Jack has his final exams this week which means it's busy for me too, including lots of volunteering at school to collect used books and work the prom. No, it's not Jack's prom...it's the senior prom...the underclass parents (Jack is a sophomore) are asked to work the prom for the seniors...I'm not a night person so we'll see how it goes.
In between life tasks, I have been trying to push forward in working on my shell piece. And so I've been auditioning a few ideas before I commit to stitching them directly on my block.
I have a few mirrored-shell cabochons that I would like to use somehow so I tried a whipped spiderweb type stitch over 1/3 of the cabochon. At first I tried a pale pink, but I really didn't like the flatness of just one color...
Next I tried a variegated thread (Vicki Clayton's hand-dyed silk twist) whose color closely matches one of my shells. Unfortunately, it turned out a little too stripey once it was stitched...
Now I'm going to try dyeing my own thread to see if I can get more realistic coloring.
In addition to shelling, I've been playing with different ideas for stitching a nine-armed starfish. At first I thought I might bead a three-dimensional starfish using tube peyote or regular peyote stitch.
I changed that idea because I don't think I could find beads small enough to stitch all nine arms into the center.
At this point, I'm going to try bead embroidery onto ultrasuede, appliqueing it onto the block with padding underneath...we'll have to see how that works out.
If you sent me an email over the weekend, I'll try to get back to you in the next few days. It's just a pretty busy week around here until school lets out.
Happy Day everyone!