Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Bitch Background is Beaded UPDATED

Background Bead Choices
The final touch on my Bitch canvas was to add beads in the middle of all those darning circles in the background.  But what color?   I laid out three shades and sizes/shapes of gold beads, the purple beads I used on the word "bitch" and the ivory beads I originally picked as the best choice on the background.  That's what you see above.  Which would you have chosen?

I finally decided on the ivory beads.  The beading seemed to take FOREVER!  But beading always does. As I worked I realized that I could add some of the tiny gold beads to the diamond shapes in the background if I wished for an even richer look.  But in the end I decided against that.

Here is the final result.


Now that I have finished stitching this piece, I will put it safely away until after the Christmas finishing rush.  I plan to have it made into a pillow but this is the wrong time of the year to send finishing in if you don't need it made up for a Christmas present.

Looking back on this piece, I realized it is the first monochromatic piece I've ever stitched.  The lettering was all shades of purple and the background was cream with iridescent gold paint to add sparkle.  I ended up adding touches of gold to echo the sparkle paint and I think that worked well, particularly on the word "bitch."  Working essentially with just one color I felt I needed a lot of texture on the letters and the contrast of another color to make the purple really the focus of this piece.

I'll finish up the stitch guide this week.  It's available as a free PDF file for the asking--just email me at sgfromchnp at gmaildotcom-- but you need to promise to send photos when you are done.  We all want to see the endless variations of color, stitches and textures that make this a really interesting design to stitch.

By the way, Laura at Bloomin' Stitches has some great ideas for customizing your Bitch canvas.  Check them out on her shop blog--

UPDATE:  Pat has finished her version.  It's gorgeous!

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