I'm almost done...had a temporary stoppage because I ran out of beads - only had a small patch of seaweed left to complete. And because my poor little pricked fingers were too sore. Also because I had lots of various company over the past week. I'm hoping to debut my finished fully-beaded blue crab next week so keep an eye out for that.
Here's a little more teaser that includes some "messy beading" seaweed....
I know this is not everyone's cup of tea but I love beading, especially brick-beading. I guess it's my basketweave - you know, how therapeutic it is for some to just basketweave a piece. I should probably have a brick-beading piece going at all times. I do think this piece will be beautiful. I love the colors and I thoroughly enjoyed
stitching beading it. It took way less time than I anticipated.
When I ran out of beads, I started a cute new small piece....
I've started the beaded lettering but I'm not happy with it. The capital H at the top is attached with a cross stitch using size 11 beads on this 13-mesh canvas, but the beads are a little crowded. The lower "y" is just tent stitched on with a lasso and still crowded. So I think I will try smaller size 14 beads to see how those look. I might just decide to stitch the lettering instead of beading. What I know for sure is that I want those words to pop since that is basically all this canvas is. If I can pad the lettering enough to double-stitch over it, then I might like that - more to follow.
The background was so much fun to stitch. I previously diagrammed this composite for a custom stitch guide but hadn't used it yet myself and really wanted to try it - so since this little piece was painted with words on a solid green background, I had a blank space on which to experiment. Canvas in 13-mesh limits thread options so that took me a beat to figure out what to use for this. I ended up using Silk & Ivory along with Silk Lame Braid which I stitched over twice. It was nice to work a full pattern that didn't require plying or laying the threads. I think it will look fine once the words are popped. I think I will stitch this piece again and try a different approach. Stay tuned for the reveal of both canvases by next week!