Ok, on to my project. I felt so good making this necklace. That's what I find so gratifying about beading. I get to be creative, and it makes me feel good. It's great therapy. This piece really flowed for me. I didn't have to think about it...it just came together. No forcing it, no second guessing it. You ever have a great project like that? I hope to have many more because it was so utterly enjoyable.
The centerpiece is a cab by Beth Evans of Bellesanbeaus on Artfire. She does amazing work. It turns out this cab was a little bit of a mistake. I had asked for shades of blue, but she mistakenly sent me shades of green. And it's a good thing she intuitively knew exactly what I needed better than I know for myself because the green cab is PERFECT!!! I also used Nicole Campanella's wonderful-to-work-with Beadbacking. It's so easy to work with when doing bead embroidery. You don't have to worry about backing your fabric with lacy's or anything else. You just bead right on it, you can cut around it in the shape you need, and it won't fray or stretch. And it's acid free. PERFECT as well! You can get Nicole's Beadbacking from her Etsy shop, Beadwright.
Another awesome thing is that I used everything from my stash. The only thing I bought for this project was the clasp. The little green cabs Beth gifted me. That was so nice of her! Again, she intuitively knew what I needed. I also mixed in some orange, which is not a color I normally work with. I find it a very difficult color and orange and I don't play well together. But this week we called a truce, and look how the orange just shines with the green. I love the orange lucite flowers that rest near the collar bones. (They're a little higher on my "model" because he's only 11 and a little smaller than a person it was actually meant to be sized for.) But Matthew was a good sport and jumped right up when I asked him to model for me. He's kind of funny because he's in his underwear only and he was real paranoid that I didn't show his boobies in the pics. hahaha. Kids are fun.
I've never made a necklace where I did bead embroidery and had to put the pieces together. I wasn't sure how to do that. Then I remembered the wise words from Robin Atkins, the bead embroidery goddess..."Just do it!" I don't know how other people do it, but my way seemed to work! Yea!
Enough, enough already! I know...let's get on with it! Ok everyone. Here are the pics. I realize that this probably won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for me it's just stunning. And I guess that's what counts. Matthew doesn't want me to try to sell it, but he reluctantly said I could lol. Someday it will find the perfect home.
I originally was going to call it Lush Green, but I just had the idea of Greenman in Springtime. I've always loved the Greenman, so maybe it's fitting that I make a tribute to him.
Greenman in Springtime