Sunday, 18 January 2009

Totally Seduced by Beads

I really should be doing the finishing on Karahana, so I can take her off the frame and begin the prep work for the next Phase V but the beads keep calling to me and I cannot resist their pull.

On the first half of the design I had stitched more red flowers than blue, inevitably there were would be fewer red flowers on the other half. I wanted to stick with the method of random selection but did not want to risk all of the red flowers being grouped into one area. I continued with my random selection method but either returned a red bead to the bag, or manually selected red, a couple of times to ensure that the red flowers where not all grouped in one area.

With only the final few flowers remaining, I began to run out of beads and needed to calculate how many whole/part flowers I could complete with the remaining beads. Although the petal colour or the final few flowers was determined by the beads I had left, I continued to select the center colours randomly.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

I am really pleased with how the colours are distributed.

Previously, I was concerned that the design was becoming lost when I added the green seed beads to the back ground. I hoped that the black tricut beads that fill the spaces between the leaves would help to give it sharpness.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

I think that they have.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

A photograph cannot do justice to these beautiful beads; the tricut beads, in particular, sparkle and glint like a twinkling Christmas tree. How can a girl resist?

Happy stitching


Miss 376 said...

The beads look lovely and definitely no problem with the distribution of the flowers. It looks like you have had fun stitching this piece

Paula Hewitt said...

this looks wonderful. your idea of randomness is a bit like mine - i coldnt leave to up to chance - but they do look nicely random, so the tweaking you did was a good thing!