What do you do when it just isn’t working for you? How can I finish a piece that I’m not happy with, even though I know that someone else may like it just fine?
I followed my own advice and picked the stone first. It’s an unusual shape and color and I wanted to put it on a simple background. So far, so good.
Then I started beading it. And ripping it out. And re-beading it. This is where I’m at right now.
Do I continue adding the blue beads and hope I’ll like it better? Do I try the same green beads where I have the blue? Do I use the stone and green beads and leave the rest as a plain background? All I know for sure is that I’m not happy with it right now and I think it needs to go to time out for a while! And, of course, the stone is glued on and I don’t know if it would come off if I wanted to start all over…
There was success with the other stone I chose to highlight! As soon as I saw it, I knew what fabric I wanted to pair it with. The layout kind of suggested itself and I was very happy with the embroidery. It might have been better to do the embroidery by hand, but I’m just not practiced enough to go there yet!
Sooooooo—one good, one
bad not so good.
It’s fun to select the stone first, because I can easily see myself going into ‘production mode’ if I start making backgrounds. Yards and yards of scraps could be put together without thought and stones could be thrown on to them quite easily, but I’m enjoying the slower process. Concentrating on one stone at a time and creating a background specific to that stone is so very satisfying. I think I’ll stick with that for a while and leave the production sewing for another time!