Autumn Musings & Makings

Art, Embroidery

Here are a few things I’ve been working on over October and November. I really wanted to get back into sculpting so made a derpy pumpkin for Halloween! Then I decided to try making a poison apple. I got these cool plastic eyes but they were much smaller than I thought!

I also finally finished my anatomical heart embroidery – it was a bit of a slog because I added more flowers around the heart to give it more depth, as well as adding beads and sequins. I love the little spider!

I’ve been brushing up on my baking skills with a new mixer and the last week have made Oreo brownies and chocolate marble cupcakes. Tasty! As usual my little helper Truffles was on hand for a bit of inspiration.

Since moving house my monster plant I made a while ago got a bit damaged, so I have been working on new leaves and a better pot for him. I really loved working on a big project like this, I need to this of more.

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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.