Beading Taxi Tires

Today, I started beading my first NYC taxi cab! This is the first of 4 or 5 taxi cabs to be included in my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting. I am taking a slightly different approach to these cars. I want them to look less detailed than usual and very much like my initial sketch. Almost as if they are speeding down the street!

Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab. Bead embroidery on felt.

Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab. Bead embroidery on felt. 10" x 3" (26cm x 8cm).

I am using the beaded backstitch and lazy-stitch techniques. I’m using black, metallic brown, gray, pink, yellow, and silver-lined clear seed beads. These are mostly size 11, but some are size 15. As you can see in the photo below, I  am beading right off the edge of the felt! How does it look so far?

Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab tires detail.

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