Tropical Blooms parasol, panel 1: stamens

Slow progress on this, as I’ve had work done in the house and everything had to be put away due to dust, but I can get going again now. I’m keeping a fairly simple colour palette for this, but I have to start somewhere, so I’m starting with the flowers’ stamens. And here’s the first…

Tropical Blooms parasol

Time for a new project! I’m still keen on the tambour beading idea, so I’m starting a proper project using it, rather than just experiments and practice pieces. Tambour beading is commonly used to embellish (very expensive) clothing, but my dressmaking skills aren’t good enough for that, so I’m tackling something a bit simpler: a…

Tambour beading: sequins and bugle beads

The last tambour beading experiment: this time, using sequins and bugle beads, instead of the seed beads I’ve used up to now. This really is just an experiment to test the technique, so I’m using a design so simple it doesn’t deserve the name: And two kinds of gold sequins – flat and cupped –…

Tambour beading: filling and shading, part 2

I am happy to announce that the tambour beading filling and shading experiment has been quite a success! Last time, I’d done the outline of an acanthus leaf design in gold and cream beads; now it was time to try filling it in. I’d had a go at randomly dotting beads around on some scrap…

Tambour beading: filling and shading, part 1

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I had quite a busy one with family, but managed to find some time to continue with the tambour beading experiment.  I think I’ve more or less got the hang of beading in a line, so now I want to try filling in…

Beading completed

In between scrubbing the kitchen after the builders, I’ve been stitching a few beads on here and there, and have now added the beads to all the sections of the shell form.  There were a lot more than you’d think – a lot more than I thought, at least! Here’s the final section, with all…

Beading

I’m making rather slow progress on my new project, mostly because I’m not putting anything like as much work into it as I did the Banner.  It’s rather nice having a few evenings off!  I am making some progress though, as you’ll see. In my attempt to do something as unlike the Banner as possible,…