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 fabric and it was a mess: it just didn’t work at all.  The whole tambour stitching thing just naturally seems to want to go in lines.  So, why not work with that?  As such, I tried unevenly spaced, rather wobbly lines in the hope that from the front they would still look quite random, and to my relief they do. Here’s the first area to be filled in, all in the gold beads:

Gold beads

Gold beads

In close up:

Close-up of gold beads

Close-up of gold beads

They were actually worked in reasonably straight lines, as a close-up of the back shows better (i.e. the back of the fabric, but the front as I’m stitching):

Close-up of tambour stitching

Close-up of tambour stitching

I then added gold beads to the small fiddly areas in the corners of the leaf:

More gold beads

More gold beads

And now for the second part of this experiment: shading.  I strung alternating gold and cream beads on the thread, then added them next to the gold beads in the corners:

Gold and cream beads

Gold and cream beads

Then finally filled in the rest in cream only:

Tambour beaded acanthus leaf

Tambour beaded acanthus leaf

I think the shading works pretty well, I’m pleased.  Here’s a close-up:

Close-up of tambour beaded shading

Close-up of tambour beaded shading

All in all, I’m very happy how this has turned out.  So, that’s seed beads – how about sequins and bugle beads?

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