Each January our EGA chapter hosts a workshop that does something requiring a needle and thread. . . but usually a little outside of traditional embroidery.
This year our guest teacher was beading instructor Cathy Helmers, who taught a 3-dimensional beading class. You can see some of Cathy's work here. We could choose either a little fantasy animal (called a snootie) or an art doll.
The stuffed fabric doll and snootie forms were premade (complete with the cabochon doll face), and we were each allowed to select from a great selection of fun beads.
I chose the doll was thrilled that I completed her over the winter. Here she is in all her glory:
Back view (love the wild and crazy hair!):
And here's a super close up that shows the underlying fabric. Deciding what to do was a challenge for me (at heart I'm a counted thread embroiderer). But I'm really happy with the large diagonal motif across the front and back. I think the brown textured beads were the key here. They provided EXACTLY the right amount of color and texture contrast. And I went all out and added the tiny pearls all over where there were little white dots on the underlying fabric.