Sunday, January 16, 2011

January BJP 2011


January BJP 2011, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.

I have finished January and I am quite pleased with it. I have not finished the edging yet because I an unsure of how I am going to use the blocks. So for now they will all remain edge free.

I was inspired for this piece by my grandson's school. They have a small flower garden out front with some black eyed susans buried under snow. Some of their leaves are poking through as well as the black centers of the flowers. Sans petals of course.

I cannot tell you how this project has awoken the sleeping giant in me. Jewelry wasn't working for me so much any more and I soon tired of following patterns in bead weaving.

As I say, I am not sure how I will used them. I am sure it will come to me by the end of the year though. For now, I simply create without thought of the final product. A very freeing thing for me.

18 comments:

Robbie said...

Roberta, I really like this piece! I thought it looked like snow and flowers!! I'm not that good at identifying particular flower species but I did recognize what it was! nice job!

Filamental said...

Roberta, You are so right. We are working in the same palette. That I find to be very interesting because for me it is all about color.
I love your piece. It feels so right!
OK now I am truly inspired. Thank you for that!
I know these are colors, too.

Dee D said...
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Dee D said...

This is wonderful. What size is the piece?

Its All About Creating said...

Stunning!

Mackin-Art said...

Beautiful!
Your description is exactly what I immediately thought as I viewed the photo.

Roberta said...

Thank you all for your kind words! Dee, the piece is 3.5" x 3.5". I went small since it is my first time and I didn't want to overwhelm myself. I probably could have gone larger but I am still living in jewelry-time:)

Cyndi L said...

That is totally gorgeous, and such a great inspiration for your piece!

Barbara said...

I agree with everyone else, it's beautiful! You say you went small, but I think 3.5 square encrusted is a LOT of work! I did 3" x 4" pieces last year, and not one of them is encrusted like yours. It's absolutely gorgeous!

Carol said...

The piece is gorgeous. Poor little flowers peeking out of the snow!! Funny where we get our inspiration, but that's what I always like about the BJP.

Marty S said...

What a lovely piece for the snowy weather! Let's all remember the flowers. They'll be back.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Sara said...

Very pretty!

montucky said...

That's beautiful!

beadbabe49 said...

woo hoo! the improvisational nature of the bjp is what really keeps me excited....glad it's had a similar use for you!

Robin said...

Totally fabulous, Roberta!!!! Isn't rediscovered bead zest just the best? Me too... BJP to the rescue!

Robin A.

Cynthia of Cynful Creations said...

Roberta, this is a lovely piece. I especially like the randomness of the gold beads, how did you do that??? Did you have to sew each individual bead?

Roberta said...

Cynthia, yes, the gold beads are sewn on in a random pattern using the seed stitch. Each one individually. It is a tedious process but I love the results!

LauraJosie said...

Love the color palette you've used here, so very classy!