This morning, Donna asked me to design a small pendant for her mom. (If you know Gladys, don’t mention anything because I think the pendant is going to be a Christmas gift.) Donna has the idea that a monstera leaf would be good. Very Hawaiiana. Hmm, thinks I? I like green and haven’t really used it is many things. So, I am up to the task.
First, research the leaf. What shape do I like?
A simple template always a good guide. I am fairly new to beaded embroidery, so its pretty important that I keep the detailing simple. I generally use size 11/0 seed beads, which are pretty tiny, but when you are making something small that has lots of detail to outline, 11/0 really isn’t that small. So, for me, keep the idea simple. I like the image above because the monstera has holes in it. That said, while it does look pretty, it may be too complex for the first leaf I make.
This image is much simpler and it has shading. Which leads to my second question after what shape, what colors do I use? This is very helpful.
But do I like more color?
Wow, I really love the colors in this image. Teal, light and dark. Pink. Green. A bead with a blue iris sheen might be very nice in this… Very nice. This image could be a good guide for a second piece.
The monstera challenge is on.