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That's a lotta SILK RIBBON!!

I have paired up with Erin and Marsha Neal AND Cynthia Deis of Ornamentea to offer you this mack Daddy giveaway of ribbon!

Marsha has donated ribbon in the three variations we talked about here on Monday- Cording, Fairy Silk and Silky Ribbons in a wide range of colors!

Yuh- this whole bunch is valued at approximately $110 retail!

Cynthia Deis of Ornamentea has donated this pretty grouping of Dupioni Silk ribbons- Each are 2 inches wide- perfect colors for Spring! There are 6 ribbons in this bunch, each are about 38 inches long! This group is valued at $28.50

And then, what good is a bunch of ribbon without any art beads to pair them with!? I dove into my stash and pulled out these goodies for the lucky winner!

The Rules:

Please leave one comment here, and tell us the craziest thing you would attempt to do using ribbon or cording? Impossible?? Just tell us how you plan on using it if you win this stash!

We will pick one random winner on Saturday March 5th. 
Good luck!! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you landed here from Lorelei's blog or Erin's blog, and you were blog hopping for Bead Soup, here is the blog list for you to continue!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things (your hostess)
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig 
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings 
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies 
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
175.  Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Homeschooling Life


Materials Monday: Silk Ribbon

Today I'm talking about Silk Ribbon. Looking at this picture, can you tell the difference between the silk ribbons?
Are you shaking your head wondering what I'm talking about? It may all look similar but there are definite differences in these- and I want you to learn what they are and give you examples on how to use each.

Silk ribbon from Marsha Neal's Etsy shop or website is all hand-dyed. Marsha's supplier is a talented friend who hand-dies each ribbon in every color imaginable.  They come in strands typically 40-42 inches long, which is a nice generous length when used in beading projects!

Here are the basic sizes of ribbon. The 2mm silk is more like a cording, round in shape, and fairly narrow. This would be good for stringing beads with medium sized holes but could need a bit of coaxing.
The Fairy ribbon has a different texture. The edges are all hand-stitched, and the ribbon is almost transparent- a lightweight option to use with wire working, cording ends, fold over ends, etc.
The Silky ribbon is the widest of the three. It also has hand-stitched edges.  A more opaque ribbon, with a deeper color and just as versatile as the other two! You can use it on it's own or pair with a beaded strand, finish the ends with ribbon ends or wrapped wire.

example using fairy ribbon

 example using 2mm silk cording

example with Silky ribbon

Here's a small sampling of some of the colors that the silk comes in.

And that isn't even the HALF of it!

You can purchase groupings of ribbons from Marsha's sites in varying colors. It's a nice way to stock up on that cool component that works for many different designs.

Tune back in on Saturday for Silk Ribbon Giveaway, 
only here at A Jewelry Accord!

Thank you Marsha for the use of your photographs for this post!

Designer Spotlight: Andrew Thornton

 This week's featured designer is Andrew Thornton.  
Andrew is just getting back from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show this year! You can read about all the things he did while he was there on his blog. Some day we will join you there, Andrew!

Andrew Thornton is a professional fine artist who left behind the hustle and bustle of New York City for rural Pennsylvania. His work can be seen in private collections around the globe. Andrew works part time with his family at Green Girl Studios and teaches across the country. He is also a regular contributor to jewelry-related periodicals and publications.  To find out more, check out his blog:
We asked Andrew a few questions about working with cording and fibers in his jewelry and here's what he had to say!

What's your favorite type of cording or fiber to work with in jewelry?
Andrew:  I adore re purposing materials with a history and giving them new life as pieces of fine art jewelry; I especially enjoy using antique kimono fabric, tatted lacework, vintage sari fabrics, and old silk ribbons.  Part of the fun of using them is the finding of them.

Why do you like working with cords and fibers in your designs?  What quality draws you to these materials?
Andrew:  One of my loves is mythology and folklore.  Every culture on this planet has at one time or another made cloth or worked with fibers.  As a result, there are very specific myths, legends and stories associated with the making and using of fabric.  I like the idea of connecting to these old ideas.  Not only are they touchstones to traditions and history, but fibers are also flexible, colorful, sturdy and can easily add texture, which makes it an ideal material for jewelry-making.
Thanks so much, Andrew!

And the winner is...

The randomly selected number from the number generator was...#19!

That means Elisabeth of Beads For Busy Gals, you are the winner! You were the 19th commenter!

Congratulations, Elisabeth!!!
 Please email me your mailing address and I'll get your package right out to you. You can find my email in my profile. Thank you and happy beading with your new cord!

Technique Tuesday: Knotting 101

Here's a short review of some of the basic knots we will be covering in our upcoming book! We will be going much more in depth with these knotting techniques later, but this will help get you started!

 Overhand Knot
 The golden overhand knot! This is your basic knot. It's great for tying in between beads and holding them securely on a cord or use it to finish off the cord. It can be tied with one or more cords. It can be functional as well as decorative!
Make a loop. Pass the cord behind the loop and then through the loop. Pull tight.

 Square Knot
This knot is great for tying two cords together and finishing off cords too.
Pass the right cord over the left cord and through the loop. Pull tight. Pass the left cord over the right cord and through the loop. Pull tight.

Lark's Head Knot
This knot is good for attaching cords to pendants, focal pieces or components.
Fold the cord in half. String the folded end of the cord through the hole in the pendant or focal piece. Pass the free ends of the cord through the cord loop. Pull tight.

Half-Hitch Knot
 This knot is for binding multiple cords together or to make a loop for a button or bead closure. It's also great for attaching beads to jewelry findings.
Start with an overhand knot or lark's head knot. Make a loop around the cords or finding and pass the cord through the loop. Pull tight.

Waxed Linen Giveaway!

We are doing another giveaway! This time I'm giving away a sampling of my favorite material waxed linen cord. This is the good stuff people, Irish Waxed Linen Thread from Belfast, Ireland! The best you can buy. This giveaway package includes 3 yards of 12 different colors pictured above. These are all from my personal stash that I use over and over. Just think of all the jewelry you could make with this! Plenty of cord to play around with to make fabulous necklaces, bracelets and even earrings! If you've ever wanted to try out waxed linen cord this is a great opportunity! Even if you just want to get an idea of some of the colors available, now is your chance! The picture below is for color reference only.
The giveaway sample pack includes 3 yards of the above colors! The colors are: (from left to right)

Williamsburg Blue, Teal, Plum Purple, Sage Green, 
Dark Forest Green, Country Red, Maroon, Orange Crush, 
Walnut Brown, Dark Chocolate Brown, Charcoal Grey and Black.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, February, 9th 2011.
In your comment, please tell us what kind of information you are most looking forward to in our upcoming book? Wire techniques? Knotting techniques? Information about materials and findings? Or maybe you are looking forward to design ideas? Please let us know!

A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, February, 10th 2011.


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