>Artist at Work

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This is what my kitchen table looked like this evening. There were no beads; just felt scraps, tracing paper cut-outs, scissors, and glue. All over the place. This is the stage of my work that reminds me of when I was a little kid. Kids don’t care about the mess they’re making when they’re creating art, which is the way it should be. So, tonight, I tried to make the biggest mess I could:)

This mess was the result of my attempts to create a felt foundation for my new bead-embroidered piece. This part is tricky because I really have to imagine the subject as if it were sitting in front of me.

Here are the shapes I cut out so far:

I didn’t feel much like stitching anything tonight, so instead, I used some Tacky glue to stick some of the felt pieces together. I’ll stitch them down later. Also, if you’re wondering why some of the layers are gray, it’s because I was out of white at the moment. :0

The last photo shows all of my felt pieces stacked up. This is my antique love seat. It measures approximately 6″ x 9″ wide.

Now, I have to go clean up that mess…

10 thoughts on “>Artist at Work

  1. >I love that you show the process of your work. It just helps me to envision all that you do to a piece even before you put one bead on it. This piece is going to be fantastic!

  2. >Wow! This is great. I’ve used Lacey’s Stiff Stuff to stack up, but it get VERY difficult to get a needle through and the felt would work much better for several layers. I do like the dimension of stacking of layers for a different look in beading, rather than just making the beads stick up. It looks like you had fun! Yippee! 😉 Its a Western thing!

  3. >Ok why is your Birthday post on my blog reader today? I was half asleep when I saw it. My google blog reader shows you posted it this morning. Maybe you get two birthdays and two wishes. Ok no year adding. Well have a happy day anyway! Eat some cake. Be safe…

  4. >I am so glad that you commented on my blog so that I could find yours! I love bead work, and I can’t wait to see how this turns out. I work in a similar way when I am making my mini art quilts. I hope you don’t mind if I add you to my my blog links so I can check back on your WIP!By the way, I lived in Maine for 5 years and there’s still plenty of beach glass to be found. In fact I know people who routinely “make” beach glass. They’re lucky enough to live near a rocky shore line and throw pretty bottles in the ocean and then harvest them after a season.

  5. >I can tell this is going to be an exquisite piece. Cant wait til its finished so I can feast my eyes on this candy. I like the way you use tracing paper to do your patterns. Thats very clever, and I’m excited to try it for other artwork. Then maybe I won’t have to erase so much! I’m guessing your sister is excited to be a part of your art piece.Lucky you to have found that beach glass. I live at the beach, and the only beach glass I have ever found was two or three pieces of pale green. I love browsing thru bead shops.

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