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  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “I took a Class”:
    “Amazing! Can't believe this is your first time weaving! I am very impressed!…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall Tones”:
    “I love this colour mixture and the design is so appealing - very nice.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Ooooh - this is so cool and I love it all especially the turtles. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “River Stones”:
    “This is gorgeous - love the stones - love the design. Fantastic!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Beautiful Gail! I agree the turtles are such a cute addition.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Gifted”:
    “Thank you - still lots of wood beads left to play with.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “I took a Class”:
    “Thanks ladies. It was fun, but intense. Kept repeating the mantra: single up…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Gorgeous stone combo! And what a cute 'lil furry critter!…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Gorgeous!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Fall?”:
    “Yummy components and beads! I love your style and aesthetic!!!!!!!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “I took a Class”:
    “Love the weaving! Must have been a blast! :) …” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Turtle Beach”:
    “IMHO more is more! I love it either way but I am partial to extra details…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Fall?”:
    “Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments! This was certainly fun to make!…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “* would look GREAT with *…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “I love it! Very earthy and ethnic. It would look with a off-white flowing sun dress…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Glad to know I'm not the only one who fiddles. Great design. Love the soft…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Gifted”:
    “I like it too. Definitely has an ethnic vibe. Love wood, love all the components,…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “I took a Class”:
    “Wire weaving? You're a "greenie?" I'd say you are well on your way to being…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Fantastic color, excellent design. Love it! :) …” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Key boards and computers are not trustworthy..... they are electronic devices with minds of their own. Now…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Fall?”:
    “Ditto to all of the above comments. This is a great way to welcome fall...just…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Thanks for all of the compliments everyone. The tiger eye is one of my favorites.…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “It's funny because when I type my son's name it always changes it to "sidenote" or…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Thank You ladies!…” read »

  • Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I love copper and you really are the master.…” read »

  • Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings on “Gifted”:
    “Very,very nice.…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “I took a Class”:
    “Wow! I agree with Donna, this piece looks very complicated but you certainly did fantastic with…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Gifted”:
    “Oooooo! Wonderful tribal design!! Love the African clay beads and the wood spacers really set them…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Gifted”:
    “I've never seen such interesting wooden beads, and you've really highlighted them here. The African clay…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Fall?”:
    “You make the neatest bracelets. Wonderful work!…” read »

  • Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy on “Fall?”:
    “Very, very pretty. So talented.…” read »

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    R Fulton on “Summer sand dollar”:
    “Thanks so much for all the compliments!!…” read »

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    S Katoll on “I took a Class”:
    “It's a wonderful piece, and the wireweaving is amazing! I'm sure it represents a great…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Fall Tones”:
    “A really pretty piece. Great colors, great components, what can I say? When you're good, you're…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “LOL LOVE, LOVE Your pictures, your necklace, and I want Your caterpillar friend for my next…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Fall Tones”:
    “Mahala, Your pictures are just so perfect. They highlight your necklace perfectly. Plus, your necklace has…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “I took a Class”:
    “This necklace looks very complex for a beginner. But, you did a great job for the…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Gifted”:
    “Pam is right! The necklace has a great ethnic vibe! The wood beads are highlighted by…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Wow, how beautiful! Great selection of stones. The colors are wonderful, and the caterpillar lends such…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Fall?”:
    “I love the flower, and agree with Gail that it looks like a C Koop piece.…” read »

Mini-Round Robin - Purple Heart


About this design:

This mini-round robin project with Carol and Martha warmed my heart (literally!). Mine started with a 6 inch segment in the back (including a flower clasp and bead) and I also sent Carol the lovely lampwork focal by Stephanie Ann with a large pink amethyst attached for her to add to it.

And boy did she ... she added some lovely gemstones from her collection, as well as lampwork beads that echoed the flower theme started by me.

Then Martha added her magic, beads, and creativity with a lovely addition that helped set off this special focal.

This was such a fun collaboration with the three of us ... within a month we each had a completed necklace that was uniquely our own, shared our bead stashes and created necklaces that we alone wouldn't have dreamed in our minds!

Personally, mine got some neat touches of green that I might not have added and the black additions really helped the focal. I tend to DREAM in purple so mine might have ended up all purple without the wonderful collaboration and teamwork that we created with these pieces.

Can't wait for you to see their additions, which are all being posted here today. We urge you all to start some 'mini-round robins' of your own.

Currently there are two teams of 6 people(The Global Beadettes and the Beading Contessas) that are mailing 6" or longer completed pieces each month to each other. It's been a lot of fun to see these pieces grow and develop, but until the end, no peeking or sharing is allowed within each team. These each also have a detailed journal which is being created and added to by each of us. What a special project these round robins are, big or small!!

Components:

See above

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Let me the first to say, all three of you ladies necklaces are just beautiful. You are all very talented and creative with unique styles. Congrats on the beautiful creations you have made!!!!!

  2. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Ditto to what Karen said! Congrats!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Gorgeous necklaces great design and awesome teamwork!

  4. Boston Lady
    Boston Lady says:

    Shannon, this round robin with you and Martha was so much fun to work on. What I liked the best about it was that we had the freedom to create whatever we wanted to but kept in the mainstream of the starting segment. I can’t begin to tell about the enthusiasm whenever I got the mail and either your necklace or Martha’s was in my hand. It was a total rush. Round robin #2? Any time. So glad that you asked me and are enjoying your dream necklace. Smile!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Totally amazing!! Another unique and gorgeous necklace! Well done girls!!

  6. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Wow I love this, and what a special piece, I like how it all came together, I sure cant wait to see my robin come home….

  7. Jade aka Caryn
    Jade aka Caryn says:

    What a great idea. Looks like you all got a great piece.

  8. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Shannon, your finished necklace is so beautiful! Wonderful colors and design! :D

  9. Violet
    Violet says:

    Another beauty !!! You ladies did amazing !!!!

  10. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    This is wonderful – you’ve worked so well together and I can see why you are satisfied with the result, Shannon – this is def you!! :-) I’m so excited about my own Round Robin wondering how it will be in the end… and today I will send Lynn’s half-finished piece to Deborah in Idaho!

  11. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    Thank you for sharing this beauty! I can’t wait until we may share our Global B. Robins!

  12. Vee aka Dream Chickie
    Vee aka Dream Chickie says:

    Love this one! :)

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    K H says:

    This one is wonderful too!!!!!…

  14. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Shannon, this turned out beautiful! What fun this mini-round robin was. I’m so glad you like your design. :D

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    What a gorgeous collaboration! I love it! :D

  16. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    This came out great! I see the hallmarks of each of your styles, and they come together so nicely. Will Martha & Carol post pix of theirs (apologies if you already have, I’ve been tied up and not on-site much lately).

    I like the idea of mini-Round-Robins (would they be Robinettes?). you get a completed piece sooner, and 18″ is more my style…

    I will be setting Martha’s ‘Contessa’ Robin free to fly to Violet this week. It has been a blast to work on everyone’s pieces! (and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of our flock).

  17. Orchid Betty
    Orchid Betty says:

    Beautiful heart and the combination is just perfect, the three of you created a fabulous peace!
    I can’t wait to see the finished Robbins of the Global Beadettes and the Contessas posted here at Lima. I just received Deborah’s and Wenche’s gorgeous robins and soon they will fly to Lynn!

  18. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Hi there Mary, Martha and Carol posted their designs right before mine posted, all three in a row, so if you scroll back through recent designs, you should see them all … so nice to see everything come together!! Check them out!!

    Robinettes, that’s good, I like that name!! Can’t wait to see what you and your team have created for each other. :-) SLS

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