Wednesday, December 31, 2008
This happens to me too. I'm pretty darn sure it happens to most of us. What is going on? Here's what I suggested to Theresa and what I would do myself in this situation:
Theresa... pay attention to what is happening here! The island of misfit toys has some special meaning or heart's message for you. Your fabric and beading are trying to tell you something important.
I suggest this: take a few moments to study your beading, fabric and beads. Quickly write a list of all the words and/or phrases that come into your mind as you observe your beading-in-progress and work space. Try not to censor your list. Then, on a different sheet of paper, write this:
"I am an island of misfit toys."
That is the first line of a poem... about YOU! Using some or all of the words/phrases on your list, complete the poem about yourself. The poem does not have to rhyme or be good in a literary sense because it's not about writing poetry.
This will help you to discover what is your heart's message in your beading. You might even want to write your poem on the back side of your work, or perhaps make a pocket for it right on your piece, so it will always be with your work.
When we feel critical of our work, it's time to stop and pay attention to it... listen and hear how it calls us into a genuine sense of what is most important to us. This poem thing really helps!
Happy new year and beady blessings,
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I'm writing today to let you know that she's home from the hospital and doing reasonably well. She even sent a "group email report" today in which she joked a bit... "I still have drains in (ugh) and I am really quite sore and stiff and I feel like I am walking around like a robot or something trying not to move too much, but I guess the positive here is that I am moving, right?"
She is extremely appreciative of the support, prayers, healing thoughts, etc that she has received from BJP members. She hopes you'll all be diligent about getting regular checks/mamograms.
I'll post a progress report again in a week or so. In the meantime, if you wish, you can leave comments here or on her blog.
Monday, December 22, 2008
To view the finished picture and read about the meaning, go to my site http://kellymaloufsblog.blogspot.com
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I started carefully couching the popping beads, only to find new poppers. After going round and round (and using more thread to couch than I had on the entire piece!), I flung the piece down in disgust. Seeking to reassure me, my husband cheerfully examined the piece: "Oh, you mean theses straight ones? They don't look too bad. Most people wouldn't really notice them."
"What straight beads?" I gasped. I'd never noticed the cockeyed bugle beads! At that point, I put the piece on the table and looked at it every now and then. I continued to play with beads and fiber making little dotee-like dolls. I ordered some beads I thought might go well with the piece. I dug out the camera and recharged the batteries. I went out and took pictures of the few trees that were still colorful and brought some beautiful leaves home and scanned them. I compared the colors to the ones in my project. Finally (almost four weeks later), I did what I knew I needed to do all along: seek expert advice...
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! Marty's suggestion about the backing shrinking as you stitch is probably the culprit! Having a needlepoint background (no quilting), I'd never thought of that. Also, I used a relatively lightweight interfacing on the back, rather that Lacy's or Timtex - much easier to distort. I can also see how I crowded the beads between the bugle beads and the oval bead. I will probably rip that area out and try again.
Thanks again everyone! And Happy Holidays to all!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
1. when I put the line of bugle beads down, they were nice and flat. Now that I've added beads around them, some of them have started popping up. What has happened? How do I avoid that?
2. in the upper right corner, I used some donut oval-shaped beads. I put them on first and then beaded around them, which was tricky! Should I bead the background circles first and then add the donut beads on top?
3. for the background circles (under the oval donut shaped beads), I started from the inside and worked my way out in a spiral -- but in doing so, some of the inside beads popped up from the surface a bit. Should I have started at the outside and worked in - or were my beads not secured well enough?
Thanks for any advice and tips! Everyone's work looks so great!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Maria in Chicagoland
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Although pictureful posts are fun, we will probably want to restrict ourselves to BJP related images because by the end of the year there will be upwards of 2,000 posts and we don't want to get shut down because of going over our allotted space. Please keep posting other beautiful pictures on your own blog and please post links to them on the BJP blog when you feel they would be of specific interest to BJPers.
