Saturday, May 12, 2012

Creative Retreat! (Day Three.)

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins! Today is day three of my at-home creative retreat.


A Change In Direction...

In art, just like in life, things don't always work out the way we plan.

I spent all of day one working with Pantone-themed colors for the contest. I made a huge strip of freeform embroidery, but I wasn't crazy about it. I started another piece, and it was an improvement on the first one, but I still wasn't feeling those Pantone colors. And so, halfway through day two, I decided to take Pantone out of the equation and focus just on beadweaving.

To warm up, I finished up my first freeform pieces.

Here's the first one, and my favorite! I love the combination of bead weaving and embroidery. The secret to blending the two, I've found, is in watching what I call thread traffic -- the amount of thread that passes through beads.

The ends of each woven piece are sewn into the brick stitch edging of the embroidered piece and then reinforced for good measure, so I make sure there's plenty of room to do just that -- can't have any excess thread clogging up those bead holes! So any weaving-in of thread tails is done away from the end beads when possible.


Here's the second piece. It's a little on the long side, but still, I love the colors, and I love that button clasp.


What I especially love, though, is the focal piece! I like how the netting turned out -- it gives the piece some continuity.

From there, I worked on another piece. This one is crazy, with all kinds of colors and textures. And you know what? It's totally fun to work on, and it has me excited -- which was the point of this retreat all along. I'll give you a sneak peek later, but for now, you'll have to use your imagination.

And that concludes today's blog post! Sorry for posting this later than usual. Mr. Sequin and I went out for lunch, and an innocent trip to get gyros turned into gyros and ice cream and sitting outside to eat them.

Thanks for your patience, thanks for reading and commenting, and as always, have a sequintastic day!

32 comments:

  1. I love the phrase "bead traffic"! I never thought about it that way, but those seed beads are just like the tunnels on the highway in the Colorado mountains. Everyone wants go through all at once so they can get skiing!

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    1. I had no idea if veteran bead weavers had a term for it, but I like the one I came up with. And I like your Colorado metaphor, too. :)

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  2. They're both absolutely beautiful! I love the combination of techniques you've used in both pieces, and the colours are delicious. The little red button adds the perfect finishing touch to the heart. Just gorgeous!

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    1. Caroline, thank you! This means a lot coming from someone whose bead/jewelry work I admire so much. <3

      I can't wait to show you the latest one. It's absolutely crazy!

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  3. Fun post, beautiful works.
    Greetings,
    -Eva Maria

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  4. Sarah, that green piece is just breathtaking! I'm loving your freeform beading technique.
    MMMM...gyros! Love that tzatziki sauce yummy!

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    1. Thank you so much, Annie! Freeform is so much fun to do. I'm hoping to combine it with metalwork one of these days. :)

      I could LIVE on that sauce, I swear.

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  5. Gyros? At my favorite place? So jealous!

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    1. Oh, did I say gyros? I meant... um... oatmeal. Yes. Very boring, not-so-tasty oatmeal. ;)

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  6. Ooooh love the colour combinations on both!

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    1. Thanks! :)

      I can't wait to show you how the other one turned out.

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  7. You create such beautiful jewelry!

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  8. Oh my gosh, you are good! How did you do all that so quickly?!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa!

      The trick is to bead all day and sometimes forget to eat lunch. Probably not a good strategy in the long run, but it does get that beadwork done!

      Also, I'd already done a lot of work on the two necklaces pictured. The necklace strap/strand parts were mostly done, so it was just a matter of finishing touches. :)

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  9. I love both pieces and can't wait for the surprise. I thought of you often over the weekend, I didn't get much beading done but this week I am going to do only beading. Sounds like you have had a great retreat.
    Kepi

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! :)

      I hope you've had a great week of beading this week!

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  10. Hi Sarah,
    thanks so much for the birthday wishes, I hope to see you in APR this week!
    Your jewelry is alway so colorful and stunning. That bead work must take forever, such patience.
    Best,
    Jenn

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! And welcome!

      It goes by pretty quickly for me, actually. Probably because it's so much fun. Would you believe that normally, I'm the world's least patient person?

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  11. Sarah, what gorgeous work! Thanks for the sweet comments you left on my blog. I love sequins so I had to find your blog. Beautiful!

    I'll add a link to the sidebar on my blog.

    Pam

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    1. Thank you, Pam! It's so great to meet another sequin enthusiast. Once you're feeling better, you should check out my post on tambour embroidery -- if you're not familiar with the technique already, I think it'll appeal to you!

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  12. These are beautiful! I thik I managed about 5 or 10 beads over the w/e but I've lost my beeding needles (I can hear your horrified gasp!) Lookslike you were reallly able to get into the zone when you decided what you wanted to do, lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Emma!

      5 or 10 beads is better than no beads! And believe it or not, I lose my needles all the time. There's always a moment of panic when I do because I don't want to find them with my feet!

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  13. Beautiful! I love the way you've combined the different beading styles. And you're right, thread traffic is a major issue! And I love the phrase - I may have to borrow it!

    Beautiful work and I love seeing what you're doing with the freeform beading!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! :)

      I'm hoping that "thread traffic" will catch on as a beading term. Now that I have a name for it, it's so much easier to keep in mind when I'm beading!

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  14. These are spectacular!!!! Wow you are getting soooooooo good! xox

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  15. I love the blueygreen one - favourite colours!

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    1. Thanks, Iz! I love those colors, too. In fact, I'm looking to do an oceany piece in those colors in the near future. :)

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  16. These are soooooooo pretty. Did you use NBB?
    The colors here are amazing.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Thanks, Nicole!

      I used some cheapo felt I'd gotten at a craft store to back these pieces -- I started them before I got your lovely packages.

      However! The next one will definitely feature NBB. I'm working on one of my crazy beaded hearts. :)

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