Beads, Beads, Beads!

Creativity, Embroidery

Beads are my current obsession. As a mixed media artist, I’ve always had a stash of beads; seed beads, bungle beads, faceted beads, lampwork beads. I normally pick them up from somewhere because I like the look of them and mostly used them inย my polymer clay work or other mixed media projects.

It wasn’t until relatively recently that I realised bead embroidery was a thing!

I started a mini project of this beetle with a mixture of beads and threads. I also wanted to make some new earrings and made these little spiders from a video I found on YouTube. Mine are a little big but so cute and once you get the hang of making them, you can make variations.

Continuing with an insect theme, I started my next bead embroidery of a spider with this flat round bead as the body. I bought this book as an introduction to the different ways to do bead embroidery and found it really useful.

My embroidery wall in the art room is coming along well. Dr Truffles sometimes pops out of his pod to see what’s going on and looks very sleepy! I also made a big spider with this one off bead and added some white seed beads to some thread to make a little web from which to hang him.

 

Embroidery Bugs

Embroidery

While I have been busy the last few weeks, and I started trying my hand at shrink plastics, I’m still doing my embroidery and my recent project over the last two months has been beetles and bugs. I also did a bee! I got the idea after seeing some mini hoops in a craft shop and thought having them laid out like a curios cabinet would look cool!

DSCN1184And here are my first few beetles. I thought I would do a bigger one for variation as well. Doing these little hoops was fun and therapeutic.

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