Last year we got in the habit of cropping the pictures of our finished BJP pieces and posting these little sneak-peek images (enticing hints of the whole piece) here on the BJP blog along with a link to our own blog or Flickr page. That was really fun... to see just a little part of the picture was like a wrapped present at Christmas! Like this... don't you just want to check it out?
It's my October piece from last year's BJP. See here for more... ;>}
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I am so thankful for this project... for all of you and for the great abundance of creativity and inspiration flowing from your BJP work!!!
Big hugs to all, Robin A.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
So, I decided to post about Christy, Lunnette and Donna and take photos of their BJP pages for your viewing pleasure ~ see here! I'll do a bit of arm-twisting to get them onto a computer where they can read your comments... which hopefully you'll leave for them.
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Just a thought... if you know a BJP member who isn't active on the internet and if you have the time, maybe you could do a post about them. Personally, I'd be thrilled to see BJP pages by EVERYONE... all 260 of us!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
For all of you who celebrate it - Happy Thanksgiving!
And for all who have visited my blog - thank you for your kind words. I love it! You are all so inspiring.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I wanted to avoid a traditional Thanksgiving piece. Not my favorite Holiday really. Then I thought of doing a "thanks" to my family piece because of their never ending support for me and my business and all the babysitting I do. For rearranging their lives to accommodate this. I did try, several times, but no matter how many times I ripped the stitches and beads out, and tried a different design or way or color, I just couldn't get it right. So, instead I could dedicate it to them.
I hope I was able to show the Chaotic Organization I feel in November. I wish the photo I took could better show how pretty the piece actually turned out, but just didn't really have the time to mess with it. I hope you like it. And a Happy Early Thanksgiving to everyone!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Everyone is doing such great work! You all are inspiring! I've commented on as many blogs as I've been able to, & hope to do more after the crazy handmade holiday rush!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I'm working on my November page and am making use of some fruit beads I've had for many years, they will be perfect in and around my cornucopia. To see the progress check out my blog. WWW.nightbeaderatlarge.blogspot.com
Here's to a very happy Thanksgiving for everyone!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I've been gone a week... got almost caught up reading the blogs today and will finish the others tomorrow. The work you are doing is VERY impressive... and often both touching and meaningful. Thanks for keeping up and for posting about your work!
I just posted some in-progress pictures of my November page here. I'm pretty excited about it!
Hugs and cheers to all,
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Take a look here.
I don't always have time to leave comments on your blogs but I am looking and what I see is outstanding. The creativity that is outpouring from this group is overwhelming. I hope to have more time for commenting by the end of the year, until then know that I am admiring.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
My BJP Blog
My Main Blog
My Web Gallery- Includes photos of both of my BJP pages
Artistic Kreations and Passions- my website
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
It seems as if, for me anyway, that the journaling just comes...I am not really sure how to say this, just comes naturally I guess. It amazes me how much can come out in our beading.
I want to say a special thanks to Robin A., for her work on this project again. I was so moved reading about your pages and seeing your work Robin. Thank you for sharing and supporting all of us.
Thanks to all of you that read and post on everyone's blogs. We are truly a community. Since so many of us work alone, it is nice to have this group. And for those of you on this blog, don't forget to check out the other blogs!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I have September posted (and page # 8 from the last BJP!)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thankfully, the BJP has kept me going and feeling happier. I do so enjoy reading all the blogs and being inspired by the wonderful work you all are doing! It's a blessing in so many ways!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I'm thinking that I could actually make them for my BJPs because they do incorporate beads, you can add beads as you make them and add beaded embellishments.
But I need to settle on something and start making my pages.
It seems I am seeing so many pieces for October that are particularly emotional - I am wondering if it is just me because I am feeling so sensitive right now and noticing them more.
