Bead Soup Blog Party 2017 Reveal – Hoarder’s Edition

BSBP is back!

Hello, everyone! It is finally reveal day and I am so excited to show you all what I made.

Thanks again to Lori Anderson of Pretty Things for hosting and organizing this blog hop. I can’t imagine what a chore that must be.

Previously, I posted about what I sent my partner, Pam, and you can also read about the tons of goodies she sent me. You’ll notice that she sent me SO MANY focal beads – so I had to get busy!

I didn’t quite make something for every focal bead, but I’m proud of what I accomplished.

May I present, my three complete necklaces for the 2017 Bead Soup Blog Party!

So, I ended up with three long necklaces, all with some ribbon somewhere.

So, the first one I finished was the ceramic button. I wanted to make it a pendant, so I used leather to make loops and glued a fabric flower (meant for scrapbooking) on the back.

The necklace portion features some asymmetrical stringing of “beaded beads” made from filled netting stitch and Czech druks in fall colors. I them used brass rings and sari silk ribbon to finish off the necklace.


The next one I made was for the delicate glass drop. I made a beaded bezel for the Rivoli using an adapted Gail Damm technique in colors that I saw in the drop.

I thought the long delicate nature of the glass drop would be best served in a long necklace meant to hang mid-bust, so I strung it on a loooooong length of Sari ribbon. I used copper chain to attach drop to bezel and bezel to ribbon.

My last finished necklace used this gorgeous gold-leafed bead. I fell in love with the colors under the gold leaf and the finish reminded me of some Czech drops I had in my stash. The color treatment was a perfect match, so I had to use them.

I always struggle a bit when using handmade focal beads because they tend to be very large and I have trouble making my signature stitched pieces match the scale. With this one, I threw stitching out the window and focused on building volume with the drop beads.

I finished it with yet another silk ribbon (I couldn’t help it – the color was PERFECT) and then decided to add a second strand of gold with a single drop to hover above the focal.


Overall, I am really happy with these three necklaces. I think they utilize the beads so generously gifted to me by Pam and challenged me to step outside my comfort zone. I did have some beads that I didn’t get the chance to use, but since my wonderful partner sent me FOUR hoarded beads and change, I think I can consider this a victory, haha.

I did have one necklace that I’m still brainstorming on. I think I’m going to make these coordinating beads Pam sent me into a bib necklace.

Since that one isn’t completed, though, I am happy to celebrate the three that I did finish. It’s way more than I expected to accomplish.

Be sure to check out what my partner made at her blog and then continue with the blog hop! There are so many amazing artists to explore. All the other participants are below the Read More. Happy Hopping!

Lori Anderson
Claire Fabian
Jennifer Strehler
Rochelle Brisson
Annita Wilson
Melissa Trudinger
Loralee Kolton
Valerie Tilghman
Mischelle Andrade
Elizabeth Bunn


Marianna DeLuca Wehner
Johana Nunez
Jenny Kyrlach
Elizabeth Hodges
Lennis Carrier
Candida Castleberry
Mary Govaars
Sandi James
Arlene Dean
Kristina Eleniak


Nan Smith
Nadine Edris
Denise McCabe
Donna Marie Hanna
Audrey Belanger
Nicole Rennell
Robin Reed
Gail Zwang
Terry Jeanette Carter
Donna Hoblit


Ann Schroeder

Klaudete Koon
Veralynne Malone
Lorelei Eurto
Ann  Sherwood
Jackie Locantore
Mowse Doyle
Dorit Woldenga
Cheri Reed
Dolores Raml
Palak Udeshi
Laurie Vyselaar
Heather Canepa
Dorothy Supri
Sharyl King
Elaine Robitaille
Heather Marston
Terry Matuszyk
Andra Weber
D’Arsie Manzella


Julia Lund-Trott
Sooz Anzalone
Karin King
Leona Smith
Tania Spivey
Jasvanti Patel
Danielle Kelley
Shai Williams
Jacqueline Marchant
Erin Kenny


Becky Pancake
Kelly Schermerhorn
Renetha Stanziano
Rana Wilson
Janine Lucas
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Andrea Glick
Joanne Bell
Sarah Strover
Sam Waghorn


Helena Hatten
Jackie Ryan
Bridget Torres
Inge von Roos
Krafty Max
Kelli Nelson
Iveth Caruso
Rebecca Ednie
Amy Severino
Sandra Wollberg


Blanca Medina
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Samantha Wescott – You are Here!

