Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My August page is finally done!

I am so happy that I have finally finished my last page!

Started nearly a year and a half ago, it's about time it was posted!

I'd love to know what you think!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Yikes! Last Day to Register for 2010 BJP... Pictures!

December 15th is the last day to register for the 2010 BJP...

If you're undecided, take a look at my blog, here. I just posted pictures of some of my favorite pieces from the past year of the BJP... 42 pictures (most click-to-enlarge)... work by 40 of our participants!!!! I was erratic at saving pictures, so I didn't get all of my favorites. Also some members don't have a blog or didn't post pictures to the website. However, the pictures I posted will give you some grand inspirations and incentives to join the 2010 BJP!!!!

Happy holidays, everyone!!!

PS... If you're having difficulty registering or have questions about it, you can email

me: robin[at}robinatkins{dot]com
or Pam T: pamtru63{at]gmail[dot}com

PSS... Thanks for your well wishes about my Mom. During the week I was in Minnesota, she rallied nicely. I'm hoping she'll make her 93rd birthday in January!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

HI from Chilly Minnesota...

Hi everyone!

My dear Mom took a turn for the worse a week ago and we thought her time among us was at an end. So my sister (who lives in Everett, WA) and I flew back to MN to be with her. Luck for us, she has rallied and we are spending some quality moments with her.

In the meantime, I've been having a little time to bead again with Julie, Pam and Brenda, all three BJP participants living in St. Paul, MN! Tomorrow we're going to Pam's for another session. We're having great fun talking about our ideas for BJP 2010. Brenda's working on a special beaded box that will hold her 2010 pieces. I won't spill the beans about it, but it's going to be amazing! Pam's talking about wanting more texture, more dimension to her pieces. Julie is still very undecided. Me too, although I have lots of ideas and I'm pretty sure I'll do some shape other than 4x6, the postcard shape I've been using for the past two years.

What about YOU????????

Will you be with us? I hope so!!!! There are only 5 more days to register. Really, truely, it is not hard. If the registration information on our website seems to difficult or doesn't work on your computer, just email Pam T or me and tell us you want to be in. We'll take care of it.

One current member emailed me to say she hadn't finished this year's pieces yet and therefore felt she shouldn't do it again. My answer is this: Don't be bogged down by last year's business... If you think you'd like to try it again, go for it. Let 2008-09 rest and move on!!!

May you all have a deliciously wonderful holiday season. May your stockings be filled with fabulous beads!

Hugs to you all,

Sunday, December 6, 2009

counting down the days...

Okay, so it's been a couple weeks since I did an update… call me lazy or busy or whatever you like!  We are getting LOTS of new registrants! Please, oh please, past participants, get your registrations in!!! You only have till December 15th to register and we don't want to lose you!
Since Sunday November 22nd, 36 people registered:

29 NEW participants AND 7 RETURNING participants.

Homes: North Carolina: 3; Arizona: 3; Louisiana: 1; California: 2; Ohio: 4; Ontario, Canada: 3; Australia: 2; Washington: 4; New Mexico: 1; France: 2; Texas: 1; Wisconsin: 1; South Carolina: 1; Missouri: 1; Turkey: 1; Oklahoma: 1; Tennessee: 1; Washington DC: 1; Illinois: 1; New Jersey: 1 and Florida: 1

Total registration so far: 214!!!

I will not post again until registration closes on the 15th… Once again, if you have not received your confirmation, please make sure you let me know AND/OR check your spam filter for your email. My email is pamtru63@gmail.com

Hope you are all doing well and keeping busy finishing up your 2008-2009 BJP, planning for the 2010 BJP, and getting your Holiday preparations in order!!! Have a great week…

pam T

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I took Robin Atkin's "techniques for Bead embroidery" class this past Friday and have been re inspired! I had quit on several months, leaving them semi-finished. I had not been able to figure out ways to make the backs look good, I had run out of steam and ideas on the beading on some of them and just called them finished. and I still have one month that has been sewn but not beaded yet.

BUT after this class I have been totally re inspired. I learned so many new techniques. and all the variations of them. I have been beading almost non-stop since I got back. After finishing the sampler, I revisited some of my journal pages that I had previously thought was done. I have been working on some wonderful additions to my December page. I feel like I see the fabric in a whole new way. Getting unstuck is just a bugel bead pathway away.

