You know what? I decided against showing you my progress with the new camera, I really don’t want to bore you all with the details and loads of photos. Suffice to say that with practise, my photography is coming along nicely.
However I will be showing the things that inspire me from time to time. Take for instance, these gorgeous Anemone Flowers. I love their vibrant colours and big bold centres. I always imagined a gorgeous rivoli centre, and having made a netted bezel with pearls and size 11/0 seed beads before, I had to work out how to add it to the flower itself.
My first flower was made using brick stitch. It worked really well but took so long, so I turned the pattern sideways and made the next one with peyote stitch. That was much easier, faster and more effective. My only mistake on the second one, at least on the first couple of petals, was making a figure-of-eight turn at the end of the row, while decreasing too. I had forgotten about catching the thread inside and turning around that.
So now I was away. But how to fix that bezel on it? So I tried a 14mm rivoli and netted bezel. It was so awkward sewing on the back of the bezel AND the inside of the flower, there had to be another way. Once it was done I then realised the rivoli was too small. Out came the 18mm rivolis.
So the second flower had to be completed differently. I knew I’d need 10 pearls around the 18mm rivoli, and there were 5 petals, with two open beads on each point, giving me a 10 bead starting point. What if I made the bezel in complete reverse?
That’s what I did, and by golly it worked! Here is the result.
Of course I couldn’t just leave it there. Anemone’s come in so many colours, and after showing off the purple one on Facebook, which generated some interest in purchasing, I made more. White, red, blue, rose, coral and lavender.
Then came the leaves. Anemone leaves are delicate and segmented. How to achieve that shape? Well of course I’m not that good, but I was good enough to invent a three part leaf, with a ladder stitch stem that was sewn directly to the join between petals, inspired by one of Huib Petersen’s leaves.
So we had a stack of gorgeous Beaded Anemone brooches. The pattern will be written and published soon.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.