Council Bluffs, Iowa (KMTV) — Perler beads are little plastic tubes that don’t look like themselves. But in the hands of Katie Hughes, they combine to create a beautiful work of art.
“Honestly, I started doing it during the day because it was boring,” she said.
But with her creativity and perseverance, the Council Bluffs native Katie has shown she has a knack for the art form. Her mom likens it to cross-stitch.
“That’s how I compare it and it has the same little squares, but she puts beads in instead of stitches,” Sherry Schmitz explained.
Katie starts with a pattern. For custom pieces, create a pattern. Then she goes top to bottom, right to left. It’s not uncommon for her to spend 50 hours or more on a piece, depending on its size and complexity.
Some of Katie’s most complex works are portraits.
“They were a learning curve for her…just because she looks like-this doesn’t look good,” Shelley said.
“When you’re so close, like a portrait like that, you don’t really see it.
“I like it. She hates to hear it from me, but I do. I love her artwork. I put it at work and everyone is talking about it.” I will comment,” said Paul Schmitz, Katie’s stepfather.
“You know, some people are proud to be a part of a big project, but the little things in life that I believe in, like Katy, means more to me than anything else,” he added. rice field.
Katie was working on a two-foot-tall piece the day we visited. This work contained approximately 10,000 beads. When finished, she bakes it and connects the beads to each other.
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