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Quick version which I may expand on later: I think I've done enough quilting, though there are a couple of areas I'm unsure about which haven't been quilted much (the feathered sections of the wings, the plinth, and the headband), but right now I want to decide on the beading. There will be a necklace, anklet, arm rings and bracelets, and I've already planned the necklace and have a good idea of how to do the other jewellery. The colours will be red, turquoise, lapis blue, and galvanised gold.

I'm thinking of putting orange seed beads around the edge of the sun in the headdress, possibly with beads which vary slightly in size and colour although that look may be a touch too informal for this, and perhaps scatter some small seed beads inside the sun. I can work that out as I get to that bit, I'll do the jewellery first.

The dress will most likely be beaded, either at the junctions of the diagonal grid (dark blue thread, quilted in between every other row of little squares) or in the middle of the spaces. I'm considering extra-small galvanised copper colour, which read as a bit warmer than gold, or translucent very pale blue, which look a bit like chips of ice.

The bit that I'm currently preoccupied with is the stars overhead. I originally had them all planned out, but then I put the diamond grid on the wrong way around which means that I have to find a new pattern. I'm limited by the grid, of course, random won't work here. The stars will be turquoise translucent AB coated plain bugle beads, strong enough to be visible but not to take over.

I'm also thinking of beading the border and/or binding. For the binding, I was thinking of doing a zig-zag with some lovely twisted bugle beads, a bit like this only 6mm, in probably green but possibly turquoise. For the border, I could add some beads to the flowers but my instincts are currenty saying not, and I could put seed beads or sets of three seed beads every 1 1/2" along the centres of the two green lattice strips.

We're not madly keen on this one, it leaves an odd space. If I put the stars (represented by coins) at that spacing all the way across the available space, it's too busy. One possibility is to put stars where the coins are, then continue the pattern with a single seed bead instead of a star in the relevant diamonds.

This is the first pattern that fit well. D started taking stars off, as he thinks it has a better shape. The following shows it with the bottom two stars taken off, just above her arms, giving more of an arch shape.

The next one shows it with those missing, plus the two stars right at the wing tips, which gives even more of an arch shape, though perhaps we're losing the overall pattern a tad by now?

I tried other layouts, but none really worked.

What do you think? I'd like to decide on the stars soon, I want to start beading tomorrow. Though I also have to start going at the cream part with a damp cotton bud, there are still some grey lines from the pencil I used to draw the grid, and at some point I need to try to get rid of the creases which have crept in.

Date: 14 Sep 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doseybat.livejournal.com
Wow, beautiful! I quite like the one with stars across the top, myself.

Date: 14 Sep 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
I'm vaguely tempted by that one, but I think D's right that the spaces underneath look a bit odd.

Date: 14 Sep 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arkady.livejournal.com
The bottom image looks the most balanced.

It all looks wonderful; it's really come together well. :-)

Date: 14 Sep 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jelazakazone.livejournal.com
I like the second picture, but I think what would really appeal to me would be if you took off the coins/beads outside the wings, so it looked like the wings contained the stars in a sort of circular pattern. If you could manage a big lazy spiral, that would be even better, but that's just me.

It looks gorgeous.

Date: 15 Sep 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
Bear in mind that they won't be coins, they'll be little five-pointed stars made out of turquoise bugle beads. The coins were just the easiest way to play with patterns.

It's very restricted by the diamond grid, which of course was designed for a different layout which then couldn't materialise due to my idiotically putting the grid on the wrong way around. It doesn't lend itself to random designs or allow small enough spaces to do anything really fancy, and while I can see that a spiral would be lovely, you couldn't do it with the grid. A friend asked me about putting up constellations; same answer. I'm looking at it now, as a circle would add an interesting new shape and is an idea I quite like, but I think it would be too hard to get the pattern right. It really does demand a nice geometric pattern of some sort, that's how they painted stars in Egyptian art. That said, I'm getting the urge to make something much more organic for my next quilt.

And thank you!

