Thursday, July 29, 2010

OK, I can't stand it anymore LOL!

We have a Beaders Retreat in Tennessee, at a friend's home on the lake near White Pine. As I absolutely love bead embroidery, I thought it might be fun to find a way to teach this to newbies. Folks seem to like my beaded, stuffed dolls, but those can be intimidating, even in a 5 inch form. Less than that in size, and you have to work to get in detail, if you are the type to get stuck on making things look 'real'.
So, came up with a simple fish pattern, stuffed and flat (the flat is fabric, attached to Pellon 70) with a basic line pattern drawn on that can give ideas as to what stitch might work there. Of course, I would encourage them all to 'color outside the lines' and put whatever stitch THEY feel they want in that area.
All the fish are stuffed, the flats are connected, so onto the designs.
Of course, I had to do examples for them to fondle, as that is what fires us up-being able to hold a finished product and imagine ourselves doing it.
Here are some photos of the fish for the class, and the examples. I am still working on the second half of the 2 piece cuff, and will work diligently so that I will not only have it to wear, but can post a photo of it later.
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I WAS going to wait til I had them all done, BUT just couldn't wait any longer!


Terri said...

Oh those are so cute! Wish I were coming to your retreat!! LOL!

steufel said...

Those little guys are totally cute! And great colors, too.

Lidia said...

Have a wonderful time at your retreat! I'll bet everyone will love working on the little fish. A cuff bracelet is a nice idea.

Gypsy said...

Thank you Terri, Stef and Lidia!

Las Creaciones de Boricua said...

Wow!!! they are beautiful!!!!
Wish I were coming to your retreat.
I would love to learn that technique.


Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Those fishies are little cutie pies!!!!!! Your retreat will be a blast! I may just need to work on one of my very own. If only I didn't hate the stuffing part! Love the beading, as you well know......LOL!

Kristen said...

I want a whole tank of them!

Whytefeather said...

What a great idea, those little fish are so cute! Your retreat sounds like so much fun, I hope you have a fantastic time :)