Monday, June 16, 2008
Look What I Got...
These are Venetian glass beads with a gold foil center. When I was in Venice, I fell in love with Murano glasswork. Such fire and depth of color. Absolutely stunning...
So when I went looking for beads for Sunflower, I remembered running across this website while looking for ladybug beads for Zinnia.
I wanted something special for this piece (it being a sunflower and all) I spent the weekend in design mode, working through the design in my head (and on my newly recovered computer - there is a God...) I needed to get an idea for what I was looking for, even though the piece won't be offered until September, so I knew whether or not to have Evelyn contact Handmaiden for a special dye job.
A special signature color would be great, but I just love the colors of the seasilk I ordered last week. So rich...
This is the Tiger and Capri.
And this is the Mahogany.
Look at those colors. The richness of the ambers, browns, golds, and reds are phenomenal.
The design will follow the lines of a true sunflower. The Mahogany seasilk will be the center of the shawl/scarf, done in a spade lace pattern with gold beading. That is for the earth.
The next ring will be the Tiger in a sunray pattern with topaz beading. That is for the flowers and the sun to which they turn their faces.
And the outer edge will feature the Capri blue in oriel lace, named for the oriel window. What better pattern for the sky that we see through our own windows on the world.
And the piece will be finished off with the Venetian beads.
Couldn't wait to start. Did some research over the weekend into circular shawl construction. One place I went said to increase 8 stitches every row.
I don't think so...
Anybody want a ruffle?