|Closed toe generic darning foot that Ann prefers for quilting around beads|
Now that the embroidery is complete on the collage, I've started the beading. Unlike Lyric, I bead then quilt with a clear generic closed toe darning foot. This system works well for me. In a much earlier post I discussed the pros and cons of darning feet.
The spot on the collage I chose first was the little wavy red line on the right hand side of the quilt. Check previous post for photos of this collage "Playing with Fabric." I ran a line of short stacks of seed beads. I chose a size 6 yellow bead for the base and an iridescent red size 11 bead for the top. This created an interesting line through the center. Before viewing Lyric's dvd
I would have just stitched a single line of seed beads down the middle and that would be it. So I've learned something new that is lots of fun. I love the combination of the two colors, it would be fun with 3 colors too!
Next I couldn't wait to put single bead stacks on the ends of the spiral eyelashes on the lower left corner. I chose the same size 6 red bead for the base and a size 11 black bead for the top. This adds a nice little touch to the ends. Although it doesn't show in this photo, the spiral is appliqued with a rusty red metallic thread and the eyelashes are covered with a red metallic size 40 thread.
Next, I decided to change colors and bead the inside of the large lime green leaf at the center top. I tightly clustered some iridescent seed beads in the center. The leaf was hand painted and left over from my quilt titled Summer Sanctuary
. The edges of the pink center already had a little free-motion stitching in a variegated pink thread.
Who knows what is next?
Love the glitz of the beads!
Can't wait to see the finished piece!
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