You may have already heard of Bead Soup Blog Party but in case you haven't it was created by Lori McDaniel Anderson. The first Bead Soup Blog Party was in December 2010, and it's been held twice a year since then.
So, first you sign up, then Lori does the monumental task of assigning you a partner. Nearly 500 particpants from approximately 38 countries signed up for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party. Next you create a bead soup for the person you've been partnered with and send it to them. They in turn send you theirs and you each create with the soup you've been sent. When you are done you reveal what you have created with your soup. Today is my reveal!
I was lucky to have an international partner, Marjolein Trewavas, from Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. She is a textile designer who creatively up-cycles treasures she finds at auctions, second hand stores, thrift shops and anywhere else they may show up. In her words she creates an "eclectic mix of colourful sometimes vintage bazaar style pieces that are sometimes slightly kitsch, sometimes romantic and shabby chic but always visually stimulating and fun to wear or to have in your house."
After exchanging a few emails to get to know each other a bit more I went about trying to put together what I hoped would be a the perfect bead soup for Marjolein.
It was so exciting when the parcel arrived from Marjolein and just as exciting unpacking it. I was overwhelmed by her generosity; there were so many materials that I had never worked with before.
She suceeded in pushing me outside my comfort zone which is a good thing. So it was time to get to work and see what I could come up with. It was a challenge. I tried many different designs and was happy with none of them until I decided I was going to cook up an 'everything but the kitchen sink soup' which just means everything goes into the soup pot. I put all the beads in a bowl and randomly picked a bead to wire wrap. I then added lengths of brass chain both bright and antiqued in between each successive bead I picked. There was no rhyme or reason to my process. I trusted it would all work out. And work out it did! I was so pleased with the result. It's unlike anything I've made before and I loved the mix of colours. I couldn't use all the beads for the necklace, what's left is reserved for another piece. One of the Bead Soup rules is you must use the pendant piece and the clasp. Obviously I broke that rule with this design but I couldn't bring myself to make any changes. So I tried for another piece and I was almost happy with the result but not quite enough to reveal it just yet. That will have to wait for my next post.
Now for the big reveal. The necklace measures 275 cm which is approximately 108 inches. There are a few options for the number of strands it can be.
Please visit Marjolein's blog, Room for Change, to see what she has created with the bead soup I've sent her. Thank you Marjolein for your incredible bead soup! It was a pleasure to get to know you through our emails and I hope we stay in touch. I promise to keep designing with beads left in the bowl and to share those reveals with you.
Next take a trip around the world following the links on Lori's site, Pretty Things, to the other blogs also revealing their Bead Soup. It's going to be quite the party! Take the time to leave a comment if see something you really like.
Thank you to Lori McDaniel Anderson for all the hard work she has put into this. She inspires me with not only all the work hours it takes to pull and keep this all together but the fact that she did it while dealing with a serious illness. I know that there were also many on her team who stepped up to the plate to help when it was needed. Thank you to them as well.
Looking forward to the next Bead Soup Blog Party!