To create my final piece i stretched some silk chiffon on to a wooden frame i made. I then made a pattern shaped on a manikin to create a shoulder piece that would fit around the neck. i drew out my pattern on the the silk screen i had made and started the never ending beading all over! i found that using the silk was best as the fibres don't pull at all which helps a lot when doing this amount of heavy beading. I tried to use a variety of different sizes and shaped beads from bugle to seed beads, having such a complicated pattern to follow, the type of bead used would depend on the patter, but i absolutely love the final out come!The collar is made out of an olive green, shot with back taffeta, with stiffener to keep its shape, i also added some beautiful little brass buttons i found at a local shop in Newcastle called chillingham collectibles! full of everything and anything that could come in use. This is most definitely my favourite project yet!
|Beading on to the silk frame.|