Within the realm of beadwork my passion is definitely bead embroidery. Over the years I've tried to at least dabble in as many different bead embroidery techniques as possible (as well as learning as many off-loom bead weaving techniques as I can). Over the past year or so two students of mine (Vivian at the March' 11 Fox Valley Technical College's Sewing & Quilting Expo and Dave at QSDS in June '11--thank you!) have both shown me examples of Iroquois-style raised beadwork that they've stitched. I love the look and have finally begun to use it myself.
This spring I designed a new project for a class I'll be teaching in Feb. '13 for the Madison, WI Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America. I took the opportunity to use raised beadwork in the design. I can envision this medallion being used as an ornament, as a pendant or pin, or as part of a beaded handbag. I'm sure I'll be offering this project as a one-day class at other venues as well. Yes, I'm still hooked on using those lovely Czech glass buttons with dragonflies embossed on them. ; )
Here's a link to Dave's fun, interesting blog:
Those lovely little yellow/gold size 15 seed beads used in the picot stitch around the dragonfly button are from my friend Lisa Garoon's amazing bead store--City Beads--in Chicago. Here's a link to her shop: www.citybeadschicago.com