Friday, January 18, 2013

She Gave/She Gave

Are y'all familiar with the She Made / She Made reveals that Therese and Christine do each month?  These two fabulous ladies swapped beads, and each month one of them decides which beads to use from the swap stash, and they both create something from the choices.

So today, I have a twist on that idea, that I'm calling She Gave / She Gave.  Bear with me, it makes sense (at least as much sense as I ever make...), even though the explanation may get a little long-winded (often another of my great gifts traits)

I had the great joy of meeting Therese in person in October.  In addition to big hugs and lots of chatting, Therese gifted me with some beautiful jewelry she had made, along with a couple of very cool goodies that you can see in the last photo on this post.

Christine has become a great online bloggy friend, and while we haven't had the chance to meet in person yet, I love her sense of humor and her eye for creating stunning jewelry.

When I recently began a torrid love affair with St. Petersburg Stitch, I remembered a fantastic bezel Christine had made using double St. Petersburg.  I wanted to try.  But it obviously needed a bead with a thicker side.  What to do?

Then I remembered the bead from Therese.  Perfect.

Beautiful, subtle coloration in the stone.

And this, my friends, is the result - the bead given to me by Therese, bezeled through an inspiration given to me by Christine.

A little more thread showing than I'd like,
but for a first try, I can live with it.

Thanks, ladies!  This will probably end up in a bracelet I'm contemplating...


Therese's Treasures said...

Oh Wow Bobbie, I love it! I am so glad that I was able to contribute to your creativity. I know I will be seeing that St. Petersburg bezel in more of your pieces. I also can not wait to see the final result of your bezeled bead. Thank you for the shout out and it was so awesome getting to meet you in person.

gretchen said...

Double wow! this is really beautiful, can't wait to see your finished piece.

BackstoryBeads said...

Christine and Therese's stitch challenge gave me the push I needed to try St. Petersburg stitch, and, like you, I'm turning to it again and again. Love the colors you chose to capture that fantastic bead from Therese!

Christine Altmiller said...

What a sweet surprise~thanks Bobbie! I love what you did here and the colors you used. It is the perfect way to bezel, I think, but I am fairly new to bezeling. The thread always shows in this stitch. I wish it didn't (maybe put a 15/0 in there?), but it doesn't bother me enough to stop doing it. You are one of my favorite blogs...good humor and some seriously gorgeous and tedious jewelry. And you like Freddie. You are the perfect package :-)

Lois Moon said...

Gorgeous stitching around the bezel. I can always see far more thread in photos than I can with the naked eye. Your colors perfectly frame the cab.

KJ said...

I love the blogging idea of she made/she made. You did them proud.

CraftyHope said...

This is really gorgeous! The stitch is so pristine and perfect. I can't wait to see the bracelet it's going on!