Sunday, January 17, 2010


This is a photo of a hallway in our house. I love the way the arches and the light and shadows play off one another.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

January 1st/2nd - Stone Page 2

The Goddess of Bead Embroidery was not at all pleased with my plans for the year. I went to bed on January 1st knowing how I wanted to proceed with my creative endeavors for the next twelve months. Everything was set and I was walking a golden path, all neat and orderly.

When I awoke on January 2nd I discovered the GBE had torn up my path, throwing down boulders in my way, forcing an entirely new direction for year.

project notes - January

For the January spiral -

size 6 core beads - AB crystal with a 3 core stack

beading sequence is twice through each stack

*first pass - 6 size 11 seed beads
second pass - 1 size 11 seed bead, 1 AB 4mm crystal, 2 size 11 seed beads*

add a core bead and continue with beading sequence * to *

When viewed from the top end looking down, the spiral is full and round.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


January 2010

Needing a quicker project for this third year of the Bead Journal Project, I decided to experiment with spirals. All the spirals will measure 4" long before the drop bead at the end. But then, the best laid plans don't always work out. Below are photos of the new January "page" for BJP 2010.

This piece measures 3" square (with rounded corners) and is mounted on a piece of 5" stiffened felt. Depending on how many of these pages I make (there will be more than the needed 12), I may remount it. I stitched the mounting in such a way that it can easily be taken apart without affecting the beadwork. The center area is a beach rock from Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Between the sea and the sand, the rock has been tumbled completely smooth. The central area is about 1/2" in depth.