Thursday, 28 July 2016

July 2016 Bead Journal

July was somehow an unsatisfactory month. It's not quite over yet but I've finished my Bead Journal Project piece anyway.


So why was it unsatisfactory? Well, there seemed to be a lot of waiting for things to happen and a general air of impatience and sometimes lethargy in the house with little bits of worry thrown in. There were some nice things too. For some reason I feel this piece sums it up quite well. We had a few scorching hot days which is why I chose this particular fabric with its 'scorch' marks. In fact it's a fabric I rust dyed some months back. The overall brown theme represents the general 'unsatisfactoriness' of the month, with the little coloured beads being the nice bits.

I've been doing more embroidery lately so I wanted to include some here. I recently bought a back copy of Embroidery magazine which had an article about Ollivier Henry. He makes the most fantastic historical costumes and is an expert embroiderer but despite being able to do just about every stitch there is he says that left to himself he would choose buttonhole stitch, couching and French knots so I decided to use just those stitches in this piece. The couching at the top covers the pen line where I accidentally used a permanent pen instead of my fabric marker. These lines are making quite inventive in finding ways to cover them up and I quite like the way it's making me do things I wouldn't think of other wise.

Here are a couple of close ups which, unfortunately, are out of focus. I'll retake them when I have time,




Button hole wheels filled with beads and French knots.











I forgot to mention the three turquoise beads and the square white and turquoise one. Well, despite the month being a bit iffy, some of the things we've been waiting around for look like they might be really positive in the end so these splashes of my favourite colour represent the feeling of good things to come.

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