Sunday, February 8, 2009


Well, I've started beading in earnest now. What a pain. I didn't realize it would be as difficult as it is. It sounds easy: "Thread needle, tie a knot, bring thread up through quilt, add bead(s), thread down through quilt, travel to next spot, repeat." Yeah, not so much. First the needle is super tiny. It's hard to tell which end has the eye, and the eye is too small to use a needle threader. And the beading thread is very fibrous and splits easily while you're threading the needle.

I really don't mean to complain. I'm sure things will get better as I get more practice. But I got really behind when I had to go to Michigan for the funeral, and just from general burn-out. I got back from the funeral a week ago and just started the beading again today.

Here is a shot of some of the beads on the fabric. I used Swarovski crystals held on by a clear, silver-lined seed bead. I also just used the silver-lined seed bead in some places. I'm using them to portray stars in the sky.

I also found these cute rectangle beads to be windows. They're actually harder to put on than the crystals are. I think it took me probably 45 minutes to put eight of them on last night.

So, anyone feel like beading with me?

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