Welcome to another Work in Progress Wednesday! Today I'll share two of my most recent bead embroidery projects.
Here's the project I worked on throughout the last day of 2011. It incorporates seed beads, buttons, round and flower sequins, a few glass beads, and more plastic electrical wire coating, snipped into little pieces to look like bugle beads.
I finished putting the backing on yesterday, and now I'm wondering how to make a necklace with it. I know there will be fringe -- lots and lots of fringe. I'm just not sure what else I'll do. So the beady star will have to sit and look pretty until I make up my mind.
(Luckily, it seems to be really good at doing just that.)
This is a beaded butterfly I'm working on. I thought I'd show it in its rough state because even when it's my own work, I'm fascinated -- or even mystified -- by the process. The way something can start out as just an outline on some fabric with all these crazy little threads everywhere and end up as something polished that I can't. Stop. Looking. At.
I used my tissue paper technique on this one, just like I did for the star. To get a symmetrical design, I folded the paper in half and drew one side of the butterfly. Then I flipped it over and traced over my pencil lines for the second half -- and voila!
I love both of these projects, but I have to say, the star has been more fun to create. It's more improvisational, whereas the butterfly is much more planned. I did enjoy making the butterfly pattern, though! It was nice to draw something freehand instead of relying on my usual templates. I even made a second one so I can use this design again.
And that's all for now! I'll be sure to show you how these turn out.
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