Sunday, December 11, 2011

worms fini!

Never give up!!! See what happened when I was challenged to add beads to a sample I made in a Penny Berens class. After seeing my Bead Journal pieces, Penny tempted me to add some beads, so add them I did!!! What do you think?

Look here if you want to see where I started. Do you think I became a little obsessed?

The edges aren't finished yet. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but the size is just about right for a book cover. Or, perhaps the focal in a larger piece.....only time will tell.......Any other ideas?

Presenting the finished worms!



Detail shots....The spiral looked out of place after I finished backstitching on the orange beads. I wasn't happy until I added a layer of turquoise fringe. Layer, layer, layer.....it doesn't matter if you're using paint, fabric or beads.....more layers = more depth!! Of course, it's hard to know when to stop, but I think I stopped just in time. LOL!







Techniques used:

Hand embroidery - french knots, straight stitch, back stitch, cross stitch and seed stitch

Bead embroidery - back stitch, stacked stitch, fringe and ruffle.

21 comments:

Linda Kittmer said...

Anne Marie, your 'worms' are exquisite. The colours and all the detail and depth is fabulous. You are such an inspiration!

kaiteM said...

It's a riot, just as well you stopped in time or you would have beaded over the edge. A different colour combo for you, i see a bit of Penny in there with the rusty colours. It's very exciting, quite different.
A journal cover would be good.

jinxxxygirl said...

At first glance i liked it better without the beads but the closeups are nice. Good job!

deanna7trees said...

oh so beautiful. how lucky you are to have taken a class with Penny. her work is stunning.

Penny Berens said...

Sure don't look like worms to me! You've dressed them p beautifully!

Sandy said...

Yummy. I just love this. I don't stop either.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, everyone! It was a fun piece to make. Not my normal colour range, so that made it even more interesting. It's good to get back to intuitive beading!!

Penny, I guess that city worms need more sparkle to keep up with the neighbours!!! They're probably influenced by all that worm shopping and clubbing that they do!

Kaite, it was tempting to bead over the edge, but I controlled myself. LOL! Of course a book cover would need beads encrusting the edge.....don't you think?

Sara said...

Cool beans. I like it without the embellishments AND with the embellishments. Both are sassy and have their own character.

Beth said...

I think you had to stop!!! you ran out of blank space!!! Love IT!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

These are the best looking worms I've seen in a long time! Hope you show us what you end up doing with it. Perhaps a focal point on a bag?

Rachel Murphree said...

I'm late in this, but wow, it is so different than when it started, and I love the juxtaposition of the tangerine and turquoise,. especially in the spiral. your work is amazing, I can't wait to see what you'll do again when you have more art/me time.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Anne Marie. I've enjoyed reading over your blog and seeing your artwork and projects--all very lovely. Your beaded piece is sumptuous. Happy holiday stitching!
best, nadia

Nancy said...

These look waaay different from when you began! Just beautiful. Worms... I think the term fits. What does Penny prefer?

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Sara, Beth, MA & Rachel, thanks for your words!! This is quite a departure for me, but like any other experimental piece, will probably come out somewhere later in my work.

Nadia & Nancy, thanks for your compliments and for stopping by! I think that Penny would have preferred that I never coined the phrase, but other than that, I think she's getting used to it. LOL!

Lillian Mederak said...

Love the worms Anne Marie...
your blog is filled with yummy goodness
beautiful art!!!
Lillian
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Karen said...

Oh i love your work, i've just had a fun filled time reading through your blog. this is a gorgeous peice and i love your worms. Your doodles are adorable to maybe not so shy lol
cheers karen xo

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Lillian and Karen, thanks for your lovely word on my blog, my worm piece and the doodles. BTW, the doodles are quite brazen and they just love bling!! I have a couple more sitting on the worktable, impatiently waiting for me to sparkle them up!! LOL!

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Anne Marie,
Your "worms" are just AMAZING! Love that piece.
Keep well and hugs

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, Norma and hugs back to you!!

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Your work is wonderfully detailed...and I see that you're from Toronto, Canada! Greetings from WEllanD.

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ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

LissC said...

really beautiful. Fun colors! Your work is always just amazing!