All about bead options

Thinking about the next steps on current projects and looking at my bead options…it’s hard to decide!

This turquoise and gray piece is high on my list of “want-to-get-finished” pieces, but I can’t seem to narrow down my options. Maybe that just means I haven’t found the right one yet!

Big circles–fit the theme, but that’s about it.

Two colors, arc and straight line–still lacking.

Big circles and piles of turquoise above the horizontal bar….

Turquoise below the bar…

None of the combinations I’ve tried–and there are combos that I haven’t shown you–strike that ‘just right’ feeling with me. I have to find more or different or a better combination before I start the beading on this one.

So I moved on to the next one. I’ve started beading this one, with tiny beads meant to solidify the design a bit.

You can’t even tell there are beads on it, they are so small!

I think some wilder additions are called for, rather than tiny/same to tame the design!

Can’t say I don’t have plenty from which to choose. It’s the choice making that I need help with. Usually lots of time and concentrating on what I am doing will solve my issues, so I need to listen to my own advice and get concentrating!

Hope some inspiration flies in the window for me, too!

Is it done?

There are not nearly as many beads on this piece as I had first imagined that it needed. Actually, I started out with the idea of beads in the circles and then arcing outward.

As soon as I did that, I questioned it! I continued for a while and then took that arc out. I put beads in every circle, randomly.

I cogitated for a while and added some beads as outlines of the big thread circles.

Better–but is it enough?

And will it bother everyone who looks at this that the top is not one circle but two arcs on different circles?

Or shall I call it done and get it trimmed and mounted on a canvas?

Back to beads–hooray!

One triangle piece is done with the stitching, but there may have been a better way. I used #3 perle cotton and a running stitch and it looks the way I expected it to, so there’s that. It was very hard to get the needle through, even using one that was plenty large enough for the size of the thread. My fingers are very sore! However, with the dark color on the dark background, it’s a bit hard to see.

If I had couched the thread down, there would have been a solid line of thread and perhaps that would have shown up more. Did not want anything blatant, though, so I’m okay with it as is.

And now I will be adding beads…yummmmm! I think the title of it came to me while I was selecting them…The Sunny Side of the Mountain.

Not certain exactly where or in what pattern I will be applying these beads, but the bright colors seem just right. It seems as though it’s been just about forever since I’ve done any beading and I’m excited to get at it again!

There is something wrong with me!

Self-control is becoming a foreign concept in my life. I’ve been trying NOT to buy fabric, with the goal of using only what I have created or altered. Not so much doing that with beads!

I love the local bead store here in Deland Kathryn’s Beads and Baubles. I stopped in last week and bought these…beads-feb-2017

I love finding unique beads.

Today I had to stop in again and couldn’t resist these!

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Maybe not quite as unique, but they sure are pretty! Glad they are closed on Sunday and Monday…limits my opportunities to indulge my obsession before we come home.

Gosh, I sure do love beads!

Felted Christmas ornaments

Judy Coates Perez was a guest teacher a couple of years ago at our guild. She is best known for paint and ink techniques and she is a wonderful artist. She recently had a wonderful blog post…which I am sharing with you.

She uses wool yarn and roving to create beautiful felted Christmas ornaments and anyone who loves to do handwork will surely love to try these!

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The link to her blog is HERE and you owe it to yourself to check it out!

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These look like so much fun!

I tried it–let me show you what I did!

According to Judy’s instructions, you make the felted balls with roving and stuff it all in old panty hose

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run it through the washer and dryer and then you are ready to embellish!

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Using templates for leaf shapes, I got a few pieces of felt ready to add to the felted balls.

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Embroidery and beading added, this is the first ornament I completed.

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Aaaaaand…it was fun, but not the favorite technique I’ve ever learned. However, I’ve seen a few ornaments that were needle felted and I want to try that, too! It is the season, after all!

Aaaand…they are done!

Finished this last leaf sample for the new class I’m working on.

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Only embroidery and a few beads without any extra fabric. I really like the way this came out. In fact, I’m liking the whole idea of this little series.

I’ve been taking particular notice of people’s blog posting and FB posts that use fabric with raw edges and semi-sheer fabrics and vintage fabrics. I’ve had a title for a piece in my head for a long time and many of the materials that I wish to use are set aside waiting for time to work with them. I’m going to work on a combination of  these two ideas…small pieces with those materials and embroidery and beads and also that larger project that has been haunting me. In general, I think it’s exploring different materials but I want to do a thorough job of it, with smaller, concentrated pieces and with a large…could be very large…piece expressing my main idea.

Need time to start and some time to think and plan, but having multiple pieces to work on at the same time is a very happy place for me. Can’t wait to get started…

Along with clean up of the studio and some fabric I want to dye for another big project and Christmas stuff…life is revving up to top speed again and I’m getting excited to go with that jet stream for a while! I may not be cut out for sitting around doing nothin’, even though I think that’s what I want!