Festival Lights – Andrew Thornton Challenge

Every so often, jewelry artist Andrew Thornton organizes a beading challenge. He chooses a theme and makes up 20 kits. This month’s theme is Festival Lights, and I snagged one of the kits. Each kit consists of a small bag of the “luxury bead blend”, along with a small bag of coordinating beads and some other goodies that vary from month to month. Also included is a mystery component.

This is what we got for this month:



The top picture is the selection of beads and other goodies, and the bottom picture is the luxury bead blend.

This month I was captivated by the bead blend, so I decided to do some freeform beadweaving. I used peyote stitch and played with making random increases as I went along. I’m not sure you can see it in the picture, but the increases added quite a bit of texture to the piece. I used Andrew’s ceramic disk (that was the mystery component) at one side, and balanced it with a couple simple dangles on the other side. Then I attached the entire piece to some chain to finish the necklace.
Festival Lights copy

Here’s my piece. The increases also caused a bit of ruffling. Next time I think I’ll add more increases, to make it really ripple.

See the jewelry made by the other participants by checking out Andrew’s page here: http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/2014/09/festival-lights-challenge-reveal.html


15 Responses to Festival Lights – Andrew Thornton Challenge

  1. beadlove says:

    What a fun piece! I love how all the colors in the bead blend look together. It’s really pretty!


  2. Alice says:

    A gorgeous necklace. I love how you used the mystery component and other beads at the sides.


    • beadsophisticate says:

      Thank you! My original plan was to have the mystery component in the middle, with beadwork at the sides, but I was having so much fun with the bead blend, I had to improvise.


  3. Karin says:

    I love your freeform bead weaving! It makes a gorgeous use of the beads in the kit! A great happy necklace!


  4. I love the texture of the woven beads on your necklace and the asymmetrical look! It must feel wonderful on.


  5. That is just beautiful! I love how you got all the colors to play together so nicely.


  6. Alison Herrington says:

    I am so jealous of you artists that can free form bead weave! And yours looks flawless. Great job capturing the feeling.


  7. Tammy Bowman says:

    What a fun way to use the components in this challenge! I love the free-form design and it fits in perfectly with the “festive” theme. The texture is rippled like a ribbon in a parade!


  8. Kari Asbury says:

    Great design! Love how you used the luxury mix with all the colors and your addition of the mystery component and charms to each side is wonderful!


  9. Lovely work! It looks so happy to me! It peyote stitch makes everything look so lush and rich. Thanks so much for participating and keep up the good work!


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