Suddenly Spring Challenge and Blog Hop
Today is the big reveal for Michelle Mach Suddenly Spring Challenge.
This is my first blog challenge and I was quite nervous about what I would do with the bracelet.
First thing I noticed when I opened the package (apart from the “extras” and the beautiful packaging) was that the blue crystals seemed to be similar in colour to “Hawaiian Ocean” from the Pantone Spring Colour report.
The crochet lace is from one of my mother’s English Women’s Weekly Magazines published in the 70’s. My thanks go to Pearl at Beading Gem’s Journal for her tutorial on Crochet and Chain Mixed Media Bracelet. I’ve used Violet Opal bicones with the spacer beads in the kit and lucite flowers with the aqua beads. The photograph shows the lucite flowers much darker than they are in real life but every time I tried to fix the colours in Photoshop the green crochet lace turned and icky (yep icky!) colour. You’ll have to believe me when I say the lucite is closer Pantone “Bellflower” than the blue you see here.
The ring is a simple crochet flower with a crochet disc in the closest match to Pantone Tangerine Tango I could find. The photo makes the colour of the disc a little softer than it really is.
Next I felt the need for some simple earrings.
The first two earrings are a basic design with moonstones in the first one and purple AB for the middle one. For the last one I used these heart shaped connectors at a craft show a couple of years ago. I really wish I had more of them, they look quite sweet with their matching beadcaps.
This ones a real mixed bag so to speak. Gun metal wire, brass chain, fire polished 4mm purple Czech beads, sari silk and one of my crochet flowers as a clasp.
I still haven’t used all of the beads in the kit, I still have six of the aquamarine beads left. I’ve promised a pair of earrings to my youngest daughter and my SIL, so when I decide on the designs I’ll post them here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my “creations”. Please feel free to comment below and please visit Michelle for the full list of participants.
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