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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

May I Introduce Mr. Blue!

Yep!  He's finished!  Now I just need to decide where or what to do with him!  I'm just figuring out what I'm doing with my beaded leaf!  HA  Mr. Blue weighs 3.5 oz. and is 7" high and 7 3/4" wide.  My leaf weighs a little over 5.5 oz. and is 10.5" high and 12" wide.

I started Mr. Blue, March of 2016, so that's not all bad and I didn't do any beading on him for several months because of my wrists!

Not sure if this animation is able to be seen but hope so!



This was the free coloring page I found that inspired me to create a squirrel

...and the reason for 'blue' was to create a quilt for our traveling exhibit here in Michigan.  We were each creating an art quilt based on the work of George Rodrique who always painted the Blue Dog.  Since I figure everyone would do a blue dog I thought I'd do a blue squirrel!     If you are interested in how I started Mr. Blue or my leaf, you can read my article in Quilting Arts Magazine, issue Oct/Nov 2015.

After I finished the beading, I removed the paper backing around the area (very carefully!). I did cut one thread holding some beads so I just sewed back through the beads to secure.  I said you have to do this part "very carefully" and don't watch football while you cutting!  Dang Michigan!  If you look close at this picture you will see some of the white area.

I used some Jacquard fabric paint, Indigo Blue, and painted all along the edge to cover the white pellon/printed piece.  This works so well...you can also use a marker pen but I like to use fabric paint if I can find the right color.

I had a helper while covering up the white areas!!!


And now no white shows so he's all ready to be attached to a quilt or canvas or just sit and stare at me for a year or two!  but he's done!  He will have some black beads for whiskers on the side of his face when he's attached.  I'll actually bead those down first then attach Mr. Blue.

WooHoo...now what should I bead next!


9 comments:

Nancy said...

He is beyond handsome! well done. The time lapse photo series is really good and illustrates the process nicely. He (and you) need to rest and then he'll tell you where he wants to reside. Nice work.

Cyndi L said...

Congratulations!! I love seeing him on the time lapse <3

Margaret Ball said...

He's gorgeous' And the time-lapse video was a brilliant idea.

Quilter Beth said...

Love your blue squirrel! He turned out so nice! The animation is a great addition. How did you do that? I could see that being very useful to show some of my SLOW work when I post it on my blog.

Gayle from MI said...

This is spectacular! So glad you got him finished without further hurting your wrist! Can't wait to see what beckmes of him.

Linda Steele said...

Congratulations, finished at last. He looks wonderful

Createology said...

Hello Mr. BLUEtiful very handsome squirrel. Robbie this is truly exquisite beading. Your Work of HeArt is also a labor of love. Super gorgeous and you will know just when and where the perfect display piece will come together. Creative Beading Bliss...<3

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Don't you just LOVE a blue squirrel. Love the time lapse pics and your cute little helper too!
xx, Carol

Windy Hill Happenings said...

Absolutely wonderful......also loved the time lapse video...You are amazing...What's next?