Christine and Therese's announcement back in February that their next Time to Stitch Blog Hop would focus on Bead Embroidery seemed like the perfect excuse to give it a whirl.
I even had the start of a little project that had been hanging around for a while - a little bead embroidered oak leaf I'd started some time in the past. I thought I'd finish it, then move on to something larger. My goal with the leaf was simply to try out lots of different ideas, stitch combinations, and types of beads. Some worked better than others, but I think it's quite cheerful, and was a lot of fun to work on in the dead of winter.
Then came a long lull, with not a spurt of creativity in sight. I was definitely caught in the creative doldrums. As the days and months sped by, I started to wonder if the leaf would be all I had to show for this blog post. Then my dear friend Georgia McMillan came to my rescue!
Georgia brought several of her wonderful "Happy People" bead embroideries to the May Seedbeaders' meeting. Better yet, she graciously allowed me to take photos to share with you (I'm including two in this post). Thank you Georgia! I spent a couple of days studying the photos and thinking about her work.
|Georgia McMillan's Happy Person seems to be dancing|
|This more abstract design uses size 18 beads in the flowers!|
Her Happy People are small - the largest easily fits into the palm of my hand, so I'm guessing maybe 3 1/2" tall, tops. But the details are incredible. I loved their size, I love Georgia's sense of whimsy, I love her attention to detail. I contemplated making my own Happy Person. But I feared that I'd simply be copying Georgia if I did, and wanted to do something more 'me'. So I decided to sleep on it. Can you guess where I decided to go with?
Fish! Big surprise, huh? I figured I could surely I do something with fish. I've made right angle weave fish, and freeform peyote fish, but I'd never made a bead embroidered fish. So it was about time! Time to pull out the sketchbook.
|playing with design ideas on paper and interfacing|
|First up? Sequins!|
|My first Happy Fish - poor thing doesn't even have a name yet!|
I finished the little guy on Thursday, and the poor thing doesn't even have a name yet. Not that it looks like he cares. :)
So that's where I went with my bead embroidery. Nothing fancy, but it sure was fun. Now it's time to check out what everyone else created! Here's the full roster:
|detail shot of the overlapping sequins-scales|
Time To Stitch Blog Hop
2. Christine (Host)
5. Lori F
8. Karin G.
12. Paula13. Wendy
|Here's the start of my second fish - this one's going to have spikes!|
21. Cynthia22. Lizzie
Oh, and if you have a name suggestion for my little friend, let me know. If I like it, you just might claim naming rights!