Christine Stonefield
Silke Groeber
Alenka Obid
Lori Bowring Michaud
April Grinaway
Yvette Goodridge
Kathy Lindemer


Kathleen A Breeding
Joyce Becker
Pam Farren
Divya N
Sherri Stokey
Terri DelSignore
Kate Gonska
Kim Hutchinson
Jean Wells
CJ Bauschka


Bonnie Coursolle
Barb Fernald
Christina Hickman
Noemí Baena
Dana Phillips
Karen Firnberg
Michelle  Escano Caballero
Natalie Ettinger
Valerie Norton
Rachel Mallis


Denise Milward
Bobbie Rafferty
Vonna Maslanka
Elisabeth Auld
Hannah Rosner
Carla Fry
Terri Gauthier
Teresa Fischer
Tanya Goodwin
Barbara Judy


Leanne Loftus

Carrie Stalcup
Lori Schneider
Joelyn Bissing
Brenda Sigafoos
Kate Dufour
Gail Poveda
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Pam DeBoer
Dee Elgie


Judy Jacobs
Elisabeth Matouschek
Shawn Elkins
Sally Russick
Susan McClelland
Tracy Stillman
Miranda Ackerley
Robin Lynne Showstack
Marianne Baxter
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Therese Frank
Sandi Volpe
Leslie Scholz
Joan Williams
Laura Guenther
Liz Engriser
Bev Breisinger
Radel Vela
Kim Dworak


Carol Dillman
Alice Craddick
Janeen Burlingame
Leah Curtis
Ann Marie Hodrick
Donna Millard
Hajer Waheed Khalil
Lucy Clasen
Michelle McCarthy
Maria Rios

Babette Cox

Natalie Davidson
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45 Responses to Bead Soup Blog Party 2017 Reveal – Hoarder’s Edition

  1. I really love your beaded beads – do you have a tutorial for sale anywhere?


    • samwescott says:

      In the Ceramic Button / Flower necklace? Those are just short segments of filled tubular netting. There are lots of free tutorials out there. I used 11/0’s, 15/0’s, and 4mm Druks for these ones. 🙂


  2. Ann says:

    Well done, I am always happy when I can come up with 1 piece. Love your use of ribbon in all of your designs, you certainly did justice to what your partner sent.


  3. Elisabeth Matouschek says:

    Very nice work!


  4. beadlove says:

    Great job! I love all three of your necklaces. So pretty.


  5. pinkchapeau says:

    Really beautiful. I love all of those long necklaces, and they are so romantic with the soft colors and the fabric.


  6. Dorota says:

    very inventive projects!congrats!


  7. Beautiful necklaces! I glanced through more of your work while here – just lovely!


  8. Tracy S. says:

    Beautiful rustic designs, I also like those beadwoven beads that accompany the ceramic button – awesome idea!


  9. Teresa says:

    I REALLY love the blue long necklace. The gold highlights and leather lacing sure adds to the overall beauty of it.


  10. CJ Bauschka says:

    Love all three!!!


  11. Hi Samantha, all three of your necklaces are beautiful.


  12. Wow, I love all three but especially the first one with the beaded bead sections – gorgeous!


  13. Terri Del Signore says:

    These are truly special necklaces!!


  14. Maria Rosa Sharrow says:

    Fantastic job! I really like all the different colors, techniques and materials you used to make these three beautiful pieces!


  15. Pam Farren says:

    Wow!! You are amazing! All three pieces are beautifully made. You may have felt pushed out of your comfort zone, but the results are proof that you’ve got the chops : ) Your bead work is outstanding. It was my pleasure to be your partner.


    • samwescott says:

      Aww… Thanks so much, Pam! Your generosity was definitely the jump start to this whole process and I felt really inspired and challenged the whole way through. It was MY pleasure to be your partner. 😉


  16. Barb Fernald says: MADE those beaded beads? So cool! They work so well with that necklace. You had so much going on with the soup you received, it looked quite challenging deciding what to use. Your three necklaces are each so different and equally stunning. Bravo!


    • samwescott says:

      Haha, I did indeed! Beadweaving is actually my bread and butter, so those beaded beads were the easy part, haha. But yes! Picking what to use out of Pam’s extremely generous soup WAS the hardest part. 😀


  17. windbent says:

    Great textures and layering.


  18. Wow! They’re all so stunning! Beautiful job!


  19. I really dig the way you were able to alter the button to make it meet your needs. It turned out so cool!


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  21. Every single thing you did is gorgeous. The beads you made with the beads you were given, how you embellished the strands of your necklaces and the focals themselves – I love it all! You have a real eye for coordinating colors – the beads under the purple focal and the beaded bezel above the glass drop are perfectl I’ve no doubt you’ll enjoy wearing these long into the future.


    • samwescott says:

      Oh, gosh. Thank you, Kelly! Colors are one of my strong suits, I think, but there were so many options here, I felt a little overwhelmed. So glad to see that people like what I ended up doing. 😀


  22. THAT BUTTON with the beaded beads! I LOVE THAT! And the blues are terrific. Just excellent work.


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  24. Carrie Stalcup says:

    Oh my goodness, that’s some stunning beadwork! I think you did justice to each of those hoarded beauties!


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