Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Birds on Cherry Tree

This tapestry reminds me of spring time, with cherry blossoms blooming on the tree, birds chirping welcoming the season of Spring. This tapestry measures 4.45 x 6.80 inches (11.3 x 17.3 cm). It uses peyote stitch, 17 colors of size 11/0 Delica beads, total of 9,078 beads. Although we don't have Spring in Oregon this year with rain and cold everyday, just want to wish "Happy Spring!!".

Monday, May 30, 2011

Chinese Goddess

I made this tapestry for my best friend's birthday, who has given me tremendous amount of support and encouragement in my life. I wanted to give something that purely comes from my heart to show how privileged and  honored I am of the friendship and how much I care and appreciate of everything. I found the pattern back in December 2010 (designed by Sigrid Wynne-Evans at http://www.beadedbear.com) and bought it on February 9th, 2011, but took me a while to gather the right color and amount of beads for it, searched through online and few bead stores around. Finally, I had all of the required amount of beads and started this big project on March 23 and finished on May 4th (42 days).
This is the biggest beading tapestry project that I've ever done. It measures 9.70 x 12.33 inches (24.6 x 31.3 cm), using 35 colors of 11/0 Delica seed beads, total of 35,890 beads. Finding the right size and color frame, was another challenge. But I found a place online which has the perfect size and color frame for this Chinese Goddess.
While beading this tapestry, I went through challenging times; a lot of worries and stress, and came down with flu. But as my best friend always remind me never to give up hope, this tapestry gave me determination as my goal and achievement, adding one bead at a time. It was such a big accomplishment beading this. I hope as much as my best friend brings joy in my life, this gift can bring smile and encouragement. Thank you for everything and Happy Birthday!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Star Necklace

I'm making a new star necklace inspired by Sandra Halpenny.
It's a good quick project in between making tapestry.
This necklace is using size 11/0 seed beads.