2/10/2010

March Nuthatch for BJP

I'm posting everything I can find today as my mouse keeps freezing and I had to restart the computer 4 times to get it to work... Will try to get another mouse when I go to post office tomorrow....if not ..enjoy 3 posts in one day...... a new record.
I'm really focusing on getting more texture in my bead embroidery and the bark on this tree was fun. I just kept layering and weaving lots of colors and several kinds of beads and I'm happy with it except the feet of the nuthatch got lost and I'm not sure what to do about that??? Maybe Robin can give me some advice...
I did not like the green beads I had so a stop at the bead store fixed that.... I love all these "foresty" colors of green for the background... I seem to have a inner sense when I'm close to $50 as that is usually near my total bill. and it's such a little bag....

9 comments:

Marty52 said...

Love the texture you've achieved on the bark! I don't have any ideas on how to fix the nuthatch's feet though... maybe do some embroidery over the beads?

Robin said...

I'm curious how many hours you work each day (or maybe I should ask how many hours a day you don't sleep)? You are sooooo prolific!

Your tree looks super great!!! The texture is stunning! And yes, sometimes with texture comes lack of definition, which is what is happening with the nuthatch feet. My thoughts on this are: 1. The mind fills in the feet... let them be OR 2. Make the feet out of wire and attach them with couching. OR 3. Let go of realism and make them with much lighter color beads... especially if opaque, the beads will show up against the transparent ones. Hope one of these thoughts will get you going on this... Love your two CQ squares. They're so different! Amazing!

Robin A.

Magpie Sue said...

I, too, love the texture you've acheived with your bark. I have the most fun with bead soups; this would have been a perfect place to use some. How badly do the nuthatch's feet need to be visible? Can you simply run some seed beads in the right color over the top of the beads of the bark?

Holly B said...

I love your birds and on this one the tree bark really works. My thought on the feet: maybe use very dark, matte, size 15 beads? Whatever you decide to do is bound to be perfect. This little guy is just so darn cute!
Holly B.

Barbara said...

I also love the tree bark -- it's perfect! We also have nuthatches where I live, and seeing him on your tree without being able to view his feet works for me! If this was my project, I'd leave it as it is. Otherwise, the feet could become a distraction.

flyingbeader said...

I agree with Robin and wire was my first thought. I think some thicker gage orange artistic wire would be perfect. I think you are more obsessed than me!

Lisa said...

When I see the nuthatches here, I almost never can see their feet as they really seem to blend with the tree bark, so it doesn't bother me at all that I can't see them. If you feel compelled to put them in, I like the idea of either adding embroidery or wire over the beads for them.

Love the textured look you achieved for the bark! Lovely!

Terri said...

Love your nuthatch! Ive used twisted craft wire for feet often. I'll bead them if they are gloss on a matte surface, or vise-versa. You have to go for contrast. You may only have to worry about the tips of the toes peeking out, they do alot of scuttling, I dont have feet showing on any of mine.(nutheads that is)

sydsider said...

I love birds and I love beading so your pieces are wonderful for me.
I admire the planning that goes into them because I can't seem to do that.
Stunningly beautiful.

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