Tuesday, April 07, 2009
I love them! Recently I received a wonderful package from Art Beads that included some of the most beautiful beads I've seen. They are called "hybrid Toho" - the colors are amazing.
I ordered Gold - Lustered Light Amethyst AB in size 11/0;
Duel - Lustered Gold/Pink in size 11/0 and 8/0
and Opalescent Green Picasso (my absolute favorite!) in size 11/0, 8/0 and 6/0.
Now something in which to add these beautiful beads to make it a project?
They had the perfect bead - Mother of Pearl dragonfly -hand painted in Russia.
I added size 11/0 green(ish) triangle beads, size 15/0 beads in pink and size 15/0 beads in Violet Gold Luster.
I started by sewing the dragonfly bead to stiffened green felt, since the main bead is sewn on, I did not need to capture it with peyote stitch and that allowed me to leave the entire surface of that beautiful bead viewable.
After the beading was complete on the front, I added a small piece of poster board to the back, the pin/bail, and a piece of dark green Ultrasuede.
I stitched the two sides together using a basic edge stitch and finished it with a pointed edge stitch as found in "Beading With Cabochons" by Jamie Cloud Eakin.
I actually finished this up over a week ago, but have have not been too good at making much time for my blog lately.
The finished piece is 2 1/4 inches tall and 2 inches wide.
One last shot of these yummy green beads... and for those of you that like to crawl up in the beads as much as I - all photos are clickable for an enlarged view.
And if you haven't already thrown your name in the virtual hat for the face cab and beads, the deadline is April 10 - that post is just below this one.
If you happen to have an affinity for live dragonflies - take a peek at these beautiful shots taken by a friend of mine.
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