I thought I would add a few photos of other paisleys I've made using the same pattern on my tutorial, but with a variety of stitches, beads and sre.
Below is a paisley with Sassa Lynn thread size 5 for bullion stitch loops. But first, to make the paisley outline, I drew my paisley design and then did buttonhole stitch. I really like the way the lines of the buttonhole give that nice interior design to the outer edge. Inside each bullion loop is a cultured pearl. Two bullion roses are in the center.
Same Sassa Lynn thread here, but in size 8, and loops are done in a cast-on stitch. Their thread colors are great!
This paisley has bullions along the outer rim done with silk twist variegated thread. A bouquet of matching silk ribbon French knot roses makes up the center.
These are really fun. I'm continuing to make some more. I'm participating in a paisley swap this month with the CQInternational gang on yahoo groups. I'm trading outside of the swap with at least one person. And I'm making some for my own stash!
There are other ways to make paisleys. In fact, CQI has another great tutorial on this month's newsletter that I want to try. However, I'm having fun playing with my own design and learning how to get better at it. It's a great lesson in how to control stitching and beadwork inside a motif and very good practice.
Thank you everyone for your kind comments on the tutorial!