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!

Embellishment choices

I’ve often said that sometimes having too much from which to choose is simply TOO much to make a choice!

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OMG! I have so many embroidery thread choices, as well as fabric choices…too much…

I had to decide on what would be the best choice for a class sample out of the light backgrounds and embroidery only pieces, or the dark background.

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And I went with the very dark background. I also selected a piece of plaid silk for half of the leaf and will do embroidery only on the other half.

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And to make it even more conventional, I turned under the edges of the fabric, as if I were going to gasp!–applique. Not to worry–I have not gone over to the traditional side. This is going to be sewn down with embroidery stitches, more embroidery and beads…pretty!

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Good start, but not quite enough for a full class, so I added a bit more and this is what I ended up with.

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On a side note, a few months ago I bought a Sticky Roller for lint and it was still sitting in the box. Look at all the lint on this dark background.

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Time to break out that lint roller!

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Wooo-hooo! One swipe and it worked like a charm! Hooray!

I have those other two light background pieces finished and I’m working on the embroidery only piece. I feel like the more options I can show in the actual class, the better the class will be.

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Personally, I like pink a lot, but many people don’t, so when I decided to go with pink, I needed to do everything I could to make things look NOT pink! No pink thread or pink beads!

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And this piece…well, I love orange and I totally let myself go with it. Just look at these lovely little orange beads.

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I’m very relieved to have all those choices and decisions behind me now. It IS the Christmas season, after all, and there might be a thing or two I’d like to decorate. I might even want to buy a few presents…shhhh!

Linking to Off the Wall Friday…enjoy the posts!