Also seeing her work in person turned on the light bulb for how to finish my own and ways to display them to really show them off. Now I just need to get some book board and foam core to get them done. I was also excited to share my work with Robin (which she seemed to enjoy!)

I got another one of her books (I own 3 now) and I highly recommend them!

So I signed up for another year of the beaded journal project. I plan to take on a smaller size this time! but thinking about going 3-D and making them dolls.

Okay, off the computer and back to some beading... next I hit the joann's on black friday to get an Ott light for cheap!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Seven registrants since last Sunday, the 15th…. 2 are returning members, 5 new! Total registration so far is 178!

Homelands for the registrants of the week: QUEBEC CANADA -1, NEW YORK – 1, NEVADA – 1, OHIO -2, ARIZONA – 1, WASHINGTON – 1

Only a few more weeks to get your registration in for the 2010 BJP – past participants, send in those registrations so you don't miss out on the great experience you have had with us in the past..

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

pam T

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Way-behinder getting caught up!

I put my BJP pieces on hold to finish my doll for the All Dolled Up competition (see here, please vote!). I am slowly getting my remaining pieces done - April and May are done. Here's April, when the valley's tulips are in bloom. -Joan Cromley

Sunday, November 15, 2009

FOURTEEN for the week...

FOURTEEN more participants for the 2010 BJP since Sunday the 8th….

All registrants are NEW participants!


total registration so far: 171 !!!

pam T

Sunday, November 8, 2009


TWENTY-ONE more participants for the 2010 BJP since Saturday the 31ST to report this morning...

Woo hoo! Everyone is doing a great job of talking about their experience with the BJP project!
I forgot to mention last week – we had 2 returning members and 10 new participants.
For this week, we have 3 returning members and 18 new participants.


total registration so far: 157 !!!


pam T

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Last bouquet of summer

This is my last BeadJournal piece . It is for the month of August. Have enjoyed doing this and I must say that I am proud of myself to have completed this project. Looking forward to next year's journal. I turned 65 this October and for my birthday my husband decided to turn our storage room into a studio for me. It is a small room but I think it will look great when done. Check on funkybeading blogspot.com to see the before pictures and when done I will post pictures of THE STUDIO. Should be done in a couple of weeks. Lise

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

TWELVE more participants for the 2010 BJP since Saturday the 24th to report this morning...

Once again, if you are not receiving your confirmations, be sure to check your email spam filter. AND, if you have sent your registration in and have not received a confirmation from me within the next day, be sure to email me and ask if I got it. :) my email is pamtru63@gmail.com

Anyway, the 12 to report for the week are from:

Michigan 1

Ontario Canada 1

British Columbia Canada 1

Illinois 1

Alaska 1

Georgia 1

NSW Australia 1

Oregon 1

Switzerland 1

Colorado 2

Florida 1

Our total registration so far: 136 !!!

pam T

Sunday, October 25, 2009

progress in registrations...

15 more participants for the 2010 BJP since Saturday the 17th to report…Once again, if you are not receiving your confirmations, be sure to check your email spam filter. AND, if you have sent your registration in and have not received a confirmation from me within the next day, be sure to email me and ask if I got it. :) my email is pamtru63@gmail.com

Anyway, the 15 to report for the week are from:

Azerbaijan Republic – 1

Netherlands – 1

NSW Australia – 1

England – 1

Arizona - 1

Texas – 4

North Carolina – 1

Ontario Canada – 1

California – 1

Minnesota – 1

Alaska – 1

Colorado - 1

13 of these are NEW registrants and 2 of them are returning members…
Our total registration so far: 124 !!!

Have a Happy Halloween next weekend!
pam T

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

April to August

Although I fell behind in April, I've now finished all my 2009 pieces and have put up photos on my blog here. I haven't been looking at the blogs since I fell behind, so I have the happy task of doing that now, to catch up.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

new versus returning

I fulfilled my mission for the week already:

63 new registrants versus
47 returning members!

Yes, I realize that adds up to 110...... um, forgot to add myself in to all the previous figures! LOL!

progress in registrations...

