I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We did – despite my having a horrid cold. My niece started having the first irregular contractions yesterday evening so should hear some happy news soon – the baby is now 11 days late and looks like he might just be in time to see in the new year.
Because of my cold I cooked a lot of spicy things over the
holiday as things were tasting bland otherwise. Grinding up spices in my pestle
and mortar really got me in the mood for my latest bead embroidered piece.
Indeed, gathering the materials felt more like putting together a recipe and my
desk is now covered with beads and threads in all the colours of a spice seller
in the souk! I’ve started off with the central cabochon and I’ve made a wired
armature, covered with thread in which the cabochon nestles. This armature will
be encrusted with beads so the cabochon will be held very securely. The
technique is the same one I used on my ‘Atlantis’ necklace but this one is is
more freeform in shape and style. The photo below shows 'Spice Trail' in the very early stages, laid out with some of the beads I'm thinking of putting into it. I'll be including some hints of peacock in amongst the hot orange, to make the colour scheme 'pop' and pick up the colours of the cab.
So a happy afternoon of stitching ahead, with the wind
blowing a gale and the rain lashing outside. Never mind – plenty of lovely
nibbles in and some wine ready and waiting to welcome in 2014.
Happy new year!