My current project on the bead table. The flags and eagle were not planned to coincide with Memorial Day but it feels appropriate. Working on this piece made me realize that I enjoy the freedom the black velvet gives you with the flowers. You just rough the design out with a white Pentel gel marker and then just play with the colors and design as you go. When I first started being interested in beadwork, those many moons ago, I really loved the contrast of the bright colors on the black velvet. Can't wait to get started on the vines, gray blue or clear, which do you like?
I finished the bag today. It's been a long haul and especially hard to stay put at the bead table when the weather has been so gorgeous. After coming off a long alaskan winter, (even an easy one like this year) you feel the need to be outside gobbling up the warm breezes and watching green thing grow. So I was very happy to tie the last knot and put this in the mail. It's going to Milan Italy, which is cool and also makes me happy. Time to give the wrist a rest and start planting and weeding. I love this time of year!