I've finished my beaded leaf!!! WooHoo big time!!! Thank goodness for my blog because I couldn't remember when I started on my leaf. The first blog post I have is from February 10, 2014! So from February to July, that's not all bad for beading a 12" x 12" leaf using #11 seed beads.
The colors are more true to what this detail picture looks like. I'm happy to have finished it but also thinking of what to do next! Only kidding!!
Next I have to finish hand stitching on the background piece; attach it to a canvas then I can attach the leaf to the background/canvas. I have a ways to go but with the beading finished it will be my inspiration to work on hand stitching...plus, I only have my hex's to work on while watching TV at night...I like to change it up!
My bud Susan, found this leaf on the golf course and thought I could use it in my art work! I don't think either of us thought of beading and I'm still not sure why I did but I did!
This was a photocopy that I taped together (remember it's 12" x 12") of the original leaf.
So here's the progression on my beaded leaf...thank again, Susan!!!!
Since I didn't think I'd finish until the fall (which for the entire piece I may not!), the colors were perfect for a fall leaf.
Next I started to outline with beads the shape of the leaf.
And then the filling in....two or 3 beads at a time. I am curious as to how many beads are in this piece. I've seen on bead sites how many seed beads are in tube (e.g. 25 grams) and since I kept all the tubes I emptied, I should be able to get a good guesstimate of the number of beads used. It won't be exact but I think pretty close.
So today I did some weeding, have country style ribs cooking (I know! I can't believe I bought some meat especially pork! But I did!) and now to do some dog lessons with Kalee and then on to my horse hex project!