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Challenge of Color Blog Hop 2011

Written By: admin - Nov• 30•11

A step by step photo log of my design process for the Challenge of Color Blog Hop 2011. Thanks to Erin (Tesori Trovati Jewelry) and Jessica (Design Seeds) for the inspiration. I decided that I really wanted to make it a personal challenge for myself. That said, what could I possibly create that I had not tried my hand at yet?  I selected the color TEAL for my palette and ended up with a nice blend called Merino. Which at first, my only thought was:


What? Notice that blank look?

Okay, I can work with this:

MerinoTeal Design Seeds

Then the seed beads were taunting me…use me, use me, use me… (I think it was that little logo design right up there.)

So begins the journey of my first seed bead embroidered cuff bracelet.

Find the Lacey’s Stiff Stuff and lay down a design of sorts and start beading.

Challenge of Color Step 1 by The Beading Yogini

After many beads, I ended up with this.

Challenge of Color Step 2 by The Beading Yogini

I decided that I wanted to repurpose an old tin.

Challenge of Color Step 3 By The Beading Yogini

Thrown in some duck tape to tone down any sharp edges.

Challenge of Color Step 4 By The Beading Yogini

And make my own bracelet cuff form.

Challenge of Color Step 5 by The Beading Yogini

As I’m a real repurpose fan, I then cut up an old pair of leather pants to form the backing for the cuff.

Challenge of Color Step 6 by The Beading Yogini

Add a bit of glue and some edging and there you have it.

Challenge of Color Seed Bead Ebroidered Cuff Bracelet by The Beading Yogini


My first seed bead embroidered cuff bracelet.

Challenge of Color Seed Bead Embroidered Cuff by The Beading Yogini

I did enjoy the process and think I’ll make a few more of these.

Challenge of Color Step7 by The Beading Yogini

If you like to play with color and sew, then you might want to give it a try.

Hop on down for some more color fixes:

1 Norma Turvey Teal Color Crave
2 Jeannie Dukic Green Mineral Tones
3 Mary McGraw Teal Embellished Hues
4 Jo Tinley Red Decadent Tones
5 Rebecca Anderson Pink Tulip Tones
6 Kristi Jaro Red Temple Entrance
7 Stephani Gorman Green Dew Tones
8 Melissa Meman Green Fruit Star
9 Kathleen Lange Klik Teal Silk Hues
10 Cynthia Riggs Red Autumn Comfort
11 Heidi Post Teal Flora Bright
12 Cece Cormier Teal Merino Teal
13 Amy Freeland Gray Cultured Tones
14 Alice Peterson Blue Island Play
15 Rose Noble Gray Autumn Stacked
16 Kristina Johansson Yellow Sunny Flower
17 Kirsi Luostarinen Teal Dragon Hues
18 Tari Kahrs Orange Citrus Tones
19 Mallory Hoffman Purple Petaled Dark
20 Molly Alexander Brown Peppered Tones
21 Regina Santerre Red Frosted Berry
22 Emanda Johnson Teal Color Purl
23 Amy Severino Orange Winged Tones
24 Bobbie Rafferty Teal Lime Hues
25 Tanya Goodwin Gray Pecked Tones
26 Lisa Lodge Blue Nocturnal Tones
27 Hope Smitherman Blue Bloom Tones
28 Linda Landig Green Cacti Dark
29 Ambra Gostoli Teal Perched Autumn
30 Lori Bowring-Michaud Blue Sharpened Blue
31 Pippa Chandler Teal Hungarian Hues
32 Keirsten Giles Purple Mineral Brights
33 Jennifer Justman Blue Autumn Rays
34 Sandy Richardson Purple Moroccan Brights
35 CJ Bauschka Teal Teal Air
36 Shaiha Williams Teal Sushi Hues
37 Kay Thomerson Purple Autumn Spectrum
38 Sally Russick Purple Golden Gate Tones
39 Cilla Watkins Purple Autumn Infused
40 Shirley Moore Purple Frozen Heather
41 Jenni Connolly Gray Paw Tones
42 Tamara Soper Green Field Tones
43 Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Blue Nested Blues
44 Jen Velasquez Pink Sweetened Tints
45 Maria Grimes Red Bright Bloom
46 Elisabeth Auld Gray Petaled Tints
47 Susan Kennedy Pink Zinnia Tones
48 Shannon Chomanczuk Gray Autumn Leaf
49 Holly Westfall Yellow Sprinkled Tones
50 Patty Gasparino Red Color Carton
51 Angela Little Pink Singapore Brights
52 Lizzie Zawinski Green Budding Hues
53 Kristen Stevens Pink Scooped Tones
54 Dawn Doucette Brown Jarred Tones

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  1. Wow! Your work is fantastic…how wonderful that you did all that re-purposing! The colours are perfect for your palette choice.
    Cutting up old leather pants…love it! Mind you..I have never worn leather pants… and I am looking at old tins now with a different eye!

  2. Well done, the bracelet looks fab

  3. Pippa says:

    Oh MY!!! This is amazing – I cannot begin to imagine the amount of work that went into it. Really, really beautiful!

  4. Tamara says:

    stunning creation, wonderful use of the colours and beautiful design…..

  5. Alice says:

    Your color palette is so pretty! I love that you showed us part of the process of making this cuff. It’s great that you use repurposee items to make you jewelry. I’m in awe of your talent for working magic with these little seed beads.

  6. Cilla says:

    I love your work. I loved seeing how you design. A work of art!

