May 15, 2015

When Beading Inspiration Fails and Nothing Looks Right

Good riddance

Well, I'm glad that week is over!  Not that Mother's Day itself was not fabulous - it was.

But ugh - I got sick the few days before, and whatever it was that made me feel so awful physically must have got into my head first because I was ready to throw in the towel with just about every project I attempted.

That is the worst!!

So, what do you do in a situation like this?

Yup - that's it.  Bead embroidery! Well, maybe not just bead embroidery.

Honestly, you just keep plugging along and decide not to be so hard on yourself - which is where the bead embroidery comes in.  But before I go there, I'll back track just slightly.

The mess all started with the Mother's Day projects that I was working on as of my last post.  I made the cute little birthstone bird's nest tutorial - which came out good.

Next up was the wire and bead pea pod pendant and tutorial.

This should have been a no-brainer.  It uses my favorite wire weave - herringbone weave - and I can do that with my eyes closed.  I have lots of herringbone weave projects on my blog. But why, oh why does it look so blah?!

Maybe some color?  Maybe too much color?  Maybe just write the pea pod pendant tutorial and get on with life.  

Check.  Next!

Yes, sometimes you just have to be satisfied with being dissatisfied.  It's part of life. So, when my favorite things isn't coming out the way I want, I move on to another favorite thing.  Brick stitch.

This is oddly satisfying.  It's just a charm surrounded by brick stitch in 11/0 delicas.  One more component in the box for me - but it was technically challenging.  

There was no way to attach the brick stitch at the bottom of the leaf because the holes are too small (or nonexistent) to fit a needle.  I had to do two things: stitch without a needle on my fireline.  Yes - it can be done and it's pretty easy. And to go around the horn (the end), I had to ladder stitch and the beads are not connected to the charm for this small section.

And it's great because it worked!  And now we are full circle and back to bead embroidery.  

At this point, I have a what feels like a major disaster with my pods and a minor victory with my leaf and it only makes sense to start digging through my bead stash and settle on a bunch of inspirational tiles that say things like Believe, Soul, Dream, Brilliance, Inspire, Miracle.  (Miracle - that one still makes me chuckle).

And since I Believe I can bead something, I grab that tile and venture into the relatively unexplored area of bead embroidery, make a whole two rounds - decide it looks great and I'll finish the edge another day.

Now, doesn't that leave us all with something to look forward to? 

And in the end, that is what you want when inspiration fails and nothing looks right.  To dust yourself off and remember it's not the end of the world when it doesn't work out the way you wanted and there's always something else - known or unknown to venture towards.  

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