As long as I'm doing progress postings for my Victorian lady bead tapestry, I decided to also do one for my newest bead embroidery project.
I am beading a collar for my mom. She has enjoyed some of the pictures of bead embroidered collars that I've sent her and expressed a wish to have one for herself. Here is my beginning:
I measured the neck of a dressy t-shirt to get the shape and size of the collar. My mom's favorite color is green, so I chose malachite cabochons and green-dyed mother of pearl beads.
I arranged all the components until I was happy with the balance. I didn't want too much symmetry, but didn't want chaos, either.
I am starting the beading with the biggest component the large center malachite cabochon. The beads I am using for the embroider will vary in size from 6's to 11. I rarely use anything smaller. I don't like teeny tiny beads. They are hard to sew through and sometimes break in the effort.
I use Lacy's Stiff stuff as the beading foundation and I color it to match the main color of the components and most of the embroidery beads. In this case, I am using a green sharpie. Some times I use acrylic paint.
I use C-Lon thread. C-Lon comes in lots of colors and doesn't fray even after several passes through beads.
Check back next Thursday for an update!