Threads and Beads

My head is spinning with great embellishment techniques and fibers. My hands just don’t work fast enough to do all the creations in my head. I just had to share some pieces with you that I have been working on.

I have been having a great time creating with our hand dyed threads and beads. I love the little fly stitch which was introduced to me while teaching in Melbourne, Australia by one of my students. Here I used hand dyed #8 perle cotton and wonderful seagrass which is now one of my favorite threads. I love how using different fibers gives you a variety of looks.

Here I have used a metallic thread and hand dyed floss for a coral and a Pekinese stitch. They give such depth to the wool.
I also have some stranded Japanese flosses which I love because the variegation is short and you get instant textural gratification. Here I have done a chevron stitch as well as bullion knots.
I have a great bead book which I have been experimenting with and love this coral stitch done in silk thread with seed beads.
Have fun creating

7 Responses to “Threads and Beads”

  1. Nancy in MT says:

    Oh my Sue, I can't believe the look in just using the different threads, I'm telling you, you must write a book just on embellishments, what is seagrass, a type of thread or perle cotton or is that the color. Nancy

  2. Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims says:

    I love working with wool, but with your stitches on them wool can be so much more. I would love to take a class with you, maybe in Sisters this year. I have dropped the hint like a load of bricks to my sweetie for a birthday idea!

  3. K says:

    I was going to say, "I'd love to take a stroll through your head," but then I realized, that's what I just did. I LOVE that you give me pictures of this detail. I can't tell you how badly I need every shred of magic I can get these days, and your imagination is just invigorating. The beads just fire me up. And the stitches. I learn from looking.

  4. Maggey and Jim says:

    Love the stitches and the beads just add a special depth to each piece..

  5. Irish Kathi says:

    Looks great…love the mix of wool, velvet, cotton and those threads. Everything I love!

  6. Melanie says:

    Love the vibrant colours velvets and wool textures.

  7. malou says:

    MAGNIFIQUE !!!!!merci beaucoup.J'ai très envie d'essayer.

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