Close up view of seed bead embroidery.
Date Created: Vest- April 1997
Techniques: traditional hand embroidery with seed beads
Fabrics: Tapestry fabric, jacquard ribbon, Bali Batik, vintage and new seed beads
This vest is an example of the techniques learned in my Beadazzled class. The tapestry is a rich combination of colors: wine, plum, teal, mustard and olive. The patterned leaves and ferns were so pretty that I didn't want to cover them, just enhance them with sparkling bits and pieces. The lining fabric I found is a wonderful Bali Batik by Hoffman, and it matched so perfectly!
I have been working with beads for almost as long as I have been embroidering, the transition from thread to beads was natural. This skill was taught to me by my mother at the age of seven. Not a day goes by that I don't bead or embroider on something!
The bead embroidery stitches include: continuous beading, chain stitch, feather stitch, looped stitch, single hole bead, cascade and more. Many of the stitches are adaptations of traditional embroidery and a few are my own. The beads used are new and vintage glass seed beads, bugle beads, single hole beads, novelty glass beads and vintage sequins.
The jewelry ensemble that I wear with this is the Gingko Lariat.