Save 15% on regular price items with code THANKU + Choose a FREE Gift with your order!
The Design Gallery

Follow along with step-by-step beading projects and share your designs with beaders around the world—it’s quick & easy!


Blue Bohemian

About this design:

The latest craze at my local bead shop are these mixed bead necklaces. I've resisted creating one, as I want to nurture my own style. Then I saw a strand of beads at JoAnn's for 50% off. I couldn't help myself cuz I loved the blue/brown combo. So, I gave it a go. I think I'll make another!


Shell pearls, seed beads, copper bead caps, brass bead caps, rhinestone rondelles, pyrite rounds, brass gears, bone gears, bone discs, turquoise heishi, crystal rondelles, seed bead rounds, leather round, brass spacers, brass lobster clasp, ceramic round, some sort of other rounds. I think that's it! Is it too "busy"?

Additional Images:

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Such a pretty color combo for summer! I can see why you’d like another helping!

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Hey Susie… that necklace is so cool. I don’t think its too busy.

    I love all the different beads. Of course, it would be best on a simple top. Although I’ve seen some bizaar stuff in fashion magazines.

    G. Nancy

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Great beads, great color and a great design! Perfect for a summer sundress. :D

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    No its not too busy. Its very cool..I really love those big patterned beads. I was looking at some lampworked ones like that. Too too expensive!!

  5. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the design! This would look great with a plain white Tshirt and jeans. Did you DIY beaded wood beads,the two big ones at the top?

  6. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    It’s terrific! Love it! :)

  7. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    The design is great! Kinda thought it was you.
    I really do aspire to design pieces like you. They are so fresh

  8. Laud
    Laud says:

    Love it! It’s colorful, bold, tribal, and cool.

  9. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Susie, this is fantastic! What a great idea! Love blues/browns together & this combo of colors, shapes, & textures is wonderful! No, it’s not too busy — just don’t wear it with a patterned top or jacket. A patterned skirt or pants would work with a plain top/jacket. :D

    I envy your ability to create such a beautiful asymmetrical design — they give me & my OCD fits! ;)

    Wanda asked the same question I have re: the larger beaded beads. Inquiring minds want to know…. 8)

    P.S. Hugs to you & tummy rubs for Eli & Dixie! :D

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    What a fab work of art. Not too busy at all. It’s a fun statement piece.Love the chunky look that’s so “in” right now. I’d even like to see it on vacation,with a bathing suit.

  11. No Photo
    Anusia says:

    Really a beautiful piece.

  12. No Photo
    Beadaholic1 says:

    This is gorgeous, and one of my favorite color combinations! The design is fab and not “busy” at all….it has so many interesting pieces. Great design! I wish we had JoAnn’s here. I always stop at the one in Nashville when I am there. I do find a few things at Hancock Fabrics now and then, as they have a bead aisle.

  13. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Beautiful and bold! Wow, I love the turquoise/brown combo. Those big, colorful rounds remind me of “Tibetan beads” sold elsewhere. I bought one on sale once and they are beautiful, but, I wasn’t sure how to work it in a design. You’ve done it famously, I’d say!!!

  14. Asia
    Asia says:

    Susie, this is a one cool necklace, loving it :D

  15. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Do not change this!! :) Fabulous asymmetric design, Susie!!! You do this so effortlessly (or at least it does look that way :) ) Fab, fab , fab beads and arrangement!!!!!

  16. CAS
    CAS says:

    Echoing all of the above … this is FABULOUS! Don’t change anything. Love the color combo, the asymmetry, the “chunkiness”. Yes, it would be best with a solid colored top and a patterned skirt or pants, but then it would be spectacular! :D

  17. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Absolutely fabulous – - always admire those who want to “grow” and try new styles. Great job, Susie !

  18. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thanks for the lovely comments!

    Wanda and Lynn, those large patterned beads came that way, 2 to a strand.

  19. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks, Susie, for the “Big Bead Update”! ;) They look amazing! Hugs! :D

  20. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Susan, it is bold and beautiful! Wonderful job! :)

  21. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thanks Julia!

    Lynn, hugs to you and Coco! Hope you are well!

  22. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Susie, it looks like you have a winner here! Hope you’re planning to keep it for yourself! Hugs! :D

  23. No Photo
    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Susie, Don’t change a thing!!!
    It’s awesome as it is! Well balanced, beautiful color arrangement and cool textures! :-D

  24. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thank you Susie for the update on the big beads. :)

  25. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:


    Lynn, I was actually planning on selling this one….but…I may keep it. One never knows!

Add your thoughts!

  1. No Photo
    YOU say:

    Sign up for a Lima account to comment—it's quick and free!

    Already have an account? Just log in.