Sunday, 15 November 2009

Poppy Pouch

The poppies on Phase III serve as an introduction to padded beadwork.

The flowers centres are completed first. The technique here is quite simple. One bead is held in place with another bead but these swarovski crystal beads are so stunning, a simple treatment is all that is needed.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

A single row of beads forms the padding. For the petals the beads are placed about a beads width from the outer edge.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

The beads are worked in long and short stitch, with the first row covering the row of padding.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

The remainder of the petal is filled with short rows of beads. Four different colours are used with the deepest shade of blue on the outside, followed by mid blue and pale blue, then clear beads nearest the centre.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

I have always found long and short stitch difficult, especially worked in an irregular shape. I found it even more difficult to do with beads. I am really not happy with the angles of some of the stitches. Nor am I happy with the colour transitions.

These beads are coming out!

Happy Stitching.


Sue said...

Don't you mean you are going to do some reverse stitching with them. Will have to get back to mine :-) Chat soon Sue X

Plays with Needles said...

We are our own harshest critics, I think. When I looked at your petal --- I just said "ooooooooohhhh" in delight!

And thank you for sharing the center of the flower. I really love how the different colors and sizes of the swarovski flowers complement one another. I've saved that idea to my inspiration file.

Your work is lovely, just like you and your sharing of it is a treasure.

Pollydo2003 said...

Hey bud, you judge yourself to harshly, this is lovely work, and I think that petal is just what it should be, like nature. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! It made me gasp. I think the blending of the colours is fantastic.

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Silver Surfer said...

I have been trying to make a poppy similar to yours but it is nothing like yours.. yours i love , mine is going into reverse stitching