I put the last of the beaded stitches on StarFlower 6 a few days ago, just in time for a visit from a photographer. One of the beaded stitches is an old favorite, but the others a new to my Paint•Stitch•Bead toolbox. Let’s take a look.
Beaded Wheatear Stitch
For the slender pink elements, I chose a Wheatear Stitch in a size 5 pearl cotton. (You can read more in this post.) I liked the look of the heavy thread, but I was a bit dismayed by the large holes in the paint.
Thankfully, those holes just “disappeared” when covered with a small size 11/0 seed bead. Nothing fancy, just a short straight stitch with a single bead at the end of each stitch.
For the scalloped elements, I added a line of Backstitch around the edges. I worked a line of Pekinese stitch along one side of the elements, again with a heavy pearl cotton thread.
For the remaining edge, I chose Beaded Backstitch. This was one of the first beaded stitches that I worked with in the early days of my Paint•Stitch•Bead experiments.
You can read more about Beaded Backstitch here.
Beaded Heavy Chainstitch
That left me with the large, pale yellow flower petals. At 6″ long, these are good sized shapes shapes, and they are the focal point of this stitched painting.
The Heavy Chainstitch looked great and thread was a good match. Unfortunately, it pretty much got lost due to a lack of contrast. Needless to say, that was not exactly what I had in mind.
Rather than starting over, I added a Pekinese-style wrap with high contrast thread. That was better, but it definitely needed some beading to liven things up.
For the petals, I chose a totally new approach. Rather than adding a line of beads along the side of the stitching, I combined two sizes of beads for a diagonal wrap.
As you can see, the beads added a lot of dimension as well as a pop of color. And once I got the hang of it, this beaded stitch worked up pretty fast.
You can see more options for adding beads to Heavy Chainstitch in this post.
When I put it all together, I was thrilled with this combination of beautiful beaded stitches. There was plenty of contrast in color, and the textures looked great.
This photo was taken when half of the beading was complete. All I could do was smile!
I have enjoyed all of my Stitched Painting adventures, but working on this one was truly a happy labor of love. From start to finish, it has been a joyful experience. I am so blessed.
From Beaded Stitches to Framed Stitch Painting
Tomorrow is framing day, and the following day will be photography day. I promise to show you the final results soon!
Thanks for reading
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