Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Work in progress Wednesday!

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.

Thanks for reading! Have a sequintastic day.

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  1. I love the star. I can't wait to what you come up with for the chain. I have been doing a lot of chainmaille lately, so my brain went right to, what kind of weave would look good with the star?

  2. Dude, it's super awesome to see your work that early on. I'm anxious to see it completed now! :)

  3. It's interesting to see your butterfly design in the earliest stage of progression. The star is beautiful - love the colors and the buttons make great focal points!

  4. Melissa,

    Ohhh, you know, a chainmaille weave might be really cool for this. Like helm chain. If only I had more jump rings!

  5. Audrey,

    Thank you! I'm really looking forward to working on it some more. I got sidetracked by a couple extra projects, as I tend to do, but I'll work my way back to it. :)

  6. Kathy,

    Thanks! The star is one of my favorite pieces so far. I decided on a fringe pattern for it last night, and I'm very excited about it. :)

  7. I'm always amazed by your pieces!

  8. The star is absolutely stunning. I can certainly see why you can't stop looking at it! Wow! Looking forward to your butterfly projects!

  9. Wow - that's a LOT of work, but so beautifully done. Such detail is just gorgeous! visiting from AIB

  10. Annie, thank you so much!

    I added fringe to the star yesterday, and now I love it even more. I can't wait to show the final project!

  11. Terrie,

    Thank you! What's funny is that it didn't feel like a lot of work. It took several hours, but they were the kind of hours that flew by. I'd look up, and... where did the day go? :)

  12. Patience and beauty. Your eye for detail is amazing. xox Corrine

  13. Corrinne,

    Thank you so much! Your words mean a lot to me. :)

  14. Gorgeous!! I love the star & I can't wait to see how the butterfly turns out once you get more done :)


  15. Thank you, Linda!

    Honestly, I can't wait to see how the butterfly turns out, either. It'll be my first time doing mainly small beads!

  16. I do say you've got this sequin thing down! I use to make jewelry and sew those little bead all around turquoise.... until I went crazy!! It all has to be too perfect and I just don't do perfect. But you...well you own it.

  17. Love love love. That little star is awesome. I can't wait to see the butterfly.

  18. SooZeQue,

    Thank you! Beading around stones is something that takes a lot of precision, and sometimes it does drive me crazy -- so I know what you mean! It appeals to my inner perfectionist in the end, though. ;)

    The work you do is amazing and awesome, so it looks like you found your thing! Working with metal is something I don't do much of, so I admire people who do.

  19. Thank you, Vanessa!

    I finally figured out what I'm doing to do for the necklace strands. I'm really excited about it because it's something I've never tried before! But if it works, it's something I'll do a lot of variations on.

    I haven't worked on the butterfly in awhile, but I'm looking forward to filling in more of that empty space. Just as soon as I'm rested. :)

  20. I love the star, it is a showpiece, can't wait to see the finished piece. I use the two bead method and have great success.

    1. Thank you, Kepi! I'm very excited about the star.

      Also, thanks for confirming that two beads at a time is the way to go. Your work is amazing, so I definitely respect your opinion. :)


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