Today, I did a little preparation for the second phase of my beaded Beatles Yellow Submarine. I looked in my bead stash, and realized that I only had one small bag of size 11 chartreuse seed beads. That’s not nearly enough to bead four smiling whales. So, this afternoon, I did a little bead shopping. In addition to Opaque Chartreuse, I also picked up some Matte Silver-Lined Chartreuse, Opaque Green, and Matte Transparent Yellow.
When I returned home, I began to create some felt whale shapes. I did this first by re-sizing my sketches and printing them out (see photo below). Each one varies in size from 4.5″ to 6.5″ wide. After I cut out each whale, I traced around them on a piece of felt with a fabric pen. Then, very carefully, I cut each one out. After doing that, I realized that I can’t start doing beadwork until the whales’ teeth are in place.
So, on each paper whale, I partially cut out each set of teeth. Then, I traced the shape of the whale’s teeth onto the back of a piece of white vinyl. Then, I drew in some jaws and cut them out. I also numbered the backs of each paper, felt, and vinyl shape so that I know which jaws go with which whale. Here’s what the vinyl teeth look like so far:
Hmmm… that’s funny. I hadn’t realized that the teeth I cut out were sharp and pointy… I wonder if they’re killer whales… :0