Sunday, March 16, 2014
Though I have a couple of other projects in the works, I needed something that I could work on intermittently during the day and while the TV is on. Often I sit with Terry while he watches something I'm not interested in, but I like to "watch" too because we do chat during commercials. Besides, some shows you can be aware of what is going on without really watching.
I have collected quite a bit of crafty supplies over the years that I have always called my Retirement Stash. I figure I can work for a long time without having to buy much to complete projects. I saved a set of chipwood stacking boxes with the thought that sometime I would make use of them. I am beading an elephant for the top of this one and will line the inside with suede or velvet, depending what is in my stash. The box is 8" in diameter. I'm beading on Nicole's Bead Backing. I bought a sample pack a while ago and this is the first time I used it. I really like it and wish I had used it before when I made several beaded pendants and pins. Most everyone that does bead embroidery knows how great this product is.
Here is a pic of the progress so far. I'm hoping this turns out as I envision it. It's meant to be a gift for someone special, but I won't say who until its done and I know if its gift worthy.
The project is shown here on a tray I like to use when I stitch while sitting in my recliner. Its a plastic tray that I found at Walmart in the party department and cost about $1.50. I have several. They stack nicely. I usually keep tubes of the beads I am using on one next to my chair. Then when I put aside the tray I am using while stitching, I can just put it on top of the tube tray. The little dish I use to put beads in is actually a 4" ceramic glazed plant pot saucer. The saucers stack nicely, don't take up much space and I can keep beads separated nicely in them. The lips on both the tray and saucer keep beads in check. I use other trays that I have glued suede to and use them in place of a beading mat, but this set up works great for both beading and embroidery.