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AE Component of the Month – October

It’s time for another component of the month and our inspiration for October was supplied to us by our wonderful blog leader Jennifer Stout-Cameron. Jen creates in glass and provided each of the team, plus special guests with one of her amazing folk art sugar skulls. You can find her shop here.

I was lucky enough to meet up with her at fellow AE team member Lesley’s house in beautiful Dorset last month, where we had a brilliant weekend of beaches, wine, cheese and beads! I picked my sugar skull and Lesley introduced me to Fireline for bead embroidery and that’s how it all started.

Inspiration struck and I got carried away before remembering that I hadn’t taken a picture of which one I received. So here it is at the point I remembered!


My idea came from Pinterest. I was looking around for Face painting ideas for my daughter’s Halloween costume (she wanted to be the Queen of Souls from The book of Life… brilliant film if you’ve not seen it!) and I came across an image from a pack of Bicycle playing cards.


I love the feathered hat on the skeleton, so I decided to use some of my new Fireline and hoarded seed beads to embroider it in to a design. Although it ended up larger than I anticipated, I love how it turned out!



I think I’m going to use it as a patch on a new bag my husband’s threatened to make for me out of this gorgeous distressed leather.


Big thanks to Jen for a brilliant component! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about it, and if you’d like to see what the rest of the team and guests have made with their skulls, follow the links below!

Happy Halloween!




Guest Designers

Staci Louise Smith

Karin Grosset Grange

Solange Collin


Art Elements Team

Caroline Dewison << You are here!

Susan Kennedy

Laney Mead

Claire Fabian

Diana Ptaszynski

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Lindsay Starr

Niky Sayers

Lesley Watt

Cooky Schock

Jen Cameron


21 thoughts on “AE Component of the Month – October

  1. Love the design! The bead and the colors around it fit together so well.
    I imagine this patch would add a sense of vibrancy to the leather bag you plan to add it to.

  2. What a great idea and it works really well….glad you like the Fireline. Your kids are the cutest!

  3. As always a stunning design Caroline, I love the feather and her earrings, great attention to detail and this would look amazing on a bag! Your kids look adorable!

  4. Awesome Caroline! Sometimes bead embroidery just runs away with you like that. I love using embroidered pieces as patches too… I can’t wait to see your finished bag!

  5. LOVE it!! What a wonderful way to acent the sugar skull. I love that you did bead embroidery. The colors and the feather are just perfect!! And the kids costumes and face painting-you did a fantastic job there.

  6. LOVE. both your piece and the fact that the bead embroidery bug has bitten! The flower accents are perfect, just enough. I love the simple striking color block design. That would be killer on a bag. And the kids look fantastic!

  7. I looks so cool! I get a carribean vibe from it and oh…. looks it beautiful against the distressed leather! I want that bag too! 🙂

  8. I love the patch that you made. Your embroidery is wonderful. I also love the kids costumes. Very original and arty.

  9. I think it would be lovely as a patch on a bag! The little flowers are a great enhancement to the overall look of your piece. I’ve been obsessed with these little flowers lately, using them in many of my designs.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  10. Gorgeous, I love your bead embroidery, so colorful, the feathers are beautiful and the flowers, the perfect touch.

  11. That leather is going to be an amazing bag for that amazing bead embroidery. WOW! So amazingly cool. And the kids are just darling. I might swipe that pic of them to share on the art elements instagram tomorrow.

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