I've made some progress on the beaded collar, formerly known as the Mystery Project, but I'm saving that for Monday. Let's just say, I have a fun post planned, and it's going to need a little more time.
Instead, I thought I'd share another interest of mine, and another fantastic way to use sequins. Embroidery. As in, the kind that uses more thread than beads.
If you've read my About page, you'll know that I started making jewelry when I hadn't even reached the double digits. Well, five years after that, on a weekend trip to Lake Champlain, Vermont, I saw a book on thread embroidery. It captured my interest with the kind of grip that would make a wrestler cry Uncle, and that evening, I read it from cover to cover.
(In case you're interested, the book is Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches by Mary Nichols. It's awesome!)
I've embroidered on and off over the years. Sketching my own designs on fabric and adding little extras like beads and sequins and even sparkly tulle. To be honest, I spent an entire semester in college studying satin stitch when I should have been studying my linguistics course! But I wouldn't have it any other way.
(A piece I made a little over a year ago. My first experiment trapping sequins and metallic thread under tulle.)
(My second experiment with tulle. This time I heavily embroidered the edges and tacked it down with a few beads.)
I never know what to do with pieces when I'm finished with them, though. I love embroidery, but I'm totally clueless about sewing! So these pieces tend to sit in a drawer until I let them out to play.
If I had to pick a favorite thing about this type of embroidery, besides the way it goes so well with sequins, it would be all the color involved. There are a bazillion colors of embroidery floss, and it feels like I'm painting with thread. Looking at my old work, I start to think... hmm. Maybe I'll do a multimedia jewelry piece. I'm especially motivated after reading one of Cyndi Lavin's eBooks on that topic.
And that concludes today's post! I hope you'll join me on Monday, and I hope you'll share your own thoughts about thread embroidery. Have you tried it? Do you like it? What other mediums do you like to combine with it?
Have a sequintastic day!