Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Beading Work in Progress
Remember when I wrote about being inspired by the Alambama Chanin books? Well, the idea of this project has been in the works ever since. The dress pattern and stencil are taken from Alabama Studio Style and Alabama Stitch Book, respectively. This is the left side panel of the princess seam dress:
Designer Bead Embroidery.) I used the stencil to make the pattern and transferred it to my fabric (a lime green wool double knit) with a silver Sharpie. You can still see the Sharpie marks on the areas I haven't beaded, but they'll be completely covered by the time I'm through with 'em!
I'm heading to Palm Springs at the end of this month (to guest teach at one of Heather Ross's Weekend Sewing Workshops, yay!) so I'm looking forward to having more travel time to work on this. Though planning and sampling this project was initially frustrating, I've really enjoyed the process of hand beading. So relaxing! Plus, it's nice to have a portable sewing project. Goodness knows lugging a Bernina about with you and holing up in your hotel room with it is hardly socially acceptable!
Do you have projects you like to take with you on the road?