Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Work in Progress: Oodles of Embroidery

The bead tray is looking a little chaotic right now as I try to wrangle several projects and get caught up on missed work. All the beading I've accomplished since last week was done within the last 24 hours or so, and there’s a lot of wasted hours in between.

Several days ago I was feeling a little under the weather, so I dusted off a favorite video game to veg with and it was so much fun that I didn't want to do much else. The same often happens when I get wrapped up in a good book, too. Although it’s pretty unproductive at the time, when I’m finally ready to get back to work, I’m bursting with ideas and eager to get going, so it does provide a nice creative boost in the end.

Fish Leather Embroidery in Progress

Right now I've got a couple of different embroidery experiments on the go, including some pieces using tilapia fish leather. It is really cool stuff; I’ll share more on its merits when I’m finished, but for now I can say that it really satisfies my craving for the natural patterns that I miss out on by not using gemstones.

Last week’s medallion is almost finished. Apparently for this one we’re going to be repeating transparent cherry and Montana sapphire throughout. So far, I like it! My summer collar idea is still on the drawing board until I get these more exciting experiments out of the way.

What are you working on this week?

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  1. I'd never considered using fish leather for bead embroidery. I've experimented a little with using Ultrasuede and have been successful, but the only 'real' leather I've ever gotten a wild hair to use has been bovine, and it was too thick. Thanks for the idea/alternative!

  2. When you start bead embroidery do you start with the foundation or the ultraseude and foundation. I have been taught both ways and was wondering your opinion on the subject?????

    1. I almost always use simple wool felt for both the embroidery and backing nowadays. Whatever material I'm working with, I always start with the top piece/foundation, then stitch a backing on with an edge stitch. I work mostly with smaller designs, so I don't have a need for any additional layers; but for softer materials a little interfacing or even cardstock added between the layers before trimming can help some projects stay sturdy.

      My favorite thing about bead embroidery is that there aren't really any rules - you can do whatever works best for you and provides a nicely finished piece.

  3. Finishing up a hand embroidered soutache bridal set.


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