>Beaded Fabric Curtains

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Close-up: Semi- beaded White House windows.
Bead embroidery on felt. Beadwork in progress.

Here’s what I plan to work on today – the curtains seen in the windows of my beaded White House. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to bead these, but so far, I like how they look! I am using size 15 Japanese seed beads in two different whites. The curtains are made using a modified bead-embroidered peyote-stitch. Do you think they look like fabric? So far, I have completed 2.5 windows. I only have 23 more (+ one door) to go! I better get beading! 😮

What are your plans for today?

>Outside the Oval Rooms

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Here’s the latest progress of my bead-embroidered relief art. I am working on the center section of my beaded White House. In the real building, this is where the Oval Rooms are, which are not to be confused with the Oval Office! 😮

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Semi- beaded White House relief painting. 17″ x 6″.
Bead embroidery on felt. Beadwork in progress.
As you can see, this piece is already taking shape, but there is still quite a bit of beading & construction left to do! 😮

>Seed Bead Bricks

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I appreciate your comments on my last post! As you can see, I finally finished beading the East side of the South façade of my felt White House. So far, I have used very close to one whole hank of size 11 Czech glass opaque white seed beads, and about 2/3 hank clear seed beads. Those who guessed my beading method were correct. I switched my bead count from 10 white-5 clear to 5 white-10 clear, but the reason I did that was rather unclear at the time. It’s interesting that some thought this technique made the seed beads look like bricks!

beaded White House Barack Obama Washington DC pop art beadwork bead embroidery blogSemi- beaded White House relief painting. 17″ x 6″.
Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.


Now that I look at it, they really do look like bricks! Cool. 😀

>Method to My Beading

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Above is a close-up shot of the beadwork I completed last week. And below is a close-up of the bead embroidery I have completed in the last 2 days.

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Can you see the difference between the two examples of beadwork? If so, can you explain the methods to my beading? 😮

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Semi- beaded White House painting. 17″ x 6″. Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.


>Felt White House

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I just finished putting together the felt foundation for my beaded White House! It’s not all stitched together yet, but at least most of the architectural elements are there:

beaded felt White House Obama Washington DC whitehouse.gov bead embroidery relief pop artFelt foundation for beaded White House. 17″ x 6″. Fiber art in progress.

Many people use Lacy’s Stiff Stuff for beading, but I use plain old felt. I have tried Lacy’s before, and while I don’t mind it, but I only use it for small projects. I don’t like it for my large relief paintings because it is very expensive, my needle does not pass through it as easily as it does felt, and it isn’t very easy to manipulate. As you can see by the photo above, felt just seems to take its own shape naturally. Now all I have to do is add seed beads! 😀