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!
14 thoughts on “January Bead Journal Piece – in progress”
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?
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
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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Can't wait to see where this one takes you. I like the colors you picked, those stones are beautiful. Love your trial piece as well.
It will be interesting to see how this develops! The mystery is the fun – and the scary part – of this type of work.
Looking soft and feminine so far. Very nice.
ooohlala, love the purple! yes it is very feminine.
Thanks, everyone, for your feedback!
Carol, I removed my original comment to edit out my last name. Thought you might be wondering who is deleting comments.lisa
No problem about editing out your name. I totally understand. I had also deleted a comment that was clearly not related to the BJP.
Your beading project looks lovely, glad to see you are finding time to be creative.millyx
I love your piece …. The beginning is quiet and peaceful…
It reminds me of open-cutwork lace. Very nice.Beth