Beading Takes Forever!

Whose idea was it to create a huge piece with beading as a primary design element? I guess that would be me and I think I’m a bit crazy!

Here are two little piles of white beads that I’m using to outline areas within my sun rays.

It took me two days to add those…

I now have two of the four sun rays outlined. Next I need to decide which areas are going to get the heavy beading with the assorted white beads. I may be thoroughly sick of white beads before this is finished!

And I’ve learned a valuable lesson…make smaller pieces if there is going to be heavy beading! Or expect it to take FOREVER!

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8 thoughts on “Beading Takes Forever!

    • I’m finding that it’s a HUGE area, but I’m still confident that it will be gorgeous when (ha!) it gets done. I may be too old to appreciate it by then, though!

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  1. Dear Kathy, no you’re not the only crazy one. An area of intensive beading for me is 1sq in (2.5cm sq) – 1 hour’s work. Yeah, I got seduced by those little shiny things a long time ago. I however, I did learn my lesson awhile back not to do too large of an area of white beads on white fabric or black beadds on black fabric…kills my eyes. I think that having other projects to work on to give you a break is a good idea.

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    • I’m finding that truly mixed improvisational beading is what I love the most. However, in the stuff I’ve done so far, I need lines to direct the eyes and chunks of color for intensity. Large pieces? I’ll think long and hard before I do anything this large again!

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  2. How well I know! I just finished a 9 X 12 piece with heavy beading. It took me 3 mos. to bring this to completion. I had to keep going back to the bead shop for more beads. I will NEVER do that again. However, it is very impressive.

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    • I absolutely adore beading, but I also love to get something *finished!*This piece is about 36 x 50 so I’m sure it’ll last all winter. I will get bored with white and work on other things in between, but I’ve learned my lesson on huge beaded pieces!

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