On with September

Day three of work - beading the flower petals is so meditative - I don't have to think (which sometimes is a very good thing) - Now that I think about the rest of the page, I really wish that I had some form of 'beading training'. I would like to make a 3-D cane or two to sew the leaves and berries onto - I would think that doing a peyote chain thing-a-ma-bob would work for this. I watched someone once do a peyote stitch around a drinking straw - that would be perfect. But, alas and alack, I don't know how to do even a straight peyote stitch, much less a circular one - or any other type of proper bead stitch either. And so I'll improvise - maybe bead around a piece or two of cording? I'll think of something. I'm not patient enough to wait until someone teaches me how to do the peyote thing. I'm sure Mei would do it in a heartbeat if I drove up there - but immediate need gratification will rear its' ugly head once again.

I like doing the beading on something already plotted out, but I really think that I like just 'having at it' better. Next month perhaps I'll go back to random abandon with my page and see where it takes me.


KV said...

Hi, Diane --

I learned to do both flat and tubular peyote stitch from two lovely books: Creative Bead Jewelry by Carol Taylor and Creative Native American Beading by Theresa Flores Geary.

It only took two to three tries to master the stitch. If you cannot find these books, let me know and I would be glad to scan the pages for you.

I like this month's heart very much -- the colors are quite rich.

Kathy V in NM

Denise said...

you could do some beading around a cord - like what you by at the upolstery shop or use a round shoe lace. You can do bead embroidery around it to give you the dimension you are looking for.
Hope this helps. I love the flower.
There are lots of peyote tutorials on line and they are fun! It wouldn't take you long to learn how to use it.
Cheers, Denise

Robin said...

Your rambling thoughts about bead embroidery struck such a cord with me... totally enjoyable to read. You could string beads and wrap them around a cord, couching them down here and there. Last night we watched a beautiful movie based on Vincent VanGough's letters to his brother Theo narrated by John Hurt. Your sunflower reminds me of his sunflower paintings. Warmth, energy, earthy, fun!

beadbabe49 said...

This one is looking fall-ish already...just like the flowers in my garden...good job!

abeadlady said...

Ooh. I like this a lot. You have many options for this, but please do try peyote. It's great fun.

Kiwi Ellen said...

Lovely stuff so far Diane. Another apporach to this can be achieved by laying down some cord/yarn/line of seed beads in the shape you want your stalk for the leaves & berries. Then do whip stitch over the cord, keeping your rows nice & snug. This gives a nice 3D effect & it's easy to attach what ever you want to one end. Here's an example of how it looks http://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/1285715633063161327jfJAsS It's one of my UFOs

vivage said...

The sunflower is great (one of my fave flowers). Your work is fab.

There are some pretty good tuts for tubular peyote...but if you try one, try with size 8 beads til you get the hang of it.

I got so frustrated trying to start doing tubular peyote with 11's that I still to this day dislike the stitch. I really should get over that!

freebird said...

What a great idea to do love and hate together. I'm sure you will do fine with your vine seeing how you do all your stuff.

CC said...

This is beautiful! When I saw it small, I thought part of it was trapunto, part beaded & part embroidery floss! I was amazed when I saw it large! You are doing great! Now I want pie!!! Blackberries are an invasive species here, so they kill 'em! I miss those Washington state blackberry pies!!! Oh, my! I can't wait to see this done!
With aloha, CC