Jenny La Fleur
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the joy of beading

Having finished off a commission this week I decided to reward myself with a weekend of working on ME projects, namely getting started on the Peacock beading.

I started by finalizing my design. Since the gold and silver beads are proving either difficult or expensive to find I rearranged my design to have fewer of the feather motifs and made more of them smaller (I used three slightly different sizes to look more interesting). It's still going to require a lot of beads of course!

I then cut out the back pieces, figuring I should not start in the front, since that is what I will see the most when I'm wearing it. Hee. I used my master pattern to cut the panels then marked the seam allowance and trimmed it off. The way I would know exactly how far the beading should go.

I then marked the shape of the pattern onto a nice cotton (actually an old sheet) and cut a large enough piece to generously fit into my hoop before pinning and basting (first with basting stitches and then zig-zag along the edge) the damask on.

I then traced out the design pattern to tissue paper and pin-basted it to the panel. Finally I was ready to bead! I started with the gold, followed by the silver. I had almost enough silver to finish the panel - so close! Well you still get the affect. Once the gold and silver was finished I ripped off the tissue paper, with the help of my trusty tweezers.

I then began the more time consuming and monotonous task of filling in the green. My pace has since slowed to a crawl but it is looking lovely! I'm using a method I learned from Grisel at It's very sturdy and makes the beads lay wonderfully flat and even. I’d forgotten how time consuming it is though. Oh well! Here is the back panel as of this morning... Now I'm off to go work on it some more. This beading thing is so ADDICTING! Good thing as I have 8 panels about this size to work between now and CosCol. :P


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padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: May 2nd, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Looks great so far!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 3rd, 2010 02:07 am (UTC) (link)
s0mmer From: s0mmer Date: May 2nd, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow, that looks great! It's going to be amazing to see even one panel finished.

I got confused when you trimmed off seam allowances--the zigzag to sheet finishes the edge, and the sheet is underlining? So it's sheet that's sewn together at seams, plus beading across seam lines?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 3rd, 2010 02:18 am (UTC) (link)
Correct, the sheet is the underlining. You could sew it together via the interlining seams but I'm going to treat it more as an appliqué, tucking the interlining seams underneath and mounting each panel separately to a twill under bodice. The seams will be covered with beads or sequins, not sure what yet.

I'm doing it this way in case I need to alter or repair the bodice at some point. Also it's much easier to do this method of beading with the tension of a hoop and by keeping the panels small it makes it much easier to have that. :>
s0mmer From: s0mmer Date: May 3rd, 2010 02:22 am (UTC) (link)
Aaah, very clever! I love clever things :) It's going to be gorgeous--only wish I could see you in person.
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: May 2nd, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC) (link)
So gorgeous!! I can't believe the stamina you have, this is going to be so stunning when it's finished!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 3rd, 2010 02:19 am (UTC) (link)
It's a madness really. Remind me of my stamina in about a month! :P
quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: May 2nd, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC) (link)
I love it! So shiny!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 3rd, 2010 02:19 am (UTC) (link)
Shiney!! Sparkly!! Mine.
From: silkfrocks Date: May 2nd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC) (link)
You totally ROCK! Jenny.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 3rd, 2010 02:19 am (UTC) (link)
Hee. Thanks! *wink*
isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: May 3rd, 2010 10:56 am (UTC) (link)
Awesome gorgeousness!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 3rd, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC) (link)
vanityfairy From: vanityfairy Date: May 3rd, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC) (link)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 3rd, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm having way too much fun over here! :>
marcine From: marcine Date: May 3rd, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC) (link)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 4th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: May 6th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC) (link)
So, so pretty! I love the green!
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