I had a really exciting Friday! About two weeks or so ago I decided to put up some of my stuff on Etsy for sale and one of the pieces (the blue dichroic glass brooch from my last post) got sold on Thursday and needless to say I was chuffed to bits! I love Etsy and I buy a lot of things on there but I never ever thought one of my things would actually sell on there! So I have been pumped all weekend running around the flat organizing pieces, planning new things, photographing some stuff and all that good stuff and I think I worked myself into a little frenzy cause now I am utterly exhausted and I haven’t even done much!:D
So as I am sat here watching practically every show that is premiering here on TV this evening I thought I would write a short post about one of my older pieces, the last of the three set of shoe clips that I made for my mom.
If you guys remember my the Crown of Ms.V brooch then this set of shoe clips will look familiar to you. My mom loved that brooch so when she purchased these cameos I decided to turn them into shoe clips for here following the exact same pattern as the brooch but upside down meaning that the crown part was on the bottom of the piece instead of the top. I don’t think I was following any sense of logic when decided to invert the pattern, I think I just wanted to see what it would look like!
My mom loved the clips, but then again she would love anything with pearls on it, but she told me that she has used it a couple of times at parties which makes me excited that she is getting some use out of them!
On another rather random note, ( since I am writing this on a sunday evening but posting it monday morning )I am so excited for the season premier of Revenge this evening, only because this is the first time I am actually getting to see a series on its actual premiere date. Back in the UK series tend to be shown rather a couple of months later than they premiere over here and I am always a season or so behind anyway. but lately I have been catching up on all my series and I have been thinking of doing a series of pieces based on the characters from the TV shows. I have a character in mind from the American horror story, I think it will turn out cool but we will see. Hope everyone had a nice weekend! If you read this let me, which shows, you are looking forward to watching this season ?
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You know how sometimes you want to make something super special and whatever you think of doesn’t seem special enough. This is how I felt about this piece.
I fell in love with the works of Lori Earley when I saw her work in Hi-Fructose magazine a few years ago and this painting titled “Ms. V” was on the cover. There is something about her work that really draws me in. the women are so unusual yet beautiful and there is something somewhat sinister about them which I really like. They are beautiful but dark and mysterious. If you are interested in seeing more of her work you can visit her website at: http://www.loriearley.com/
I wish I knew the story behind this painting but to me Ms. V is very regal and the painting is gorgeous enough so it doesn’t need that much in terms of embellishments but I wanted it too be special and different from the other things that I have made. I racked my brain for a couple of days to come up with a plan for this piece.
I mentioned that I really thought Ms. V looked regal and what is more regal than a crown. The shape I set out creating around the cabochon is reminiscent of a crown in a way. In keeping with the theme I used my favorite gold seed beads and various pearls.
I drew on my crown shape around the cabochon on my foundation to give me an idea of the boundaries I should be working in. After doing my bezel row and a second row of beading all the way around the cab I started on the Crown Point where I used alternating gold and white pearls.
I liked the colours and everything was matching really well but I wanted the crown part more pointed and adding another row of the same pearls wasn’t giving me the effect I was after. The good thing is for some reason I seem to have white pearls in every size and to be honest I am not even sure I have come to own so many different sizes of pearls. I have never been a big fan of pearls but to be completely honest with you they have been great assets in this bead embroidery journey. Every time I have wanted to add a bit of sophistication to the work, or have wanted introduce a new element to my work but not knowing what to actually add, I have turned to these pearls and they seem to go with practically anything, so I am chuffed to bits with them!!!!
I was ready to cut around the piece and finish it off when I had done the top part but on second inspection I thought I it could really do with something on the bottom part to balance the piece and that’s why I added the round part on the bottom. I had an idea of hanging a teardrop pearl from the bottom so that in the end it would look more triangular rather than rounded and mirror what was going on up top but I could not find my teardrop pearls anywhere so I had to improvise and make a shape that somewhat resembled a teardrop shape with the stuff I had on hand and that’s how I came up with the concoction on the bottom. And I think all in all it worked out great. But now I have to go find those teardrop pearls!!!
To finish off the work completely I added a picot edge only to the top part of the beading to add to the “crown” part and I love how dainty the edge looks.
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