimo and macrame are a very interesting solutions in color and style, and your pieces are very pretty! Well done, Jo-Ann!

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    1. Thanks, it was great to work outside my normal box.

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  11. Wow, how clever, the interchangeable bracelet. I've bought a kumihimo set at a bead show a couple of months, but didn't dear to give it a try, it looks very intimidating. But after having seen your lovely pieces, perhaps I'm going to give it a try. It looks so pretty

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    1. Give kumihimo a go. Once you get started there is a wonderful rhythm to the braiding.

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  12. How different - totally love what you have done with these lovely beads. x

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  13. Very clever idea indeed. The flower necklace is my favourite.

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  14. All of the designs are beautiful but the heart/flower braided necklace is stunning!

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    1. Thanks, I love that it is interchangable.

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  15. Brilliant solutions to show off the ceramic beads. Congrats on adding kumihimo to you repertoire! Can't wait to see them live.

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  16. I love the fact that you challenged yourself working out if your confort zone. I think you did great.

    Ambra

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  17. Beautiful earthy pieces! I love the braided ropes and macrame.

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  18. Awesome macrame bracelets, Jo-Ann! I would wear them a lot!

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  19. Fabulous work! I love the braided necklace, the flower and the heart look awesome with the kumihimo.

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