Feel free to stop by my blog if you want to see my October page.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beaded_art_dolls / - beaded art dolls yahoo group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beaddreamz / - bead dreamz yahoo group
Come and join us if you love to bead. Beaders are very nice people. ;O)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Fall is a very busy time of year for me, so I have just started my September page. I hope to be caught up by the end of the year.
As I start on this year's project I can not help but think about starting last year's project. From that moment to this moment it is impossible to explain the changes in me, in my thoughts and in my art/beadwork. It has been an amazing journey.
I wish for you all that same amazement.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I've seen the beautiful work submitted so far for October. A few times I wanted to just hold on to this months page, save it for another month, and do a Halloween themed page (one of my favorite Holidays). But, this really seems to fit me now, so I kept it. Hopefully soon, I'll get it together and will be more organized. If not, look for the possibility of seeing another "crazy circle" in upcoming pages.
I still have time this month, maybe I will do a Halloween piece to add to my decorations. That is, IF I can find time to do one.....
If you want to take a peek, you can find my page and a full description here.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
So, my apologies to all, but I promise that I will have both September's and October's hearts done by Halloween!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
See my blog for my Sept pieces, with one with beaded edges, the other mounted and framed.
For October, I spent a while planning out the artistic piece and worked on some samples - and promptly screeched to a halt when I realized I'd misplaced a hank of multi-colored beads I'd planned to use. Guess that project will have to wait a bit longer, until I've used more of the supplies I already have.
For now, its back to the drawing board. I have added a number of photos of completed and nearly-completed projects to my Flickr album.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Thanks for your understanding.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I'm impressed by all the pages I have peeked at so far. Nice eye candy out there. Keep it up, and I promise I will catch up shortly.
Well I do need to find a new word - other than wonderful - put "awesome" in those spots.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thank you Robin for sponsoring this project. I hope you know how much you are loved and appreciated. I have just completed my first page and have really enjoyed the beading. I am also actually surprised at how creative my mind can be. And its been a wonderful experience meeting other beaders who are participating. Please visit my blog to see my first page.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thanks for looking. See you in October. There are some fantastic beaders on this journal.
Friday, September 26, 2008
We are very excited for them both-they will make wonderful parents, and I am very much hoping for a little girl (three boys, go figure) to spoil, and so are they.
I just had to share!
You can see the first one on Jewelry&Beading if you'd like :-)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I'm thoroughly enjoying viewing all the pages to date and reading about the processes of others as they embark on their journey for the year.
Monday, September 22, 2008
If you wish to see my piece visit my blog page
aka Night Beader
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I have my September entry partially completed and have not even begun to prep for my October piece. I am thinking based on my theme that I will need to go and look for some fabric and beads since, if I stick to my theme, I will need to buy supplies since it is not a color palette that I normally work in (at least I can look forward to the supply shopping--maybe that will help to motivate me). I am usually drawn to the cool colors and this will require me to move to another warm color (the orange family) which will be a stretch for me. To see a more detailed note on my September piece go to my personal blog.http://maddiemibjp08.blogspot.com/
Belinda aka crazyartgirl
Friday, September 19, 2008
The beading has been so peaceful - I recently purged my sewing room - it had gotten overwhelming. Now I have places to work on projects and know (well pretty much) where my things are and what I have. Actually I went from one room to two rooms so it is even better. My journey can be found on my blog at:
So I'll be stitching this weekend with a post soon to show my work in progress.
along the Ohio River in Maysville
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I have really been enjoying visiting everyone's blog and seeing the beauty in the sheer variety of ideas!!
Maria from Chicagoland
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Hello my name is Angie and I am a returning BJPer. I am afraid that in most of my life I seem to be behind except my beading (got to have priorities).
I kept meaning to post an introduction here but just didn't get to it. The photo is a close up from one of my pages from last year. I live in Southern Maryland and have beading since 2003. I love bead embroidery. Last year I combined photography and beading this year I am combining mixed media, painting and beading.
