As I mentioned last week, my inventory of bead embellished wool quilts has shrunk. I'm delighted so many have found new homes......so now it's time to create more. Hey, that's no hardship, I LOVE working with woolfelt, in fact, I can't seem to stop!
This is the layout of one I started last week. My style leans towards simple, less cluttered design elements and I was pleased with the general look of this one.
After adding machine stitching provide texture to the branches, I moved onto beading the bird. With two rows of beading in place, I've become alarmed that it's going to overpower the simplicity of the piece.
Why? It looked so good on paper.....and double checking the size.....yup, it's still the same. So, what wrong? I suspect it's because the 3 cut beads I'm using are very reflective, making the image appear much more noticeable/larger than it is.
Before I do anything drastic, I needed to study it a little more. I put the piece back on my design wall and positioned some of the red circles to determine whether it was the starkness of the beads/fabric without the circles that bothered me.... I'm trying to envision the bird completely beaded and am now convinced I need to redo it.
So, the next decision...... (a.) do I make the bird smaller or (b.) do I use forgo using these wonderful shiny beads and use matte beads instead. Stay tuned.....