Just a tiny bit of backtracking...
I am working on the completion of my Bead Journal Project for 2007-08. Yes, you read that correctly...07-08. I am a tad behind, shall we say? Those of you like me, who still haven't finished, you are not alone - let us stand proudly together as the official "behinders"!
About a year ago, before I took the big gulp and jumped into this blog pond, my beady mentor (and now good friend) Robin Atkins wrote about my BJP theme, photographed the pages that were complete at the time and then posted the whole lot over on her blog, Beadlust. She is ALWAYS doing this for people who don't have a web presence - how special is that?! If you'd like to read her post, click here for 'A Sense of Place'.
Recently I was reviewing what needed to be done to finish this taking-so-long project. Not too much more to go, I can happily say! But I realized that I needed to post an updated photo of my completed page for November since that page was still "in progress" at the time of Robin's post . So here it is:
One of my goals for this 12-page project (a page a month for a year) has been that each page has to contain a new bead embroidery technique - something new to me that I've never done before. For November 'Fog' that technique was a bezel, so I surrounded my beach stone with a delicate cage of beads to hold it in place. There is no glue involved since the stone is initially basted down with ordinary sewing thread. When the bezel is complete and you've reached the top row, that last row holds your object tight. Remove the basting threads and voila. Oh, to be so caged...!
A couple of really good books have helped me with techniques along the way: one is Robin's book, "Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery, Fresh Ideas and Techniques for Creating Art with Beads" (bezels, page 52), and the other is Larkin Jean Van Horn's book, "Beading on Fabric: Encyclopedia of Bead Stitch Techniques" (stacked cage, page 92).
Only a slight detour to the past. I haven't forgotten the textiles post I promised...