Sunday, August 9, 2009

July Triangle - Along the garden path



This triangle shows my love of colour, flowers, techniques and combines them with a passion for photography . It's also about the paths you choose in life and illustrates that while some just seem to stop short, others are crystal clear and lead directly to your goals. Well, directly might be the wrong word, as nothing in life is ever perfect or straightforward. Paths often curve before they reach their destinations, leading you towards interesting sights, unforseen problems and exciting adventures. This little garden is all about life!

The seed beads are mainly size 11's, with some 15's and 8's thrown in for effect. I also used bugles (2's), pearls and crystals. I used peyote, bocche (also called boucle-a stitch mentioned on another group), stacked, fringe, loops and Robin's wildflower stitch. The curved path is made of size 11 seed beads couched over a slightly flattened braid.

13 comments:

Robin said...

I've never seen anybody illustrate the concept of a crystal clear pathway before and I love this concept and your way of showing this all too rare phenomenon of life! You pack so much into a small space... so many thoughts and so much passion. Thank you for giving me a lift today!

Diane Lithgow said...

love your work and the amount of beading that you do. what is wildflower stitch and bocce. I have tried to get robin's books from our library but only managed to get one on an interlibrary loan.
diane, new zealand

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Robin, thanks again for your compliments. I thought I was beading a simple garden, but it turned into something completely different. I guess that's what happens when you bead intuitively. My focal element of the rose, quickly took a back seat to the path. I'm not sure that the rose is entirely happy. LOL!

Diane, Bocche (sorry, I looked it up and this is actually the correct spelling) or Boucle stitch is a variation of the Picot Edging Stitch, only it's used as a filler. You put three beads on your needle and then take the needle back into the fabric, one bead length away. You end up with a little bump. Continue this stitch in various directions until you've covered the area. I learned about this on the Beaded Art Doll group.

Robin's Wildflower stitch can be found in her "Hearts to Hands Bead Embroidery" book. I couldn't find a copy in Toronto either, so I ordered it from her website. It's a great little book, chock full of interesting stitch variations.

Marty S said...

And it shows a happy life, with a meandering path. May we all have such lovely experiences, wherever our paths lead. I love all the texture.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

a2susan said...

I was so happy to come to blog 3 and see another of your wonderful triangles! Once again, I just love the color and texture you use, and the message rings so true.

Susan

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Beautiful and love how your path winds through your garden of beads and photography!

Plays with Needles said...

Congratulations on this beautiful triangle. I too love the idea of a clear path while others seem lost in the hedgerows. I've really enjoyed all of your triangles this year -- I always find something new and exciting in your work -- like this boucle stitch -- who knew?

KV said...

I am so in love with these wonderful triangles, Anne-Marie!


Kathy V in NM

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I loved working on this one and confess that I'm going to have an awful hard time topping it.

pam T said...

WOW. Gorgeous. Wanted to tell you I checked out your web site and your quilting is awesome. I was having trouble trying to figure out how to email you!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thank Pam! There's a link to my email on the site. It had an old email address for a while, but it's supposed to be fixed now. Why don't you try it and then I'll know that it's working.

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