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 a shape with beads.

First things first, though: I need a shape to fill in. Here’s an acanthus leaf design, marked up on fabric which has been stretched nice and tightly on a frame:

Acanthus leaf design

Acanthus leaf design

It’s a bit faint in the photo, but if you peer at it you should be able to see some hatching drawn on the edges of the leaf; this is where I’m going to try some shading.

I’m using two colours of Gutermann seed beads, numbers 1195 (cream) and 1870 (gold), plus some sewing thread that should hopefully work with both:

Seed beads and thread

Seed beads and thread

So far, I’ve done the outline, first the bits in gold:

Gold beads

Gold beads

Then alternating gold and cream:

Gold and cream beads

Gold and cream beads

Then finishing the rest of the outline in cream:

Tambour beaded design outline in gold and cream seed beads

Tambour beaded design outline in gold and cream seed beads

I suspect that was the easy part – next time, we’ll all find out how I got on filling it in.

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