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Started by Shirley Lea. Last reply by Hari Aug 2, 2013.
Started by Claudia Chase. Last reply by karen Oct 9, 2010.
Started by Claudia Chase. Last reply by Claudia Chase Jul 4, 2010.
I'm doing a watch band for a customer. I'm putting loomed pieces on both sides of the watch. The foundation is ultra suede. I don't have a lot of space for a fastener but want something nice. Suggestions, anyone?
Judith, I used the mat and it is a godsend. Thank you so much and it cost $2.00 at Joann's. It was a scrap piece.
Thank you Judith. And thanks to everyone who has shared their knowledge with me.
No, theyare not floor mats. You purchase them at a framing (picture) shop. They might even give you scraps from something they have already framed. They are look something like a suede, but are cardboard backed. I got mine from a local frame shop that gave me the pieces from mats they had cut for a picture they had framed.
Are the flocked picture mats door mats?
Thank you Judith. I am going to try everyones suggestions and see which one i like and come up with what works for me. Thanks
Hari, we all end up with our own way to putting colors out to work with. I use a large piece of flocked picture mat. This keeps the beads from rolling around but they don't sink into it like the regular bead mats. The nap is low enough to put sticky labels (I use cut up address labels). Usually, I put them all out in numerical order except for the background color (if there is one). I did one with 185 colors and used two mats. One with the most common colors and one, to the side, with those that had less than 50 beads. Keeping them in numerical order really helps to find the bead you need.
Thank you Donna for your ideas. At least there is a place to start from. I would love pictures. I Friended you so I would be able to send PM to you. I hate putting my email out to tons of people I don't know.
Phew, a very individual solution will need to happen for you, however I am happy to contribute some ideas. The last tapestry I did was only 8x8, however it asked for (and since I had them all) 450+ colors, so sort of a nightmare layout problem.
I took my BCP pattern and pulled all my flip tops and seeing 450 of them made me realize that this was not workable going strictly by quantity or by number. After pondering I roughly sorted them into the following... Any color requesting a small quantity I put that quantity into a 1.5x1.5 zippie with the color number on it and stacked them numerically in a box that had separate compartments.
Then I put the rest of the colors into groups.......the background was all shades of green and there was some background in every row, so easy to make up that group. The thistle was shades of purple and lavender, so another easy group, but one that was "used up" quickly as the thistle was only on the bottom of the picture. If you want, send me your e-mail addy and I'll send you pics of the arrangement.......it's bizarre enough that I took pictures of them all before I started.
Other than the small quantities, all the other colors were left in the flip tops and those colors that kept reappearing throughout the picture got dumped into small piles on my bead mat as I went along. It sounds like it would be tedious, but was the only way to work with that many colors.
Bummer that your OTT didn't work........that will give you more time to work on your pattern and think about how many individual colors and how you will work with them. My next tapestry is only about 75 colors and almost all the background is light blue, so it will be much easier. Hope this helps to give you ideas. Donna
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