I started planning the background for this piece in May and started working on it in June. The background will probably take me most of the year to complete. I am working on each of the 12 blocks that will go onto this background in it's month. I have finished September's block and it is on my blog. I am including information on the techniques I am trying, symbolism and what my piece means to me.
For those who want to know what I have been up to I am including links below to my BJP posts in the order they were written and my web gallery and website.
July 1- A Seed Germinates
July 4- Goals For A New Year
July 7- A Sapling Takes Root In Purple Dirt
July 10- Trying New Techniques/Collaging my World
July 13- How Do I Do It/ It's A Secret
July 16- Like Leaves On A Tree: Plenty Of Ideas
July 19-Painting My World/A Tree Takes Form
July 21- Ever Tree Needs Leaves
July 24-Leafing Out
July 27- The Tree Is Planted And Gets More Leaves
July 30- A Secret Takes Shape
August 2- A Door Takes Form
August 6- Stitching Up A Fern
August 10- Ocean Waves
August 14- Getting To The Roots Of The Matter
August 18- Moss at the Roots of My Tree
August 22- Stitching Grass
September 7- A Mountain Of Strength
September 12- Honu Swimming (September block)
September 14- Honu in Beads (September block finished)
My Web Gallery- Includes photos of both of my BJP pages and Susan Plager's Graduation.
Artistic Kreations and Passions- my website
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I have to say, even with me being tramatized by my mistake, I really enjoyed it. I learned a valuable lesson (always good to learn) and am anxious to get going on October' page. This is quite relaxing, I must say.
If you do end up checking my page, please let me know what you think. Do you think it needs to have the edge finished or should I leave it as is?
Monday, September 15, 2008
Been checking out everyone's blogs, & even if I haven't had time to comment on them, I just think everyone is doing incredible work! Yea for us!!!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I'm off to find beads.
IL & Hong Kong
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I am so concerned that something will come up and I will fall behind in this year's project that I bead every minute I can on this so I am at least in good shape if something should come up. With DH being hospitalized and other health issues, I guess it is best to just bead when you can.
Anyway, as per my September post, my focus for this year are little birds -- each month a new bird and when all are completed they shall share nest space in a large grapevine wreath that will hang above our fireplace.
If you take to take a "peep", just click
HERE and I hope you will enjoy her.
Jackie Y in Illinois
As a first year participant, I look forward to raising my artistic & technical skills that this sort of project encourages; it is also a chance to create a physical, concrete representation of what my life held for me at this time last year, and what it currently holds. A blending of my emotional & physical naivete' last year with all the things that I've learned of human nature and the challenges of fighting breast cancer. This month's piece I've titled "Grief & Loss; Love & Redemption" and captures the essence of change, the overall theme I've chosen for this project. Live fully, love fiercely, laugh often, and bead happy!
:o) Jennifer J.
Go to my blog to view my almost finished block. Still needs more beading.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
For this BJP year, I've already determined the acceptable labels for your posts. Please stick with these labels. It will take a few posts to get them all in the index. In this post, I've added all the months. If you post about your work for a specific month, you can use the appropriate month label for it.
When you post, click on Show all at lower right of posting box, and choose appropriate label(s) from the list shown.
The reason to limit the possible labels is because it's easy to get too many labels (confusing) or ones that are too long (hide the down arrow).
Hope this is OK with everyone. If you feel it's important to add a label, please ask Diane M. (our blog master) about it. Thanks!
Please note... there are too many of us to label posts with our names. Instead, please sign every post with a link to your blog, website or email, as I have done below.
