If you start a conversation with your beads, you need to make sure that you’re listening. Okay, it doesn’t need to just be beads, but for the sake of BeadFX, I do need to put some emphasis on it.
Let’s start with my latest BeadFX Inspiration. I pulled the beads fairly quickly, but when I actually started working with them, found that I didn’t buy everything I needed. So, back to the store, start beading, then return to store, for more stuff. LOL! I’m getting dizzy from all the back-and-forth nonsense.
I let my muse have her head (as usual), but didn’t think about how the heck I was going to put the piece together. Yes, I do work intuitively, so tend to act first then plan later. Not always the best idea! However, ideas started percolating, so I was able to make a start.
It’s a basic “Y” necklace, with a twist, as I was able to incorporate the two-hole bead shape. They were a challenge to start, but I finally figured out how I was going to incorporate them. Stringing yes, but with a bit of a difference, when I decided to use the beading wire, and the crimps as an accent. The rest is ticking along!
It’s not finished yet, but I will update you on my progress, in next week’s blog post. I will eventually write instructions, and an “Inspirations” blog post. Be patient, because it may take a couple more weeks.
My free-form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece is finally in play again. Yeah! It’s so relaxing to bead, and there are many conversations going on at the same time. It’s a very loud piece!!
Because Gillian reminded me, I thought that I’d show a photo of some of the beaded buttons I have made. A class from the past, but a blast indeed! Each one is unique, and holds it’s own conversations. I’d love to teach them again, but it will need to be an in-person class. No plans yet, but sometime in the future. That’s all I can promise!
But wait! I was also able to start a conversation with this piece of driftwood. An Instagram friend was weaving on ceramic tiles, so I though, why not driftwood? It’s a little rough, I made mistakes, and I still need to cover the mess on the back, but it has promise.
No books this week, but how about a peek at my #100dayproject pieces? I promise handmade books in the next blog post. I love this challenge, because it allows me to just play! Play is a very important part of the conversation.
What a stack!! The second photo shows them in their box, but will all 100 fit?
Another blast from the past! This Bead Journal Project (BJP) piece is a salute to spring.
It also reminds me that it’s time to visit the beach, to collect rocks and driftwood.
I plan to start a conversation with my beads, but also my rocks, driftwood, fabrics, paper, paints, inks, and more. What type of conversation will be you be starting up?
Keep safe, social distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands!