Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Meet Kate

Main Ingredients: Wool, Glass, Stone. Marinate then string with a bit of pearl and a dash of metal.
I used a green gold wool with a bit of brown, black, and natural shades to make the felted beads. The colors made me think of a pretty bead that Kelley had sent me as a thank you gift with a previous order. Sure enough, the colors went really well. I was lovin it, so I asked her to make me some more. Which she did:)
Combined with some yellow turquoise, green pearl, and some brassy accents, "Kate" was born.
This was my very first submission to Stringing Magazine and I am just thrilled!!! I almost didn't make the deadline. In fact at the last minute I had given up. I had been determined for months to create something and send it in. And as usual, I was down to the wire. Like right there. With an attitude of defeat I posted a picture of my intended offering. Well let me tell you, Barbara Lewis said um um -mail her overnight! And so I did. And don't you know I am so happy I did. My next submission didn't make it in, but that won't stop me from future attempts. I love love love doing this!!! If you haven't ever sent your creation(s) in before, you really should go for it. Seriously. Why not? What have you got to loose? Click here to go to Sringing's webpage to get the skinny on deadlines for 2011. Click on the links to the right to visit other designer's blogs and read all about their fabulous creations! Make sure you leave comments, because there are some really nice giveaways going on too.

39 comments:

  1. First publication in Stringing and the cover too! Congratulations. I knew it was your design the moment I saw the cover with those fabulous felted beads. I am happy for you!

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  2. Love your pairing of Kelleys beads and your felted wool- the color is so fun, and unexpected! Great job getting accepted to Stringing! You won't be able to look back now, it's a bit of an addiction!

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  3. Congratulations! That is so awesome!!!!! Your necklace is fabulous! Thanks for the info on the Stringing submissions. I have submitted a piece for the "Let's Go to the Movies" challenge, but now I am thinking of submitting some of our work. Awesome job!

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  4. WOW!!! Amazing! Great submission!! I so can't wait to get a copy of this issue!

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  5. congratulations,
    love the colors of this piece..
    beautiful work

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  6. The colors are absolutely gorgeous - very unique - not something you see very much of. Beautiful work!

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  7. You ve chose great colors for Kate... and I ve never seen any bead made of wool and glass. This is just amazing! Thanks for sharing
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  8. Yellow!!!! Love the color and so happy to see it in this lovely piece! Congratulations on your first piece being showcased in Stringing! Hope to see many more!

    Cindy

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  9. Love it! Your felted beads are my favorite! Thanks for capturing autumn!

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  10. I am doing a little happy dance for you!
    This is such a stunning and classic design. I love the color palette, so unexpected really.
    And I agree...if anyone is on the fence about submitting your designs to Stringing or really any publication, don't be. The Great One, Wayne Gretzky said, "You miss 100% of the shots you never take." So take that shot!
    Thank you for sharing your process and inspiration. (And for the record...I am ALWAYS down to the wire with each submission deadline. Always!)
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin ;-)

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  11. Everyone loves a cliffhanger! I love your design! Great colors!

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  12. What a fabulous necklace :-) I am curious as to how it feels with the different weight of the Beads.

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  13. First of all, congratulations on getting published!! I have to say, your necklace was my favorite in this issue (honestly!!). I just love the bead caps on the felt beads.
    And, I am going to take your advice, and maybe I'll submit something to Stringing. Like you said, what have I got to lose?

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  14. I am always on the lookout for something cool and unique, and this necklace totally does it for me. great color and texture!
    Erin S

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  15. What a great colour combination. Very classy.

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  16. Congrats on your first submission! This is a beautiful design. I can't wait to see more creations from you.

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  17. congratulations! I really love Kate, she is a beautiful necklace.....but then I have always loved fall colors!

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  18. This piece makes me want to pick up some felt and try to make some beads! LOVE it! Congratulations on your first time in Stringing..I'm sure you will have many more pieces accepted.

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  19. Congrats on getting published. I rarely see anyone do anything bold with yellow, it's always like it's almost an afterthought. I'm glad you made the deadline after all. I have a saying, "if it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done." It was originally from when I worked in an accounting/income tax office, but I see it applied almost as much in beading - deadlines for magazines, weddings, birthdays, etc. Just don't be making it a habit, I'm expecting to see more of your work in the future!

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  20. Those lampwork beads really are the PERFECT fit with the rest of the materials. I love it when "bead serendipity" happens :-) And you made the cover, too! Awesome!

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  21. Oooooh! I'm so excited for you! I knew this was yours even before I read the name...that's a very cool thing. I am so intrigued by the felted beads with the bead caps...I love the combination of those. The rich golden color makes it even more perfect!

    Congrats!!!!

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  22. I forgot to mention that being on the COVER is sooooo cool!!! That's where I saw your signature combination right away!! You rock!!!

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  23. Congratulations Miss Pearl! I bet this will increase the traffic on your etsy site too! Bring the magazine to our next meeting!

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  24. Congratulations!! Absolutely love it! One of my favorites!

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  25. I can't believe that's your first submission! I hope there will be many more. I love those felted beads and the way you've strung them with bead caps. So pretty and perfect for fall!

    Thanks for joining the Stringing blog carnival!

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  26. Congrats! I really like how you've used beads with the same colour schemes but with different textures/surfaces.

    PS! I think your 'Marie' earrings (at the Etsy shope) are very pretty. Really like how the bead caps "encage" the beads.

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  27. congrats on your first submission! your necklace is very pretty!

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  28. Beautiful work, congrats on the cover and your first submission too! I just learned to felt this year, and your design inspires me to try new combinations. The color and pairings really pop out!

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  29. So creative! Love those felt balls!

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  30. Great necklace! I love your felt beads!

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  31. Congratulations! Your necklace is absolutely stunning! Great texture & fabulous color!

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  33. That's fantastic! I didn't know you felted your own beads, that's awesome!

    I've seriously slowed down on sending in tutorials -- I've been working since January on building a new web site with a developer and it's just taking all my spare time. But it's pretty amazing, isn't it, seeing your name in print?

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  34. Kate is lovely!! Your necklace reminds me of Katherine Hepburn -- Kate. It is earthy and sturdy and bold just like Kate.

    itmelodie@yahoo.com

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  35. Wonderful yellows! This piece begs to be touched!
    Congrats on the magazine!

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  36. A perfect mix of materials, very earthy, love it!

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  37. Congratulations, Kelley's beads are a perfect match.

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  38. I just LOVE this piece. The mixing of the colors works out beautifully and the pairing of the felt beads and bead caps is inspired!! Thanks for sharing!

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