I know, that's usually a easy question. The answer is to bead. But, in this case, I've been mulling it over since April or May when I started this project. Now it's time for the moment of truth.
I also realize you probably thought I gave up on this project because it hadn't been blogged in a while. I've been slowly plugging away at it. I'll admit that it has gone excruciatingly slowly.
As a reminder, the project is called "Colorado Collage" designed by Caela Conn Tyler. The border colors and lettering are mine but the rest of the magnificent design is hers.
Here it is with the beads laid out over the forested areas of the state.
I was afraid they would hide the intricate stitching. But, comparing the two, not really. The beads do add a nice sparkle. The unbeaded Colorado looks plainer.
I'm still undecided. I'm going to think about it over the week and decide next week.