Saturday, February 21, 2009

Homework Done

I am so happy to be done with my pincushion class homework. Definitely NOT my favorite project. This is a black and white copy of the picture we were given along with our velvet and calico.

Its an odd layout. I just don't get the leaves stuffed in the corner. We were instructed to put the leaves wherever we wanted and in the center we could put the year "2009" or an initial. One woman who always takes classes and never finishes anything, jokingly asked if she could put 2010 on hers!

First step was to place the outline rows along the perimeter which is a 5 x 7 rectangle. Then a foundation row of size 8 beads in an oval shape which was then covered with size 11 making a very tight raised rope effect.

The center oval is two rows of 'chase me around' stitch which is then outlined with a straight row, all in size 11s.

I hunted through my bead stash and came across this very large cabachon, so I put it in the center of the oval and surrounded it with peyote stitch to hold it in place. LOVE IT!

The paper leaf is tacked down with a spot or two of glue and then four size 6 beads are placed in the middle of the leaf. After adding some foundation rows to make it nice and firm, the tip of the leaf is worked first and you work your way to the bottom. I alternate side to side so I can keep the center point more centered.

I put on five leaves to represent my family of 3 daughters, my husband and myself.

It still looks plain to me. I want to add some vines or something. Our instructor didn't have hers finished beyond that top photo, so maybe in the next class we will embellish it some more. She did bring a sample piece that she based the pattern from, and it had lots of beading along the pillow edge and fringe at the corners. Maybe once all that is put on the simple-ness of the top will balance it off. Next class isn't until the 26th. Bummer.

With my homework out of the way, I have started on the Beader's Muse challenge. It is so much fun to be given some beads and only told to make wearable art. I'm sworn to secrecy until the big reveal, so my lips are sealed on what is taking shape.

Tomorrow I am spending the day with my friends Cindy and Diane exploring a few of the many art galleries Buffalo has to offer. We are hoping to make this a regular event, as there are dozens of galleries around the City. We are meeting at Diane's place for breakfast and to map out our route for the day. And after we have taken in as much as our eyes can stand, we will finish the day over dinner somewhere. I just hope the weather cooperates........


Carol said...

Only you could make a pin cushion look like a work of art. I can't wait to see this project completed. I can't imagine it being actually used. I am not too up on what needle artists are doing, so forgive me if this is a "to look at only" piece. If I had it, I couldn't possibly stick a pin in it!

Tracey N. said...

What you have done so far, is lovely! You always put so much thought and symbolism in your works of art! I am so envious of you with the classes you get to take. There is nothing within 100s of mile here for classes. Just the usual stringing and very simple beadwork. Nice job my dear! Hugs!

Plays with Needles said...

Lynn, I LOVED this post!! So much inspiration girl! I can't thank you enough for the step by step photos -- I've saved them and will attempt some of the techniques in the future, God willing. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your pincushion

As of the Creative Muse contest...oh would I LOVE to enter that. But I've got too many commitments right now. I wonder if she'll have another? Good luck, I know you'll do something Extraordinary!

GraceBeading said...

I really like this piece so far, that cab is wonderful and your beading is exquisite as always!

I bet you're having a great day with your friends - sounded fun anyway.

I'm really looking forward to seeing all the "Use The Muse" entries. I finished mine and am just getting ready to send it in - fun little project, I really liked the beads in that one!