Still on track?

My original purpose in making mini beaded canvas pieces was to highlight and use up some of the larger focal stones that I have accumulated. I did that fairly well for the first bunch of pieces, but I think I may be drifting off track a bit.

That piece of batik (here) that I just HAD to use ended up making 2 small pieced backgrounds, which thrilled me. I have both pieces ready to go and started looking for that focus bead…or cabachon…or button…nothing seemed like the perfect match.

I am happy working with smaller beads and trying to enhance the background.

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I’m pretty sure about the rectangular beads…not as much with the pink, once I took it all out into the sunshine. I’ll either find a better color match or only use the rectangle ones. Since they are small, I’ll need to use more to have an impact without a focus stone.

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These square stones seem large, but that’s only in comparison to the teeny, tiny other beads. Remember, the whole background piece is only 6″ square!

Again, I don’t know if I’ll end up with a combination of these beads or only the square ones.

Maybe only the turquoise…

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Maybe more contrast with the turquoise and light purple…

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But those purple ones are really teeeeeeeeeeny!

In any event, my intention to use up some of those focal stones is not working too well right now. I have reverted to my old habits of falling in love with the fabric first and then thinking about embellishment. For this project, I must reverse my thinking…pick the stone first and find an appropriate background for it.

I guess maybe I really am a quilter, first and foremost, ’cause it’s harder to stay on track working this direction!

Linking this to  Off the Wall Friday.



6 thoughts on “Still on track?

  1. Gosh I love the first and last combinations. And I kinda like the strewn about look that you have with the beads just thrown on there. I think a “focal” piece is a little too much for the piece. Kinda like how I feel with a purse that’s too big (I’m short).


    • Busy background now totally equals simple beading to me. Focal beads need simple backgrounds to stay focal!

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  2. You have just identified the biggest problem I have as an artist trying to teach classes to quilters. There is a big difference. There is focus fabric and then there is background fabric. I don’t know how to redirect their thinking. On the other hand, I had to learn how to redirect my thinking when I started working with fabric instead of paint. Much harder with fabric.


    • It is a huge problem with me…I have been buying focus fabric for years and years and really have no background fabric. My husband (with my enthusiastic support!) bought me a monthly fabric ‘club’ for Christmas that is *only* solids. So helpful now to have some true background fabric! It is a real shift in thought!


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