I got a nice surprise this week when I learned that my Tokyo Rows beaded bracelet project made it into Interweave’s collector’s edition of The Best of Step By Step Beads.
The Japanese Flower motif is not original with me but I love it because it lends itself to so many variations. It’s easy to take one flower and make a simple pendant, and that’s just one example.
Here are some brooches based on the same motif
I once thought that Japanese bead work made the most interesting use of the beaded flower until I saw some stunning Brazilian pieces using this motif when I visited Rio De Janeiro a few years ago. Here is one of the bracelets I bought there, that’s a variation of the design.
With forty projects, there’s plenty of material in The Best of Step By Step Beads to keep you busy for awhile. The best part of developing a design, however, is when someone takes it in a new direction. Triche Osborne ‘s Candy Wheels Necklace is just one example of how you can take a beading concept and make it your own.
Thank you Interweave!