Thursday, June 14, 2007

BJP for June completed!

I'm happy to report I have finished my Beaded Journal page for June and am pretty happy with the end result. It was a bit tricky to photograph - I kept getting glare off the picture. There is still a bit of glare in this shot, but it just couldn't be helped.

I ended up trying something a little different with the edge. I wanted something to set it off - maybe look a little like a frame. So rather than doing the usual picot edge, I used a 'pointed edge' technique found in "Beading with Cabochons" by Jamie Cloud Eakin". I have used that edge on a cab before and liked the way it looked - it's a pretty easy stitch and I think it gives a nice finished look to my page.


Next project is another collaboration with a couple friends on a quilt square. I'll post my starting pics of the it in the next couple of days. My portion will be a 4 inch square. I'm excited to get started on it. I'm not sure when I'll start my July page since I have a doll form screaming for beads right now too.

The speed with with I bead is directly related to the stress/pressure I feel (I really should say impose upon myself) from my job, needless to say - it's been an intense couple of weeks.

If I haven't said it recently... thank heaven for beads!!!

20 comments:

KV said...

Hi, Grace --


I love what you did with this journal page. It just makes me smile all over every time I see the colors and that cute kid playing ball!

Looking forward to your next one . . .

Kathy V in New Mexico

Jodie said...

Wow! Great job--I love it!!

Lois B said...

It turned out great! I really like the sunniness and the feeling of love and enjoyment you put into it. And the pointed edge against the blue background really does give it a nice finish.

I can't wait to see your other projects and, of course, your next page.

Bejeweled said...

Looks wonderful!! And I love how you have annotated the back!

Sunni said...

Grace, that is so awesome and so sunny and what a tribute not only to you as your first page but to you beautiful grandson. I love the way you finished it off.
I can't wait to see what you do next month.
Sunni

Tally said...

Grace, it is very beautiful and full of feelings. The ladybugs match perfect with the child. What a nice way to keep a memory.
I also like your edging. "Usual picot edge" is not at all usual for me. Never done anything like that before. Maybe I can figure out from your photo how you did this nice finish.

Take it easy
:-Tally-:

Hélène H said...

It's a wonderful piece, love seems to just pour out of it, as in many of your pieces. I'm sure your grandson will also be thrilled about this !

matilda said...

hallo grace,
bellissimo il tuo lavoro, così luminoso e caldo.
complimenti anche per i tuoi altri lavori. mi piacciono particolarmente i camei.

grazie per aver visitato il mio blog su blogger. aperto per partecipare al bjp. ne ho un altro più personale:
http://matilda-labo.spaces.live.com
vieni a trovarmi.
saluto te e tutte le altre amiche, ciao, matilda

Nancy K. said...

I love the colors. Orange is a color I have been using more and more the past year or so. Although I like to put it with pink. Your piece is a nice use of beads and the picture. Great job.

Lillian said...

I love your finished project, the colors, edging and how you wrote the words on the back. Thanks for sharing, Lillian :o)

Grace said...

WOW, thanks so much to everyone for such kind words! Matilda, I found an online translator that helped me figure out what you wrote. It's been so much fun for me to read the comments from around the globe. I sincerely appreciate it.

The beading part of all this is fun, but the interaction between all the people from all over has been extra special.

Thanks to all...

sammy said...

Grace, this is totally over the top beading awesome! Gosh and I have just started mine! Best get working on it!

Amy said...

Great edge stitch. I usually use the picot as well and happen to be looking for new techniques.

Pearl said...

Love it....the colors are just great. And adding your grandson makes it so special.

Cheryl

LJ said...

Beautifully executed AND beautifully finished. It's a joy.

Allison Ann Aller said...

I'm a crazy quilter just visiting...;-)...I sure do like what you've done here!

Vicki said...

gorgeous design and finishing - great start to your collection!

SueU said...

Great job, love the yellow and orange combo, the picture, sun and ladybugs add a lot of interest.

Morwyn said...

Wow! This one really POPS!! I love the edging, too!

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

holy crap Grace! lol This is amazing... how am I going to keep up with you???? *laughs Hopefully I can get my pics up of the start of my journal page soon, just got back from my MI trip. :)

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