Bead Collage

Bead Collage, originally uploaded by ivoryblushroses.

When I started this 4" block, I had no idea how long it would take to cover the whole thing in beads and embroidery! I've gained a new appreciation for those expensive beaded garments! There is just a small space left to fill, but it will be a couple hours work at least.

There was no plan when I started this so it's been fun meandering along the path of free-form creativity. I've found bits of things in my stash to add, like the little bird button that came from a jumper of mine when I was young, old pearls from a broken necklace, buttons from the button jar, a pretty glass and gold button that I've had in my "treasure box" since I was a girl, a bunny button that I've been saving for something special, and lots of beads, both old and new.

Now that this is nearing completion, I've been thinking about what to do with it. Maybe I'll use it as the top of a pretty box. I've also thought about incorporating it into a heavily stitched bell-pull. If you have ideas, I'd love to hear them!


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