Monday, December 03, 2007

December BJP - Dashing through the snow...

size 15/0 beads

I knew I wanted to attempt something a little different this month with making something more 3-D. I've had this cute little snowman doll form for about a year.

It was created by Ronda Kivett and has the cutest polymer clay eyes and nose. He is about 4 inches tall. If you must have one, Ronda has them for sale again this year, her website linked above in her name.

I looked through my meager fabric stash and knew once I landed on this purple one - I found the background for my page.

size 15/0 beads

Next up - adding snowflakes! I wanted to try making these since the first time I saw them in Bead Creative Art Quilts by Nancy Eha. They were so much fun and so easy to make!

size 15/0 beads

I beaded up the snowflakes, then attached them to the page by sewing through each bead on the snowflake points.

size 11/0 beads

size 11/0 beads

I set the page with attached snowflakes aside and started beading up the front of the snowman.

Once the front side was completed, I laid the form on the page and used a pen to outline (as best I could) where the back of the doll met the journal page - I didn't want to have a big gap between the back of the doll and the page, so I used a bocche stitch (also known as boucle or moss stitch - depending on who you ask) and silver lined white matte beads to fill in that gap all the way around.

Once that was finished - I added the branch stitched arms and tied a purple scarf around his next.

Then I attached the little guy to the page by stitching through the back of the page and the back of the doll at the top and towards the bottom to anchor it as best I could. The base of my page is Pellon Peltex 70 Ultra firm stabilizer and is pretty firm, but I still needed a little extra stability with the weight of the snowman, so I added a piece of poster board to the back before I attached the ultrasuede. It worked out well in the end I think.

Oh I had so much fun with this one. it makes me smile every time I look at it!


KV said...

Positively wonderful job, Grace! Yes, indeed, he makes me smile, too. Great page . . .

Kathy V in NM

abeadlady said...

He is just too cool, Grace. No pun intended. LOL. That fabric was an inspired choice. Love it.


Hélène H said...

Wow, he is fabulous ! Impressive and lovely page !

tammy lang said...

hi grace
oh what fun!!!
snowflakes and a snowman-what could be better:)
that purple just makes the page jump-
oh let it snow-let it snow-let it snow:D

Pam Bennett said...

I love him! He is sooo cute.

clevelandgirlie said...

What a testement to patience, Grace. Your beading is breathtaking. I, however, am particularly fond of the little snowman -- he is magical!

Grace said...

Well... thank you ladies for your kind comments, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and for leaving me a note with your thoughts.

vivage said...

Ahhhh, he is so sweet. Love the 3D, love the use of 15's and 11's as snowflakes. And love the background choice. A really fun page that makes me smile. All the fun of snow without the cold!

TruBrit said...

My pal Angie said come look...and now I am in love with your snowman and completed project!!! :D
Luv Shirley B.

Phyl said...

This little snowman is wonderful !!! And the cute little snowflakes and fabric are perfect to set him off; is the cute little pointed nose a bead?
It's perfect!

Anonymous said...

Hi Grace,

I love your snowman page, you always do such wonderful beading. Ronda and I are members of the High Desert Bead Society in Prescott, AZ. She is so nice and makes such great doll forms.

Thanks for sharing this lovely page with us!

Beadily yours
Susan Feldkamp
Night Beader

kindra11 said...


Your work is always wonderful, I think this page is my favorite so far. I do say that every month. I admire your creativity and would love just a pinch of it. Miss you on BAD


sammyjo said...

wow i love it its really pretty, god it must have taken a long time to finish.

Pat Winter said...

Very cute. Wonderful creation.

Sandra Evertson said...

Your work is simply Amazing!
Sandra Evertson

Nancy K. said...

Grace, this is wonderful. I love the background, the snow man (got check Ronda's page out,) the scarf, and the snowflakes. All in all very cool! No pun intended from me either.

Grace said...

Thanks so much everyone. I think you can't go wrong with a snowman, don't they make just about everyone smile?

Viv - all the fun of snow without the cold - I like that!

TruBrit - good to see you here!

Phyl - the carrot nose is made of polymer clay by Ronda Kivett and came with the doll form - as did the eyes.

Susan - thanks, I sent a note to Ronda to check out my page if she'd like to see one of her snowmen all dressed up :-)

Sandy - there are so many I miss at BAD as well. Do you happen to have a website or anywhere on the web where you post your creations? I'd love to see what you've been doing.

Sammyjo - nice to see you here again. It did take some time to put all the pieces together, but was so much fun - it didn't matter!

Pat, Sandra, Nancy K. - thanks so much!

Leaves of Grass

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman