Monday, June 22, 2009

The Beads Sang!

First they whispered. Then they hummed. And then they sang. I let them. And then I joined in the music!

After the determination to grow in April and the need for control in May, in June the beads were free. They were happy and they sang. This is their song:



This piece was completely unplanned. It was spontaneous visual music. I picked the colors and just started.

Technical Details:

The foundation is Lacy's Stiff Stuff painted with Dye-na-Flow.

The beads are 15/0s, 11/0s, 8/0s, a couple of 6/0s, some triangles, a few cubes, some crystals, and absolutely no bugles.

The page is done almost entirely in the backstitch.

I used blue Nymo B thread. Nymo is my all time favorite. I use B or D, depending on the best color match.

What I Was Thinking:

I wasn't. I just let the beads sing, and I joined in their music.

Issues that Came Up:

I wanted to learn to use a curved needle so I could use it to bead dolls. I decided to try the curved needle on some flat beading on part of this page. That was a good idea. Now I am finding it very easy to use the curved needle on my doll.

After April and May, this page was amazingly relaxing to do.

It energized me. I heard the music, and I felt like dancing.

11 comments:

KV said...

Wonderful stuff, Marty!!!


Kathy V in NM

pam T said...

oh this is lovely! Reminds me of a happy quiet waterfall, the kind where you can still think through the noise.

Carol said...

As always, your beading is beautiful. I love your beading style.

flyingbeader said...

This looks GREAT! And hey, sometimes I think the beads need to sing too. dot

Plays with Needles said...

I feel like singing just reading about it!! You can tell this is a very happy piece with lots of flow!

I'd like to hear more about the curved needle...what's it used for, how is it different??

Congratulations on another beautiful piece...

Hélène H said...

A beautiful beaded song. I really like your concept.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

I love your song and I hear your song! Blue is my favourite colour and this piece definitely puts me in a happy place. It's cool, it's peacful and reminds me of the sky.

brenco1 said...

I love the way the music flowed in your beads. It is such a great showing of blue beads. It inspires me to get back into my beading.

pam ehlers stec said...

This is so wonderful, Marty! I get a feeling of pure joy looking at those beautiful swirling blue beads.

Robin said...

I love, LOVE, LOVE your singing beads, Marty! It's just as you describe so beautifully... when one lets go of control, THIS is how it feels!!!!! I'm doing it too (my June piece) and am singing right along with you! Yay for us!!! Robin A.

freebird said...

Very pretty. They sang a soothing song! I'll have to try a curved needle. Not that all my needles end up that way but I noticed when I did my sister's doll that some places were ready to break the softer needle due to needing to bend too much.