Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I really, really love orange!

Well, this is a first for me for this year's BJP. I'm finished with August and it isn't even half gone. Part of the reason has been a lack of work (not good), but also lots of time to bead and catch up around the house (good). I started this piece Sunday and finished it today. I couln't put it down, it kept calling me. I think the reason is that I really love orange, in all its tones and hues. Think of a bag of orange beads of all different kinds and see if you can resist!

The shells are from my fellow beader and bead maker Anne Sheppard. She gave me several but I chose to use the small ones, so I could have more variety. I beaded the spiral in the center first, and did it completely free hand. I'm surprised it turned out so well! I think this piece is my favorite of the 20 pieces I've done for BJP. Don't you think it would make a nice design for fabric?

I used size 8's, 11's, Delicas and some tiny size 14 triangles. Those worked well as the initial bead around the shells.

11 comments:

Robbie said...

Very nice and I can see why it kept "calling" you to work on it!

Barbara said...

Margaret, I can see why you couldn't put this down, and I'm so impressed that you did the center free-hand, it's perfect! It's a beautiful piece.

beadbabe49 said...

I see lots of energy in this piece (and love the colors!)

Cyndi L said...

I don't think I've ever liked orange half so much as in your piece!!

Penny said...

This is beautiful. Orange isn't my favorite color but you made it look great (maybe I'll have to rethink the color).

Emerald Window said...

I'm an orange junkie too. Your pieces are beautiful!
Cenya

Diane said...

it is wonderful to see your found objects. a great way to also have a colour pallete of beads as well.
diane, New Zealand

Marty S said...

Great! I can see why you like this one so much. The spiral is beautiful.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Karin said...

I adore this - orange isn't usually one of my favourite colours, but this is stunning!

Robin said...

Wow, Margaret... 20 BJP pieces!!! That's amazing... (Guess I have that many too... never thought about it before.)

I agree that it would make a wonderful fabric design. Why not google submitting fabric design ideas and see what happens?

Robin A.

ArtNtheheart said...

I rarely use orange and you did it justice. I love how you incorporated the shells. Meaningful!
Bead on!