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!!!