15 more participants for the 2010 BJP since Saturday the 10th to report this morning... Once again, if you are not receiving your confirmations, be sure to check your email spam filter. AND, if you have sent your registration in and have not received a confirmation from me within the next day, be sure to email me and ask if I got it. :) my email is pamtru63@gmail.com

Anyway, the 15 to report for the week are from:
Indiana 1
Michigan 1
California 2
Florida 3
Washington 2
New Mexico 1
Alberta Canada 2
New Jersey 2
Georgia 1

I am seeing LOTS of registrants who learn about us from friends and word of mouth. One of our present members in particular has referred several new people, thanks Anne Marie! This week it is my mission to do a count of new participants versus returning ones. Returning participants, do not forget you need to send all the information to me again to join the 2010 BJP!!!

Our total registration so far: 109 !!!

Have a wonderful week everyone, bead creative!
pam T

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday update

19 more participants for the 2010 BJP since Monday the 5th to report this morning... Once again, if you are not receiving your confirmations, be sure to check your email spam filter. AND, if you have sent your registration in and have not received a confirmation from me within the next day, be sure to email me and ask if I got it. :) my email is pamtru63@gmail.com

Anyway, the 19 for today are:

Texas: 1
Washington: 4
NSW Australia: 2
California: 1
Michigan: 2
Ohio: 1
Minnesota: 1
Arizona: 2
Illinois: 1
New Zealand: 1
New Mexico: 2
Georgia: 1

I am seeing LOTS of registrants who learn about us from friends and word of mouth. Perhaps you can talk to your friends too? Soon I will do a total of new participants versus returning participants. Returning participants, do not forget you need to send all the information to me again to join the 2010 BJP!!!

Our total registration so far: 94 !!!

have a wonderful week!

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Butterfly book: a BJP compilation - a look inside

A portion of the butterflies in their bound state.
Each page has satin ribbons above and below the page. I've added all the yarn and beads to the butterflies on the top to show a continuous vine.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

The Butterfly book: a BJP compilation

I completed the Beaded Journal Project commitment and had 12 lovely butterflies. I bound them with a coptic stitch and made an metal butterfly to place on the front cover.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

August Butterfly BJP

The August butterfly is serendipitous. I played with the beads making an extremely textured butterfly. It marks the month when butterflies begin to make their journey elsewhere.

So long butterfly friends. I eagerly await your return and beauty.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

July Butterfly BJP

July is one of the warmest months of the year in Arizona. The maroon shows the heat of the day when you can literally cook an egg on the sidewalk. The silver color used reminds us of the things that make us chill; ice, cold drinks, A/C.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

June Butterfly BJP

June begins the heat of the sun in the desert and I opted for a different color. The lilac color of this butterfly keeps me thinking cool.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

May Butterfly BJP

A butterfly for Mom who loves the color blue.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

April Butterfly BJP

Spring is in full bloom and the butterflies have returned. I played with larger beads to accentuate the wing shape. A colorful bead plays as the body of this butterfly.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

March Butterfly BJP

I am most creative as spring rolls its way toward the season. Many of the butterfly creations were monochromatic while this design departs from that showing a change in style.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

February Butterfly BJP

February is another favorite month of mine. I celebrate a birthday, Valentine's Day, and an anniversary. This pink butterfly shows its pretty colors happily.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

January Butterfly BPJ

January is a time to reflect, a time to put out the old and bring in the new. Silver and white depict the cold and snow that some experience. The little silver tips show that change is beginning.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

Dec Butterfly BJP

December marks the holidays with the red and gold tinsel. I later added holly for the leaves to this page.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

Nov Butterfly BJP

September in Arizona is still hot yet I remember from my hometown on northern CA when we had fairly brisk days. The blue in this butterfly show the cold slipping in to CA while the golden brown depict the warm afternoon sun of Arizona.

Victoria Pearman AKA artntheheart

October Butterfly BJP

October is a favorite ghoulish month for me with great memories of trick or treat and goblins. The colors of this butterfly show the Halloween flavor and drying of leaves.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

Sept butterfly BJP

In the spring of 2008 in Arizona, I noticed a flurry of butterfly action in our yard. Gorgeous iridescent flight in action. Tracing their steps from flower to flower, sunning themselves and onward to another treasure.

I choose butterflies for my beaded journal pages for their magic, their beauty and colors. The colors used in each butterfly reflects the depicted month.

Victoria Pearman aka artntheheart

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Forgot to write down my blog so that you can see other pictures of Lizzy. funky beading blogspot.com Lise


This is a close up of my July BJ piece. July is usually hot in our part of the country... Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada but no so this year. I had this real "hot" material and thought that would be wonderful for July and a lizzard was picked for the beading part. You you enjoy the piece. You can see the rest on my blog Lise

Monday, October 5, 2009

5 more

5 more for this morning,

Connecticut, Maryland, Texas, California and New Mexico all add 1 more...

