Thursday, October 6, 2011

Time Capsule: October 2008

Purple Dragonfly Embroidered Collar

Three years ago this month, Inspirational Beading had only one post. But, considering the amount of work behind it, it was a big one. After what seemed like weeks and weeks of stitching, I shared an incredibly ambitious bead embroidery project. In square inches, it might be the largest piece I have ever made.

I think that this collar/bib might be partially responsible for my reluctance to get back into bead embroidery, as much as I love the medium. I was so exhausted that I didn’t even finish it - the spiral rope connector wasn’t part of the original design. And after all of that work, I’ve never even had an occasion to wear it.

I was really happy with the beadwork though, and the little dragonfly is still one of my favorite beading successes. As I dip back into the bead embroidery realm, I’m glad that I have this piece to look back on. It's also pleasantly nostalgic. The entire piece is stitched with Czech seed beads, in some of my old favorite colors.

I don’t want to completely spoil the surprise, but I might just have a few new embroidery projects to share next week. None of them are quite like this one, but there’s always a chance that I’ll be crazy enough to try it again.

Three years later, I’m very pleased to say that bead embroidery is a lot like riding a bicycle. This is the first of what will hopefully be a long line of fun new designs!

Falling Leaves Embroidered Pendant

Do you have a favorite, but long lost technique?

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  1. I love the new necklace! And it is scaled down from your former mammoth project so it is wearable on more occasions. Lovely colors, too!

  2. I love the new design! The leaves coordinate perfectly with the seed beads.

    I learned how to cross-stitch back in middle school and picked it up again a few years ago.

  3. Your jewelry pieces are works of art. What you can do with beads never ceases to amaze me. :)


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