You know it!
I don't know which is more impressive, the determination to make it through 25 years of marriage, or the determination to plan and finish this piece. Its amazing. Not only that you would be able to put in the time and effort, but that you did this whole thing and you only have two little errors! Personally, I would leave them.
But if you are still determined to fix it, it shouldn't be that bad. Weave a new thread through the beads 4-5 steps outside the error. stitch in a circular pattern looping pattern so the thread crosses back over itself, add some some half hitch knots. Ill try to draw you a picture.. it wont be pretty, but it should be understandable. This will secure the beadwork outside the spot where you plan to cut the threads, in effect, making a frame around the beads you need to attach the proper beads to. Once your "frame" is done, cut out just the wrong beads in the very center with an exacto knife or very fine maincure scisors... some of the beads around will come loose, but that's okay, working from one side of your frame to the outher, restitch all the beads, including the correction. Try to be careful to keep as many beads as possible still strung on the old thread, although there is no way the tread can come out through the frame and then out of the beads outside it unless you make an effort to unstitch them. My holes in the picture below aren't lined up properly, buy you get the idea.
Congrats on your 25th wedding anniversary!
That picture is amazing, wonderful job. What patience you must have (for both the time required to bead that and to be married for 25 yrs )!
Well ladies I took the plunge yesterday and focused on fixing row 575 which was the worst error row. LOL! Worked on it off and on all day yesterday. I'm happy to say that I accomplished my mission. I ended up taking the complete row out and redoing the row and then zipped it back together - it worked out great - I was pleased with the result. Now just the smaller row error - slowly getting this accomplished in between and in betrixed.
i am wondering how to organize mine own wedding, but i am afraid of mistakes, what is the biggest wedding mistakes you did? To let me know, to take care :)
Thank you all for the lovely comments
Oh wow Kathy! I can't believe you finished it!!! It looks amazing!
With regards to your predicament with the accidental misplacement of beads, I actually had no idea that those were mistakes - mainly because I didn't read the writting first, I scrolled straight to the picture lol - from a distance, it just looks like a really thin shadow has been cast over the bottom of your dress. The only thing that gave it away was the very slight gap in the dark beads from your bouquet. I can see it now that you have pointed it out, but at first glance I didn't notice.
I am not sure how you would correct these mistakes, if it was me and the mistake was buried too deep, I usually leave it be because most of the time I am the only one who would notice it.But I think that it looks amazing regardless of its VERY minor mistakes! You have done a fantastic job and I am so proud of you EmmaxXx
Hi Emma - good to hear from you. thank you so much - it was an awesome HUGE learning project for sure. When I look at it everyday I'm still amazed of what I did. LOL!
I did fix the row 575 which was very successful - still have row 594 to fix yet. I'm to much of a perfectionist and yes I do drive myself crazy. LOL!
Wow, just wow... in a amazing way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fantastic! I'm so impressed with the result.
Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. ~ Oscar Wilde
Hi All - long time no hear. Beleive it or not I do not have this framed yet!
I have chatted to lots of frame shops here in Alberta, Canada and they have no idea of how to support this huge project on a board to support the weight evenly. The framing is easy but to do but they have no ideas of how to attach this piece to a foamcore or a mat board to support the weight.
HELP HELP HELP I'm most frustrated. And No one has ever seen a HUGE solid bead project ever - they were all in amazement but no help in how to support it.
Got any idea ladies - i'm so totally lost - who would of thought this would be so difficult. lol!
Here is what popped into my head. When you want to hang a quilt, you put a sleeve on the back of it. What if you put a small sleeve on the back of it, just large enough to carry a fairly small wooden dowel. Then frame it in a shadow box type frame. Maybe you could put a couple of keepsakes from your wedding into the frame with it.
Just and fleeting idea.
"I have chatted to lots of frame shops here in Alberta, Canada and they have no idea of how to support this huge project on a board to support the weight evenly. The framing is easy but to do but they have no ideas of how to attach this piece to a foamcore or a mat board to support the weight.
Got any idea ladies - i'm so totally lost - who would of thought this would be so difficult. lol! "
Kathy, I am going to give you a wild idea or two here..........the biggest I've matted and framed is 8x8, so it is not something I've personally done. And we have NO frame store here with experience either. I had to tell them how to do the one project I took in there. I wouldn't suggest mat board, but foam core will hold up that weight if it is thick enough.
Think about this idea, it might not be right, but may trigger some other idea. What if you actually sewed the 19x20 picture onto the foam core board. Lay it out flat and make holes in the foam core with an awl, I'd do at least 1" apart on row two or three of the picture, drop down a few rows and do another like it but not right under the first group. I'd do maybe 4 or 5 rows of that, literally stitching up through the foam core, around a thread in the work, then back down. I'd also knot every so often just because I'm paranoid. So now you have a sort of "net" holding the top of the picture to the foam core. See if that feels ok by holding up the picture and judge if it is pulling to much or not. If it doesn't feel like enough, do more rows like that. If it feels ok, I'd then go down and randomly sew more onto the foam core. I'd also tack the edges a bit. You are aiming at taking the tension off the beads and thread you used so it needs support. I'd also think about double sided tape as you work down with the sewing, like between sewed rows as I've found the tape adds to the stability. One of my pictures is totally taped on the back, with no other backing and was then framed, I did it as an experiment and so far (a couple of years) it is still holding in place and not sliding down to the bottom of the frame.
Also, I'd make the foam core board to the size of the frame you want to use, like 24x24 or whatever, leaving edges. When the piece is successfully sewed to the foam core, take it back to the frame shop and have them MAT the piece from your 19x20 to the outside edges, maybe with a double mat or single depending on how "deep" the beads are. This will protect the beads from mashing into the front glass. Of course non-glare glass and a deep enough frame.
Hope this helps, or at least gives you ideas to start with. Keep us posted. Donna
This is all from my mind, but I have a tendency to engineer things in my brain, especially with materials that are familiar to me, like beads and frames.