Up to 76!

Have a happy Monday, everyone!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Unsunny Sunday...and 5 more!

Five more partipants for the 2010 BJP to report this morning... Once again, if you are not receiving your confirmations, be sure to check your email spam filter. AND, if you have sent your registration in and have not received a confirmation from me within the next day, be sure to email me and ask if I got it. I'm human and sadly enough make mistakes! :) my email is pamtru63@gmail.com

Anyway, the 5 for today are 1 from Oregon, 1 from Arizona, 1 from California, 1 from Michigan and 1 from Wisconsin! So, we are up to 71 registered!

Thank you everyone, for joining, for talking and blogging about the BJP to your friends! I guess I need to get busy too, only 3 of us from Wisconsin so far! ;)

Friday, October 2, 2009

woo hoo!

I'll just post updates daily to the 2010 registration these first couple days of October, then I will go to weekly... 33 more registrants should be receiving a confirmation today! Lots of new people, how exciting! I can't wait to see everyone's creatfullness!!!! (no, that's not a word!)

here's a posting of where everyone is coming from with a grand total of 46...

• Arizona 1

• California 6

• Colorado 1

• Florida 1

• Georgia 2

• Illinois 1

• Indiana 1

• Kentucky 1

• Massachusetts 1

• Michigan 2

• Nevada 1

• New Hampshire 1

• New Jersey 1

• New York - 2

• North Carolina 2

• Ohio 2

• Oregon 3

• Pennsylvania 2

• Texas 1

• Virginia 1

• Washington 4

• Wisconsin 1

• The Netherlands 1

• Alberta Canada 2

• Ontario Canada 3

• NSW Australia 1

• SA Australia 1

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hi everyone...... I sent confirmations to 13 registrants for the 2010 BJP this morning...... 12 are from the U.S. and 1 from The Netherlands...

Looking forward to hearing from YOU!

pam T

Monday, September 28, 2009

Finally a new post....

Hi folks,
After 4 months away working on a cruise ship, I've added a new post to my blog: http://beadyshenanigans.blogspot.com/

Jeanette Shanigan

Saturday, September 19, 2009

It's OVER?

Well I just don't know what to say! I had such good intentions when I signed up, I even drafted up my actual postcard images AND did the writeups for each of the months too! It did not pan out for me except for the September and October postcard tops that I did finish off. I do intend to complete this project one of these days as I think each month portrays something that is a deep part of myself and will be uplifting and fun for me to do - when - who knows though.

I just want to say that I've added Susan's blurb for the 2010 year and hope that some of my friends may sign up. Sadly I will not do such this time but who knows maybe again in the future. It has been fun checking on the various blogs and I will check out the main site to see what has transpired this past year! Have fun all!

Rose Anne

Thursday, September 17, 2009

These are the rest of my pages I made for my granddaughter . She loved her book for graduation. The story is embroidered in her own writing . This concludes my BJ for 2008-09. I've enjoyed the project and I am looking forward to doing the 2009-2010 Beading Journal. Evelyn.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Promoting the Bead Journal Project for Year 3

Last year we found that the best way to get the word out about the bjp was to mention it on your blog. Whether you're continuing or not, if you can let readers of your blog know that the project is continuing, it will be greatly appreciated.

Important info:

The Bead Journal Project starts in January, 2010.

Registration starts October 1, 2009 at beadjournalproject.com/reg.htm.

No experience is necessary! The goal is to create one visual journal piece a month for a year that includes beads.

Participants work can be seen at beadjournalproject.com/bjp.htm.

Thanks for all your support!!!


Monday, September 14, 2009

My summer garden

Finally finished my June Beading Journal. This piece was painted and then I did silk ribbon embroidery and plain embroidery for the smaller leaves and flowers. The rest is beaded. Have also worked and my July one . You can check that one on my blog. funkybeading.blogspot.com. There is also a picture of the new "member " of our family. Lise

Friday, September 11, 2009

A little catching up.

Hello everybody,

I'm catching up, May is ready. You can see it here. Thank you for watching and commenting!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wow, two days in a row!

For the second day in a row I've managed to get a post up. July's page is now on my blog.

