Monday, December 6, 2010

BJP2011 Jan beginnings

BJP2011 Jan beginnings, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
After wracking my brain the past few weeks, I have finally decided on a size and theme for my Bead Journal Project for 2011. The size will be 3 inches by 3 inches with rounded corners. I got the idea from Dee. Her work is sublime and I hope she doesn't mind that I borrowed a few techniques from her. The first being the size and the rounded corners and the second is using more seed stitches as opposed to back stitch. I love the way she uses the seed stitch to fill in the backgrounds of her designs. You can really tuck those little delicas in in a way the rounder seed beads cannot be. Of course, Dee's way with color and blending cannot be matched, but she has inspired me so much!

For a theme I thought I would just try and use metal clay in each piece. I love making small metal clay components. Usually when I get enough different sizes and shapes, I can then begin to play with the pieces in a variety of different designs.


Sandy said...

That will be a great theme. I love your start. Thanks for commenting on my blog. The backgrounds are fused. The rest could be done by hand without a sewing machine.

beadbabe49 said...

Looks like wonderful choices and not too overwhelming for the first year!
Another gal who uses the wonderful seed stitch in her work is morwyn from's some of her earlier BJP work on flickr.

Roberta Warshaw said...

Thanks for the link! Wonderful bead work!

Robbie said...

I'm a bit behind myself (just beading Nov. - had to finish gifts first). love your piece and your beading is always perfect.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's beautiful!

Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

I love the center pieces very pretty and the colors are great! I have started on my January piece as well and will post something on it soon.