My online beading class is progressing wonderfully. I was looking for technique instruction and inspiration and am highly pleased so far in both respects. We are in our third week of class. Our instructor, Lisa Walton, is a wonderful teacher and happy to tweak the course to meet our needs.
I was so enthused with the potential of the beading process that I quickly began a project I had in mind for several weeks. The idea for an art quilt came as I read an old Persian proverb, "When it is dark, you can see the stars," in the pages of a report from Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson's Central Asia Institute. I immediately made a note of the quote for a future piece.
As I began to see the potential of beading for creating a star-filled sky, I immediately starting using some dyed fabric I had gotten from Lisa a few months ago to quickly construct a background. Then, I built upon an idea for thread painting a tree from a blog, Anne's Creative Threads. Anne has created the most amazing series of African sunsets and details her process in her blog. I decided to try a similar thread painting approach using a tree I had photographed on a recent trip to Maui as a model for a silhouette. Everything flowed beautifully and, after some quick quilting, I am now ready to add some stars, using my beading technique.
You will have to wait a bit more to see the finished piece!