Friday, October 30, 2009

Busy Beading

I've always loved to do handwork. A lot of it has passed through my hands. Needlepoint, many types of embroidery, knitting, crochet. I've been enjoying beaded embroidery the last couple of days. I took a class with Christine Reilly a couple of weeks ago and posted about it previously.

I'm working on the class sample. It's a little beaded bag. Here it is, in progress.


There is no pattern for the placement of stitches. It's free-form. Each side is different. There are several cabochons (stones held in place with rounds of beaded stitches). I have started the netting, which looks lattice-like, and goes around the entire bottom portion of the bag.
It's very relaxing, and a good thing to do while watching TV in the evening.

Also, I'm working on a muslin for the felted jacket class coming up. I have it traced and made alterations to the flat pattern. Tomorrow, I'll cut and sew it.

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Lori said...

The beading does sound fun and relaxing. Sounds like you have some great classes coming up.

The Sewing Loft said...

Lovely beading! Look forward to seeing the finished bag. :)

Trudy Callan said...

Your beading is so very beautiful.

Nancy K said...

Beautiful beading. Are you going to work it into a garment at some point?

KID, MD said...

That is so beautiful!

Christy Sews said...

It's gorgeous!!!

julia said...

Gwen, this bag is gorgeous already. I can't imagine it finished. You are so talented and creative.

Cindy said...

I have never beaded but my mind is going with ideas how to employ it! Show more!

Fran said...

Gwen, this is so lovely!

Linda T said...

Your beading is lovely!! I started doing a bit of beading a year or so ago but haven't touched it in months. I want to learn beading fringe also. I was a big fan of Laura Bennett and her fringe.

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Carol said...

Is there no end to your talents?? This is really, really lovely. I've never beaded, but like you, I always have something for handsewing whilst watching television. I've been thinking of beading something for SWAP this year. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

shams said...

Beautiful! It reminds me of Kenneth King's style.

window dressing said...

Your beaded bag is looking amazing. I can not wait to see the end result!

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