Monday, February 4, 2008

What Do You Think?

I have beaded the outline of my January journal quilt. Unfortunately, it didn't come out quite the way I expected. I pictured a beefier line of beads. I think what happened is the beads I used were mostly too small (but the smallest beads in my mix were 11's, not 15's or delicas or anything like that!), and many of them are clear or reflective so that they disappear visually.



I have a couple of options for fixing this as I see it: add more beads on either side of what's already there or take these beads off, mix bigger beads into my bead soup, and do it again. What do you think? Any other ideas?

14 comments:

Denise said...

Hey Sue! Keep beading! Make it thick and dense with beads - don't take any out, that would be a waste, because the bigger beads aren't as easy to bead embroider, cause they wobble around without lots of thread in their holes.
It's looking good, I was going back and forth between the first and second picture, cause the material is different!
Cheers, Denise

abeadlady said...

Because so many of your beads are reflective, I agree with Denise. Make a more solid border to make a stronger impact. The other option is to take these out and bead the border with a more opaque bead. It doesn't necessarily have to be bigger, just more visual.

Arline

beadbabe49 said...

I'd add, rather than starting over with larger beads....

KV said...

I'm with everyone else, Sue. Add more beads, perhaps mix some matte beads in with the others to make a more dense outline.

Lovely concept -- I actually liked the first fabric colors you tried, too.

Kathy V in NM

a2susan said...

If you want to keep using white beads, add some matte and opaque ones so that the shiny ones are not dominant. I think you have a great start and just need to keep going!

Clare said...

I agree - add some more. I love the fabrics you've used.

Kathy Wagner said...

Me too...I agree with the other to keep adding more beads until you like it.

Hélène H said...

And anyways, Gemini is a sign of air, so the clear reflective beads are good for your design.

diane said...

i'm with adding more rows of beads or maybe rows of sequins if you want real reflection (of course my motto is 'when in doubt, add sequins')

did you know that I'm from Michigan and live in Western Washington too?

Diane

Cindy said...

When quilting, to emphasize something, you always have to go over it at least twice. Use the same concept for beading, add another line of beads or maybe 2 or 3. Maybe a darker colour of the beads might work.

Robin said...

If you want the beads to be a more dominant part of the design, I agree with most of the folks above... add more beads. Matte white will show up nicely, but not take over the design. I know I'm only looking at a picture (always different than the real thing), yet it appeals to me very much just the way it is.

Sharon said...

I think I'd have to agree with everyone else and say add more beads. I think your design is very clever and perfect for a Gemini!
I too grew up in Michigan and now live in western Washington. I didn't know there were so many of us!
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Joan said...

I haven't climbed that mountain in a while. I agree with adding more - maybe with a more dimensional stitch, like making a tunnel over the beads you've already stitched.

madness said...

ha! think you have your answer but I'll add mine too, More beads! big clumps of beads in certain choice spots and maybe some small fringes...