Monday, September 7, 2009

6 more months done, 2 left to go

I've had a tougher time getting my journal pages done this year than I expected. In my blog I have updated January through June. Only July and August to go!

April is Done!

April is done and only two to go. June and August

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Almost Finished

I have completed all of my blocks for this challange. I had no idea when I started with a tribute block to my son, that I would lose my husband before the end of the project. My blocks are ready to be put together into a finished wall hanging. I am going to try to get it done very soon.These are photos of them in groups of three. I really enjoyed doing this and loved viewing everyone's work.

July and August

Hello all! I posted July and August, please take a look. Hope everyone is well!

Sneak Preview...

I've finished all my turtles...and had decided to do hands for next year's BJP starting in January...however...the hands grabbed me and I'm already two into them...sooooo...I've rethought my idea/pattern for next year's BJP...you can see it at: www.atawhisper.blogspot.com ...in the meantime...I have a few more hands to work on!

Friday, August 28, 2009

February BJP Finished

If you want to check it out, you can see it on my blog. I know its a bit late, but I had several dilemma's on this one. This is my 8th BJP piece, so I am very happy. I plan to finish the next 4 pages in the next few months in between now and the starting of next years BJP. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Another month nearly done

I have nearly completed the april piece which is me this month. This will mean that I only have three left to complete so that is exciting.
Diane, New Zealand

Sunday, August 23, 2009

My August triangle - As The Sun Sets

I couldn't finish the current BJP year, with anything other than the setting sun. It's my first attempt at visual journalling and also my first extensive use of encrusted bead embroidery. My skills have grown and I've learned to pay attention to the whispering words of my muse. I lost an old friend quite suddenly this month. She loved the sun and the black speck signifies her being enveloped by it's warmth. The original pallette was much softer, but as the temperature got hotter outside, so did the colours. Don't worry about the sun setting on this BJP year, as it's sure to rise again in 2010. I'd like to thank Robin for her constant encouragement and all of my new friends for their comments and enthusiasm. My plan is to enter this piece in a Canadian National Juried Quilt Show in 2010. Of course that means that I actually need to do some quilting to showcase the beading. LOL!

Bead stitches include the boucle or bocche stitch (discussed in my previous post), stacked stitch, short fringe (on the sun) and free form beading. I used 8, 11 & 15 Japanese beads and 11, 2cut czech beads for sparkle (the darker pink). Sadly, I just couldn't use my variety of odd beads on this one. They just didn't fit the scheme. See you in 2010!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My May BJP is done!

My 7th Bead Journal page is done - finally! If you want to check it out, it can be seen here along with the story behind it. I hope you enjoy looking at my piece, it was truly a labor of love!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

June 2009

Hello everybody,
My page for June is ready and you can see it here. Thank you very much for taking a look!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sunny is here!

The final turtle in my BJP Turtles is finished! You can see her at www.atawhisper.blogspot.com .
This was a lot of fun...I believe I will do it again when the next one starts...and I think I already have my pattern...but I'll keep it a secret til time to begin!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

July Triangle - Along the garden path

This triangle shows my love of colour, flowers, techniques and combines them with a passion for photography . It's also about the paths you choose in life and illustrates that while some just seem to stop short, others are crystal clear and lead directly to your goals. Well, directly might be the wrong word, as nothing in life is ever perfect or straightforward. Paths often curve before they reach their destinations, leading you towards interesting sights, unforseen problems and exciting adventures. This little garden is all about life!

The seed beads are mainly size 11's, with some 15's and 8's thrown in for effect. I also used bugles (2's), pearls and crystals. I used peyote, bocche (also called boucle-a stitch mentioned on another group), stacked, fringe, loops and Robin's wildflower stitch. The curved path is made of size 11 seed beads couched over a slightly flattened braid.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Search for the date.

In my entries I put the date, sometimes hidden. Can you find them?


Friday, August 7, 2009


It's hard to believe that I'm done with the year. It went so fast. August is posted on my blog http://focus-on-fiber.blogspot.com Thank you Robin for a great group.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

May and July coming along

This has the latest picture of july and also hte May piece. I am hoping to finish over the weekend.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


"Patriot"...my July BJP turtle is finished...you can see him on my website... www.atawhisper.blogspot.com ...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

July is done.

