Saturday, June 23, 2012

to bead or not to bead

We got some rain last night, but so far today, although muggy, we've had none. I've spent most of my day, aside from an errand, inside doing some hand embellishing on two small pieces. I took a little break after lunch to help patch and spread some grass seed on a little piece of our front lawn. We are being invaded by ants and a skunk. Our next door neighbor has sprayed and laid moth balls, so I think even more have fled to our side. I find it surprising because because they do have a cat, albeit an indoor one, and the moth balls are toxic to small animals. We try to do everything as bio friendly as we can; there's not much one can do about the neighbors. I hate to think it could leach into my veggies.
I finished the black thread sketching on this 4 by 6, postcard sized piece and added some beads and French knots to the center.
 I may use this as the binding, but I could change my mind.

 This piece is 8 by 8 inches, chosen because it meets the criteria of the Quilting Arts challenge I'm working on. I may only use French knots in the middle, not sure about the beads. What do you think?

I have a different border in mind for this. I'll show it  next time.


elle said...

I like the outlining with the sketchy threadwork!

Exuberant Color said...

The beads are nice. Maybe you could get the same effect with a few french knots in different colors added to the second one. I like your thread sketching. I miss doing that so maybe it's time to go back to it.

imquilternity said...

Yep, I say add beads. I like the additional sparkle and it's just one more layer of texture, right? These pieces are lovely, I really like them quite a bit. I like the binding fabric you've chosen too!

Wendy said...

Lovely work Holly, but I honestly can't say I like the binding fabric...the only thing I see is the hot pink...sort of detracts from the lovely colours of the flowers and leaves...just my opinion though and besides it is your creation, go with what feels right to you.
The beads look lovely.

Anonymous said...

Lovely work, I always wonder whether to add beads to things and am often plesantly surprised with the outcome when I do, they seem add a little extra something to the work :)

Margaret Applin said...

Soooooo beautiful Holly!!!!