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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 …….

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  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

    Jan,
    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.

    Barbara

    • 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.

    Deborah

    • 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

      https://stitchlady.wordpress.com 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.
    Sheena

  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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