Friday, May 16, 2008

One thing leads to another

I had so much fun working on the little beaded fetishes that I sort of got on a roll with beading this week. This is good because a lot of little annoyances came up in other areas of my life, and the repetitive stitching and the sparkly little beads were very soothing. I finished the two pink ones.

I plan to add a strand of beads between the "hands" to use as a hanger. I think they will look nice hanging on the bulletin board by my desk at work.

If you want to try one yourself, the templates can be found here, as well as a gallery of other beaders interpretations of the designs. I have just one tip -- don't stuff the shapes too full. Not too floppy either, but just full enough to hold a shape. Mine are a little fat, especially the one with the butterfly bead.

I started beading the little orange one, but while rummaging for more bead colors I picked up an old project that will eventually become the centerpiece of a new collar. I finished the bead embroidery this morning with my first cup of coffee. Now I just need to decide which color I want to do the edging with. It's going to be a pretty dramatic piece.

One thing I have noticed is how much faster I have become at this. That second fetish just flew off my fingers! Practice, practice, practice... if only everything were so much fun!

Just one last thing -- I finished my Dark Fairy doll and submitted photos to be judged. Now I just have to wait for the results. I will post photos as soon as I am allowed. Wish me luck!


Yvette said...

These are all gorgeous!
I love the colors you used.

Good luck with the dark fairy challange.
Can't wait to see the fairies

Shashi Nayagam said...

You do such beautiful beading too amongst other things.You are so talented.

Kerry said...

These are gorgeous! What beautiful bead work!!

Judi W. said...

I really like the piece with the pearls, it speaks to me! Can't wait to see the collar - the last one was phenomenal. Your beading is always exquisite!

Linda Fleming said...

Love your beaded solls! And I can not wait to see the new collar you are going to create. I am still in awe of the first one- so gorgeous. This centerpice for new one is beautiful.

Jacque Uetz said...

Wow Judi, your bead work is awwwsome, what beautiful pieces..I'm in love with the pearls too!!!