I wish I was going - I have yet to attend a bead show - any bead show. I do, however have a couple of brooches that will attend the show this year in June.
Lisa Peters sent me a couple of her beautiful Raku cabs to bead up for the show. Because of their size, these are NOT for the shy or timid!
I am always inspired by Lisa's work, I can't help it. I mean, really - have you looked at her stuff? As amazing as her photos are of her creations, the pieces are always so much more striking in person.
This first one is almost 3 inches all (not counting the fringe) and about 2 1/2 inches wide. I used Czech and Japanese seed beads in sizes 8/0 to 15/0. I also used some size 11/0 triangle beads, man I love those!
I did not want to make them too much bigger, so I limited the beaded rows around the outside edge to a minimum. For the fringe (and some real sparkle!) I added Swarovski cube and margarita beads in Jonquil. Then finished it off with a standard pin back and yellow Ultrasuede.
The red/black one is a little bit smaller - isn't that cab amazing??? I used the same size seed beads on this one as well as some small black vintage nailheads for the outer most row and Smoke colored 4mm Swarovski bicones around the outside edge.
On this one I added a pin back with a bail and red Ultrasuede. It is 3 inches around including the outside edge.
I took photos of the entire process as I worked on the first cab. I use a little E6000 glue to add the cab to purple stiffened felt. Once I complete the beading, I cut the felt close to the edge of the beading - leaving enough room to stitch the layers together.
I add some fray stop to the stitching on the back and while that is drying I cut a piece of poster board a bit smaller than the Pellon. Next I measure out and mark where the pin back will end up on the Ultrasuede. I cut little holes or slits in the Ultrasuede. Next I put the layers together, the cab is face down, a little glue on the back of that, then the poster board.
I work the pin back through the holes/slits in the Ultrasuede and add a little glue to the pin back as well as the poster board and sandwich it all together. I allow a bit of time for the glue to dry, then begin my edge stitch that holds it all together. Once that is complete, I count my edge beads to determine what kind of decoration I will add to the edges or if I will add fringe. Often times the bead count on the edges will dictate the stitches around the outside edges.
Wonderful books I refer to for bead embroidery and cabs:
Beading with Cabochons by Jamie Cloud Eakin
The Art of Bead Embroidery by Heidi Kummli and Sherry Serafini
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman