Oh I'm so annoyed!!!! I've just stayed up an extra hour and a half waiting for the bloody treasury to open up!!!! and arghhhhhhh!!! it got stuck, and then I couldn't get into it again.... and now the treasury is full again!!!! argggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! the treasuries frustrate me a LOT!!!! :-)
So I cannot post my beautiful treasury... but I finally finished the Sherry Serafini piece "A Mermaid's Attire" I've been working on for... hmmmm.... what feels like a century!!!! :-) but was probably about a month, or maybe just a bit less... :-) (see previous post )
and here it is:
I really learnt so much making this, even though I really, REALLY do not like following instructions... which is probably why it took me soooo long to finish it!!!! but having said that... I thoroughly enjoyed making it!!!!! and yes... not right now, but I would love to buy another project, especially a Serafini one!!!! Some of you may have been following my blog since the beginning and may already know how crazy I am about her work.... and after making this piece, my love for her work has grown tenfold!!!!! To get a glimpse into her amazing work and technique was such a treat for me!!!! The next best thing after attending one of her classes, which I would love to do!!! but am unable to for at least a few years!!!
I can't even begin to tell you how many mistakes/changes I made... but I really tried to stay as true to the piece as possible... and I think for my first attempt I did it justice... if I were to make another one (which I'm not!!! :-D) I'm sure I would not make most of the mistakes that I made, in terms of following the pattern backwards, missing rows, different sized beads and then filling all the gaps, that I'm sure were not supposed to be there, with extra beads. But I am pleased with the outcome... I LOVE the piece!!!.... and best of all it's all mine!!!! and this is probably (and sadly) as close as I will ever get to one of Sherry Serafini amazing works of art!!! :-) I already wore it this morning to my cousin's baby's Brit Milah... so what if I was a bit overdressed with it on!!!! :-) I rarely go out at night, so I wore it for a breakfast thing! :-) and it felt and looked amazing!!!!!!!! I really want to make a cuff using some of the new techniques I learnt making this necklace... so stay tuned! :-)
This is a very happy me (happy because I get to wear this gorgeous work of art, even if it is around the flat wearing my pyjamas :-D). If you want to see what the actual piece looks like as it was intended to be by the artist, please click on "A Mermaid's Attire by Sherry Serafini" - I think I did ok :-) the one thing I'm sorry about is that I didn't have and couldn't find the large turquoise drops the pattern required.... but if you haven't seen the original you wouldn't really know that it was supposed to have them... but I still wish I used /had them :-)
Come back and see what cuff I'm going to make to complement this piece!!!
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and happy beading!!! :-)
It's absolutely stunning, Triz. What an accomplishment! And you get to keep it all for yourself...which might be the best part about :D So many of our incredible (in terms of time and energy) efforts don't stay around for long.ReplyDelete
Unbelievable -- I mean what can you see about something so beautiful. Wow, wow, wow -- incredible, stunning -- amazing -- you should be very proud.ReplyDelete
Ahhh treasuries. Such a pain. lol Amazing necklace. Really, there aren't any words for me to describe how beautiful that is.ReplyDelete
Absolutely stunning, Triz...I love the shape, the way it hugs the neck, I love the colors, and all the textures...just simply beautiful!!ReplyDelete
I would love to see that in person. It is amazing and I love the colors.ReplyDelete
Beautiful, Beautiful, incredible, stunning. You just keep outdoing yourself!!ReplyDelete
I just dropped by again to let you know I've awarded your blog with an I Love Your Blog Award. I do love your blog and enjoy looking at your amazing beadwork, it truly has me in awe. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations with us.ReplyDelete
Wow - that piece is incredible! Congrats on all your hard work - it paid off!ReplyDelete
It is an amazing piece of art, congratulations on finishing it, it is stunning.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous piece. I love Sherry's work too. I can't imagine the patience it must take to complete such an intricate piece of beadwork, and have it look so good! Is she selling project kits and tutorials now? I may have to put that on my 'someday' list of things to do...ReplyDelete
I feel a bit weird saying thank you to you all as although yes it took me many hours to make it.. it isn't my design... but thank you :-) and leah, I bought the pattern from http://www.beadpatterncentral.com/ they have quite a few of Sherry Serafini's patterns and if I'm not mistaken they have a link for where you can buy the kit - and I cannot begin to tell you how beautiful it looks in real life, even with all my mistakes :-)ReplyDelete
Absolutely gorgeous Triz and it looks great on too - well done for finishing it :0)ReplyDelete
Thats not just OK, that 's amazing! OMG, that is a true work of art, and every bit as beautiful as Sherry's original (maybe even more...cause it's gaot a little bit of youe woven in:).ReplyDelete
You do absolutely stunning work! I am amazed at the detail, and can't take my eyes off this piece! I would be as proud as a Peacock if I had made something this beautiful.ReplyDelete
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Simply fabulous, I too love Sherry Serafini's work. She a lovely lady, met her twice at B&B.ReplyDelete
I love her bags !
PS: I don't like reading instructions, too =D
woww Triz what can I say... can't believe it is possible to make such a wonder.... I have to say this is my favourite at all... really love it too much... stunning work of art... adorable colors... I can realize why you are so happy!!!... bravissimissimissima... sono davvero senza parole!!!ReplyDelete
Wow what a fantastic piece! I am just beginning to bead embroider, this work of art just makes me drool. I love visiting your blog to see what great piece you have posted.ReplyDelete
Wow, nicely done! I think I like your interpretation better than the original -unsurprisingly enough, as I really enjoy your design sensibility! I like that you tightened up the edges. Beautiful work!ReplyDelete
OMG!!!This is breathtaking!I am speechless!ReplyDelete
when I saw $30 for that necklace, I thought you were crazy. I had to look again - that's for the pattern! OOHH! It's beautiful.ReplyDelete
I was waiting for the treasury too, and got sidetracked at my work table. Darn! Oh well...
Amazing...that's a great gift u have for creating such beautiful things...ReplyDelete
Sherry is an amazing bead artist, and your take on her design came out absolutely gorgous!ReplyDelete
The hours of labaor and love that must have went into this piece! It's just fantastic. Bravo!
Aloha Triz, nice work as always. PKReplyDelete
Absolutely stunning Triz. I love Sherry's work as well, in fact it was seeing her work that got me started on bead embroidery. You done absolute justice to the piece. You must be so proud.ReplyDelete
Hi: I also made this necklace. I finished it about a year ago. I bought the kit, which I considered to be a bargain. I bought it at the B&B Show and got a discount. I added up if I had bought everything separately and I think it would have cost quite a bit more, if all the materials could have been found, especially the large cabochons. Yours looks perfect. I just made matching earrings. Right now I am making a cuff bracelet to match. I, too love Sherry's work. Who wouldn't? GlenadineReplyDelete