|Now THAT is a rotund robin!|
White Fox Beads in Knoxville, TN has held a beading round robin for the past 3 years. I have participated in the last 2 and it has been a fun and interesting way to work with items and color combos I wouldn't normally choose. I have learned a lot during these events and I wanted to share with you how this community of beaders comes together to create in this unique way.
|Example of my UFOs...I had 3:|
3 green & 2 white bead circles
This year, the first piece I received I forgot to take a picture of before I started and somehow also forgot to record the original creator (oops!). It was a piece of soutache that was glued to a large piece of red ultra suede. I decided to go ahead and finish the backing and edging to make the next beader's contributions easier. In the pictures below I had already cut out soutache shape and begun the edging. This is all I contributed for this piece before passing it on to the next artist.
|The back with the beginnings of the edging.|
|Totally going to have to recreate this|
awesome square rulla component!
When I received these I was inspired by the teal and copper beaded square and wanted to riff off the colors from it (they were ME colors). I also knew I wanted to create a focal so I decided to play with shibori silk ribbon and a new Czech cab from my stash. Experimentation was in order - it had been a while since I used a fiber in my work! Here is what I created:
I really didn't intend for the piece to look like an eye, however, maybe I was subconsciously heading that direction because I have been a bit eye-obsessed as of late. *shrugs* Either way, I created this shibori piece and attached it to the square. I left the other ring component for the next person to figure out. Here is the back of the piece:
The next piece I received looked like a completed pendant with an extra component in the bag. The original creator was Judy Tally. Other contributors to this piece were Judy Woodson, Stephanie Pettiford, Phyllis Dermer, and Gail Deluca.
|Check out that cool wire flower and vase.|
I really didn't want to add anything to the pendant itself so I decided to create the strap. After what was a surprisingly brief stash raid (this normally takes me a long time...distraction usually plays a role) I found the perfect beads to create the necklace for this pendant. I used soft flex, size 8 beads, some small glass rounds and some large square glass beads I think have been in my stash since the beginning of time. I decided again to leave the extra component for someone else to figure out how to incorporate. Please pardon the following picture...it was taken in haste.
|The shadowy final results.|
The final piece I received to work on was a big challenge for me. The color scheme was far from my comfort zone. It took me a long time to consider what to do. It wasn't the individual colors that threw me but rather the combination. Unfortunately, I forgot to record the creator and the others that worked on this piece.
|Apparently I can't take pictures...yeesh!|
After much indecision I decided that the bracelet really needed to have something of more interest for the center. I considered the option of putting some art beads in the center but decided against it...especially since I didn't have anything in particular that would go with the colors. I finally landed on the idea of making 3 flowers to jumble into the center. I gathered my supplies and then considered the make of the flowers themselves. I finally landed on a particular style and gathered the center with them.
Now you get to see the final product from my UFO! The artists that helped pull this piece together were: Phyllis Dermer, Judy Talley, Stefanie Pettiford, Judy Woodson, Gail Deluca and of course myself.
What started as a few little beaded circles ended up in this gorgeous piece! You can see a circle used in the center of the pendant and then 2 more on either side at the straps. Here is a close-up:
I hope this inspires you to look for new and exciting ways to expand your beaded horizons and get out of your comfort zone! For me, this is a never-ending process that continues to grow my work. Maybe you can even suggest for your local bead shop to start their own round robin!