Can you believe it’s 2013 already? It’s a brand new year and I’m ready for some new challenges. This year, I’ve decided to focus on expanding my skills and dedicating more time to my art. I plan to concentrate on learning and perfecting new techniques, trying new mediums and mastering more than just the basics of beadwork.
With this is mind I’ve signed up for the OTTBS Pendant Challenge and the Earrings Challenge – making one pendant and one pair of earrings for every week of the year. I’ve also committed to Robin Atkins’ 2013 Bead Journal Project which promises to be an interesting journey, as the 65 participants from 14 countries create a visual bead journal for every month of the year. Aside from beading around a few cabochons I’m very new to bead embroidery, so I’m viewing my participation in this project as a challenge and an opportunity to learn something new.
I recently finished my first beaded goddess art doll – my first attempt at bead embroidery. ‘Mother and Baby’ celebrates the birth of my sister’s daughter – Miekayla Carolyn Allen on 27th December.
I chose a monochromatic red based colour scheme which is my sister’s favourite colour. I included garnet coloured seed beads as garnet is the birthstone for those born under the star sign of Capricorn.
‘Mother and Baby’ is completely hand-made. I designed the goddess doll pattern and hand-sewed it together. I made the mother and baby faces using a Sculpey mold and polymer clay which I then painted. Finally, I bead embroidered the entire doll (front and back) using seed beads (size 11 and size 15 Miyuki), Czech crystals, Czech firepolished beads, and a Czech pressed glass heart which is raised and is surrounded by a peyote stitch bezel.