* If you want to add a link to your blog (or any other website) in your post: Click "New Post" Type your entry into the box. Highlight the words you want to link to by left clicking the words and dragging the cursor over them. They will turn blue. Then click the icon that looks like a green circle with a link on it. A window will pop up that says "script prompt". In that window type the URL of your blog. For example, the URL of blog #1 of the 08 Bead Journal Project is "http://www.08bjp.blogspot.com"
* If you want to add a photo to your post do the same steps to make a post but click on the icon that looks like a photo (the 2nd one from the right). From here you can either upload a picture from your computer by using the buttons that says "browse", finding the picture on your computer, the clicking 'upload the image'.
to use the 'add an image from the web" feature, type the URL of the picture into the box and click 'upload the image'. The URL of the picture can be found by right clicking the picture and going to 'properties'.
* If you want to add the Bead Journal Project to your blog -
First 'right click' on the button and save it to your computer.
Then on your blog, go to 'edit layout'.
Pick "add a gadget".
Then pick "picture"
In the 'link' field type http://www.beadjournalproject.com
In the 'image' link chose "from your computer" and upload the graphic you've saved.
Click "save" and you're done.
I hope this helps - If you need help, feel free to email me.
I guess a link would help: (LOL)!
Monday, September 8, 2008
A call for entries has gone out for next year's Fiberarts For a Cause project - Collage Mania 2009. "All materials are acceptable, but collages must contain some fiber (paper, fabric, or other fibrous material). There are no restrictions on content or style. Art quilts are, of course, acceptable." All entries must measure or be finished to a size of 10x8", but they provide a FAQ on acceptable mounting options if your collage is not 10x8".
By the way, I did finish my first Sept piece, plus two more (all different shapes and sizes, however...). No pictures, posted yet, either. plus the FAQ I've linked to may change things altogether. So, I'm really not very far along in the making-a-final-choice-in-the-size-department. I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I have basic sketches of each of the twelve hearts I will be beading over the course of this project..each will begin with a hand formed copper wire heart frame...within each frame will be suspended a beaded heart, most likely bead embroidered...attached to the copper framework with red threads.
These twelve hearts will be connected, or linked, together at the end of the project for a neck piece...one which I pray will never be worn...a symbol of healing, a symbol of hope, a symbol of love conquering all.
I'll be posting images on my personal blog, www.annasplaceofholding.blogspot.com , and will begin with sketches of each heart.
I've found that there is hope at the bottom of Pandora's box, and I embrace that hope.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I hope everyone is having an awesome weekend!
There is also a photo on there.
Have a wonderful, beady week!
So many things are going through my head right now-too many things, maybe? Here it is, Sept. 6th and I STILL don't know what I want to do! I'm trying not to panic---hoping some fabric and beads will clue me in. But right now there's a lot of static going on in my brain and the reception is hazy!
I explained, painfully, of the mishap I had with my first page. I wasn't happy with the bezel I had done, but had decided to leave it anyhow so you could see it and hopefully, share tips for my next time. I finished beading my design (it didn't take as long as I thought) and was all ready to trim the excess and put the backing on. I know you are supposed to be careful here and I really thought I was. But....I did trim the thread. In a few places it seems. Loose beads everywhere. I ended up pulling out the stitching and will have to redo most of my stitching. While I was at it, I pulled out the bezel stitching I didn't like too. Turns out, I didn't need to bezel anything, according to a book I looked at, which was probably why it was floppy.
I considered scraping the whole thing and starting over with a new page, but this was my first one and I wanted it to be the first page. So after letting it sit for a couple of days out of sight, I am going to re-work it. It will be a tad smaller than my stated size, but that really can't be helped at this point.
Lesson one I learned: Do NOT trim your piece in the evening without great lighting.
Friday, September 5, 2008
I'm excited to be a part of this very cool project, I followed last year's BJP and really enjoyed seeing the bead art!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I'm so excited to be a part of the project this year and to see all the wonderful ideas and creativity of everyone come to life. I have been studying Hinduism lately, a culture and religion so joyful and rich with wonderful symbols, that these studies have now become the inspiration for my BJP. I haven't had a chance to read all the posts yet, so I hope I'm not duplicating anyone else's ideas, but there is so much to explore I'm sure many of us could choose this subject and still create many unique pieces. Warmest good wishes to all for a prosperous year of beading and creativity!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
diane.moore at gmail dot com
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I am a returning participant and very excited about the coming year. It is so nice to see so many returning and very inspiring to see new names and to visit the blogs that go with them.
