The theme/challenge this time around is bead embroidery. I dabble in embroidery periodically but it's something I always feel I can use more practice in, so I was excited for this ATTS!
During sign-ups Therese gave away some of her stones which she personally cuts and polishes into stunning cabochons. I was the lucky and happy recipient of this gorgeous petrified wood with wormholes!
I absolutely adore this cab! I love all the creamy colors and the shots of pinkish orange. Seriously - these are 'my colors'!!! Which was just good luck, because Therese pre-packaged these, and sent these out randomly.
I just knew I had to hug this cab with some creamy colors. My first selection were these pearl colored size 8 charlottes.
After starting one embroidered row around the cab, I decided to step up and start a short peyote to frame the cab even more. This cab is so pretty on it's own I didn't want to go too crazy with too much embellishment.
One of my struggles with embroidery, I realized with this challenge, I sometimes try to rush the process by adding too many beads per stitch. Another challenge, is trying to keep each stitch nice and tight, when I really should be giving each stitch a millimeter or less of wiggle room so the beads can stand nice and pretty on their own without puckering! I took my time on this challenge and only added two beads per stitch (which was great when I decided at the last minute to add that peyote bezel, I knew straight away that I had an even count!).
Finishing an embroidered piece can sometimes be a challenge as well. When finishing, I kept my mantra, 'not too tight' and everything went swimmingly.
A simple beaded bail to attach the chain.
I was psyched there was a piece of gray ultrasuede in my stash that matched the cab so perfectly. Some grey Nymo thread added to the cohesiveness!
This piece is simple, but it was a fantastic study in embroidery for me. The cabochon Therese created was so gorgeous I really wanted to make sure it shined with some good beadwork around the outside and that really forced me to take my time, pull stitches out when necessary, and make sure nothing came out too wonky.
Thank you, as always, to our hosts Christine and Therese. This challenge is such a great idea, and a fun way for beaders to practice and hone in on their skills! I can't wait to see what ATTS #8 brings!
Please click on the links below to take a look at other ATTS participants' creations!