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.

5 comments:

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

    Arline

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  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!

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

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

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