All day long I thought I could just run inside, and get this post written. All day long, it was one thing after the next, and it turned out very prolific. I spent some time playing on Instagram with @gogokim and #missingmarket. Quilt Market is going on right now, and there are lots of us living vicariously through the feeds from those there. Oh, to be...or not, but it does look glamorous and fun. We're still having our fun together on Instagram. I'm PINKDOXIES. Look me up.
One thing that came up while I was posting was that I have a lot of passions other than fabric, and one is gardening. I think it was natural that a flower was the focus of this piece, and looking back, all my art quilts have been about plants. Hmm. Yesterday I spent the day dogsitting, and while I was stuck in the house, I stitched and beaded.
Between you and me, I am not too critical of my beading method. This was my first try at adding beads of any kind to a project, and just getting them stitched on was my goal. I had a variety of shapes to try, and each had its own learning curve. One big dilemma I had was not having seen many examples of beaded quilts beforehand. Was I adding to many or too few? I really wasn't sure.
Here I added some seed beads to one side, but wasn't thrilled with them. Either I need to add some to the other bud, or maybe remove them. I densely quilted the background with perle cotton allowing the buds and flower pop forward.
These polymer clay beads, which remind me of pooca beads, made great craters in the moon. I think just a few metallic beads would help it, too. I haven't decided if some hand stitching in the rings of the moon might add or detract.
I fell in love with the blue and aqua glass beads that were thinner to string than a piece of dry thin spaghetti. I positioned a few stars diagonally across the piece. I think it helps to carry the eye in the direction of where the flower is 'looking'.
I have it hanging on the kitchen wall right now so I can look at it often. I don't think it's done, but I'm trying to be very careful not to over bling it. I think the beads need to be balanced, and the bottom has none so far. I'm debated about some wonderful polished stone beads I have, and whether they might add or detract. So far, the embellishment has been the hardest.
Have you used beads in an art quilt before? Any suggestions you want to give me? I'm all ears.