September 18, 2013

Creating with Cabochons Challenge Reveal!

Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime loves challenges and put out a call to Create with Cabochons!  I and others responded to the challenge.  I've done a little bead embroidery and thought this challenge would be fun.  Not only was it fun, but it is also addicting.  

I started out with a piece of Succor Creek Jasper that looks like a beautiful desert landscape, and inspired by my friend Cathy Helmers (an expert in bead embroidery), I made the focal below.  It is truly a one of a kind piece.  I used a lot of the hybrid seed beads surrounding the cab and fringe.  Sadly, the hybrid seed beads are not being made anymore, so you better get them before they are gone.

And this piece too. The focal is a lampwork bead made by Carolyn Harman, MVLBA.

Thank you Sally for hosting this challenge, and for providing those links about beading cabochons.  I had great fun with these!
I will get to hopping sometime after the weekend.  My nieces are coming for a visit, while my brother and sister in law go to the Ohio State game.  So I must clean, clean, clean and get rid of stink bugs (the ones that look like shields).

Challenge Participants

Host:  Sally Russick

Alicia Marinache           
Lynn  Jobber           
Jenny Davies-Reazor           
Jo-Ann  Woolverton           
Marde Lowe           
Dawn Doucette           
Mary K McGraw           
Gloria Allen            
Cheri  Reed           
Sonya Stille           
Elizabeth Owens Dwy           
Veralynne   Malone           
Tania Hagen           
Lynsey  Brooks           
Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall           
Kathy  Lindemer           
Patti Vanderbloemen            
Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry           
Tanty  Sri Hartanti           
Renetha Stanziano           
Marlene  Cupo           
Sandi Volpe           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           
Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           
Skylar Bre'z           
Ann Schroeder           
Jess Green           
Susan Kennedy           
Stacie  Florer           
Cathie  Carroll           
Susan F.    
Michelle Caballero       
Sabine Dittrich           
Kristina Johansson           
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts           
Melissa  Meman           
Cheryl McCloud         
Michelle  Timms           
Cindy  Pack           
Ailsa  Cordner           
Cynthia  Machata           
Julia  Harris           
Ingrid  Anderson           


Patti Van said...

That jasper is just stunning - I am amazed at the beauty that Mother Nature brings us! Your embroidery really sets it off beautifully! Love the subtle pop of green in your second, lampwork piece - Black Tie wear for sure!

Michelle said...

Beautiful pieces. I love the jasper piece! I love how scenic they are. The beads you chose for that complement the stone so nicely.

AntiquityTravelers said...

oh man that is one gorgeous piece of jasper - like a painting all by itself, and the way you did the bezel gives it the perfect framing and that southwestern feel. stunning, truly stunning

Libellula Jewelry said...

Your landscape jasper necklace is such a work of art. Your beading is gorgeous and compliments the cab perfectly.

lilisgems said...

Both pieces are amazing but have to say love that jasper! The beading is a work of art.

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Oh my!! That red creek cab is exquisite! And you created beadwork that is just as divine!

Renetha, I'm so impressed. I was visiting pages just from the Linkz pictures, and yours immediately caught my eye! WOW! So beautiful!

I hadn't thought of creating bead embroidery for lampwork... and may I ask, what are hybrid seed beads? I've got a great deal to learn!

Congratulations on gorgeous, gorgeous jewelry!!

Happy Hopping,

Mary K. McGraw said...

Both of your pieces are gorgeous. But really love the Succor Creek Jasper and what you did with it.

Renetha said...

Thank you. The hybrid beads have picasso finishes and luster finishes with colors that aren't usually mixed. If you come across seed beads with a "Y" in the number, then those are the hybrids.

SueBeads said...

That jasper is gorgeous, and so is what you did with it! I love both!

Jo-Ann said...

My fav is the Succor Creek Jasper piece, the fringing is wonderful!

freshbakeddesigns said...

I'm so happy to see so many wonderful seed bead designs in this challenge. Have to say that your desert inspired jasper design is one of my favorites! The colors are so beautifully subtle. Love.

Tracy said...

Your work is gorgeous and I love that jasper cabochon and the way that you brought it to life with your design.

Jennifer said...

Mmmm that jasper is delicious. THe "hybrid beads are way cool as a frame and a color complement. Awesome.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Renetha,
I am in love with your Succor Creek Jasper pendant it is gorgeous I love the design you did it fits the Jasper well. Your second pendant is beautiful I like that you mixed glass with gemstones it is a nice touch.

Ginger Bishop said...

I love the first piece those are some incredible color variations in your bead choices and the work is beautiful. Is that a kumihimo braid for the necklace?

Becky Pancake said...

Your jasper necklace is wonderful.

Cathie Carroll said...

Love the fringe!
Beautiful work.

Sally Russick said...

Renetha, thank you so much for signing up, the pieces you created are gorgeous. Beautiful color palettes and you definitely got a knack for bead embroidery! You are right it is soooo addicting!

Karin G said...

I love what you did with your desert cabochon, I can feel the sun and the heat. It is wonderful!

Renetha said...

Designed by Vera has left a new comment on your post "Creating with Cabochons Challenge Reveal!":

Love the first looks just like a desert and mountain range. I am new to this but it is addicting! I have a few other pieces I want to embroider around! But I am making myself get some other "things" off my work table first. Great Job. Thanks for sharing

Renetha said...

Liz E has left a new comment on your post "Creating with Cabochons Challenge Reveal!":

Boy that first cab is just stunning. You started with a gorgeous cab, and then turned it into a work of art. When I looked thru the Linkz pictures yours immediately caught my eye. I love fringe and it gives the piece the absolute perfect flow and shape. Fabulous!

TJewellicious by tanti said...

both are gorgeous..! my fav is the first one.. :)

Dawn Doucette said...

I love your necklace Renetha! That piece of jasper is beautiful and the beads you paired it with work perfectly! I'm slow, but still hopping... let's keep the party going, right? :)
Have a terrific week!

Inge said...

You made a beautiful pendant. The colors and style go perfectly with the stone. What are hybrid seed beads?