I don't know what came over me this year, but I decided to do something a bit different that what I usually do when I bead. For my pages last year, which were approximately 4 inches by 6 inches, I started with heavy duty Pellon and basted my fabric of choice for each month as they came. I backed each piece with ultrasuede (adding a bit of fiber fill) and finished the page with either a picot or pointed edge stitch so each one is a finished piece on it's own and can be displayed independently on my wall. I came to really like that method and the process. I became very comfortable with it. So that means... time for a change!
Now I'm stepping way outside my comfort zone. This time around I chose and pre-cut all the fabric pieces for each month. They are all 3 inches by 3 inches. I decided to go back to the way I first learned bead embroidery via Robin and Amy's book "Beaded Embellishment". I have attached my fabric to a piece of paper to act as the stabilizer for my beading.
I had forgotten how much I love the way it feels in my hands. The fabric drapes more and feels wonderful and heavier as more beads are added.Once I have all 12 pieces completed, I'm going to attempt to sew them all together. I don't sew and I'm not sure how I will pull this off. I did have the forethought to at least allow a small margin of fabric around each piece in order to sew them together.It looks GREAT in my head and I did manage to transfer the idea to paper, but I'll just have to see if I can move the image in my head through my hands and into the beads.
If nothing else, I know I will learn something (or lots of things) and I'm sure I'll have a blast along the way.
It's such a privilege to be included in a project with so many talented folks!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
So I'm starting today. And before I sound too self-righteous, rest assured I WILL get behind as the year progresses or I'm not the queen of missed deadlines.
I am reveling in having a focused project that is just for me! And I love that these pages are small, requiring a small space in which to work--nothing to put away before everyone can eat supper. Sometimes stealing minutes here and there is a good way to work.
My best wishes to all the participants--may you be mostly filled with inspiration most of the time--after all, this project could be a bit like chocolate--little bits of pure and joyful self-indulgence at just the right times in your life.
Kolleen aka KQuiltyBee
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I am so excited about being a part of this project. I have finished my first crazy quilt square; I'm using crazy quilt blocks as my background, so to speak. I decided upon 11 inch squares because I only had so much of the muslin and I am trying to use what I have. You can see my work at my blog (http://bethsneedleworkstash.blogspot.com ). My goal is to learn some new beading techniques along with crazy quilting. Look forward ot meeting everyone.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I have been lurking on a number of beading/quilting/crafting forums and websites for a couple of years, reluctant to risk rejection by sharing my creative efforts online. Realizing that being a part of a caring group would jump-start my growth, I recently took Sharon Boggon's "Studio Journal as a Designers Work Horse" class and had a great experience with everyone sharing our creative explorations and encouraging eachother. Reading the 2007BJP blog, I see the same encrouaging community, and so ....... (drum roll, please!) ..... I'm going to take the leap into the wider web community by joining this year's Bead Journal Project.
Although I am feeling a bit intimidated with opening up to the whole world, I'm going to also open (and hopefully use!!) the private blog I started a while back . I also have a flickr account with pictures of my recent efforts. I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the challenge and also to really use my new studio journal to design and plan my pieces. I am also looking forward to getting to know each of you - many of whom I've been watching from afar as you participated in the 2007 project.
Blog - Fetching Fibers
Flicker - MizDenise
Why I want to learn this? Last year my in-laws needed help clearing out some stuff from their basement. I had heard for years about a trunk full of "Grandma's Beads" being down there somewhere. Well, I have it now. I went through it all. Grandma used to hand bead clothing in the early 1900's. She stored a ton of beautiful beads. Mostly seed beads. I really wanted to learn how to sew these onto fabrics. This is how I ran into the information on the BJP last year. Now, I won't touch those beauties until I know what I am doing. Then, it's one of a kind gifts for all the ladies in my husbands family using Grandma's beads.
