I collected a variety of beads in my colour scheme. These are numbered in the image below as follows:
1 – pailettes or sequins
2 – glass bugle beads
3 – glass pearl beads
4 – pailettes made from pieces of plastic cut from a milk bottle
5 – coins
6 – rocaille or seed beads
7 and 9– shells
8 – sections of silk cocoons
10 – wooden beads
As can be seen in the images below, I tried different ways of stitching the beads on.
Image 8.4 – Shells stitched under chiffon; a coin stitched on with threads creating spokes; seed beads stitched in tight lines close together to create full coverage of an area.
Image 8.5 – silk cocoons attached by making a hole with the needle
Image 8.6 – bugle beads stitched in star shapes; sequins stitched with seed beads to make flowers
Image 8.7 – plastic pailettes held in place by threads without piercing the paillette; glass bugle beads stitched in rows; clusters of pearl beads
Image 8.8 – overlapping sequins stitched in rows; seed beads stitched separately; bugle beads stitched in random directions
Image 8.9 – seed beads in lines; pearl beads in circle
Image 8.10 – seed beads stitched on to sequins
Image 8.11 – sequins, not overlapping, stitched in spirals
I also tried some different ways of using beads for edging:
Image 8.13 – seed beads stitched into loops; seed beads stitched in straight line
Image 8.14 – tassels made from glass seed beads with bugle beads on the end
Image 8.15 – tassels made from seed beads with sequins threaded between them
Image 8.16 – the final sampler
I enjoyed this chapter very much. It was interesting experimenting with different ways of attaching the beads, and also using unusual items as beads e.g. the shells, coin, silk cocoon and pieces if milk bottle plastic. I particularly liked the tassels that I created with glass beads and sequins on the edging; they didn’t hang as well as the ones with bugle beads on the end as they were lighter, but the shapes were more interesting.
I think the overall effect on the sampler of the different types of beads is very pleasing.