Begin at the Beginning: Ready, set, bead!

I’m just going to begin at the beginning, because that’s the absolute best way to start. But what do I mean by that?

Well, my Intuitive Bead Embroidery adventures, started with Robin AtkinsBead Journal Project, towards the end of 2007. Before that, I had done a bit of bead embellishment on some of my fibre art pieces, but nothing to really write home about.

Robin challenged us to make one piece per month, for a total of twelve months. They had to be the same shape, contain at least one bead, and tell a little about what was going on around you.

In that first year, I chose triangles as my shape, and decided to journal about family, friends, and whatever was going on in my life at that time. As a fibre artist, I figured that I had it made! The pieces would be fibre/technique based, and would contain a sprinkling of beads. Well that never happened!! They were visual journals, that just happened to be bead encrusted, with a little fibre, and other techniques thrown in for good measure. And so my journey began!

Begin at the beginning
There’s a path in each piece!
Begin at the beginning
The green triangle, at the very top, is my very first BJP (Bead Journal Project).

They have never been mounted on anything, because I wanted them to be interactive, and almost puzzle-like. I think that I achieved my goal! People do love playing with them!

I finally finished off the lampwork piece (Dwyn’s hand made beads), that I have been showing in my last few blog posts. It’s a little long, so I’ll need to adjust the chain length, before wearing.

Begin at the beginning

Last week’s update included this crystal pendant, that I threaded on a little bit of 2mm Rolo chain. Simple, goes with everything, and oh so easy to wear!

Begin at the beginning
Happy belated Mothers Day, from my Mom and myself!!

My 100 Day Project is still ongoing, and I’ve completed 85/100 of the 3 ½” x 6” pieces. Only 15 left to go!!

If that’s not enough, I’m now involved in the Making Zen Online Retreat. The free part of the retreat is over now, but I purchased an “All Access” pass, so I can watch the videos at my leisure. I’ve watched two, so far, and here are my results. The rusty thread piece is still in progress, but the little pouch is currently holding some shiny stones. I will be making more of these in the future.

Right now, the pouch is holding a few small, polished stones.
A distorted version of the blanket stitch, showcasing cell structures.

But when you begin, at the beginning, there must be an end somewhere…but I haven’t reached it yet. My path definitely skews to fibre, and mixed media, but there’s nothing to say that I can’t make some jewelry out of it! Now, what’s your story?

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