What a project this has been! I really stretched myself to the limit on this entire project, I feel so accomplished and proud of my work.
I began the project by purchasing this lot of beads from Beads4You at her Etsy store:
Initially I had an idea for a necklace but decided that since I fancy myself as a fiber artist, I’d try my hand at a custom art yarn project and incorporate the beads into it.
I began by dyeing this bundle of merino wool top roving in shades of grey, black and silver. The theme of the challenge was “Winter Garden” so I envisioned a dark, frozen landscape glazed with shimmery frost and ice.
And then once the roving was dry, I began to spin. I spun a single ply yarn out of all of the roving and ended up with 275 yards in the end. Not too shabby!
Then I strung many of the beads on a sturdy, clear nylon thread and plied them into the yarn to make a bubbly, fluffy sparkly yarn.
For the bigger focal beads, I fashioned detachable ornaments to accent the yarn. These are meant to be removed and repositioned on the finished project.