Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Ojibwe Beadwork Inspired Applique
While I have temporary custody of my camera, I thought I'd share some close-ups of the Ojibwe UFO turned WIP. The first 5 pics are sections of the 4 side panels that will frame the center motif.
You can click here to see some examples of Ojibwe bead work. As you can see, I fell in love with the stylized leaves and flowers. The traditional beading has blue in it and is on a white background. I changed the color scheme to match the original recipient's decorating colors.
The individual elements of my design were pulled from beadwork & coloring/clip art books as well as photos that I had taken at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Over the weekend, I worked on this flower and set of leaves. The vine on the top left of this photo will have the same shaped/colored leaves as the bottom left. I also finished the center motif below.
I'm really glad that I had finished as much as I had initially, as now I'm not so sure about the fabrics and color choice. The dark red in this picture is actually burgundy, which looks great at a distance, but I'm not so sure I like it close-up. And I've become quite a fabric snob since I bought some of these fabrics. Hopefully the "cheap" fabrics will hold up.