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Friday, February 06, 2009

More beads and Bonsai


I've been busy beading the Bonsai lately (sounds like a new dance, doesn't it?) and I've made some great progress. Last night I got all but three lines done on the background. So far, I've spent about 60 hours all told on the pearly background parts.

So many people tell me they couldn't do this type of work. But here's my secret: I either have a 12 pound cat sitting ON the work or under it - and she makes me smile!

Next I have to get the rest of the embellishments in the leaves and make sure all the three dimensional parts are secured. Then I'll be back to quilting on the borders. I've inked the kanji script label onto Habotai silk and it will be attached on the front left lower border, backed with Thai silk and more of the cream vintage kimono. Think how a label on a man's suit is attached on one of the sleeves....

You can double click this picture to see a closer view of the beads and the designs in the silk kimono piece.

6 comments:

Karrin Hurd said...

It is just beautiful Sharon!

Claudia said...

Absolutly wonderful! And cheers for your furry black helper there.

Nellie's Needles said...

It's a WOW of a piece!

Melody said...

What a masterpiece, lovely.

Anonymous said...

Terrific...and you look so relaxed and happy doing that precise work. Pets are the best helpers and your work is gorgeous as always!
Wendy

Anonymous said...

hope you bring it to the guild on Monday!