Thursday, June 12, 2008

It's finished!


Bead Embroidery isn't something that can be knocked out quickly; but it sure is fun, and very addicting, at least for me! I've always loved embroidery; there is something so comforting and soothing about it. I love the repetitive nature of the stitching, and I love to see the picture emerge, ever so slowly. I've been known to embroider until my eyes are gritty, unable to stop, because I can't stand not seeing just a little bit more.

But all good things must come to an end; after awhile there is no place to put another stitch. You can see my finished Crazy Quilt on Jewelry Tales.


williamsburg beader said...

I really love this piece. I love the story you wrote and that there is a real quilt in your family makes it even more special. I am working on a charity project ( and I hope you will answer a question about how you did this piece. I can do the embroidery, but what did you use as an armature in order to leave the window? and it seems the bead is attach to wire - does that help to create the shape of the piece. thank you Catherine Bond

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

I embroider on ultrasuede backed with stiffened felt (available at chain craft shops) to make my collars firm, yet flexible.

The "half circles" that the bead is attached to are curved tube beads that I sewed on. I don't know if I would use this technique again, actually; it took a lot of fiddling to make the bead stand secure.


williamsburg beader said...

OK, I think I may try this, but may be not for BFAC (leaning toward a box with an embroidered top). Thank you so much for answering.

And congradulations on winning the "Use the Muse" contest. Sometimes I don't know why I bother entering these things. *GRIN*

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

Thank you! It was the first judged contest I've entered, and I was amazed that I won! There were so many beautiful entries.