Tuesday, February 26, 2008

February Take-It-Further finished

Here is my February Journal page. This month's project felt more "doable" and I feel I had a nice balance between remembering, planning, designing/executing the design/and engineering the piece together.

The beaded section is pretty heavy. I strung long strings of mixed beads onto dental floss and then couched them down. It always amazes me how much slack needs to be left for the couching. I didn't use as many beads as I'd expected and still have a lot left over.

The only thing I bought for this project were the clear crystals for the candelabra. Everything else was in my stash!

The backing is glittered felt. I needed it to be sturdy and I thought the glitter fit the theme. The inside support is a piece of Fast-2-Fuse. There are a couple of layers of felt under the smooth piano section of the front so that it ends up level with the beads and not lower.

I made the loops with some gold cording, couched on. I should have couched the cording on before I sewed the backing on. It would have been much easier to couch the little swirls if I could have put the needle straight down. But I managed, although it's not my neatest stitching ever.

I made the inscription with a Sharpie pen.

I've really enjoyed reading everyone else's memories and watching their projects develop.


Jane said...

I like it! I think it really captures the feeling of Liberace. I love the candelabra, and I'm a sucker for beads.
Can't wait to see it in person.

Lelia said...

very very nice!!! very nice : )

Meg in Albuquerque said...

Very nice, its elegant and well done.

Pat Winter said...

Neat project, Liberace would be smiling!

jacqui said...

I had completely forgotten about Liberace.

I must admit I thought when I first saw it was a remembrance about a child's christening or a wedding as it had that sort of reverence about it.

Now my remembrance of Liberace was that he was flamboyant but not in the over the top way of Elton John. So this tastefully but slightly flamboyant piece is really true to the subject, well done.