OK, I've finally started rolling along on my June entry for The 2007 Bead Journal Project!! Once upon a time (otherwise know as last Spring) I obsessed endlessly about a magazine full of Renaissance wedding dresses. A year later, I started making my Queen & Courtesan vintage button cards. So.... I've decided to theme my bead journal around living out my dreams of being a medieval fashion and accessory designer. I'm looking forward to developing my bead embroidery skills - which right now border on about zero - and developing this passion of mine as an artist which has clearly been trying to express itself for at least the past year.
I have ordered several books to teach me how to do bead embroidery, but as they haven't arrived yet, I decided to jump right in and start. I'm going with a small 3" x 4" format to keep it manageable. I bought some lovely fabric to paint before beading, and have some wonderful ideas for stitched cross medallions, but those button cards were still fresh in my mind. So, here we have beading on card stock (heavy with a UV and water resistant spray), backed with felt, based on "The Girl With A Pearl Earring". Above is the image after gilding, painting & stamping.....hmmm... should have had one without the paint too.....
.....And here it is beaded so far!! From my point of view, my vision far exceeds my skill, but for a first try, I'm OK with it. I have a bit more to do yet and haven't started to think about how to finish the edges ... and then how to bind it into a book. How to get *12* thick pages into a book?? Pretty thick book :)
Other bead journal thoughts: it's amazing what a great way this is to use up all those extra beads from other projects and looks to be a fantastic way to showcase special handmade beads! And it is SO adaptable... I was looking at ribbon and fabric bits around the house and thinking .. "oh, these would look good with it too!" :) Not even finished with June yet and already looking forward to July!!
And some more exciting news... the Bird Nest Necklaces are finally at the shop! I have both the pink and blue delicate nest charms on some wonderfully slinky sterling snake chain. Also, one each of the charms with polymer clay eggs.
Thank you to everybody for your well wishes while I was sick. I finally have my voice back ... Yeah!!... and am almost back to 100%. Just in time to enjoy the returning sunny weather!