I'm a member of ABeadStory a group my friends Cyn & Dot created for those of us who love to bead embroider.
The challenge for this month was of course a Heart & so I started with the thought that my heart would be in a frame like my BJP Under The Sea series. I was wrong ;)
As I sat beading the other day, Joe sat down & started cutting up an old pair of jeans which he'd finally admitted had too many holes - he uses them for rags out in his shed. He came over & put the small coin pocket on my beading table. As I beaded on my heart, the tiny pocket caused my Muse to get excited, so we (my Muse & I) went & got the back of the jeans & picked the pockets off them.
The heart is embroidered on fabric that I backed with several heart shape layers of felt to give it shape. I started with a heart shaped piece of Paua Shell from New Zealand, which glued on before I beaded around it. I used mainly matt black czech 11s along with a variety of sizes & finishes in black, to create texture along with a sprinkling of red & blue/green to spice up the black. There's some Hematite too, to add good energy to the heart. I cut a slightly larger heart from red fabric & stitched both to the pocket, poking a little fiberfill behind them before I finished sewing them down.
Red embroidery thread & a few tiny flower beads topped with sparkly red beads finished this off. I used cardboard covered with denim to back the pocket & used copper wire & beads to make a funky hanger for my ♥valentine♥ for my honey♥
Joe loves it ♥♥
I do love it when my Muse takes over because then I really bead outside the box!!
I'm from New Zealand & I now live in the hills behind the beautiful Gold Coast in south eastern Queensland, Australia. I learnt to use a needle & thread at young age, so beading was a natural progression of that. I love to bead & I am a self confessed Bead Addict, for which there is no cure, nor do I want one if it ever becomes available. Recently I have taken up photography & have no idea where this will take me but I'm up for the journey