Deadlines are important for me. I had set to work on this peacock tiara for Helen and since bead embroidery doesn't always keep my attention I kept setting it down. It's been a year. When she requested that I get it to her before an event she wants to wear it to in February it started living next to the couch so I would pick it up a little bit every day after work. I got it done this week and I'm meeting her tonight so she can finish this into a tiara.
I know Helen through the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild which has Fashion show every year where Helen shows off her amazing vintage dance dresses at. One year I told her if she was ever to want to part with a particular piece, to let me know. Consequently, she did as it wasn't quite as long as she'd like. So we have been working on a trade. When she came to me with this idea I was excited to do it and she even had a design to work off of for the peacock feathers. We got the size down and she gave me some vintage beads to work with. I also used gold and silver from my stash to make it a versatile metallic piece to go with many of her outfits.
(back side detail)
I was very attracted to the amber colored vintage seed beads she gave me so I'm hoping it's not too brown-heavy. I kept picking them out as I went along. I'm happy to breath a sign of relief having this done early enough to give her some time with it.
I found two articles on Helen if you want to took into her more, I'm not sure she has a website (I'll ask tonight and update if so):
This is the piece that we traded for, it's just wonderful
and I make sure I have occasion to wear it. <3 p="">3>
(Photo by Eat Pomegranate Photography)
I almost forgot that I wanted to do a weaving update too. I'm about 8 inches along on the large Leaf Me Alone piece that I've been putting off working on for far too long! I did a few small ones but its time to go bigger again.