Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sneak Peek Saturday!

Hello, and welcome to the very first Sneak Peek Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

This is like Work In Progress Wednesday, only instead of showing how the whole project is coming along, I'm just going to reveal a section of it -- and leave you wondering what it is. Because I'm a tease like that.

Ready?

Here it is!


I won't give any hints, but I will say that this is the largest piece I've done so far, and also the first time I've embroidered using only beads -- no buttons or cabochons.

It's also my first time drawing a design on the black backing with a pen. The black ink shows up red, and it doesn't matter if I make a mistake because not only does it fade over time, (but not as quickly as dressmaker's chalk or pencil) but the beads cover it up. This technique is perfect for times when I don't want to use the tissue paper trick, which requires making a beaded outline and filling it in.

That concludes this Saturday's post! Feel free to guess what I'm making -- even if you're wrong, you might give me an exciting new idea, and I'll definitely give you credit for the inspiration.

Thanks for reading, and have a sequintastic day!

28 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah,

    How cool about the pen that fades later! I love this piece (what we can see of it so far!) and can't wait to see the whole thing. What fun colors!

    Carol

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    1. Carol,

      I was really surprised because it was an ordinary pen! I think it's because I use vinyl for my backing. :)

      Thanks. I can't wait to show the rest of this piece!

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  2. Your beading is so even and perfect! I really like the small beads popping up from the larger turquoise, you know how much I love turquoise! :) Fun saturday theme!

    I'm doing my first giveaway over at another friends blog, I hope you'll come by and read about it!

    Annie

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    1. Thanks, Annie! That's a super awesome compliment, because the evenness of the beading is something I care about very much. :)

      Ohhh, giveaway!!! I'm so there.

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  3. Can't wait to see the whole thing. Your stitches are so neat.

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    1. I can't wait to show you the whole thing! This will have to wait awhile, though, because the mystery project is turning out to be... much bigger than I thought. :)

      Thanks, Roberta! :)

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  4. I'm going to guess a Victorian Reticule. I'm guessing this because you do such awesome work I'd love to drool over one you would make. Check them out http://retrorack.blogspot.com/2012/01/time-traveler-reticules-victorian.html

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    1. Oh, that's a fabulous idea! I've been wanting to do a beaded bag lately.

      Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  5. So exciting, can't wait to see the result! It looks so professional!

    http://styleservings.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you!

      Aww, it's nice to hear that it looks professional. That makes me very happy. :)

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  6. wow. Just wow! That is beautiful and intricate!

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    1. Thank you!

      Ohmygod, I can't wait to show you the first half of it (Writing Group privilege). Maybe I'll bring it Wednesday. :)

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  7. That's it... since I've run out of wire, you've just convinced me to do some seed beading. This looks gorgeous from the bit we get to see. I can't wait until you post the rest of it!

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    1. Yay!!! I'm excited to see what you come up with. :)

      Thanks, Nicole! I'll be really excited to post the rest of it -- I thought I was almost finished last night, but then I realized... this piece needs to be bigger. But maybe I'll share the first half for next WIP Wednesday.

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  8. Beautiful bead work!!! please share the info about that pen!! I have to get one!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you!:)

      The funny thing is, it's a regular old ballpoint pen. I think it works because I bead on vinyl/faux leather and the ink rubs off (although where it goes, I'm not sure -- can't see it on my hands). I don't know how it'll work on ultra suede or real leather... but I intend to try it out, along with a variety of other pens to make sure the result is consistent.

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  9. I LOVE sneak peeks...and this one looks great! Plus, I happen to know how long it takes to bead all those beads....a LOT of work. You've got me hooked...

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    1. This sneak peek was a lot of fun to do! :)

      It certainly does take a lot of work -- but it's good fun and so relaxing. I'm so glad you stopped by! Your work is awesome, so your compliments mean a lot to me.

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    1. Thanks, Grace! I'm really hoping to show the first half of it this week. :)

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  11. Hi Sarah,

    I’m blog hopping and visiting all the bead soup participants. Can’t wait to see the big reveals.

    ♥ tejae

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    1. Tejae,

      Thanks for stopping by! I wish I had a Bead Soup Teaser to show you, but my beads are still en route. Soon, though!

      I'm excited for the reveals, too. This is my first BSBP!

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  12. This is a terrific colorway...
    Happy Weekend :)
    -Greetings
    Eva Maria

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  13. Bead bead every where - lovely, colorful and fantastic pieces. Just wondering, how creative you are :D

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