Monday, March 1, 2010

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


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

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

  6. Love the vibrant colours velvets and wool textures.

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