Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Exotic Elegance Pillow

On the fourth day of class we began another project – the Exotic Elegance Pillow. This class was very different from the Phase V class. The pillow is a set design like the earlier phase pieces. At the start of each lesson and periodically throughout the day Uematsu-sensei would instruct the class on which area we were to work on, the beads and the techniques to be used. After all the decision making of the previous three days, my poor aching brain was happy to leave the planning to someone else. The pace of the class was fast and there was plenty of note-taking needed but there was also plenty of time to just bead.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

For the most part, the design uses some of the simpler techniques. The complexity of the design comes from the variety of beads used and blending them to give subtle colour changes along the twisting tendrils. This design includes clear beads lined with real gold – the colour is fantastic – and some gorgeous crystals.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

I really enjoyed the Special Project Class and was really reluctant to put this piece aside after 3 days. This has to be hidden away for the time being because I want to complete my Pouchette before I work on any other beading project.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

Happy Stitching


Rachel said...

It looks fabulous - and yes, I can quite imagine that a rest from all that decision-making would have been welcome!

Cath said...

The photo on the JEC website doesn't do this design justice. What you've done so far looks great. I can imagine having such a variety of beads makes this more interesting.

Sue said...

Looks amazing can't wait to see it finish and cath its even more amazing when you see it for real.

Susan Elliott said...

That second picture made me swoon!!!