Jenny La Fleur
playing with beads - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
playing with beads
Playing with my beads has been fun and enlightening. Of course I've changed my mind about just about everything, making my order practially useless for this project. Oh well. You never really know until you test and you can't test without beads. I could probably send some of it back but with shipping costs and having to open things to play I think might as well keep everything. I'll use them for something... someday.

Test #1 - lessons learned: Not sure I like the #6 green beads after all. I liked the idea of larger beads (less time and more vintage looking) but not sure about it once I saw it. I decided to do a second test with smaller beads from the stash.

Next issue - I don't like the blue silk taffeta for this project. I thought I would right up until the minute I finished the test and pinned it up on the damask. Nope hate it. It's very peacock-y with the green beads and if I was starting from scratch I would go for it but I don't like it with the damask. It looks rather disconnected and costume-y. I'm going for "clothing" not "costume" with this. *sigh*

So I panic. Then I run to the stash to see if there is anything else I can use. I have a few possibilities but nothing I'm jumping up and down about. Then it occurs to me that I could use the back side of the damask. I may have to leave off the spilt underskirt idea (because of fabric constraints) but it's a small sacrifice.

Test # 2 - Love the gold back side of the damask with the gold Czech beads. Much more cohesive and balanced I think. A completely different look but a very elegant and not so in your face peacock, which appeals. I want a peacock dress but I want it to be different too.

Yeah I do like the smaller #9 beads. Mom and even Dad agree. Darn it. They took so-o-o-o-o much longer to do. But they are so-o-o-o-o pretty. Perhaps I will compromise and get the size in between my two tests, #8. *ponders*

Time for another bead order I guess.


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mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: March 21st, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC) (link)
So productive! I love the gold version, so so pretty! And it looks much more like the colouring of real peacock feathers, they have that same tawny brown in them. This is going to be so lovely! know I already said, but I say again!!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 21st, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah I'm not obsessed about this project at all! :> Thanks! I have to admit I never really noticed how many tones and colors were in a peacock feather before this venture... they are so varied and intricate!

You can say it again! :>
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: March 21st, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh, I love the backside of the damask too! Really pretty!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 21st, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm super pleased with it... it goes so well with the real feathers!
cracked_code From: cracked_code Date: March 22nd, 2010 12:54 am (UTC) (link)
Gold much better. Yay pretty pretty Princess moments!

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 22nd, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC) (link)
Glad you agree! This is ALL about the pretty, pretty princess moment!
lmcbeth From: lmcbeth Date: March 22nd, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Beautiful choice! I really like the not so typical peacock colors you've pulled out from the design! This is going to be gorgeous!
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 22nd, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC) (link)
Normally I just lurk here, but I had to say I LOVE this new design. It seems so you. :-) At first I liked the blue taffeta--it gave the whole dress an 'ocean' theme, color-wise--but I have to agree the backside of the damask blends better with the fabric. Looking forward to seeing the finished garment!

God bless,
'Wild Rose' in Idaho
marcine From: marcine Date: March 23rd, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC) (link)
That's going to be so pretty. The gold tones look great with the right side of the fabric. Another pretty pretty princess dress in the making!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: March 24th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC) (link)
Oh the gold is perfect! Way to think outside the box and avoid a costume crisis.

I am sooooooo excited for this project!
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