I was digging the crap out of messing around with the spike beads but nervous as a virgin bride at the same time. It's my first time out with them and when the package came and they were in it, I felt that same mix of horror/fascination I got the first time viewing The Exorcist, when Regan does the 360 degree head turn on Father Karras. Freaking scary, but you can't look away. I had not worked with them before, but I thought a bead embroidery piece might work well, as long as I had seed beads to match.
One thing about living in Key West is there are not a slew of bead stores, so if you don't have seed beads in stock and you are 5 days out from the deadline, you're outta luck. Fortunately, I did have beads that I think worked well.
Every experienced beader knows that now and again, a bead, thread, or stitch will misbehave like it's possessed. Most times we can rescue something from its demonic undertaking and carry on. But, when my bead broke, it was way back in the beginning of the design of one of the medallions. I had already edged the piece and was stitching and tying off thread when it happened and I had never had that happen before. I wanted to throw myself down the stairs like Father Karrass did in the Exorcist movie, except there are no stairs in my house. No -- next idea please.
I decided to see if I could sneak a new bead in along with the other beads. Beads can be funny about you adding beads in a row after the fact, and refuse to let the new bead lay (or is it lie) just right. However, I think I pulled a quick one on them with it being really late at night, cause even I have trouble telling just where that new bead is.
Oh, and did I mention how an edge bead just decided to up and free itself from the design after I had completed the edging. This I could not figure how to rescue, so I pulled the whole dang thing out and redid it after a long, low hissing sigh and a few choice words.
The beads weren't finished taunting me. I had finished the fringe and tied the thread off when I noticed one of the fringes was missing a bead. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! After loud prolonged moaning that alarmed even my bead hardy dogs, I figured a way to rescue it without completely redoing the fringe. I started a new thread and stitched through all the fringes, except for about the last three (one of which had the missing bead). I cut the thread they were on so there would be a long enough thread left to stitch back through the design and tie it off. Then, I added the last three fringes. So several of the fringes now have two threads passing through them. Not a bad thing, I figure. Ha-ha, naughty beads, I got the last laugh. Or, did I?
My First design idea was to link the medallions into a bib style necklace (see picture just before the earrings), but was not digging how that was looking as I went along. Next, I was going to just use one medallion in the necklace, but felt it looked too common/boring. This is a blue FANTASY challenge after all.
This will tell you more about me than I really want you to know but when I first saw that this was a Blue Fantasy challenge, all I could think of was the Fantasy Suite on The Bachelor in which the dude gets to hook up with 3 girls (one at a time of course) in nice hotel suites before he picks two to meet his mom and dad (ha, ha -now that I read this it sounds so ridiculous). Anyway, if I were the gals, I would want to be rocking a pretty hot necklace for that event, eh? With that in mind, I decided to make a long one-stranded necklace with the linked medallions, which I was happy with, until I saw there was about a half inch gap in the strand. How did that happen???? I know I pulled the thread really tightly as I was stitching and tying it off. It's a conspiracy, I thought. Those conniving beads convinced the thread to pull a quick one on me. This meant war!!!
I was determined to make it work despite all the bead shenanigans. I prayed to the bead gods long and hard (translate desperately) for a solution and came up with the idea of doubling the long strand by hooking the center to the medallions. Of course, this meant the necklace was now too short to close around my neck, so I added a jump ring to secure a few beads to the end on each side and Voila..
Here is what I started with.
|I was going to link these medallions in a bib style but decided against that. Spike in left corner had just been glued to lacy's stiff stuff prior to stitching. Medallion is right corner is completed. Medallion in center still needed to be edged.|
|Nothing too fancy but I like them. |
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