Downton Abbey is one of my absolute favorites - even if I am still mad at them for killing of Matthew last season. Besides getting wrapped up in the characters' stories, I get lost in the period setting. The scenery is amazing and the styles are sublime. See - I'm getting a little giddy just writing about the show! So when one of my favorite bead stores, Bello Modo put out a challenge based on Downton Abbey and Vintaj, I couldn't resist.
A waterlily ribbon slide by Vintaj became my focal, and to tie it in a little with my cord color, I hit it with some gilders paste. I think it really shows off the graceful curves of the piece.
I echoed some of the curves in the micro macrame band, and accented it with vintage Venetian seed beads and some really old (antique?) glass seed beads of unknown origin (maybe French).
Using vintage beads was very different than the precise Japanese seed beads I usually use. They are very much more imperfect both in cut and color distribution, but really like the feel they bring to this piece.
Even though neither Vintaj nor nylon bead cord were available during the time period, I had great fun with the inspiration. And it was a great excuse to finally use some of the vintage beads I've been hoarding!