January Bead Journal Piece – in progress

I’ve started work on my January Bead Journal piece! I am working on rectangles of ultrasuede that are about 3.25 inches by 4.5 inches. I took Robin’s suggestion and added some acid-free paper to the back for stiffness, and basted that to the ultrasuede with a margin around the edge for finishing. I’ll hopefully bind all of the pages together at the end of the project into a little book (binding will be on the far left, so I have a slightly larger margin there.)

Like many folks, I like the idea of various white beads conveying winter/snow. But I decided that I wanted some color, too. I went to one of the local bead shops here and found a nice piece of purple ultrasuede and some pretty little Rhodonite stones, so I began by putting those on. I then added the long tube beads around the larger stone and have been adding seed beads from there. I am still not sure where this will end up, but I like it so far! I have some pink seed beads and some metallic looking purple-ish seed beads that I hope to add. Hope you enjoy seeing the progress!

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14 comments

  1. I love your piece and this way of working, and in fact I'm at about the same point with mine — wondering where it will end up! I also wonder — how did you attach your stones?

  2. Thanks, Barbara! Luckily, the stones were pre-drilled with little holes, so I just sewed through them twice to attach. I like how you sewed on your cab by stitching it in with beads. Very cool!Carol

  3. Oooooh! I very much like where you're going with this, Carol… It not only has the feel of winter/snow/dark/January, but also the feel of moving forward! Robin A.

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