Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bead Embroidery

Last August I went to The Southern Bead Retreat in Callaway Gardens, GA.  The instructors were great and I learned a lot.  One of the instructors was Sherry Serafini working with bead embroidery.  In her class, I made this beautiful cuff.  I learned about cabochon attachment and bead placement.  Sherry loves to work with glitzy materials in an asymmetrical way.  This is typically not how I work.  I tend to be be very symmetrical and not as glitzy.  But I am learning!

Until that class, my only forays into bead embroidery were backed cabochons.  Below is the first one I made.  My father-in-law made the cabochon for me.  I love green, so malachite was perfect!  Since this one, I have made a couple more.  One of which sold just recently!

This Christmas, I received a book on bead embroidery and this fired my creativity again.  I have completely finished one project and am currently working on a second.  The first project is called "Dark Winter Night".  I used snowflake obsidian as the main focal stone.  I even added some crystal bicones to add some necessary sparkle for the twinkly stars at night!  You can hopefully see some of Sherry's influence, but not too much!  I would not want to copy her work! 
In the work in progress, I used two stone cabochons that I found while at the bead retreat.  They matched in colors, but one had more circles while the other one had stripes or lines.  I tried to repeat these elements in the surrounding beadwork!  I have so enjoyed doing these!!! 


  1. Beautiful work! It looks like you've been having a lot of fun.

  2. Beautiful, indeed! I love your style and choice of colors.

  3. These are wonderful! I really like the last piece and how you incorporated the stripes and dots from the stones into your embroidery work!

  4. Beautiful work! Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. They are lovely Norma Jean. The metal neck piece is more contemporary than the bib style. I like your photo connection to Flickr, too; something I'll have to learn to do. A piece of malachite inspired me when I was dying fibers for my handwoven throw; you've given me inspiration for some blog topics and more--thanks!