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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Checkerboard Blog Hop

It is reveal day for the latest blog hop hosted by Lisa Lodge. This one is inspired by the colours of a checkerboard; red, white and black.

I signed up for this challenge back last fall. Thanks goodness that I had a list of upcoming challenges post by beading table or I might have forgotten to get this done.

I have being playing alot of checker games lately. The student that I tutor as part of the Toronto Public Library's Leading to Reading program loves to play it on my iPad. We always play a game or two to end our session each week. During the week I play against the computer just for fun. We always play black versus white. But I love that Lisa included red in our kits.

Cultured seaglass and fire-polished crystals

I tried to mimic the alternating pattern of a checkerboard in my designs.

For my necklace I created small links of black & red beads and white & red beads. These were alternated with the large, thin black and white seaglass beads. I attached the seaglass sea dollar pendant with a series of jumprings.

Finished neckace

For the bracelet I went back to the basic black and white pattern. This time I used the large, flat free form shaped seaglass.

Finished bracelet

Thanks for stopping by and take sometime to hop around to the other blogs to see what my fellow artisans have greated with thier kits.

Our hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Susan Anderson, La Main Tresor
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Margaret Pelech, Margaret Pelech's Blog
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Annette Rivers, Mama Owls Mess
Carol Briody, A Beads Life
Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck
Karin Grosset Grange (France), Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Katrina Scuderi Taylor, I Wanna Go Out

Happy Beading!


  1. Great pieces! I really love the necklace, how you used all three colors and managed to work it in a color alternate pattern to mimic a checkerboard. Very nice!

  2. Hi Jo-Ann, I really like your necklace design. The red sand dollar focal sure draws the eye in.

  3. Great pieces, I like that alternating pattern of colors, it really suits the theme and it makes a great rope for the pendant.

  4. I love what you've made. I like the long sea glass beads and how you used the little links in between. I got some of those free form black sea glass beads too and your bracelet has got me thinking! I like the story about how you enjoy checkers with your student!

  5. Just love the play of shapes and colors in your necklace. It is so well balanced. The bracelet is rather inspirational as I have those same black beads sitting on my table puzzling me as how to use them.

  6. I really love the necklace. So pretty. The black and white bracelet it gorgeous too.

  7. I love both pieces, Jo-Ann! The necklace is my favorite. The red sea dollar really makes it pop! Thanks for being in the hop.

  8. You did a great job of combining the variious sets of beads. The necklace and bracelet fit the theme nicely !

  9. Wow..'basic' = 'stunning'! Your necklace is right up my alley..classic, with just the right amount of flair. The sandollar is fabulous, positioned front-and-center between lovely links! Love it!