Beading and Felting
I know there are some spectacular bead artists out there and this week I thought I’d try my hand at some beading, I’ve been following Robin Atkins blog called Bead Lust
Her work is so beautiful. I’ve never really wanted to learn about beading before but since getting into more of the mixed media side of things it’s made me more interested in the beading process, of course not on the scale of Robins though , just enough to try to work into my pieces. Robin has been beading for a long time and she has written a couple of books, she has now put out her first book as a free book for anyone to read, so since I was following along I thought I’d take the time to read it. She explains her methods of beading and basically works free hand with no pre conceived ideas, or nothing set in stone. So having read that I thought I’d give a small piece a go, mind you I don’t have thousands of beads to choose from so I started this little one with one of Zed’s hand made buttons and went from there.
It definitely helped to read her book as I was under the impression that I should have some sort of design in mind before I started, but I actually found it so much easier not to. This is only a small piece I know but reading her book gave me the courage to have a go !!
I’ve also made a couple of small note book covers, inspired by Zed once again, and I wanted to do something else with my flat pieces of felt and not just wall hangings. The first cut was the hardest I must admit, spending all that time rubbing and rolling the felt only to cut it up in the end. These 2 covers were made with the one piece and then cut in half so I had the 2 different colours in each cover.
I then embellished with embroidery stitches learned from the TAST 2012, so I used Blanket, Fly & Cretan stitches and then added some beads in too.
I did not have any success with creating skeleton leaves so we’ll leave that for another day lol
I hope everyone’s had a productive week and I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.