Earlier this month, I had a notion to make myself an Alabama Chanin tunic. Just plain-vanilla. A single-layer black tunic using the Factory Dress pattern.
It was my first project using Natalie Chanin's new book, The Geometry of Hand-Sewing, and the Really Useful Stitching Cards that come with it. (Those white dots you can see on my edging above? I used a chalk pencil to mark my binding strips so I could make uniform stitches. The dots will wash off, leaving near-perfect stitches that make me look like a better hand-stitcher than I actually am. Highly recommend.)
I finished the tunic in record time -- but decided I wanted to mess around a bit with those Really Useful Stitching Cards and some beads.
So I marked up the front edge of my tunic . . .
dumped out a bunch of beads . . .
and started messing around.
The trick here is . . . moderation, mixed with a bit of random. I'm working slowly, just a little at a time. I want to be sure I strike the right balance of bling here -- nothing too uniform, and nothing overdone.
So far, I like it . . .
this particular kind of messing around!
What are you working on this week?
Be sure to stop in at Kat's to read other Unraveled posts this week.