Just Last Year

As we enter 2019, it’s time to say good-bye to the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. Being a designer who is energized, driven and excited by color, I find color trends fascinating. Still, I work more seasonally than anything else, as I love the earthborn shades and hues found in the rhythms of the natural world.

The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year was Ultra Violet.


Violet, and any of the shades of purple, are colors that I use less than anything else. Still, this purple/violet palette has a mysterious allure! To celebrate the color last year–and in fact in 2017, knowing the color trend was approaching like a spring storm of northern lights–I went out and bought beads in as many hues of purple to violet as I could find and/or afford.

There are the purple pastels of spring (bluebells) and the larkspurs and delphinium of summer that can inspire me to a purple color mood, but beyond that, I have little in my finished product line that bears these colors.

Here is a piece I truly loved working on.

I made the initial bracelet on a bead loom, but then, because I was no longer in a super rectangular mood, I stitched it in a curvaceous arc to a base fabric and began to free-form stitch around it. This led to three-dimensional flights of fancy and clusters of pearls, some beaded flowers, tucking in a crystal here and there… so much fun!

You can find the listing for this one of a kind piece here.

For more reading on this subject, and links to some other bead artists’ take on the Ultra Violet color palette of 2018, see Melissa Gill’s jewelry blog at abeadedlife.net

Get ready to see some fabulous jewelry, in all the brilliant hues of ultra violet!

Want to know the 2019 Color of the Year?

Which is not to suggest that my ultra violet and purple designing days are over! I do look forward to the blooming of this particular lovely little vine… who knows what jewelry inspiration might come from it?