Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Work in progress Wednesday!

Welcome to another Work In Progress Wednesday at Saturday Sequins! Today I'd like to show you how the projects from this post are coming along.


Here's the beady star. I'd promised to add lots of fringe, and as you can see, I did just that! The fringe is made of beautiful sparkly seed beads, purple electrical wire coating, and some of my favorite faceted beads, purchased from BeadAlgo.

I started work on the necklace strands, but they didn't look right, so I took them apart. If I can pull my idea off with a little more finesse the next time, though, I'll be excited. And if not... I have some backup plans, one of which is definitely chain maille.


Here's the beaded butterfly. Last time, it was just an outline on some fabric -- but now I've filled in half of it, and I like the way it's turning out!

The other half should be simple enough to finish. The tricky part will be cutting the backing to match, since there are a lot of curves in this design. But as long as I don't rush it, I think I'll be OK.

Is that all the beading she's done? You ask. Far from it! Since last WIP Wednesday, I made this heart necklace, and I've also started two major projects that I'm thrilled with so far. In fact, when I was working on one last night, I had a beading breakthrough, so I'm even more eager to keep going.

What was my breakthrough? Adding seed beads two at a time, not four. The beads lay against each other, and other rows, much more neatly, and while the process of sewing them is a little slower, I save time in the end because I don't have to correct so many wonky beads with couching stitches and thread reinforcement.

Super duper thanks with chocolate and coconut to Sherry Serafini, my beading idol, for sharing that tip in Sensational Bead Embroidery -- which I'll buy as soon as I'm not so poor. I just wish I'd taken her advice weeks ago.

That concludes this week's WIP Wednesday! Stay tuned for more progress, more projects, and the fourth installment in the Stuck series.

Have a sequintastic day!

16 comments:

  1. You must be beading 24/7! I love all the color and detail you put into your work.

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    1. Janet,

      It certainly feels that way! But in a good way -- there's nothing I love more than curling up on the couch with Hulu and a beading project. :)

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  2. the butterfly is really nice, the droplets are good too!

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  3. Dude, that first photo makes it look like a shooting star. I know it will look different when worn, but I love it!

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    1. Doesn't it look awesome like that? Mr. Sequin is such a great photographer. :)

      I just had a thought -- maybe I'll make a tiny star pin, and the fringe can go to the side like that. Oh, that would be boss!

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  4. Yes, two at a time. I do that as well. Those are wonderful! I love the fringe on the star. Really jazzes it up!

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    1. Thanks, Roberta! For your nice compliments, and for confirming that two at a time is the way to go. :)

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  5. Aaah looks so cool, good luck completing it!

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  6. Love all the colors and textures...especially on the shooting star. Seems projects are better when you have more than one going on! One becomes inspiration for the other! Happy Weekend :D

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    1. Thank you, Chandra!

      I absolutely agree about having more than one project. I like to be able to switch to something different when I'm stuck on the first project!

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  7. I love these works. They are funky and creative. I especially love the bright colors. Fun and beautiful work.

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  8. Thank so much, Shelley! Funky is a great way to describe them. :)

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  9. The two-at-a-time tip is a great one. It works for things like square stitch, too.

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    1. It's definitely helped me a lot! And it's not nearly as slow as I thought it'd be.

      I'll have to check out square stitch. It sounds familiar, but I can't remember which one it is!

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