Monday, November 7, 2011

Vintage Blossom Earrings

These beautiful vintage Rose Blossoms were found by Monica during one of her buying sprees. This is just a simple version of a pair of earrings created by using traditional bead embroidery techniques. For some great ideas and wonderful instructions refer to the books by Jaime Cloud Eakins, one published in 2005 Beading with Cabochons and the new book, Dimensional Bead Embroidery. Both are comprehensive in the study of more traditional bead embroidery, long attributed to the American Indians. You will learn much from both the text portion and the schematics of the book. The photos are beautiful and well lit so all details are very clear. The Project portion of the newer book will give the novice beader clear and precise instruction about placement and color theory. The experienced bead artist wil revel in the design possiblilties and clever edge treatments and connections.These earrings began with the Vintage Glass pieces placed on Stiffy Stuff, which were then surrounded by the rose and mint colored seed beads. Turquoise leather suede was used as backing...a bit tough to stitch through at times, so I used my chain nose pliers to help pull the needle sometimes. The earrring post was glued inbetween the layers of backing before the edge stitching was finished. Three dangles hang from the center bottom beadwork, each supporting another vintage crystal. The smaller crystals are 3mm Swarovki Bicone Crystals.If you are in the Palm Desert area, stop by Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations to see these and other beautiful vintage glass cabochons. She has some very detailed pieces in bright colors and others in soft colors such as the ones featured here. Coming soon are Bead Kits and a patterns for two versions of these beautiful earrings.

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