Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bead Patterns

This week two different folks posted blog articles about using beads for surface pattern in backgrounds or on special areas of a canvas.  The first blog is by Mary Legallet and it showcases a vase on a Melissa Shirley design stitched by Melissa herself.  (Yes, she stitches, too and she does a beautiful job!)  Beads are used to create a lovely glassy pattern on a vase, with a touch of thread to highlight the zigzag pattern and add more texture.

The second blog is from Vicky DeAngelis who is working on a Penny MacLeod design from The Collection using a guide by Meredith Willett.  If you can tear yourself away from the cute cat in the photos, look at the background of Vicky's canvas.  There are bead patterns making up the raindrops in the background stitches.  It's subtle due to Vicky's thread choices but the pattern is definitely there.

Beads aren't just scattered here and there on these canvases—they make up substantial portions of each design.  The vase and the background would not be the same without them.

As Mary points out, if you are on TeamFullCoverage, this may not be for you, but if you want to be subtle in your patterns, beads might be a fabulous choice.

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