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Autumn Vines - part one

Even though summer is over, and my thoughts are turning to colors suggested by the fall leaves, I still love pearls. So when Artbeads offered to send me anything I wanted to use in a project, as long as it included the colors that Pantone is predicting for the fall and winter, I went looking for warm-toned pearls. And I found them. I used Artbeads rice pearls ), but you'll find even more shapes and selection at the pearl main page.

The background fabric that I chose to use is very close to the green hue being called "Woodbine" this year.

Material and Tools

Background fabric
Shirtweight fusible interfacing
Ultra-suede or other non-woven fabric for backing
Green colored craft wire, 28 gauge (five 5' lengths)
11 small Lucite flowers
3 medium Lucite flowers
19 Lucite leaves
Warm tones mix of rice pearls
Wasabi rice pearls
Picture cord, wired
Bugle beads
Size 11/0 seed beads
Size 0 Nymo, black
Fabric glue
2 hammered brass oval rings
Embroidery floss
Size 8/0 seed beads
Unakite rondelles
Small brass rounds
Brass wire
Brass hook

Chain nose pliers
Wire cutters
Scissors, large and small
Beading needles
Embroidery needles

1. Use lightweight interfacing fused to the back of a piece of fabric for your pattern.

2. On the front, lightly draw where you wish to place the wired cord.

3. Create manageable sized segments of wired leaves, flowers, and pearls with loose wires left to wrap around the cord.

4. Place the wired segments on the cord and wrap the wires to hold them in place.

5. Use embroidery floss to attach the wired cord to the fabric.

Next week, I'll be able to share the completed piece with you and the steps for assembling it!

As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received pearls free of charge from Artbeads in order to create a project free of charge for you. I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.
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I love your color choices on this, Cyndi, as well as the way the design meanders around like a vine.
Cyndi L said…
Thank you Eileen...that was exactly the look I was going for :-)
Genevieve said…
Gorgeous! And I love the technique you used, very cool!
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Genevieve :-)