We now have leaves on all our trees. Spring may take awhile to come to NH, but it is definitely here.
This 14mm rivoli is surrounded with delicas, 15 seed beads, and 4mm crystal bicones. The beaded bead is ~1-1/2 inch in diameter.
The pin for August is the Rolled flower with pointed petals by Diane Fitzgerald in her book The Beaded Garden. I mounted it on a piece of my friend Nancy Graham’s hand-dyed fabric.
The June pin was inspired by the flower in Lisa Kan’s book Bead Romantique. This flower has 4 layers of beads done in herringbone stitch.
The May pin is a peyote ruffle around a rose cathedral rivoli. I found this pattern, designed by Susan Mandel, in the April 2009 Bead and Button magazine.
The July pin is a peyote trillium flower designed by Diane Fitzgerald in her new book, Shaped Beadwork:Dimensional Jewelry with Peyote Stitch.
My April bjp pin was inspired by a photo of a spring flower on my friend Dee’s sister’s blog. I don’t know the name of the flower. I loved the wonderful combination of colors. This is my first time doing the herringbone stitch. I found the directions for the fuchsia part of the flower in the April 2009 Bead & Button magazine. The center is a peyote stitch circle of beads.
It’s a little early for the peepers to be on our NH pond, but with the weather getting warmer and the snow melting, I am ready.
As soon as I finished the heart for February, I knew that I wanted January to look icy. (sometimes ideas are a bit backward) NH this winter has been very snowy and cold, so icy seemed very appropriate. The checkerboard is slightly raised so that icicles are dripping down from the raised layer.
I decided to skip doing my January pin for now as I knew what I wanted to do for February. This is the fourth heart pin I have made in the last two years, but the first one for me. I try to make each different. This one has a lacy edge like a Valentine. The square beads are red with an AB finish that appear golden in the photo, but are more red in real time.
This image was in my head for a long time before I finally got out the beads and made it. The four red beads are very bulky, so the middle fringe really stands out.
To me, November is a time of beautiful brown leaves still on the oak trees. My first thought when making this was of a brown-eyed Susan flower, but the oak leaves also play into the feel of the colors. Note the interesting design on the cabochon. Any ideas what kind of stone this is? (I haven’t a clue.)