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!!

11 comments:

Hélène H said...

I am a huge fan of your triangels.

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

What a gorgeous hot sun! Great bit of contrasting sky showing through.

Robin said...

As I opened this post and your piece appeared, I gasped so loudly that my husband asked me what was the matter. Instant recognition and reverance for the phenomenon of the setting sun. I'm sorry about your friend and glad you included her in his piece. What ever you decide about finishing them, they will stand out and be greatly admired in the show. Be sure to let us know the when and where of the show! Congrats on finishing. Beautiful!

Dee D said...

Wonderful

Muriel said...

Superbe, it makes me think to a volcano!

KV said...

Wow, Anne-Marie! What a stunning piece to round out your year of BJP triangles -- so beautifully done.


Kathy V in NM

Barbara said...

This is beautiful, and it's meaning makes it even more special. I'm a new kid on the block, so the term "encrusted bead embroidery" is one I don't know anything about. Must go and research that now. ;)

Marty S said...

Another beautiful triangle! I'm sorry about your friend.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words and condolences. Robin, tell your husband that I'm sorry that you startled him. I didn't really mean this to be a scary triangle. That would be October. LOL! Barbara, I don't know if encrusted bead embroidery is a proper term or not. It's just my way of saying that I bead every square inch of the piece. No background showing, at all. It's easy enough to do on a 4 1/2" triangle. I'm not sure that I'd try to do it on a larger piece. Well maybe I would and maybe I wouldn't. Who knows?

pam T said...

O Anne Marie, this is gorgeous. I love, love, love how you made your friend enveloped by the sun and its warmth, I'm sure she's feeling love too with that.
can't wait to see what you do next year! I'm a huge fan of yours!

a2susan said...

You know I am a fan of your triangles. I eagerly anticipate each one. This one is just as special and unique as they all are. I'm sorry about the death of your friend. The intensity of the colors reflects your feelings of her loss, and is a real tribute to your friendship.

Yours, Susan