Friday, April 27, 2012

QUEEN OF THE NILE REVEAL...

I must admit, I AM the Queen of Denial (though my husband would probably argue it's the Queen of the Damned) this past week, in having spent time finishing up this bracelet, while refusing to believe my house needed dusting...but look what I finished!  Look with your special eyes!
This was the finished beadwork piece, before being attached to the brass cuff last evening, since I was showing you the piece as it progressed...
Beadwork alone weighed 1.4 oz.  Beads were all sewn down two at a time, and secured with a back stitch (in some instances, one at a time).  Vanity prohibited me showing the back of the unfinished piece - it was all very neat...just a lot of tiny stitches.  Lots and lots...and lots.
Attached to a 2" wide brass cuff, and backed with Ultrasuede, total weight now is 2.6 oz. - a substantial cuff, for sure.




That's right...no denying...the dust was WELL worth the effort (actually I worked mostly in the evenings, so I probably need another excuse for not dusting). Dust will always be there - the Queen of the Nile waits for no one!
The rest of these vintage pieces of Egyptian Revival brass are on my radar for future projects - the second Cleo will become a bracelet for my favorite Mom, next (the Pharaoh is an old scarf slide).  Horrors! More dust!
As a long-time seamstress, bead embroidery is one of the things I most love to do with my quiet time - just an extension of my sewing.  I know I have a few who have been after me on just how to get started with something like this (if not a smaller project) - one in Canada that might be interested, and a couple of friends in MO, if I can drag them away from soldering long enough.  If I can create enough of a "spark" I might be persuaded to give up mopping too, and show you, step-by-step in an easy to follow tutorial, how you can do this too?!  Yes, you can!  It's amazing what you can do with some fishing line and a few beads...and I promise the dust isn't that bad!

18 comments:

Susie@YLP said...

Absolutely stunning. I've never done any bead work... but after seeing some of the things you've made, I may just have to put that on my bucket list.

Jackie said...

Holy Smokes Batman! That is freaking deleriously fabulous!
I don't know how you know exactly what bead to add and what color too choose, that can't be taught, it is inbred! You have a gift and that damn cuff needs to be published I say!!! The people at Bead and Button magazine would piss themselves when they see your work!!

Jody and Stan said...

Your bead work is amazing. Just found your blog and love it. New Follower.

Jody

oldgreymare said...

You must submit this one sweetie. Just make sure they return..I hear the mags are very bad about that.
it is STUNNING!!!!!!
xx
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Colleen Mcgraw said...

She is a beaut that's for sure

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Tanya!!! It's gorgeous...I adore it! What beautiful work you do....I can't imagine how long this must have taken. I've never tried bead work myself, although I do enjoy embroidery.

Createology said...

Your cuff is exquisite. I have done simple bead work and truly understand the amount of tiny stitches and beading that is involved in making this beautiful piece of art. This would certainly pass a juried show for entrance. Blissful Beading Dear...

Ronna said...

So beautiful Tanya....love the theme of Egyptian Queen!

Dorthe said...

Oh dear friend, this is stunning, what a work of perfection and beauty. You makes so special and wonderful art pieces ,and this is GORGEOUS ,I can imagine how many hours and stitches you have used and made- I love the pattern you made with the pearls on the sides of the bracelet,and the colours used-amazing!
Hugs and love,Dorthe

Jody and Stan said...

Hi Tanya, Thanks so much for stopping by. Every time I look at this post I'm in awe. Your work is absolutely beautiful. So glad I found your site. Have a fun week.

Jody

DearHelenHartman said...

I barely have the patience to sew on a button! Can't imagine the work that went into that gorgeous piece but it was worth it - a fantastic piece of art.

Jillayne said...

Oh my, oh my - Tanya, this is just so freakin' fabulous! Absolutely amazing!!
I say never dust - just keep making incredible things like this.
And a tutorial? I already struggle with dusting - guess I'll have to give up on the floors too!

Colleen said...

OMG! How Beautiful and you are so talented and gifted - good for you! I love that bracelet and I can't imagine myself doing something like that!

Congratulations on another beautiful project!!!!!!

Cindy said...

OH MY Tanya! This is beee uuu ti ful!!! How intrique and creative!
I am in awe!
Who needs to dust when you can create stunning jewelry like this!!
xoxo
Cindy

Anonymous said...

DEAR TANYA, from grade school you have been creating great things. Forget the dusting, I'll do it for you, keep creating beautiful things. You go girl. Love you, Love you, Love you. Mom

Hopewell Creek Designs said...

Tanya I am blown away!!! Absolutely STUNNING!!! I can't imagine ever doing this. You have a gift that is for sure.Yep dusting can wait....you have other beautiful pieces to create!

Mary said...

Okay, it isn't original for this post, but WOW!! What an amazing piece of work. You are one talented lady!

I may take you up on those lessons...!

Melanie Schofield said...

You never cease to amaze with the beautiful pieces of art you create. You definitely have a gift! Looking forward to seeing it in person!