Sunday, February 1, 2015

Back In Time Blog Hop - Episode 1

Hi!  Long time no blog posts!  We have been busy with college visits, taxes, scholarships, and prom  dress shopping.  Time goes by way too quickly and there are always way to many things to accomplish! 

Speaking of time, I (and Chris helped too) am participating in the Back in Time Blog Hop through a group I was honored to be invited to join.  The group is headed up by Lindsay Starr of Phantasm Creations, and Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.  They are amazing artists and this was a fun challenge to participate in.

The theme: Back in Time, Pre-Human.  Hopefully, my piece fits that theme!  I started with a piece of this:
Chris and I purchased a couple of the very smooth stones last summer in Lincoln at the Haymarket Farmers Market from the Lincoln Rock Shop.  I loved the shape and texture and the bits of fossil in the texture.  I thought I would use it in bead embroidery, but this was the PERFECT challenge for the piece.  I was originally going to wire wrap it, but while the front side looked great, the back was a mess from trying to anchor it on the smooth texture of the stone.  So I channeled one of my favorite artists, Darcy Horn (The Jade Dog), who does amazing things with free form peyote.

Here is my creation:

When I started, Mina suggested I use greens, which I hadn't considered but which worked very well against the smooth gray.  I varied, matte forest green, opaque olive, opaque seafoam lined topaz, matte seafoam ab, and matte metallic gray.  Because we all liked the designs on both sides of the stone, I made the piece reversible.  Side one shows off the fossil design quite nicely near the circle and the back side has interesting designs with the bead work.  I finished the piece with a gorgeous hand dyed cord using kumihimo, and finishing bead cones and a clasp in gunmetal black.

Want to see all the other amazing designs?  Here is the list!

Co-hostess: Lindsay Starr of Phantasm Creations
Co-hostess: Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame
Kelly Rodgers of Beadin' Black & Blue
Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio in-time.html
Caroline Dewison of Blueberribeads
Melissa Trudinger of Boho Bird Jewellery
Sue Kennedy of SueBeads
Stephanie and Chris Haussler of Pixybug Designs You Are Here
Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions
Jean Wells of Jean A. Wells Artisan Jewelry


Lindsay said...

Fantastic Stephanie! I made a freeform peyote captured fairystone necklace too, a couple of years ago. Great minds, right? Thanks for playing!

LYILHA said...

Love your design! Such a cool thing to start with - and the beading suits it perfectly!!! Thanks for sharing! =)

Sherri Stokey said...

LOVE that! I would never have thought to do the freeform capture like that and it's absolutely perfect with the stone!

Caroline said...

Amazing stones, I love what you've done with them, the open beadwork shows them off perfectly!

Jennifer said...

Ive never seen rock fossil things like those. They are very cool! What you did was perfect to enhance the stone, just perfect harmonious embellishment!

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