Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Design Tools

Often while designing I take a piece in progress, lay it on white paper and draw out some options.

I had the task of beading a Gatsby inspired head piece for an event my daughter was attending.  I decided bead embroidery was the right medium to work in and set to cutting out some dyed lacy's stiff stuff in the desired shape.  I beaded during my Alaskan cruise and was happy with the progress until more then one person pointed out the resemblance to a starfish.....which was not the look I was going for.

This was an inspiration photo and the beginning of the piece.  Nancy Cain brilliantly suggested that I add more black which I did, but still I had a starfish....I tried to ignore it but a quick post to facebook informed me that it wasn't be ignored.

  

Here I laid it on paper and drew in a few additional components, and moved the metal accent to the side.  I was much happier with the overall shape so I proceeded to cut out and embroider the extra bits, attaching them together at the end.


I think the finished result was quite beautiful!  I also attached a pinback so it could be worn on a headband or on a jacket.


Doesn't hurt that Casey is so beautiful!  I think she rocked it!

9 comments:

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

It is beautiful, and Casey rocked it indeed. She is perfectly lovely!

gwenbeads said...

What a gorgeous piece! Wow! I love it, and the photos are great too!

Marcia DeCoster said...

Thanks Gals, I don't usually do Bead Embroidery but this piece was fun!

just me said...

wow .... beautiful piece, beautiful girl.

The bad Liz said...

She certainly did rock it. Looks fab!

Marcia DeCoster said...

Ah Just me, she is your girl to admire..... you knew her when....I am proud of the piece!

Helen said...

Marcia your piece is absolutely stunning as is your gorgeous daughter....she's a knock-out!

TheVerdantEdge said...

It turned out fantastic, Marcia. Laying an incomplete piece on paper and sketching around it can make such a difference - I do it as well when I can't envision where a piece is going. The strategy really worked for this piece, you were able to really transform it!

Terry from Alaska said...

I love the head piece; it has taken on a beautiful dimension.