Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tying Loose Ends

It was Canada day on Sunday, so we had a long weekend. I was away Saturday and Sunday for a cousin's wedding. It was a small thing, we were there for the family pictures and the reception. The place they picked for the pictures is a beautiful building. It's the Guardian Building in Detroit built in 1928-1929 and is a lovely example of Art Deco design. It was a bank before but now it's used as municipal court. I spent most of my time looking up at the ceiling.

On Monday I had no work, so I spent the day finishing up a few things for Seminar. There's one more weekend left before we leave so I wanted to take advantage as much as I can of the time left. I finished my EAC challenge piece and it has been framed. I'll share more of it in a post I'll publish while I'm at seminar, but for now here is a picture of the back.

The next thing I needed to do is for the seminar banquet. We were asked to wear something that we had embroidered. I was originally planning on making a sash but I'm still trying to figure out the logistics and decided on a brooch instead. Last year, I found instructions for a lovely purple brooch on a Russian website and had gathered all the materials for it. It seemed like a good time as any to stitch it and I was itching to bead.

It also gave me an excuse to try out the new Tulip beading needles I bought last month.

I have to admit I'd been stitching on it when I should have been working on my EAC challenge piece. Beading is addicting.

(click on the post to see the animation below)

Now I just need to pick a nice dress to match it.

Stitching this piece has awakened my love of beading and I want to do more of it. I just need to decide if I should start a new one or go back to working on Hanabatake. It's been almost 5 months since I last touched it, I really should take it out again.


  1. I love beading also and this piece is beautiful. I would love to try something like it. Any suggestions where to begin?

  2. How gorgeous! Very well done.

  3. That's a gorgeous brooch - well done!

  4. I can see why you would look at the ceiling so much, what a beautiful building! Your brooch is so pretty! It’s a lovely shape and colour. I look forward to both future beading projects and seeing your secret piece!

  5. Love your pin! Enjoy your Seminar!

  6. What a lovely brooch. I hope you find the perfect thing to wear to set it off!

  7. The ceiling is wonderful, where you thinking "I could chart that and stitch it"?
    Love your brooch too, I read all through the instructions thanks to the Translate button. Did it really only take 6 hours? What is the base fabric you use? Maybe I could try a simpler version.

  8. I do love beading, and what you make with it is just so inspiring :) What a lovely brooch!

  9. That is so pretty! I'd forgotten you'd stalled with your beaded piece- was it just boredom or was there an issue?