Another genre I like to work in is “beaded tapestries” that use beads instead of brushes to paint with. I only create tapestries with my beads; I don’t much care to make jewelry, can, but not my thing.
This is a project I have been working on (on and off) for sometime as it is a very large tapestry (considering the tiny beads I’m using to make it) that will measure 19 inches by 24 inches when done and will contain over 112,000 beads. It will be sent to my local police department when done.
I got the idea for this project when I stumbled across the photo of a badge, below, and immediately pictured it in my mind as a beaded tapestry, thinking how vivid the colors would be in beads. And so I began to replicate it using my teeny tiny (size 11) Miyuki Delica beads. They are the best seed beads there is, and I will work with no other size, or kind, than these!! I am soooo in love with them!!
For this project I chose to work the tapestry in peyote, a stitch that is done by hand (not woven on a loom) working with just a needle, thread and beads.
Photo of the badge that I am trying to replicate in beads
…top picture - off to a good start:
made this bead box that holds 100 bead colors (there are over a thousand colors)
…just a peek at the back of my tapestry
…love my tiny Delicas!!! That’s those little dots you see here
more work done on the tapestry
more work done
some more work done, 40,000 beads so far
the colors in my palette box used only for THIS project
When I start a different tapestry I will remove all beads from the box and replace with colors chosen to be used for the new project.
…the next couple of pics are pics of misc tapestries I did eons ago.
This was the very first thing I ever did in beads and is what got me started with working in beads. She is also done in peyote, off the loom
here is more peyote work, my son and his wife
this is loom work (not peyote), work woven in beads on a loom! And he is still on the loom!
and “Rocky” a picture of a beloved pet that passed, done for a friend in peyote - 10,700 beads.