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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Bird Nest Necklacles & The 2007 Bead Journal Project: June

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!

17 comments:

Mary Timme said...

How neat are those necklaces. I never make such cute and ungawdy things, and I wish I did. Quiet elegance I would call them.

You are doing quite well on your first bead embroidery. Can I answer some questions for you?

Judi D said...

What a great piece, I will be checking often.

Grace said...

Oh wow... I love what you've done. You're doing a wonderful job with the beads!

Jamie said...

Ok girl!! I want the Bird's Nest Necklace - Robin's Blue Eggs Deluxe with the handmade egg bead. Please hold it for until tomorrow morning. Hubby is on the way home and he will KILL me if I order anything else on PayPal:) So in the morning I will just use my debit card:) Sneaky, I know. Is that alright? LOVE them all sweetie! Love, Jamie

Bejeweled said...

Jamie - you are TOO funny! I'm so happy you like them! Sorry it took me so long to get them posted at the boutique. Not enough hours in the day :)

Your wish is my command! I put a note on the nest page so that you, and only you :) can put through an order for it :)

Jen said...

I think the beaded piece looks really neat. I think it's one of those things you can just learn as you go. It'll be fun to watch you develop these things as the summer continues.

freebird said...

Your page idea is totally different from any I have seen; of course everyone's is different but so far I haven't seen one with the picture as base like you have it. Have fun exploring the bead embroidery. You've got a lot of interesting items on your page. Busy, busy person or are you just able to work at warp speed? ;)

Lois B said...

Your beadwork is very accomplished--I doubt you will have any trouble working with bead embroidery.

Jamie said...

Ok, I totally forgot to comment on your fabulous bead work. How RUDE! I was just so excited about the necklace and I didn't want anyone else to get it:) I love what you are doing. Great idea sweetie! Running over to the store now it purchase:) Love, Jamie

beadbabe49 said...

and don't worry about putting them all into "book" form....check around some of the other bjp blogs and you will see that others' pages will be displayed in many ways, not just a traditional book!

Bejeweled said...

Jamie - Thank You!! Since we're being sly ... I won't send the usual e-mail confirmation. It will be in the mail tomorrow :)

LJ said...

I think your page will be wonderful! It already shows a really creative approach to the beading. And your necklaces are lovely!

kathywas said...

OMG...I LOVE what you have done with this beading project!! It is incredible, especially the cross-hatch effect on her hat. I would have never thought to bead on cardstock like that, and of course, the image that you selected is just the perfect compliment to all of the beading.

I would have loved to have seen what the image looked like before painting and guilding. I'm having a hard time picturing what it first looked like. All I know is that I LOVE what it looks like now!!

Your Bird's Nest necklaces are beautiful!

Vicki said...

Awesome embellishment! You've made medieval much more interesting!!

karin (creativechaos) said...

Beautiful...Beautiful....Beautiful!!!! So sorry to hear about the laryingitis! Not even a whisper? I think I would self destruct if I couldn't talk....although the kids would be loving the no reprimands part! Exactly how does one say "Get off that couch with your filthy feet and if I see you do it again there will be big trouble to pay mister!!" on a piece of paper and still effectively get the urgency and annoyance across? :) K

madness said...

WOW! absolutely fantastic work you do! Just shows what a person can create when you let your mind open..... I'm not going to put my pages in a book either, I agree, how would it stay shut? (Of course it shouldn't stay shut!) I am going to do a huge collage after all the pages are done.... hopefully it will be a feast for the eyes.... 8-o

Erin said...

Those are beautiful!!!