Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Time To Stitch!

Hi there, beady friends!

Today is the day of the A Time To Stitch blog hop, hosted by Therese and Christine. I've participated in A Time To Stitch hops before and always had fun, but I'm extra excited about this one because it's all about... bead embroidery stitches! Bead embroidery just happens to be the form of beadwork I love the most.

I saw this challenge as the perfect opportunity to get back into beading after a long hiatus. It was also the perfect time to use one of the cabochons I'd hoarded bought at the Idea Store a few years ago. And because this was a challenge, I decided to use blacks, browns, and tans -- all colors that usually take a back seat to the brighter ones in my bead stash. Here's the result:
 
Doing the embroidery was a lot of fun because it was mostly unplanned. All I knew was, I wanted to use my crazy lace agate, some earthy colors of beads, and a sequin or two -- because sequins. I like the way this turned out, and I'm looking forward to turning it into a finished piece.

What are my plans for this piece, you ask? It's going to be a necklace. Once I brick-stitch the edge beads on, I'm going to do some crazy freeform beading around the edges. And then I may or may not do a brick-stitch loop for a cord to go through, the way I did with this piece:


Other than that, the only thing I know is that there will be black faceted beads somewhere in the design, because that's what my beader's instinct is telling me to do. Whatever happens, I promise to share the result.

So that's my piece for the hop. Now it's time to mosey on over here to see the rest of the participants. I can't wait to see what they did! I bet it's awesome.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins

39 comments:

  1. I love your pendant, Sarah! And, I love your idea for finishing it. That stone is beautiful and the sequins are a great finishing touch!

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  2. Wow - you are SO talented!!! I love these pieces!!!!

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  3. Love the bead embroidery especially the sequins they add a special something!

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    1. Thanks! <3 I really do love those matte sequins.

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  4. Wow, that really is so gorgeous! I'm sure it will look stunning when it's made into the necklace :-)

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    1. Thank you! Really looking forward to working on it some more. Now if only I knew where I put those faceted beads...

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  5. This reminds me of a garden in fall ~ what a gorgeous piece! Love your colors, design, sequins. And looooove seeing that red/orange/black piece ~stunningly gorgeous!
    Thanks for being a part of the Hop, Sarah!

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! Heh. Beaded gardens are the only ones I have luck with -- plant ones immediately wilt at my dealthy touch. ;)

      Thanks for having me in the hop!

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  6. what beautiful work - both of these! and really, really loving that second color way - that is such a striking piece and I bet looks amazing on!

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    1. Thank you! The red piece is one I made much earlier, and it's one that immediately went into my This Is Mine pile.

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  7. I can't tell you how excited I was to see your name on the participant list, especially as I've been thinking about you this past week as I worked on my piece. :)

    Your work is exquisite as always. You may say that browns are harder for you to work with, but your design is a beautiful example of balance and flow. Thanks for making me see how cool sequins can be!

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    1. Aww! Thank you so much! So glad you are in this hop too, and so, so thrilled that you used sequins. Awesome job!!!

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  8. Hi Sarah,
    I love your design so far it is beautiful. I reminds me of an Aztec design. The Crazy Lace cab is beautiful with the black, brown, and tan colors oh and not to mention the splash of red. Your other design is gorgeous in red and black.
    Thank you for participating in ATTS 7 and I hope you join us for ATTS 8.
    Therese

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    1. Thank you, Therese! I do love that cab. I got it at the Idea Store for... 1.50. There was a whole binder of them that came into the Idea Store. I think we have (or had) a cabochon maker in my town!

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  9. That crazy lace agate is gorgeous, and it framed it just beautifully. I like the way you echoed the whorls of the stone in the patterns of the embroidery, and of course, the sequins are the perfect icing on the cake. I cannot wait to see where you take it as you finish it, Another fabulous piece, sweetie!

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    1. Aww! Thank you! <3 When we meet in person, I'll have to bring the finished piece. And maybe a cab for you to play with, since I have so many of them!

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  10. I love your freeform embroidery, it is both very earthy and playful and it beautifully complements the cabochon.

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  11. Holy cow! You killed this challenge. :-) beautiful pieces.

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  12. Glad your back your piece is gorgeous. I love the colors you used so rich and earthy. Beautiful design!

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    1. It's nice to be back. I've missed my bloggy friends! Thanks, Deb! <3

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  13. That lace gate is simply gorgeous and you dressed it perfectly! The scallops around the cab have a lacy feel to them as well. The second piece is so dramatic. I really like the fringy addition to the top of the piece. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I really, really wanted to do that cab justice. I get very attached to my stones and tend to see them as friends. <--- Is weird.

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  14. I love the movement you created in these embroidery pieces. I know only the one is for this challenge, but I'm thrilled to see them both.

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  15. I love the lace agate...you really captured the colors just perfectly! And your second one is just so mysterious and dramatic! Excellent work! Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. Thank you! <3

      The second piece was made a long time ago. I just featured it because I might do something similar with the agate piece... and because I was having a hard time using words to describe it. That's what happens when I spend a whole month mostly talking to dogs! ;)

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  16. wonderful!! Will be checking back to see how you finish!!

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully I can work on it some more before I go off on my next round of dog-sitting. :)

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  17. Well done! Centered and earthy but with just the right dash of sequentastic sparkle. Simply gorgeous. Hurry up and finish it off so we can all see how it looks :D

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  18. Wow, I love your pendant, I am glad you were able to add some of your sequins.
    Nice color combination

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  19. AWEsome, Sarah! I hear you about the blacks and browns, as I'm normally a BRIGHT!! colour girl as well. Yours turned out wonderfully and really enhances the cab; I love the variety of motifs, and of course the sequins are just meant to be there!

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  20. Hi Sarah, Your pendant is beautiful. You did a great job. Kudos for working with colors that you don't usually use.

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  21. Your bead embroidery is beautiful! It's a medium I've not dabbled in so it fascinates me. I can't believe that your design was unplanned as it came together so well. It just seems to flow!

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