Hello everybody,

Haven't published much because I had not much to show. But now July is done! Unfortunately April, May and June still are not! June is developing in my head and since I have vacation now I hope to show you soon. ?You can take a look here. Thank you!


June done !

Another month done and soon the end ... just two page more. But now it's EXALTATION my june page. You can see it here

Monday, August 3, 2009

Another finished, one on the way

Another month is done and I have still not completed April or May but July is on the way. Just needing a face. I have been making an indian elephant with african ears this month so beading has taken a back seat except for making christmas decorations for the classes I am teaching this month.
see more at http://didi-beadwork.blogspot.com/
Diane, New Zealand

Sunday, August 2, 2009


I know I've been missing for quite some time, but I have been working on my bjp pieces. This is my completed June piece. It is in memory of my husband of nearly 37 years whom I lost on May the 3rd to COPD. It has been very hard for me to continue this as he always encouraged me to try new things.I used ribbon, rubber stamping wired beads and embroidery stitching to sew on the photo I scanned onto fabric. This is something I have learned to do while working on these blocks. I love working with the Delicas.
I also completed July. It was a UFO from a yard sale box. I addedbugle beads,sequins, charms and letter beads to turn a red and white heart into a red white and blue heart. It was quite fun. Only August left to go!

July BJP Done!

I finished my July BJP and you can find it here. My piece started off as one thing and turned out to be another. I think that happens a lot in life, that we start off on one path and find ourselves on another. As I'm writing this and thinking about those paths, I realize that almost every piece of artwork I have shows a path, and a bench, and a garden...I like the idea of daydreaming about where the path leads, or sitting on the bench and enjoying the garden. Whatever path you are on today, may it bring you daydreams of happiness and peace.


Saturday, August 1, 2009

and August done

okay. I'm done. You can check out my August BJP here. with great joy I finish the BJP year, but yet I am sad to see it end. I've learned so much and am constantly amazed and stunned by everyone's creativity. And I just want to thank each and every one of you who have helped me so tremendously through this trying year.

Thank you.

and hope to hear from you in October when you can sign up for the 2010 BJP!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Meet Caliopie

I'm a little behind...but my June turtle is finally here...you can see her at my blog... www.atawhisper.blogspot.com

Saturday, July 25, 2009

July done...

Hi everyone! Done with July..... almost thought I was gonna start and finish August before I had the ambition to look at July again, but feeling so positive about life today I just had to finish this! Here's a peek, and go here to check it out. You can help me name it too!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Press for my BJP

EBSQ is featuring Fiber art this month and interviewed me for a spotlight article.

EBSQ Spotlight on Fibre Art: Cynthia Gaub

I would LOVE to hear your feedback on my artist statement on Fiber art.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

June 09

Hey guys, Ive finished my June piece. Take a look. Julie C

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Another garden triangle - June

I love to visit my friend's house when the poppies are in full bloom. Sure they are brash and blowsy, but oh so very delicate. I try to photograph the quality of the light glowing on the scarlet petals, but alas my quest is in vain. Am I tilting at windmills, or will I be able to capture their essense at some time in the future? What is it about these beauties that seems to pique my interest? A simple pleasure. One that's fleeting, but oh so rewarding. Is it any wonder that poppies were chosen as a universal symbol for remembrance? Did you know that the poem, "In Flanders Fields" was written by a Canadian field surgeon? Do you realize that this is the only poem I will never be able to forget? I can recite it just as clearly now, as when I was a small child. Rather than a trick of simple repetition, I prefer to think that it is something that left a pure and lasting impression on my soul.

The poppies are made with freehand circles of silk and organza, topped with french knots. Beading was done with backstitch, stacked stitch, Robin's ruffle stitch and free form edging. I used 8, 11 & 15 seedbeads, bugles, a few sequins and odds 'n sods of beads and crystals.

Still in the Game

Still in the game... These 9 are mostly all done, backing on several and a little beading on a few still need to be done. The other 3 are in thinking (August); collecting and sketching (July); and sewing (June) phases.

Friday, July 10, 2009


I've posted this month's journal quilt to my blog. http://focus-on-fiber.blogspot.com

Sunday, July 5, 2009

February finished

Hi everyone,

Really I am a turtle! Nevermind (??) I arrive :-) slowly but surely!!
You can see my page at
This one is for my mother, she loves music, opéra, littérature , flowers and she would love to see 'Carmen' at the Opéra de Paris.
I am not a doll's spécialist so it was a little adventure for me, but it was so fun !!
Perhaps I'll add a fringe at the bottom of the page...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

News Flash!!!! + Please Tell Us Why....

