When I was asked to work up a couple of micro macrame demo pieces using natural stone beads, I said sure! And when asked what stone, I said, "Anything as long as it isn't red or orange." As you can probably guess from the post title and the photo above, the beads I received were Mexican Red Snowflake jasper. RED is even in the name of the stone, for crying out loud. And if that's not bad enough, it's paired with brown. *sigh* Well, I'm not one to back down from a challenge or break my word, so I figured I'd better find some inspiration. And believe me, I hunted. I even ended up in the fabric department looking for interesting color combinations and finally found a paisley that added some unexpected coral tones in with the red and brown. Okay, I'm thinking, I can work with that. So I dug through my stash and came up with this:
Now we're talking. My next challenge was to fit my cord through the beads. One cord would pass easily through all of them, but for the design I had in mind, I needed to get two cords through the hole. Uh, huh. I resorted to dipping my cord ends in Fray Check, which I don't usually have to do any more, and I had to use the bead reamer on a couple of the beads, but I did get them to work.
Well, now. That's kind of interesting, if I do say so myself! The central stones are 8mm and the ones around that are 4mm. I used dark red, brown and a peachy shade of cord and accented with glass seed beads in dark red, peach and coral-lined crystal. Then I had a thought (shush - it happens!).
What if I brought a little turquoise color to the party?
I heard a choir of angels singing in the background, I swear I did. Now that's my style - even with the natural stones and the warm colors. I won. I worked through it and conquered my fear. I am triumphant! Okay, so maybe it's not as good as curing cancer or making it to the top of Everest, but I'm feeling pretty good and I take that wherever I can get it.
And now, I think I'll reward myself by snuggling up in a blanket on the couch in front of the fireplace and watching a cheesy movie. Hopefully I can find something with dinosaurs. Or ancient Egyptians. Or ghosts...