Today is the reveal for Andrew Thornton’s Marsala Valentine challenge. Andrew picks the theme and puts together a fantabulous kit. There are only 20 each time, and he keeps one for himself, so you have to be on the ball to snag one. This month the theme was Pantone’s color of the year, marsala.
Here’s what we got in the kit:
I didn’t use any of the luxury bead blend this month, but I’m still showing the close up, so you can see what the options were.
left of the first picture. That screamed focal bead to me, so I wanted to use it. It has a large hole, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to use the waxed linen thread, which I’ve always wanted to try. But wait! There wasn’t any included in this kit!
Dang it! Month after month, there it is, and now that I have an idea for it, no linen thread. After sulking for a few minutes, inspiration struck. I ran to my past challenge boxes, and sure enough, I found some in a color I could use.
Next, I settled down to knot some beads. Let me tell you when the last time I knotted pearls was. About 20 years ago, that’s when. I was hoping muscle memory would kick in, but alas, no such luck. Internet to the rescue! I picked the first video I found. The lady went way too fast for a beginner, but between my wayward memory and the video, I managed to make the handful of knots I needed. I also got to use the ribbon included in the kit, another first for me.
I’m working on improving my photography. If you don’t mind, please tell me which of the two jewelry shots you prefer. Thanks!
Please visit the other challenge participants at their blogs here: