Monday, May 05, 2008

New Territory -- Locked Away, Part 7

Once again, it feels good to be beading a lot. Last night I finished stitching down the rest of the teal beads, and then today I did all of the amber. I finished that early enough in the afternoon that I was also able to cut it out and glue the backing on. There's also a piece of cardboard to help keep it stiff, and a secret message hidden inside. There's something about the sandwich-y layers of bead embroidery that drives me to hide things inside. And by things, I mean cookie fortunes! I'm weird, I know, but at least it's a harmless weird.

I find this current stage very exciting. All that excess felt has been cut away and the shape has been allowed to fully emerge. And next, I move into new territory -- edging the piece! I've never gotten this far on a large bead embroidery project. I'll probably wait and move onto that tomorrow. It's getting a little late, and I like to be fresh when I try out something new.

And by the way, The Art of Bead Embroidery by Serafini and Kummli has been invaluable to this project. I already had a couple of books on the technique, but this one is just a cut above the rest. While all of my other beading books have been packed away for the impending move, I kept it out to make sure I could progress nicely on my project.


  1. I really like where you went with this, AJ. Anything more around it would have detracted IMHO. LOL


  2. Thank you both!

    Arline, I'm hoping that the fringe which I'll start adding tomorrow won't detract from the design. I finished the edging today and I like how it looks!

  3. Oh AJ, this is really coming together nicely. I like your idea! Can't wait to see it when it's fringed :)

  4. Thank you, Charlene! I'm just about to post the fringed picture :)