About this time last year, I designed a small pendant with 8mm Chatons and metal round beads. The pendant turned out pretty wonderful (even if I do say so myself). I made a couple of versions and wrote up the instructions. I taught Tintern Abbey locally several times, and beaders really seemed to like it.
I took the instructions to the Bead&Button show to sell. While there, it caught the eye of one of the editors of Kalmbach Publishing, who encouraged me to submit the piece for publication. Yes, I have been published before: I have had several works published in the Your Work section, one piece in the gallery of Amy Katz's "Seed Bead Chic" book and a couple of bead embroidery pieces in
Nicole Campanella's "Flatwork". In the interim, it was also time to submit for the 2016 Bead&Button show, and I submitted the pendant for a possible class.
To my surprise, it was accepted for both! The Abbey Rose (the name was changed at the magazine level) was published in the February 2016 Bead&Button Magazine – my first pattern to be published. Perhaps the magazine editors and show organizers didn’t realize this, but I have the go ahead to teach it at the show.
The class at B&B will be on Friday, June 10 from 5-8pm. Class will be a great learning experience as we will also discuss how to join pieces to make a larger necklace, how to use different size chatons, and more. Can you imagine a belt made of these? It would be stunning (not on my waist). Or a hat band? A bracelet! Great possibilities are out there!
Here are a couple pictures that were completed by others. Thank you Sharon, Angela and Isabel for letting me use your picture. Sharon used a different color bead and I think it really accentuates the shape of the design. Isabel used slightly different sized chatons and made it work. Angela's is made with 14mm crystals and is a stunning piece.
|Made by Angela Bachelor|