Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Beading the Fringes ~ or ~ Beading Bonanza

The four Woven Shibori scarves, that Mum wove, were in need of our finishing touch – beads! The first step for beading is to grab the bead bin and pull out any beads that could work with the scarves. It is always surprising what works with the scarves so everything and anything is tried.
Here is the final selection for the two orange and red scarves. I’ll not be using all the beads but it is always good to have a choice.
I really like to use quilters pins with extra long shanks to test drive the bead arrangements and it is also a good way to make sure that there is enough beads for both sides, because there is nothing worse then running out and having to pull out all that hard work out!
All the scarves have a similar beading arrangement to reinforce that they are part of a design line. I really love the silver bees and bronze stars! There was one scarf from the beginning of the year that Mum never got beaded so since I was already beading four scarves; what’s one more?! The scarf is a networked circles with hand spun silk warp with navy Tencel weft. The fringe looked a little grey so I chose blue seed beads in various shades to highlight the variegated blues of the silk warp.
Beading is time consuming but the finished product always looks worth it.

8 comments:

marion said...

The scarves were looking lovely but now they look great :-) The two of you are quite a team.

Maggie said...

Beautiful!

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

Beautiful scarves! Great colors:)

DEEP END OF THE LOOM said...

I love the addition of the beads to the scarves.

Birgitta said...

Very beautiful scarves!!!
Kram Birgitta

Annie said...

You have been very busy! For several reasons I haven't read many blogs lately, but I was amazed about all the projects you finished. And all beautiful and very inspiring. Great work!

dorothylochmaben said...

Hi there - I can't believe how many beads you have !! You could start a shop !! The scarves are beautiful and all the better for your beading. I really like Mum's silk networked circles though !

bspinner said...

Wow Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!