A while back I bought 50g of Sand Dune Mix delicas and knew I wanted to do something pretty outrageous with them but couldn't think exactly what! I started making a really fat RAW neckerchief with them that went from jaw line to cleavage but I don't like the way delicas look in right angle weave. They just don't lend themselves well, in my opinion. I wanted something a bit punky and really contemporary but just didn't know what.
So I started perusing Jean Power's website for some inspiration because I love her patterns and she knows her geometry! Then I moseyed through my various beading books and my eye was caught by Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork. I've made a few of the pieces in the book but knew that I just wanted the starting blocks for something of my own design.
Finally, I found inspiration in the most unlikely of places! My friend came round for a cup of tea and she was wearing a square studded belt and I just knew that the delicas could make that happen!
This is the result:
It's a bit mad and definitely not to everyone's taste but I'm glad it turned out pretty much as I imagined it, punky and contemporary all at the same time, yet the Swarovski adds some femininity and bling!