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)
I'm looking forward to seeing the pages from everyone's journals!
I really liked working on the monochromatic pieces that I did for my first BJP so I have decided that I would like to work on a similar idea this time. I'm thinking of working with a butterfly pattern & making a different colour butterfly for each month. I think I will have to give the first one a try & see if the idea works before I completely commit to the idea. But that is the general idea that I'm heading towards.
I love this group & it is a pleasure to be part of it. This year, though, I will be spending even more time in Hong Kong as there is no one else at home so hopefully I will be able to find ways to post. At least I know I will be able to do some fun bead shopping over the next year :)
Has anyone been thinking about a theme for this year? I know some of us work on themes and some don't, but I'd be really interested in knowing what everyone's thoughts are. Last year, I made all of my pages featuring the month's full moon, and having that guiding idea really helped me stay on time and on track. Has anyone picked a theme already?