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Moonglow in the Palm of Your Hand

chakra-2aA couple weeks ago, as I was researching for some new projects, I stumbled upon the prettiest cabochons I ever saw:  LunaSoft.

These cabochons have such a beautifully soft and glowing presence about them, they mesmerized me.  When they arrived in my bead shop, one or more of each available color, it was “ooooo” and “ahhhh” non-stop.   It’s one thing to see them in a photograph, and quite another to see them live.

The colors are rich.  The glow is soft.  The backs are metal coated.  The faces feel like they are lightly coated with rubber, or something like it.  The biggest question I had was, “How are they to work with?”

“Wow!” is my answer.

I choose to design a peyote bezel for a pendant using Japanese seed beads and SuperDuo beads, worked around a copper-hued LunaSoft cabochon.  Working the bezel around the cabochon proved to be remarkably pleasant.  I would even go so far to say that the coating seemed to hold the bezel well while stitching.   The way the cabochon seemed to change its glow was amusing.  Depending on how the light hit it, it looked solid, it seemed to glow, or it flashed a rich coppery hue with depth.  I have several more tutorials in the works using LunaSoft cabochons.

Other LunaSoft colors range from reds, to blues, to greens, to oranges, to white and black, and more. At the moment, we have several colors of the round 23mm ones in our bead shop.  I plan to order more in different sizes and shapes to stock in October.  In the meantime, see what’s available now:  CLICK HERE to see more.

If you like something a little different and something fun to work with, I recommend the LunaSoft cabochons, hands down.

If you’d like to learn more about my tutorial, CLICK HERE.

Add some moon glow to your repertoire!

©Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.


Platinum Sparkle Scarf

Platinum Sparkle Scarf ©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within. Designs by Susan Marie Molloy

Platinum Sparkle Scarf
©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.
Designs by Susan Marie Molloy

These cooler winter months get me in the mood to work with yarn, and this month, particularly, is no exception. I found a few skeins of Caron® Simply Soft Party Yarn in Platinum Sparkle and decided to go to town.

At first, I found a pattern that incorporated a lacy stitch with double crochet (dc) and triple crochet (tr). The result was undulating rows of delightful, curvy shells. Surprisingly, it made the yarn feel stiff and unpleasant to the touch. After six rows, I pulled it apart. That pattern wasn’t made for this type of yarn.

Not finding any other pattern that excited me in my library, I instead chose to create one of my own. As you can see from my photo, it’s simple, and it actually works up quickly. The sparkly thread in this yarn really captures the light and gives the unmistakable feeling of lighthearted fun! Best of all, it’s soft and supple.

Hopefully, I’ll be done with this scarf tonight so I can start a matching crocheted hat. I’d like to wear them to a party this weekend!

©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.
Designs by Susan Marie Molloy