I read and re-read all the BJP posts from last year (to get hints and tips) and stared at all the beautiful work as well (to get an idea of what I would need to do). I am so excited to start and be a part of this years project. I practiced and practiced. At first, I was going to do a 4 x 6 but when I saw those tiny little beads on that size I panicked! So I adjusted to a 4 x 4. I already have my plans for the first two (maybe three) months of squares. As for the very end on what to do with them all when finished? Well, I have an idea. You'll have to wait patiently for it though.
One thing though. I can not for the life of me do the back stitch. I know! It's the most used stitch. I just doesn't work when I do it. I kind of made up my own way though. I call it the backwards back stitch. It does work and the beads stay ~ they are VERY hard to pull out. But they are secure and it goes pretty fast for me. Hope that's OK.....
Looking forward to getting to know you all and learning as I go.
Last year we had the setting "Anyone can comment". If we're worried about auto-bot spamming, we could add word verification. Thanks for considering it!
Monday, August 25, 2008
I have been fortunate enough to have taken classes from our "founder", the incredible Ms. A, whose work and inspiration have challenged me to participate in this project. As a relatively new beader, I look forward to seeing the world through the work of others and learning more about myself on the journey.
In the next few days I'll be adding a sidebar to the blog with a list of labels for your posts. Robin developed these so there would be some consistency within the blog especially for people who wanted to see a specific thing, say everyone's page for a certain month, or people who are asking for technical help.
I am a returning Bead Journal Project participant and am anxious to get started on the coming year. Last year I did heart shapes but I'm thinking of rectangles this year. If you are interested in seeing some of the work people did last year, there is a group on flickr with lots of great photos.
Again, welcome to the BJP - I'm certain you'll have an amazing year!
if you'd like to stop in and take a look.
Thank you to all who made this possible, what an awesome idea!
My name is Arline and I'm a returning BJPer. I'm very excited about starting another year with BJP. I learned so much over the year and my skills improved radically. I also gained in self confidence.
I am a retired RN and am loving retirement. I help out several days a week at our local bead shop and am active in the Central California Bead Society. I have been published twice in the Tierracast Catalog online.
Bead embroidery is my obsession and I'll probably continue until I can no longer hold a needle (many years in the future, I hope).
Hello to all my friends who are returning and welcome to all of you who are just starting. Remember, we are not in competition, so if you have questions, ask away. Someone will have the answer.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Someone in one of my Yahoo groups posted that this was going on. I investigated and thought this would be a lot of fun and challenging. I normally work with a lot of metal and am a technique junkie. I am a mixed media artist that has recently started working with a lot of fabric and with beads. I am working on my stitches and beading this school year. I am cutting way back on swaps and other art endeavors due to family commitments and going back to school (after school is over for the day). Beading is something that I can do while watching TV with my kids or while waiting around as soccer/cheerleading mom. I find that I need a challenge so my mind won't turn to jelly while watching cartoons and other kid shows (not by choice). I am always way out of the box and this project is a perfect way for me to stay out of it.
Belinda - Crazy Art Girl
I need suggestions as to what material I should use to bead on. I am thinking circular as astrological charts are done this way. I thought maybe I would use Aida cloth, but upon further reflection would it be too restrictive as far as detail? Let me know what you think, please.
Penney in AZ
I am going to work in a 6 x 12 inch format with a vertical format. Also, I am going to try a new technique each month, unless that just drives me crazy, and then I won't.
I first started beading on fabric as a way to be able to work around my family instead of being tucked away in the sewing room. Now the dining room is my sewing room, so being together is no issue, but I still love beading--I love the hand work, I love collecting the beads (my bead stash rivals my fabric stash!), and I love working on relatively small projects. Plus, sewing in the dining room is a hassle when one must put it all away in order to feed everyone!
