Adaptation is my most recent award-winning headdress. Winner of the Museum of Beadwork’s 2021 Wings & Stings Contest Accessories Category, this headdress is made with seed beads, Swarovski crystal, silk fabric, ribbon, nonwoven stitching base, and LED lights and wiring.
See all the Wings & Stings Challenge entries at the Museum of Beadwork Website.
Read my Artist Statement for this piece below.
My tenth (or eleventh) mask is completed and named “Daydream in a Fairy Glen.” She has made her way to her home at EH. Ashley Co. Inc. in Rhode Island. She’ll be a permanent showpiece for the company to showcase Preciosa Crystal products. I hope you like her!
Dream of Flight, my most recent beaded mask, won first place in Swarovski’s 2020 Create Your Style craft contest.
This elaborate, hand-sew beaded headdress took me an intense, marathon-style five days to stitch from start to finish, making the deadline for submission to the contest with only twenty minutes to spare.
Many of the Swarovski Spring/Summer 2021 launch articles appear in various fashions in the bead embroidery and hanging crystal fringe of this headdress.
Those new articles include dome round stones, dreamy iridescent blue and pink pearls, classic cut pendants in amethyst shimmer and aquamarine shimmer, cyclamen opal shimmer and pacific opal shimmer bicones and round beads, and the new rice pearls in dreamy iridescent pink.
#BeadWithMe will resume shortly as time permits!
Melissa has the best beading kits out there! The directions are so easy to follow the kits are very organized, with individually bagged and labeled beads.
-Donna L., Texas