Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Embellishing With Beads

Hello Everyone,

Something that is probably little known about me, is that I have a secret obsession with beads.  All kinds of beads, large ones for jewelry, small ones for embellishing a project, and just about any size bead in between.


This is just a small sampling of some of the beads that I have for embellishing. Can you tell what colors that I like?  Anyway, the reason I have taken the beads out to play with is that my guild is having a post card swap.  I thought it would be fun to make a post card for my partner that has some beads making it sparkle.


I took these took fabrics, Guinea Flower White and Zinnia, and fussy cut the flowers.


I used a fusible product from Pellon, that is similar to Timtex, and cut it to postcard size and fused the green batik down. Then I fused the flowers to the fabulous green batik and straight stitched around them with a decorative thread. 

Now I had a good base because it was thick enough and stiff enough to begin the embellishing.  If you enlarge the photo, you may be able to see the beads a little better.  But basically, I used a variety of different beads in the center of each flower to make them shine.


Then I took a glue stick and glued card stock to the back of the Pellon.  This way you don't see my stitches and I have a surface to write my note and address the card to my partner.  Once it is glued on, I took a decorative thread and zig zagged the edge to finish it off.  I really like how it turned out and I hope my partner does too!

It was fun to make and really didn't take more than an hour or so.  Now I will take it to Mary, my Postmaster and have her hand stamp it so it doesn't go through the mail machines.


This is the postcard that was mailed to me by Donna.  I love it!  Bright and sunny and fun to get in the mail.  Donna is not the one who will receive my card.   

If you have never made one definitely go for it!  

Until Next Time...

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13 comments:

Stephanie said...

Oooo beads. Reminds me of Gus Gus in Cinderella. Pretty. What very special mail to give and to receive.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Very pretty!!!

TööT said...

OMG they are so pretty. Now i know what I shall do with mine.

Soile

ps I asked you long time ago about Gammill. Now I have ordered mine and it will be installed in few weeks. :D
Thank you for encouraging me.

fiberchick said...

Beautiful!!!

em's scrapbag said...

I also love beads. My bead collection is rivaled only by my fabric collection.
Your postcard is fabulous. I'm sure your partner will love it.

Nedra said...

I didn't know you loved beads. Nice to know! And I just pulled out the same pink Kaffe the other day for a project.

Jean said...

Love beds. Just got back into hand beading by making a mixed media piece (my tiara). That is one of my new obsessions with quilting -- adding beads.

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Diane-crewe said...

dont know about your partner... I love your postcard and beads xx

Venus de Hilo said...

Love your postcard, what great fun to combine a bead passion with fabric!

Mama Pea said...

I love beads, too. We obviously love the same colors. I just bought some hand dyed fabrics in teh same colors as your beads tonight!

Kathie said...

I love the postcards! Have always wanted to try making one...beads, ah yes I love just walking thru a bead store and would love to say I will take everyone of those tubes! the colors are just so bright and happy!
Kathie

Julie Bagamary said...

Wonderful postcards.

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