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1/12/12

Learning...

I've been teaching myself bead embroidery and bead weaving, and having a great time.  I finally finished my first big piece, and I definitely learned a lot from the experience:


I used an antique watch face that I got at Vintage Supply Company and some domed discs that I made out of an antique floral tin as the focal pieces, and then designed around them.

Here's what I learned:

- it is really hard to keep your beads looking like a circle as you embroider

- there must be a little bit of a margin between bead rows to allow for said beads to form a circle

- this kind of beading takes a really, really long time

- i'll never make enough to cover the time and materials for a project like this

- i absolutely love the zen state my brain goes into when I am working on this kind of project

- i have an even greater appreciation for seed bead artists

I think I'll stick to the smaller bead weaving projects for now, and incorporate metalworking and wire work with the seed beading techniques into my new pieces.

What new techniques have you been working with?

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Oh wow, Molly! That is crazy beautiful :) I have no patience with seed beads, so for those of you who have the gift to work with them at all *hats off* to you! :)

Christine said...

Beautiful and thank you for sharing the lessons learned!

sugar Creek said...

So beautiful! That's something I've thought about trying as well. How many beads did ya loose in the process? lol!

Pixiloo said...

Molly, that is beautiful. I wouldn't have believed that was your first seed bead embroidery project.

Poranna said...

it's really gorgeous ... I love it!

I've just tried sawing with soutach and made myself a pair of earrings :o)

LisaS said...

Gorgeous work! You look to be a natural at this stuff ;)

bluepoppies said...

This is so cool. I've always been in awe of these techniques, but have not ventured to try them so far. Congrats on your adventure :).

My Life Under the Bus said...

That is absolutely stunning!!! Seed beader blow my mind on a daily basis - I used to have patience to do this sort of thing but no more - or maybe I get frustrated because I get interupted all day and my concentration is not what it used to be - I can't imagine the hours that went into this - it's amazing!

Jeanette Janson said...

This is amazing, Molly! I am so impressed. Thank you so much for mentioning where you got the watch face : )