Week in Review 2019 – 05/10

What do you do when you don’t have time to spend in your studio? I return to a personal mantra I came up with back when I was juggling the demands of raising children. “Studio time is first. The rest will follow.” If I didn’t put on blinders to the demands of everyday life, I doubt I would ever get into the studio.

Status of “Hydrangea” at the end of last week

What a difference a few uninterrupted days in the studio can make! I’ll let my pictures show the progress.

Status of “Hydrangea” at the end of this week.

Last week I had a bunch of petals in various stages of completion, the background finished, and general sense of where I was going to attach the petals.

A couple of days in the studio and viola!!

Each petal was simultaneously attached and beaded by hand.

I’m not done yet. The piece feels off to me. My current thought is to add a few 3D hydrangea leaves to for balance, contrast and to fill in the gaps.

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.


  1. You sure have nailed the essence of those Hydrangea flowers! I wondered how it was going to work out. Can’t wait to see it finished.

    1. This has been quite a fascinating unveiling for me, too. There are times when my gut tells me something will work, but truly I have no idea where there instinct comes from. Making hydrangea blossoms this way, was one of those times. Now if I can just get the artwork to come together, I will be satisfied. Like you, I can’t wait to see how it will finish.:)

  2. I must confess that I wasn’t sure how these origami pieces were going to work, but I was so wrong. I love it! I do think it needs some 3-D leaves.

    1. I was rather dubious myself, Norma. Instinct and experience told me to quiet my inner critic and push through. After all, what is the worst that could happen? A failed experiment, a teeny dent in my stash, and time I could have been doing something else. I felt it was worth the gamble.

  3. The flowers are exquisite — and I agree: a few 3-D leaves would enhance the work. The great thing is you can make them an audition their placement before committing yourself! 🙂

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