Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Thoughts on the Bead Journal Project 2016

Now that I've completed the whole year of the 2016 Bead Journal Project I'm thinking about next year. Here's a picture of all twelve.

I'm really grateful to the people who have organised this over the last however many years. It's given me so much inspiration and a focus for experimenting. These are the thoughts I've had.

1) I liked that I chose something small and manageable. Each piece took around an evening to complete which was doable and gave me a bit of variety from whatever longer project I was working on at the time.

2) Prepping the basis in batches worked well for me as it meant I could just choose the beads and get straight on when I felt like it. If I'd had to get the sewing machine out each month I probably wouldn't have done it.

3) Having a few extra 'rules' suited me. I decided only to use fabric I have somehow made myself (ie: dyed or designed) and to include at least one button each month. This encouraged me to use things I might not have used otherwise.

4) Not planning too much, and allowing the work to just happen was fun.

5) Letting each piece say something about the month I was in has meant it was a real journalling experience. I can look at each one now and it reminds me of things that were going on at the time.

6) 2016 has been a much better year for me and my family than 2015 or 2014 were and for that I am very grateful.

After much thought, I now have my idea for 2017. Not quite sure if it will work but am off to experiment now. It will be completely different from 2016 but will incorporate all the best bits identified above.

1 comment:

  1. These are gorgeous and one a month would make a fabulous calendar for next year! Having the bases already started is a great idea. Thanks for leaving a message on my blog as it means that now I've found yours!