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Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's a frame!

Yep, it's a FRAME!  I have six of my beaded birds and butterfly's completed but was so undecided on how to mount them. 

In our little town, we have a frame shop where I have had some work done a few years ago.  I took my beaded piece in to Sonja and we decided to just mount it and frame it.  I really like the color of the frame and there is a dark inside edge,  which helps set off the piece.  I'm really happy with how it turned much so that I did drop off one of my beaded birds for her to frame.

But before I did, I took the  beaded piece to the machine and did some stitching on the leaves.  I had previously painted some of the leaves that were free motion quilted just to give it more definition (the leaves and flower in the butterfly piece are hand painted and hand stitched - background on all my pieces are just free motion quilted).  But I haven't done any more hand stitiching on the pieces since I finished my butterfly piece above.  

You can see in this picture the leaves on the left side have been stitched and on the right are just painted. 

Just a closeup shot of the leaves...I didn't have time to do the hand stitching, hence, falling back to using some of my embroidery stitching on the machine.  I stitched this up yesterday before I picked up kids at school and then dropped off the piece last night to Sonja.

I have no idea what this stitch is called...but it triple stitches each straight stitch which gives it a heavier feel... I could have used my 12 or 28 wt thread and just straight stitched but I didn't have the right color thread in the heavier weight.  This works for me!  I use this stitch for edging the facing on my snap bags too. 

And this is the finished piece I dropped off for framing.  The frame color matches the background quilting thread perfectly...although in this picture it doesn't look as gold.  I used Superior thread/Ricky Tims poly #104).   All of these pieces are approximately 8 1/2" x 11". I can't wait to see this piece in a frame too!  

Today is work day at home.  I want to clean up Bob's workroom of cobwebs and dust!  He's off to bowl so I can get in there without any distraction(s)!  I know it's a room no one sees but me and it drives me crazy.  His workroom is across from my wet room where I do my painting/dyeing/playing! 

Kalee and I took a walk this a.m. and it's beautiful out.  It was only in the low 20's @ 7:00 a.m. but already it's in the mid 40's, no breeze and lots of sun!  Perfect day actually.  Bob's thinking of golfing tomorrow so I hope it's as nice as today! 


  1. Your beading and painting and fmstitching is WONDERful. I have a stack of frames that I keep saying I'm going to make art for...and you've inspired me to get on with it!

  2. Those birds are to die for. So precise and beautiful. I am bad about framing. I never want to spend the money but everything always looks so nice in them!

  3. The PERFECT finishing solution! Naturally, I LOVE the beadwork too!

  4. LOVE your bead work!!! Beading is a new interest of mine...I may have to look to you for some mentoring!!

  5. Oooooohhhhh! This is just gorgeous!

    We should get together and combine my paints and your beads sometime...