Monday, 13 October 2008

There's seedie work afoot!!!!

That's right ... I've been seed beading again and incorporating my new love of bead embroidery. Shock ... horror!!!

These three pieces were done for challenges on the Beading Forum - the first one with the theme "The Masters", the second theme of "Two's Company, Three's a Crowd", and the third theme being "Moroccan Bazaar". All challenging in terms of what to do.

The Masters
I was inspired by Monet for this piece. Casually checking through pictures of his painting and I came across the ones he did of his gardens in Giverny. The colours that he used in the painting are what caught my eye the most .... so I based my piece on these colours. Lilac, orange, green and blue.

The gorgeous flat-backed lentil is by a very talented lampwork Artist here in Australia by the name of Jan Cahill. I loved this bead when I first saw it, and when this challenge came up I just knew I had to use this. Using seed beads I made a netted base and sewed the bead onto the centre of the piece. Around the bead I did alot (and I mean alot) of fringing around it to represent the water and his gardens. This bracelet is so heavy, but I think it's gorgeous ... and will be going into an exhibition of my work that hopefully will be opening soon.

Two's Company, Three's a Crowd
I wanted this to represent the 3 hearts that are involved in the three's a crowd side of things. Two hearts competing for the love of one - this being the bigger centre heart bead. I used pretty lilac and pink colours ... so unlike me by the way ... and using foil hearts, freshwater pearls, swarovski crystals and, of course, seedies. I also wanted to represent that love gives us wings - or at least that's what it does for me ... so I shaped the piece into the shape of wings.

Moroccan Bazaar Challenge

The rules on this piece was that it was to be a pendant and we were to swap with another person from the forum. I'm happy to say that the person who received my pendant loved it ... as did I. We were given a photo full of colourful tangine pots as inspiration, and the colours that caught my eye (well they always do) were turquoise and golden brown. So I went with these colours. Using Chinese Turquoise as the focals and turquoise and silverlined brown for the seedies, this is what I came up with.

Many thanks go to Kazco (Karen) from the Forum for the lovely pendant that I received in the swap. Red is not normally my colour, but I love this, and I'm pretty sure I can find something to wear it with (or maybe I could buy something hehehe).

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