Trying to work small is still very hard for me. Maybe it’s because I have too much fabric and can’t decide on which small pieces to use…these small pieces use up so little that I could probably work just from my scrap baskets for 47 years! I think I need some kind of mental organizing system to help me with these decisions. Categories like seasonal? …colors? …subjects like flowers or leaves or trees? Or just continue to grab and stick things together as a piece of fabric passes in front of my eyes and I reach for it randomly?
I feel that I can make something out of everything I own, but I own so much that I can never make it all…so what to do? I know—think and procrastinate! That’s totally my strong suit!!!!
Take a look at how I’m finishing up the project I started in Lyric’s workshop. I think it’s done, but I can always find room for more beads, so I’m never quite sure where to stop.
With quilts, when it’s done, it’s done. With these small works, I need to figure out how best to present them. Mounting on canvas, in all it’s variations, means harder to store but easier to hang. Mounting on mat board or foam core can be easier to store and put in a rack at an exhibit but may not be the best display for each piece…and standard sizes, for ready to frame are better for that. You know that I am far from standard in anything I do! Lots of considerations, but not too many venues to worry about yet, so another thing I can procrastinate about! I am so bad with making this kind of decision…
Let me show you the start of another piece. It’s only 5×7″ so lots of indecision is in the future for displaying the finished product! I used textile medium to adhere the edges of the green silk around to the back and I’ve decided I don’t like it. Sewing works better for me, so I’m gonna stick with it—hey! I made a decision! More beads and hand stitching to come…
And on a totally different subject, look what my daughter gave me! A spice rack that she doesn’t use any more, and it will sit perfectly on my little beading table.
There are some beads that I use all the time, like black, green and red, that can find a permanent home here. There may be permanent others or I may just put beads per project in them as I work. Perhaps cabachons or exceptionally pretty beads that fit will go in there to inspire me (or so they don’t get tucked away and forgotten!). No matter what beads I put in there, it’s perfect for my beading table and much more useful there than as a spice rack…at least in my home, since I really don’t like to cook at all! Bead rack…much better!