But now that I have had a break, I am back and I want to share some of the things that I have learned over the past year.
As many of you know, I have been doing A LOT of bead embroidery!!!
I have been making lots of earrings, both small and....
I also did a back-patch of my daughter's favorite Muppet character and attached it to the back of a denim jacket as a 21st birthday present for her.
I have been making medallions to match earrings.
And decorating baby shoes for 0-3 month olds.
But the biggest lesson I have learned is about SPACING!!!!
I must admit that I am a rather impatient person (no comments from family here!!!). I want things done and done now.
I use stiff felt for my foundation. I started gridding the felt after my second project, thinking it would help me with my spacing. I was afraid that I would loose the pieces that I wanted to use as the focals if I did not glue them all at once, but I found that this was a mistake!!! Spacing was super hard!! Things just did not fit sometimes. This cuff is a great example of that. If you look closely at the photo, you will see where a large amount of beadwork has been ripped out!!!
I learned that it is much better to glue pieces as you work!!! It really saves the ripping!!
So, as I begin my next project, decorating a Liz Claiborne wallet to match these earrings,
I am gluing one focal piece at a time.
It does slow me down, but as yesterday showed (if you follow my Facebook Posts) getting distracted while glue dries is not always a bad thing. I got something done that has been a UFO for a long time.
Hope you all have a great beady day!! More posts to come!! I promise!