Saturday, December 10, 2011

I heart bead embroidery!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

The bead embroidery obsession continues, and I love the direction it's heading in!

Here's my Beady Heart necklace. By far, the most complicated bead embroidered piece I've ever made.

I used sequins, seed beads, buttons, and Czech glass beads. I also used colored copper wire. This is the first time I've ever used wire in my embroidery, and I love how it turned out! I'll definitely use it again.

And here's an extreme closeup! Besides the heart shape and the placement of the buttons and wire, this design wasn't planned -- it was freeform. This meant a lot of thinking on my feet, figuring out which size/shape/color of bead I needed to go where, and putting them together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.

Beady Heart was a ton of fun to make, and I'm beyond proud of how it turned out. This is the type of beading I've wanted to do for years! Big, beautiful, colorful, intricate. I'm currently working on a second heart in every color of the rainbow, and I'm eager to show that one off, too -- just as soon as I finish it.

What's next on my project list? Well, I'm itching to do a two part necklace, where I make two separate components and put them together. So that's probably what I'm going to do. I'm also working on a multimedia piece, though, where I combine beading and... painting. So stay tuned for that!

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  1. Exquisite! Time and patience and very meditative ~ Wonderful creations ~~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

  2. Gorgeous!

    I was happily into bead embroidery not that long ago but then polymer clay happened...........

  3. Absolutely beautiful beadwork! You are very talented. Lovely!

  4. OHMIGOODNESS! This is gorgeous! :) Can't wait to see it!

  5. Carol and Jane -- Thanks for visiting, and thanks for your nice comments. :)

    Roberta -- Thanks! It's funny how the right medium just comes along and pushes all the others out of the way, isn't it? Polymer clay was always fun for me, and your work is awesome.

    Audrey? Audrey! Thank you so much! You'll definitely get to see it this Wednesday. And... perhaps another one, which is very colorful. :)

  6. You are quite the talent! New follower by ftlob. Let me know if you would ever like to feature any of your creations on my blog.

  7. Chandra,

    Thanks, and welcome! :)

    Ohhh, that would be wonderful! I'd love to be featured on your blog.

  8. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that necklace!!!

  9. Thanks, Andrea! I can't wait for you to meet the necklace in person, and to see the other one I just made. :)

  10. I love it too. I am hoping to embroider a fun bib necklace at some point!

  11. Thanks, Grace!

    Awesome! If you want to learn how to do the beaded edge, let me know, and I'll see if I can help out. :)

  12. I'm completely stunned whenever I see your work. This is amazing!

  13. Lori, thank you so much! What a sweet thing to say. :)


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