>Exxon Building

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Last night during the Celtics game, I worked on beading my Exxon gas station sign. If you’re just passing by, this sign will be included in a much larger piece which features my beaded Boston trolley train and Citgo sign.

Beaded Boston trolley train MBTA T Exxon gas station Citgo sign bead embroidery pop art seed beads I cut out a piece of black vinyl and started stitching some seed beads onto the ‘wrong’ side of it. I used 4 colours altogether: size 11 transparent red, hex-cut red, size 11 transparent aqua seed beads, and dark sapphire 3mm bugle beads. After I finished beading, I noticed that I probably should have stiffened the vinyl somehow, because it is puckered a little bit…

Beaded Boston trolley train MBTA T Exxon gas station Citgo sign bead embroidery pop art seed beads

But, the material is a little stretchy, so I’ll just make it work somehow when I stitch it onto my 24 x 48″ stretched canvas. Overall, I like how it looks…

Beaded Boston trolley train MBTA T Exxon gas station Citgo sign bead embroidery pop art seed beads

It’s Boston’s future Exxon building

Beaded Boston trolley train MBTA T Exxon gas station Citgo sign bead embroidery pop art seed beads

11 thoughts on “>Exxon Building

  1. >I haven’t visited for sooooooo Long, but you were just starting this piece before you left for your trip. You are making good progress. I agree, vinyl is stretchy for beading, but you’ll make it work.

  2. >Awww… thanks for the comments! And, yes, it is all about Boston, but this piece is also intended to have a much broader meaning, as well…We’ll see what happens!😀

  3. >I think this is going to be a fabulous Boston cityscape! I understand Beth’s points about how the signs will impact the trolley. I guess you’ll see how it all looks together as your piece evolves. What a fun process!

  4. >Good points brought out by Beth. Your Exxon sign looks great. All those signs and buildings! Sometimes I miss cities and other times I love it here in the middle of nowhere. It gets very dark here at night and you can see the stars so well. Cities have their own charm though, like a green trolley!

  5. >Hi Beth! Thanks for your comment! The signs are just a vision I had awhile back and, as with everything I do, I’m not sure how it will look in reality… I am entering uncharted territory! LOL. And, yea, the signs are meant to be overwhelming, afterall, aren’t they in reality, esp. in big cities??? I like your idea about the embroidery stitches. I had something in mind along those lines… The signs that are farther away will have to look darker for sure… We’ll see what I can come up with!😀

  6. >I adore the trolley and both the Citgo and Exxon signs turned out nicely. As I envision more signs popping up on the different buildings, I begin to lose the mental emphasis on the trolley. The signs overwhelm it. Is this what you’re going for? Or have you already taken this into account in planning your piece? I could see having less and less beading in the signs that are further and further in the distance and using some embroidery stitches instead.

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