Monday, February 2, 2015

On My Table: More Bead Embroidery!

Back on January 19th, I blogged about the bead embroidery piece I was working on for the bead cruise Alice in Wonderland-themed party.  Here's where I left off...
After playing around (adding and ripping out with massive frustration) with some fringe design and bail designs I finally finished the pendant...
This piece challenged me because I had not made this type of bail before.  I wanted to do a ladder-stitch bail but let's just say it wasn't being cooperative.  

After I finished the Mad Hatter, I was feeling full of Wonderland love so I decided to start an Alice pendant...
I don't wear pink often but this cabochon was perfect for all the pink seed beads I had in my stash.
I wanted to break out from just doing rows of backstitch over and over again.  I spoke (lots of texting, actually) with Jenny several times and she encouraged me and gave me lots of suggestions to help me step out of my comfort zone.
I made several mistakes along the way but they were all good lessons to learn.
Now I'm at the point where I need to decide on fringe and a bail design. Since I'm snowed/iced in, I'll be working on that today.
Because I can't seem to work on just one thing at a time, I also started on this piece, using my own porcelain seashell cabochon.  
I've been waiting forever to use these green and sea foam seed beads!
Here's the top portion all finished.  I made a few little errors on the side but practice makes perfect!
I knew this pendant needed more to it so I dug up this tiny fossil sand dollar that Jenny had gifted me and stitched it up with coordinating beads.
After connecting the two pieces, this is how the pendant currently looks.  I had tried adding a tiny bit of fringe to the bottom but was unhappy with all the results.  I'm going to go ahead and decide on a bail design and wrap this pendant up to wear on the cruise.  

If you have tried the basics and want to take the next step, call Jenny....OR pick up a copy of Dimensional Bead Embroidery by Jamie Cloud Eakin.  This is the perfect book to help expand your bead embroidery skills.  

Happy Beading!


  1. Hi Diane, Great job with your bead embroidery. The pink one is my favorite. I agree you can't have a better teacher than Jamie Cloud Eakin for bead embroidery. Just a note she has a new book out called "Bead Play with Fringe:Techniques,design and projects." I am reading it now and She shows some unique fringes.

  2. The bail on the Mad Hatter is heart shaped!!! Great job on making it inadvertently even more Alice in Wonderland.

  3. I wish I could do this stuff. I love the work you are creating. Both the style and your color palettes are perfect for the theme.


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