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Far Horizon, Beading Done !

March 7, 2011

I can’t even tell you how many days/hours all the collar beading took ! It was not difficult just VERY time consumning but it is done.  The black crosses on the dress are also beads.  I did add some hair and lowered the hair ties and changed the hair clasp to gold. My eyes need a rest and are looking forward to the background.

I have flowers to add to the orange pot and I will be ready to do the background.  The background is suppose to be white but I am leaning towards a very light blue.  It seemd to me that the white is just too stark. Any opinions on this.  From class a bargello pattern was suggested …….

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia permalink
    March 7, 2011 7:09 pm

    What size beads did you use? I tried putting beads on my Indian Lady but they look so large.
    What stitch did you use on her hair? That is where I am now.

    thanks for keeping me posted on your work. Julia

    • stitchlady permalink*
      March 9, 2011 9:25 am

      I used Mill Hill Petite beads and Sundance beads size 14. They are small but just the right size for 18 ct canvas.

  2. March 7, 2011 7:20 pm

    I love your work and the Indian Woman and the beadwork is beautiful. I have an almost identical canvas that I put away years ago for lack of a good idea about the hair – think I’ll copy you. One possibility for the background: some class years ago the teacher suggested the color that is DMX 746 could be used as “sunlight” in lieu of blue sky. You might want to audition that color.


    • stitchlady permalink*
      March 9, 2011 9:26 am

      I hadn’t even thought of a sunlight color. I will have to give it some consideration.

  3. Deborah Hubbard permalink
    March 7, 2011 11:11 pm

    She’s beautiful, Jan! I’d love to see a close-up of her hair, since there are two Japanese women in my future who need lots of pinned-up black tresses …

    I used the Milan stitch (or perhaps the Oriental. It was a long time ago) for sky once, and it worked really well. I needed it for sky above a stylised landscape, which I based on a very windy part of South Africa, and a very pale blue with strong diagonals gives the impression of a very strong wind high up in the sky. You might like to give it a test, and see if it appeals.


    • stitchlady permalink*
      March 8, 2011 8:54 am

      Deborah, I will post a close up of the hair soon.It wasn’t difficult once I finally put needle to canvas. I love hearing from you. Isn’t it amazing that we can communicate from South Africa to AZ, USA in a flash. Happy stitching, Jan My needlework blog. Do Visit

  4. March 8, 2011 8:37 am

    I love the beading, it looks fabulous. I have used Northern Lights, very pale overdyed blue for skies. It is very subtly overdyed, so it does not overwhelm the canvas. I think your idea of bargello would be great and look wonderful with your lady. I too have a very similar canvas, and I think I may do some
    beading with it as well, after seeing how well yours has turned out.

  5. March 8, 2011 9:26 am

    Your lady is looking fabulous! I love her! I have had good luck with using a single strand of a very subtle overdyed floss in a patterned stitch, such as Scotch variations. I think it would also be interestomg in a simple Bargello pattern, but still just with the single srand. It goes fast & recedes nicely.

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