  7. Wow .. just wow. That is stunning!

  8. Wow, Wow, Wow! Wonderful!

  9. Keirsten says:

    your FIRST one??? it’s a masterpiece!!! you’re a prodigy! and I love your improvised form and backing, most excellent. I find cardboard beer boxes really handy for designing. (many thanks to the BF).

  10. jeanniek says:

    I’m stunned. This is your FIRST seed bead cuff? High Five

  11. Such amazing work! I love the palette you were given too.

  12. CraftyHope says:

    This is really, really awesome! I’m not a seed beader myself, but the techniques you used with the unusual materials (the tin, duct tape, and leather pants) are so very inspiring! You did fabulously with this challenge and I am awestruck by that bracelet!

  13. Cynthia says:

    Wow!!!!! You really made a masterpiece! And thanks for the tutorial!!!!!!

  14. Amy S says:

    WOW! This is your first time trying this?!? I LOVE IT! I’m amazed, inspired and impressed! Your original use of materials is pretty awesome too!

  15. Shaiha says:

    I am not a seed beader but I can definitely appreciate masterpieces. I can’t believe that it is your first. Just gorgeous!

  16. Heidi says:

    I have the hugest respect for you seed beading wizard types! That cuff is gorgeous, and you are so inventive in your methods. Also, those teensy pink flowers are so adorable 🙂

  17. OMG what a lovely design and with all those itty bitty tee ninny wennie beads.
    Be blessed to be a blessing

  18. That is really amazing, Miss Cece! I love how you used repurposed things like the tins, and that you also happen to have a random pair of leather pants just lying around 😉
    You really outdid yourself and I am so glad that you chose to play with us!Thank you for taking on the challenge of color with me!
    Enjoy the day.

  19. Norma says:

    wow! what an amazingly beautiful bracelet! And great color palette

  20. The design is wonderful and using very common material to support the cuff was real genoius.
    I love your palette and the way you use those colours. Well done!


  21. Wow! What a stunning bracelet. I love the re purposed leather-so cool! Your design is really fantastic-well done!

  22. ladynoble says:

    No way would I ever have the patience to create something like this. Super cool and great inspiration from the palette! I also felt the same way when I opened my Seeded Earth link. Erin gave me a challenge palette which I am now grateful for but at first… yeah.

  23. shirley says:

    I’m so impressed on so many different levels! First off, doing a new technique for a challenge. Then coming up with the idea to repurpose the tin, and then using the leather pants! What a great time you had, and to end up with such a beautiful piece. Great job!

  24. CJ Bauschka says:

    You sure have a way with up-cycling,to create such an amazing work of art. Very beautiful!

  25. WOW – I can’t believe that this is your FIRST cuff bracelet! This absolutely breathtaking! The design is fantastic, and you worked your palette into it perfectly. I also love how you repurposed so many items in your design as well. Gorgeous!

  26. susan c whelan says:

    Fabulous bracelet! Can’t believe it’s your first one. Obviously, you are an artist through and through. Love the palette you used so perfectly.

  27. Cece, great minds think alike. I too tackled my first bead embroidered cuff with this challenge. I thought, “What the heck. It’s a challenge after all… I’m all in!” And thus a cuff came to mind.

    I love your color palette, I love your cuff! Great to connect with you via the challenge!

  28. Kay says:

    Oh my. What a wonderful piece. I can’t begin to imagine all the work that went into that piece. And the colors match your palette perfectly.

  29. Jennifer says:

    WOW! Watching you work is amazing, thank you so much for sharing your process! What great palette and a stunning piece 🙂

  30. Kristen says:

    WOW finding time to embroider is something I have yet to try. Your colors are amazing and that cuff is awesome.

  31. Mary K says:

    Teal is my color also, so I really love your palette. How creative you were in your repurposing. Old leather garments are one thing I look for at thrift stores. So many uses. Great job.

  32. Bobbie Rafferty says:

    Holy smokes! This is absolutely gorgeous. Jaw droppingly, I’m wiping the drool off my keyboard, gorgeous. Bravo!

  33. emanda says:

    No, this can’t be your first seed bead embroidery! Fantastic interpretation of teal — (mine palette was TEAL too, but pastel tones.)


  34. Marcie says:

    I do so admire your patience to sit down and draw a design. I just start beading away and end up ripping out half my stitches! I never seem to learn though, and just keep rip rip ripping away!

  35. Regina says:

    Wow! you went from totally blank look to Magnificent! Bravo! It is just beautiful.

  36. Therese says:

    Wow I love your cuff it is so beautiful with all of the different colors blending so well.

  37. Your bracelet is amazing! I’m impressed by the complex design, but also the fact that you reused materials. I’ve always wanted to make my own beaded cuff bracelets, and I have lots of old tins… so I may have to give this a try.

    Beautiful job, and thanks for the inspiration!

    — Sarah

  38. Kristi says:

    Oh wow! I love your cuff!

  39. Elisabeth says:

    Wow! A real stunner! Beautiful, please keep making cuff bracelets!

  40. Anyone who has the patience and talent to take little tiny beads and turn them into a beautiful work of art like this is super talented in my book. Awesome!

  41. This is fabulous!!!!! I mean like really spectacular!!!!!!

  42. Lizzie Z says:

    That is amazing! Gorgeous cuff and those colours are just lovely.

  43. Maneki says:

    Gorgeous cuff! The design and the colour blend is just so pretty. I also like how you used recycled materials to create the cuff (not just saying that because of my education). Great interpretation of you palette!

  44. OMG CeCe – you went above and beyond! beautiful!