April Challenge

2016-03-24 19.24.41This spring I took the advice of my friends and entered a beaded piece into the Etsy Bead Weaver’s group monthly challenge.

The April challenge was to use the colors and textures of ancient Greek art and design, and use them to create a unique piece of jewelry that spoke to the tragic fate of Pompeii.


I wove a thick beaded cuff  using Czech Glass Tila Squares in rich Brick red and Picasso black. These colors are reminiscent of the tile Mosaics and clay pottery of ancient Greece. The colors also reference the red hot lava and black ash of the terrible fate that befell Pompeii. Black Picasso Super Duos border the cuff as well as the beaded cabochon in the center.

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The colors on the beaded cabochon reflect the colors used in Ancient Greece and help tie the focal piece to the cuff. The cabochon features a scene from Greek Mythology. In it, we see the ninth labor of Hercules, dressed in the lion skin, accepting wine from Hippolyte as he attempts to obtain her girdle.

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I really enjoyed entering the April Challenge! This was the first time I have ever entered a bead weaving challenge. I enjoyed stretching myself to research the colors and styles of art in ancient Greece and then making a bracelet that fit the parameters of the challenge. My fellow beaders submitted some really awesome work.

Am am honored and thrilled to have come in third place!

Pompeii Challenge winners

See the EBW blog post here: (ctrl+click) etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com