I'm so glad to be a part of this. Thank you to all who have made it possible for the rest of us to be here.
Thus far I have chosen a size/shape for my pieces (4"X 4") and have cut out and begun work on my first page. I have a general concept for the year but it is open to change as the mood and events unfold. For this month I am doing a piece based on the root chakra. It is interesting to see how it is unfolding.
As for a little background of how I got into beading--I started beading roughly 10 years ago and started with stringing. Shortly after I discovered by talent for beading I decided to openly lay claim by joining my local bead guild so I could hang out with other artists. It was there that I then discovered bead embroidery. I have been dabbling in bead embroidery for about eight years now.
Besides my art interests, I also work at a retail mail order tea company (my day job) and talk to folks all over the country about tea everyday. It's a lot of fun trying all of the new teas that come in every week. I write a tea review on my blog, Art and Tea, every Saturday morning. Tea is more than just an interest for me, it's a daily practice, a way of life. I love the ritual of it. And, of course, the taste of the tea!
I've been beading and making jewelry for about 15 years now. I especially love bead embroidery and anything freeform. Right now on my blog, I'm documenting how I create a freeform bracelet.
I was a member of the 2007 BJP and am almost finished with all of my pages. My plans are to create a wall hanging with them. For this new year, I've decided to do something entirely different and make either beaded journal bracelet cuffs or cloth dolls. I know that I need to commit to one of those ideas very soon!
Thanks for listening. I'm looking forward to hearing the stories of other beady kindred spirits, reconnecting with existing friends and making new ones!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I also started a new label on my blog called 2008 BJP so if you hit that label you will only come up with the BJP stuff related to this new year...and can avoid all my other ramblings!
I'm just so excited about this next project, I couldn't wait to say ALOHA!!! ;)
And welcome to all the new members! Hi to all the returnees!
Even though I've had all summer to think about this year's project, I'm still not sure what size and shape I'm going to be doing. If you're still wondering about this, go to the FAQS page of the main website and check out suggestions and tips people have. And please feel free to send me tips or put them in the comments section and I'll have them added.
I look forward to renewing friendships and making new friends this year!
We are separated geographically, yet together in purpose and united here in our blog. May your individual beaded pathway and our collective journey be rich in friendship, growth, healing and fun.
A few details…
1. You may have a plan and/or a theme for the year… or not. It’s totally up to you. Personally, I like to take each month as it comes, without a preconceived plan or theme.
2. Just a reminder. You do not have to make a book or journal. The word journal for our purposes refers to the concept of visually showing what’s going on in your life or your thoughts/feelings at a given time. The word page refers to your piece, but it doesn’t have to be literally a page of a book/journal.
3. For the first three months (Sept-Dec), please do not post pictures of your BJP pieces on this blog. You are welcome to post them on your personal blog or website and then post a link to them here. Starting in January, you’re welcome to post your BJP pictures here.
4. Please do not post movies or sound clips on this blog. They take up too much digital space on a team blog that may have thousands of posts by the end of the year.
5. Remember to sign your posts (with a link to your blog/website if you have one) as I have below.
A Big Ol’ Snaffoo…
Blogger has recently changed the blogspot rules. They no longer allow unlimited authors on a blog. At this time they only allow 100 authors on a team blog such as ours. Ooooops… We have 260 members… what to do?????
Your coordinators gnashed our teeth and deliberated about this, considering various solutions. For now, we decided to have three blogs for this year. They are:
You will be invited to be an author on only one of them. Please make a note (somewhere you can find it!) of your sign in information (email address and password) and which of the three you can post to.
Please visit, read and comment on all three blogs! Together the three of them will be our support and unifying system.
Some of you may have more experience with blogging than we do… if so, we welcome any suggestion you may have for a “better” solution (contact Diane).
Happy September BJP and beady blessings to you all...
Robin A. (your leader in this great adventure)