Felt fancies—the big Bead Soup Blog Party reveal!

It’s finally time for the third reveal day for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party! This is my first BSBP and I have to say thank you to Lori Anderson, whose brainchild this fabulous event is, for such a great idea.

Now the premise of the BSBP is that Lori matches us all up with a partner, with whom we exchange bead soup—a mixture of beads and components including a focal bead and a nice clasp, plus some coordinating beads. You can make as many pieces as you are inspired to make, but must use the focal bead and the clasp, and as much of the rest of the bead soup as you like, adding in extras from your own stash as required.

My partner for this BSBP is Marina Dobrynina, a Russian beader living near Paris. Marina makes beautiful felt beads, embroidered works of art really! She sent me the following bead soup, which included a selection of her felted beads in soft greens and pinks with a splash of vibrant orange, some coordinating crystal beads of various sizes and shapes in deep purple, bright green, pink and peach, some white seed beads, a brass dragonfly clasp and two  brass cord ends, and some brass findings. I used almost everything she sent me, except the white beads and the brass end caps, adding only a few findings as I needed them.

The big challenge for me was putting the hole through the felt beads. After asking Marina’s advice, I went to work with a darning needle—a bit  anxiously, I must say! First you poke the needle through the bead, trying to line it up so it goes through the middle. Then when you pull it out, the hole disappears! I eventually figured it out, and went to work. And without further ado, here it is.

First I made a pair of earrings to get used to working with the felt beads. I used a pair of soft pink felt balls, green crystal and a lacy beadcap on each bead to make a blossom with some sparkly crystals dangling below. They are very light!

Then a necklace, showcasing the biggest green felt bead, embroidered with stars, and surrounded by more pink and green felt beads, as well as a pop of orange, and interspersed with links of crystals. I added a simple lobster clasp and an extension chain with one of the pink teardrop crystals dangling from it, as well as some lacy brass beadcaps (Vintaj of course!).

Here’s a closeup of the focal beads showing Marina’s beautiful embellishments.

Finally a bracelet using the remaining felt beads, one embroidered and the rest plain, with crystals linked in a similar pattern to the necklace. And the gorgeous dragonfly clasp of course!

That left me with the brass endcaps. These endcaps stumped me for a while as they are closed—you can’t thread a pin through the ends—and they are also quite wide, about 7mm diameter. Marina is a seedbeader as well as a felter, and these are the kinds of endcaps used for seedbeaded ropes and kumihimo braids, neither of which I know how to do. But flicking through Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel’s book Bohemian Inspired Jewelry, I saw the Japanese Kimono cord, also known as crepe cord, and thought that would be perfect, if I could find some. Well, it’s not something easily found here in Australia, but in the end I located a supplier, and I ordered some! Unfortunately, it arrived yesterday … so I’ll have to show you what I make with them another time.

Now I’m off to visit Marina’s blog to see what she did with the bead soup I sent her, and to have a look at the other 130 blogs involved in Reveal 3. Please join me in a round of applause for Lori, who surely deserves it for the hard work she has put in! As well as a stiff drink, a large slice of her favourite pie, and I think a holiday might just be in order too!

For the rest of the participants in this round, check out the links below:


Hostess Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin’
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann’s Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents

Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie’re
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth’s Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul’s Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo’s Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce’s Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori’s Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem’s PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi’s Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes YOU ARE HERE!
Menka Gupta, Menka’s Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca’s Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee’s Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin’ of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

41 thoughts on “Felt fancies—the big Bead Soup Blog Party reveal!

  1. I love the combination of different textures in the beads…the felt balls appear soft and large, while the crystals and beads are small and hard and shiny…very nice 🙂

  2. I’ve never worked with felt beads before so I never thought about there being an issue with holes. I’m so glad you figured it out because your pieces are just lovely!

  3. I love the beads you got, and you made beautiful pieces! I have trouble getting needles through felt beads sometimes and that “disappearing hole” syndrome just nails me!

    Very well don!

  4. What a fun soup. I’ve never worked with felted beads either, but you did a great job. The earrings are too adorable. And the necklace is so sweet looking. The bracelet is great too, with that wonderful clasp. Can’t wait to see what you do with the end caps. Isn’t that book great? I used it for some of my inspiration on my pieces, also.

  5. What a sweet set you created. It all works together so well. It sounds like you had a snag or two, but eventually learned something new. As well, it sounds like you’ve got more fun learning that should be going on soon. How exciting! Anyway, you definitely made some pretty jewelry!

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  7. What fun to have such an unusual ingredient to use in your soup! I must say, I haven’t used many felt beads in my pieces! You did a beautiful job with each!

    And, thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing such kind words! What fun we had, didn’t we?!?

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