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Freaky skull lady

Dearest reader,

as promised, in this blog post I will show you a quite freaky embroidered piece of mine. The skull lady.

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I found these black and white cabochons and I thought – after all my sweet pieces in pink, white and purple (I will show you this one in my next blog post) – do something different.

So I put my white and black beads together and embroidered this necklace with earrings. The backside is covered with black Ultrasuede (velour).

The necklace strap itself consists of rocailles in the colors grey-flecked, black and metallic grey as well as cateyes in light and dark grey threaded on jewelry nylon.

In my next blog post I will show you a very special necklace which I have done for a contest.

Thanks for your attention.

Beadzing

 


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Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery

Dearest reader,

as I promised, in this blog post I will take a look with you into the book:

Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery

This book is published in Lark Jewelry & Beading’s celebrated Beadweaving Master Class series, where you can find wonderful guides from embroiderers and other beaders. They show their techniques and the books are really interesting.

Sherry Serafini is one of the world’s top bead embroiderers. Since 1997 she is creating stunning pieces. She teaches and lectures in the USA. The most popular fans of her who wear her pieces are Steven Tyler, Melissa Etheridge and Fergie.

Sherry Serafini has written several books. In this book, Sherry Serafini shows wonderful pieces – cuffs, necklaces, brooches, earrings…. It is a guide to her techniques. She explains stitches, colors and gives instructions for 25 gorgeous projects. She is my favorite beading artist!

 

In my next blog post I will show you a quite freaky embroidered piece I made.

 

Thanks for your attention.

 

Beadzing

 


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Things can go wrong

Dearest reader,

as I promised, in this blog post I will tell you a little bit of things which can go wrong when you embroider.

1. It always takes a while for me to accomplish the shape of my Embroidery piece. I have something in mind but I am not able to sketch it. So I try to draw it on a piece of paper and then transfer it on Stiff Stuff (the piece you embroider on). At least it works out, but if you are not able to draw and the sides / distances are not equal – well – you have to do it again…

2. Sometimes it happens that beads are way too close and the thread is already through the fleece and the beads stick out. First possibility: you undo everything up to that point. Second possibility: you work and work and work on it and somehow sometime the beads lay flat on and you are happy.

3. Some beads – I do not know why, because they are cheaper, or have a special color… – bleed into the velour. That mostly happens with red beads and up till know I don’t know what I can do about it. It is annoying but it is on the backside of the embroidered piece so it is quite ok as no-one can see it.

4. You are done with your embroidered piece – and you don’t like it! Well no choice but to undo it.

You see, things will go wrong. But that’s the way. I always learn.

In my next blog post I will take a look into Sherry Serafini’s book “Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery”.  

Thanks for your attention.

Beadzing!

 


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My master piece!

Dearest reader,

as I promised, in this blog post I will show you my master piece. Some of you may have noticed it in my introduction post – a gorgeous necklace.

Some day I decided to do a very extensive creation. It had to exist of a few separate parts and in the color shades of autumn: brown, red-brown, yellow… I found a very beautiful piece of agate in a shop and decided this must be the center piece. So I started and it took months. See what I created:

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I am very proud of it.

In my next blog post I am going to tell you what can go wrong when you embroider.  

Thanks for your attention.

Beadzing!


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My first flexible bracelet

Dearest reader,

as I promised, in this blog post you will see my first flexible bracelet. Beforehand I used brass bracelets for the stabilization inside. I was not satisfied with this method so I tried it without.

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As you can see, the basis is the same as with brass inside – but the bracelet is flexible. You just have to measure the exact width of your wrist to fit perfectly. Do not forget that the clasp will give some more centimeters!

The clasp: You have a lot of possibilities for the clasp. In this case I decided to hand make a toggle myself, using the same beads I used for the embroidery itself. Once you have done it, the next time it will be a lot easier! 😉

You can also use a finished (bought) clasp, or you can use a button. You see, many many options!

In my next blog post I am going to show you my master piece!

Thanks for your attention.

 Beadzing


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My second embroidery bracelet

Dearest reader,

as promised, in this blog post I will show you my second embroidered bracelet. As I said before, with a brass bracelet for stabilization inside again. 

This bracelet I as real looker – in the color combination pink / rose / white!

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The center piece this time is an elephant which is opal. All other beads are plenty of different ones, different sizes and shades. This bracelet is definitely for someone who has a personality.

I prefer not to use brass bracelets (as I said in my last blog) but to embroider pieces which are flexible. Pieces with brass inside may not be bended! So if you like to try it, bend the brass piece before embroidering!

In my next blog post I will show you how a bracelet looks like WITHOUT brass inside.

Thanks for your attention.

Beadzing


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My first bracelet

Dearest reader,

as promised, in this blog post I will show you my first embroidered bracelet.

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I especially used these colors as I wanted to take part at a contest. They show the colors of Italy – red, white and green.
Inside of this bracelet there is a brass bracelet which I tried the first time. It is not easy to measure the bracelet, to cut out the fleece in this size and to embroider exact to the edge (you have to remind that you have to “sew” the fleece and the velour together). But at least I made it. 
I prefer not to use brass bracelets (you can buy brass necklaces as well) but to embroider pieces which are flexible. Pieces with brass inside may not be bended! So if you like to try it, bend the brass piece before embroidering!
Anyhow, I think the color combination is really fresh and makes me happy.

In my next blog post I will show you my second embroidered bracelet – and yes, again with brass inside. A really special color combination! See you…

Thanks for your attention.

Beadzing