Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design »
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Hipster, Classic, Cute, Casual, Whimsical
Soft Navy Upholstery Exterior, Lt. Blue/Dk. Blue Zebra Cotton Print Interior. Long cross-body straps combing both exterior and interior fabrics. Box construction, Bead embroidery using a variety store bought beads.
What was your inspiration?
I'm inspired by the fabulous jewelry artists who share their work here at Craftsy ---and inspired by my favorite teacher Carol Ann Waugh who (turned me into a surface design freak) opened my eyes to the wide wide world of Stupendeous Stitching, Adventures in Surface Design.
I've never done hand sewn bead work before. So I decided to give it a try--using a variety of store bought beads. This is fun. Don't laugh at my first attempts--I aim to get better at this.
What are you most proud of?
I'm building a flying geese quilt right now, and decided to use some of the extra blocks from that project to build color and movement on this laptop tote. I used multi-color thread stitches to add the blocks to the laptop panel prior to construction.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I was delighted with the "feel" of running my finger tips over the surface after finishing the beading. Very cool. I'm going to do more beading on future projects. Hope you will give it a try too!