This weekend I'm working on some new Paisley-shaped brooches. I particularly enjoy these as they're a bit bigger than my rings or necklaces so I have a larger area of felt to play with. Again their colours have been inspired by my new supply of felt hankie fibre - and I'm trying to be a bit more adventurous with my bead colour choice, mixing colours together rather than sticking to shade variations of one colour.
This brooch will be called 'Chartreuse' - I'm really loving these delicate spring green shades at the moment:
I generally play around with bead placing for a while before I make the final decision (although sometimes it evolves as I go along). It's pretty much impossible to keep the un-sewn-on beads on the felt as I sew, so these wee beauties come in very useful:
These are some of a set of tiny wee ceramic dishes made for me by Karen of hodgepodgearts - they are handy for so many crafty purposes, but I particularly use them for holding my beads as I work. They are works of art in themselves (Karen made me a beautiful set of 8, each a different size and colour) and I just love to use them.
I've also been working on 'Iroiro' this weekend:
Still loving the rainbow colour combination, and I can't resist adding in a touch of gold with the beads.
I generally seem to do the beading first before the embroidery - I feel somehow that the beads give structure in a way that embroidery doesn't, so I tend to fit the embroidery stitches in around the felt textures and beads. Embroidery for Iroiro and Chartreuse will hopefully be happening this evening!