Saturday, January 14, 2012

Japanese Bead Embroidery, Phase Four, Day Four

This is what I accomplished on Day three, our final day of class.  This is less than 1/4 complete as there is a lot more fabric to the left.  Luckily, this is a holiday weekend and I have two more complete days to work on it.  I have until mid-April to finish, so I am a little more comfortable that I will be able to do it.  Sitting next to me in class was Cindy who had driven up from Mississippi.  She was also working on Phase Four, but she was doing the Floral Melody Purse.  I have to admit that I had project envy - it was so beautiful. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Japanese bead Embroidery, Phase Four, Day 2

This is what I accomplished after day two of my Phase Four bead embroidery at the Japanese Embroidery Center in Atlanta. This is the Peacock Mat. For phase four there were two choices, this one and the floral melody purse. Both are amazing but I decided that I could get more use out of the mat. Now, I want to do the floral melody purse also. Phase four is a pre-requisite for Phase five, which is the highest level in Japanese bead embroidery. This is so much fun, but my back is screaming.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Bead Embroidery

Happy new year! I am really committing to not allow my job stop me from making art regularly. This is a piece that I actually finished this past summer but really wanted to share. It was a kit from Ann Benson's website. I really wanted to see if there were any cool techniques. The bead embroidery was not anything new, but she has you work on paper that is fused to the stabilizer. The pattern is printed on the paper. This, I thought, was a cool idea. It also has the directions to add the clasp type handle which I wanted to learn.