Date: 15 Sep 2010 11:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jelazakazone.livejournal.com
Yeah, I didn't know if a spiral was possible, but I had to throw it out there. Really, I think anything will be gorgeous in there. And I do know they will be beaded stars, not coins:)

Date: 15 Sep 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
I do adore spirals, I think there are going to be a lot more quilts with shells and spiral aloes and such. Meanwhile, I am halfway through beading the collar and it is great fun!

Date: 15 Sep 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jelazakazone.livejournal.com
Yay for beading! I'm trying to dream up a project where I can do more beading (as in, any:)).

Date: 15 Sep 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
Utterly addictive, isn't it. And if you're anything like me, you overbought and now have all these beads to use up.

Collar all done, and I'm very pleased with it. Now I need to work out how I want to do the other jewellery, which has been a bit vague in my mind so far.

Date: 15 Sep 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
Incidentally, the clear long glass beads at the edge of the collar ended up looking lighter because of the flash. They're a fair bit darker than that, and don't actually clash with the other beads. One thing I'm very pleased about is that small errors in spacing and so forth really don't show once you have the entire collar done.

Date: 15 Sep 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jelazakazone.livejournal.com
What I love about beading is how forgiving it really is. Do you have a closer up view of the necklace?

Date: 16 Sep 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
Here you go. Arm rings done, bracelets will be the same pattern only with red beads instead of the dark blue ones.

Date: 16 Sep 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
Not much of a close-up, that one. Here's another, although my photography remains crap.

Date: 16 Sep 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 15 Sep 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jelazakazone.livejournal.com
The necklace is stunning. You didn't bead the hair, did you? I can't quite tell if the pattern on the hair is beads or just a print. Looks good.

Date: 15 Sep 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
It's a print which was an amazing find, and which I managed to fussy-cut just right. Loads of people have asked me if I embroidered the hair. More photos tomorrow, but I can say now that I think I've found a good design for the arm rings and bracelets.

Date: 15 Sep 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leenah.livejournal.com
i prefer the last one.

it's so lovely.

Date: 15 Sep 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kcobweb.livejournal.com
I really like the last one - it looks scattered enough to be almost random, like real stars. Really gorgeous work!

Date: 16 Sep 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] voxwoman.livejournal.com
It's already awesome. Just wanted to say that (and the necklace is to die for! I would totally wear that!!)

And I don't mean to throw a monkey wrench into anything, however, the stars may make the top too "busy" so be careful with that. Remember also that the stars in the sky are not symmetrical or uniform, and your papyrus isn't symmetrical, either.

I have no idea if there is a constellation associated with Isis, but if there is, putting that in the sky would be really cool.

I would avoid putting stars too close to her wings or face.

Date: 16 Sep 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
Stars in the sky aren't symmetrical, but stars in Egyptian art are! I agree about needing space need the wings and face, that's another reason why the last version is coming up favourite. The beads I've chosen are fairly plain and quite light in colour, which I think will work as anything dark might start to take over and I don't want it getting top-heavy, especially now that I'm adding the jewellery.

Date: 16 Sep 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
As for the necklace, I have very annoyingly lost the folder of pictures I put together of Egyptian and Egyptian-style jewellery, but suffice it to say that loads of people are making real-size necklaces of that type, both in original colours and modern variations. Do let me know if you get one! I think they'd be a bit heavy on me, I'm a short-arse petite and have to stick to small-scale jewellery, but otherwise I'd be on it like a shot too.

Date: 16 Sep 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] voxwoman.livejournal.com
I've been coveting that style of necklace ever since I saw a rainbow-colored open-weave seed bead collar on a mannequin in a museum (don't remember if it was Washington DC or NYC or even the British Museum) and I think it was from somewhere else on the African continent and not from Egypt.

I've acquired several wide flat collar necklaces over the course of my life, but none as lovely as what Isis is wearing :)

Date: 16 Sep 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elettaria.livejournal.com
Arm rings and bracelets all done, and I am feeling very pleased with myself. Well, with slight residual doubts about colour schemes and so forth, but I tried umpteen variations and these came out best. I'll probably do the same stripe using the red and deep blue beads for the anklet, though again I'll test things out. Very subtle beading for the dress, I think, and if I do bead the border then again it should be the merest glitter.

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