Hi Everyone!

2010 BJP is a GO!!!!

To give ourselves a little time to finish up the current BJP, we will start the new BJP in January of 2010 and it will run through the end of December.

Registration for 2010 BJP will begin in October, following the close of the current BJP. You can keep up to date on registration by checking the Bead Journal Project website, here. Also, I'll post a reminder in September on our blogs.

Please Answer Poll!

Please take a moment to answer the poll at the top of the right sidebar on the 08BJP (#1) blog, here. I'd really like to get an idea of how many people are still participating and how far along we all are. Last year we did two email follow-up surveys... This year I'm trying to get the information by polling you. I really appreciate your response!

Please Tell Us Why...!

I know everyone's busy beading... but if you can spare a moment, will you please take a moment to send me an email telling a little about your experience with the BJP... what it means to you, why you are doing it (what are your rewards), anything you think a prospective new participant might want to hear about it....

With your permission, I'd like to use some of what you write in the information we publish about the 2010 BJP. If you have any reservations about us quoting you, please let me know.

Thanks, everyone! You are so awesome...!

Big hugs and big bravos... Robin A.

Monday, June 29, 2009

This is my May piece. The book for my granddaughter is finished. Evelyn.

My blog is finally working Please go to funkybeading.blogspot.com. Lise

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Goddess's in the house!

Hi Everyone!
Here are some more Goddess's for you to enjoy. http://bitsofbeads.blogspot.com
I'm back in the beading mode and I'm happy to say that the beads didn't fail, only my creativity stalled for a bit!
It does feel good to bead again, after a long pause.
cheers, Denise

Sunday, June 21, 2009

May 09

Hey, I just posted my May BJP, take a look. Julie

Happy Solstice!

I finally finished my May BJP page and hopefully June will move a bit faster. It is just a wonderful accomplishment though to open the drawer and see all of the pages looking back at me. We're on the home stretch now! My page is here if you'd like to see it.


Happy Solstice everyone

I just uploaded my pieces for November, December, January, February and June on my blog here.

The past few months have been challenging, thus my efforts are very simple :o)



Saturday, June 20, 2009

My May Triangle

May is, quite simply, cherry blossom time. I'm not really a pink person, but I confess to waiting anxiously for those very first blossoms. This piece is about the simple joy of nature and creation. Isn't it all amazing? No, the world is not full of light, but somehow this time of year reinforces my belief in the possibility of change. The background of the tree is a scrap of monoprinted satin that I made with transfer paints. I have a postcard from this material currently hanging in the Grand National Postcard Show at Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchner, ON. (the show opened in May). The tree is free motion embroidered by machine and the central motif is 1 1/2" X 2". The piece contains silk flowers, pearls, accent beads, 8, 11 & 15 seeds & #2 bugles. Stitches used are peyote, for the bezel, backstitch, stack stitch and free form edging.

I'd like to dedicate the pink light in this piece (okay it has some blue, red and orange as well) to Pam T. You are one courageous lady, and I'm honoured to be in the same BJP group.

Monday, June 15, 2009

June complete

I am done with June if you would like to take a look at how I am feeling this month!
Great work, everyone, on all your pages - they are truly amazing.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

January Man is well travelled.

My january man is published now with his story.
I hope that you enjoy him and he has a special friend made last month - a dottee doll.
Diane, New Zealand

Monday, June 8, 2009

2008 Gallery on Web Page

Just a reminder for all of you that have finished at least 8 of your pages, you are now eligible to start your gallery page on the Bead Journal Project website. To add your page look here for instructions.
To see last year's gallery take a peek here.

If you have any questions or need help you can always email me at brenda at pinkmoonhallow dot us.

Little Mouse

This is my granddaughter whom I am making the book for. I did finish this book and will show you more of it later. Her graduation was this last weekend and she soooooo loved this book. She could not remember giving me this little story but when she saw the original story she said. Oh grandma thats my handwriting and had a little cry. This was a lot of work but worth every minute!!! Evelyn Wilde

Spring has come by the water fall

This is my May BJ piece. I took a woven piece of cloth, felted it and added felted wool on each side. The flowers are crocheted and beaded. Added a bit of embroidery and beaded some ferns. Lise Pederson