Stitching and Straying!

Stitching and straying is a pretty funny title for a blog post, but is it? My creative spurts seem to be going in many different directions, so is it any wonder that I’m straying from the beading path?

I guess that I should show you the only beading that I’ve been working on, my “Dancing” pandemic piece. As I’ve mentioned before, this piece came to me in a dream, has no end date, yet doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up. But it is a welcome distraction, uses up stash, and definitely serves to keep me amused!

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But that’s beading, so doesn’t really add to the straying part!

I’ve been working on another fibre scroll, but it’s really not at an interesting place right now. So, I’m not showing it (you’d just be seeing more of the same) in this blog post. However, I’ve been piling up the tiny bits of fibre, then thinking about how I could use them. So, after playing about a bit, I decided that I would stack up those little bits, marry them with paper scraps, then stitch up some bitty fibre bundles. They’re quick, yet so much fun to make!!! Stitching and straying, at it’s simplest! So far, I’ve made two batches, and each one was completed in one evening’s worth of TV watching. I’m calling them “Doodle Bits”, and they fit nicely into my Stitch Meditations for this year!

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I am debating adding beads, but I thought that I would go with simple first, then complicate them at a later date. I asked my FB, and Instagram peeps for ideas on what to do with them, but I invite you to leave a comment as well.  Right now, they’re just sitting pretty in a bowl!

Darn that Dwyn! She told me about a You Tube video, that showed someone using cement, and resin in an interesting way. Well, she didn’t forward the video (until earlier today), so I got it completely wrong, but I kinda like the results. Now I need to experiment with cement, in the video way! But first I need to actually watch the video.

I used the Ice Resin Paper Sealer to fix Washi paper to the bottom of my bezel (but we no longer carry this type). You paint a layer of the sealer on the bottom of the bezel, add the paper, then more sealer on top. Then, I used a paint brush to lift flakes of Jet Age Powder, and carefully spread them on the still tacky sealer.

When that was dry, I mixed some Artist’s Concrete (I made it a little thick, on purpose), then added it to the bottom of the bezel. When that was dry, I mixed up my Ice Resin, filled the bezel, then let it dry for 12 hours. Remember: It needs 72 hours to cure completely!

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Back on the experimentation, using it up, and repurposing trail! I separated the leftover resin into two containers, then mixed a different Jet Age Powder, into each. Then I placed some small Rivoli findings (originally intended for Swarovski crystals), on packing tape. Then carefully dripped in the resin, on the end of a toothpick. BTW, the findings are on Special, so a bargain at 75% off! I also filled these Teardrop resin molds, then decided to drip the leftovers onto my non-stick craft mat. Waste not, want not! Who know what I will use the blobs for, but they are pretty!

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Earrings, charms, dangles, oh my!
These have a paper backing, so more depth of colour!
The Jet Age Powders that I used!

The results of my bashing, and rusting experiment from last week’s blog post!

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Delicious collage fodder!!

Well, that’s it for my stitching and straying blog post! I stitched, I beaded, and I strayed into both rust, and resin. But I loved every, single, minute of it, so that’s the important part. Always do what you do, but enjoy it to the fullest, when you do it!!! LOL!

Keep safe, social distance, and wash your hands!

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