Here is my finished bead encrusted piece which I am calling "Killarney". It measures 2.5" square and contains hundreds of beads (mostly sizes 8, 11 and my favorite size 15) some watch gears, a cabochon made by Anne Marie, some stones, and other treasures I found in the bead box.
Here are the steps we went through following Anne Marie's instruction...
|Step #1 Select a base size for the project and a foundation fabric. This is a piece of my brother's shirt.|
|Step #2 Select a cabochon and some coordinating beads. Attach cabochon with peyote bezel.|
|Step #3 Audition colours, found items, and beads, and cluster them around cabochon.|
|Step #4 Start to sew down the parts you know you like. Listen for the story that is developing.|
|Step #5 Fix things that you don't like. I added a piece of a brown shirt behind the watch cog.|
|Step #6 You don't have to know the whole design, just stitch down what you know you like.|
|Step #7 Create movement with lines of beads.|
|Step #8 Audition beads in open areas.|
|Step #9 Have fun and try some specialty beading stitches.|
|Step #10 Continue to add design around cluster.|
|Step #11 Do the grunt work and fill in all the edges with size 15 beads.|
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